Apartment | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
# If you're fond of sand dunes and salty air, quaint little villages here and there.# (Groove Armada, At the River, 1999. Repeat several times)
The Boutique Bothy - 11 The Bay Apartments - Cushendun - County Antrim - Northern Ireland
Noun - any small, exclusive business offering high end, customised service. Adjective - characteristic of a small, exclusive producer, business or service.
noun - a hut or small cottage, a farm worker's summer quarters, a mountain shelter.
Boutique urban chic in an Irish seaside village of outstanding natural beauty. Throw away the chintz, fire up the iPod, kick back with a Sailor Jerry and Ginger, throw open the balcony windows and watch the tide come and go. You might even get treated to a sea spray.
And the speed of the tide is the speed of just about everything while staying in The Boutique Bothy in Cushendun. This is the perfect bolthole from which to do as much or as little as you wish. Tackle the many walks or cycle rides over one of the nine Glens of Antrim or watch others attempt the far top road to Murlough Bay through your binoculars while reclining from the comfort of your dramatic vantage point.
But take care. You feel as though you are toppling into the sea as you look over Cushendun the quaint National Trust village with its authentic turn of the century Cornish (you have to find out the connection) thatched cottages.
And what a view. Swathes of golden sand, a pretty fishing village, ancient castles, the timeless River Dun and a tiny story book harbour. All assembled under your nose while the glorious backdrop of the fields of a far glen demands your attention.
No this isn't the Lakes or the Med. It's the Antrim Coast in Northern Ireland, the UK's most under-rated coast. And this boutique seaside apartment is hardly a bothy either but you get the point. Turning away from the view you are invited to get comfy in a two bedroom, two bathroom den with all the cool contemporary features you might expect in a top city hotel. Wi-fi, iPod docking station, a muscular Denon music system and for once, a kitchen stocked with all the equipment and back up ingredients that Jamie Oliver would expect. So not just salt, pepper and sugar. It's got the lot right down to the toasted sesame oil, the organic stock cubes and the smoked Maldon sea salt. And later as you slide into cool Egyptian cotton sheets you relax as all your needs and more have been met.
There's plenty for kids here too. The beach is yards away and round the corner are the famous caves of Cushendun which have enthralled youngsters for generations. And they never forget their first mackerel caught at the mouth of the Dun river or the body boarding in the bay. (Wet suits provided for all ages.)
The nearby Causeway coast offers the World Heritage Site of the Giant's Causeway, the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge and the beautiful coastal villages of Ballycastle, Balintoy and the glorious White Sands bay.
Nearer to home we have Randal's Rope Works Bar right next door and a pint of the black stuff sitting outside on the harbour as the sun goes over the Glen is a magic moment of awe and wonder. In the village there is also a small cafe and Mary McBride's pub, once the smallest bar in the whole of Ireland. And as for the weather? There is no bad weather in Ireland. Only inappropriate clothing.
And if it does rain there's always The Great Indoors and the bitterweet comforts of peat smoke, whiskey and traditional Irish music. Sláinte.
By the way, did I mention the view?
PS: Welcome Pack. Arrive to a complimentary bundle of starter groceries. Expect a bottle of wine, milk, wheaten bread, fruit, jam and a warm local welcome from Bridget, your point of contact during your stay.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Cushendun Beach 100 m|
|Will consider||House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||100 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Belfast International 60 km, Nearest railway: Ballymena 35 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player, Sea view|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Telephone, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace|
|Further details indoors||
Welcome Pack. Arrive to a complimentary bundle of starter groceries. Expect a bottle of wine, milk, wheaten bread, fruit, jam and a warm local welcome from Bridget, your point of contact during your stay.
TWO FAMILIES? Get in touch if you want to holiday with friends in a larger group. I can contact another nearby luxury apartment to check for availability so that you can holiday virtually together.
A comprehensive, alphabetical user guide is available by email on request from the owner.
i Pod docking station
Well equipped kitchen and well stocked pantry
8 wet-suits sized from small child to adult
Maps and walking guides
Music library and collection
Basic fishing and crabbing equipment provided.
Please note. The HL website indicates a 75% response rate. This is wrong and to be ignored. I always respond immediately. The website will also automatically calculate and show a rental fee based on a pro rata calculation of 1/7th of the lowest weekly tariff. This is also wrong, misleading and to be ignored. The HL techy back room boys have been told about these quirks but they refuse to listen.
The apartment is on the second floor with about 40 stairs to climb.
Duty of Care
Please kindly note that The Bay Apartments is also a partly residential community and so great care should be exercised to avoid any behaviours which would contravene the agreements in place or which would spoil the peace and enjoyment of our neighbours. In particular, guests should observe the following conditions:
1. Nothing should be left in the common parts of the development which would obstruct the common passages such as stairwells, pathways, driveways, parking areas and lobbies.
2. Not between the hours of 11.00 pm and 9.00 am to create any noise or allow any noise of a musical instrument or music system so as to cause annoyance to the owners or occupiers of adjoining apartments. This means no parties.
3. Not to hang or expose any clothes or other articles outside the apartment.
4. Not to smoke inside the building or to leave cigarette ends on the ground in any of the external common areas.
Many thanks for observing these conditions.
The County Antrim region
Let me introduce you to the County of Antrim ...
Rugged coastal scenery, the famous Giant's Causeway, sandy beaches, tranquil glens, forest parks, pretty fishing villages, historic castles, Neolithic monuments, picturesque villages, Bushmills distillery....County Antrim in Northern Ireland has them all.
Northern Ireland's Causeway Coast and Antrim Glens – an area of unsurpassed beauty, a unique fusion of tangible heritage and magnificent scenery. An area whose breathtaking and rugged coastline merges into the romantic landscape of its deep silent glens and lush forest parks. Head north to the dramatic "Causeway Coast" where around 40,000 basalt columns rise out of the sea to form magnificent cliffs. This has been the most popular attraction in Northern Ireland for at least 300 years.
The wonders don't stop there as the region has been made famous by the Causeway Coastal Route which is seen as 'one of the world's great road journeys' and one of the most outstanding scenic car touring drives in the world featuring the Giant's Causeway. It's a voyage not to be rushed and provides a journey of exploration, where imagination meets reality and where every village and town, castle and rocky shore are waiting to be discovered.
Nearby in Portrush is the Dunluce Centre which features unique attractions providing thrills and enjoyment for the whole family including Ireland’s only 4-D Turbo Tours motion simulator cinema. Finn McCools 3 floor soft play adventure playground is ideal for younger members of the family. The Darklight Laser Drome provides action fun for all members of the family and the centre also has a viewing tower which offers a superb panoramic view of Portrush and the surrounding coastal area. The Centre includes a Coffee Shop, Gift Shops and Tourist Information Centre.
At nearby Bushmills you can experience for yourself the unique whiskey making tradition at Irelands oldest working whiskey distillery, granted a royal licence to distil in 1608. The Old Bushmills Distillery offers guided tours which take 45 mins and demonstrates the complete production process from grain to glass. Enjoy a whiskey of your choice in our 1608 Bar at the end of your tour. Admission charge applies to guided tour but the Whiskey/Gift Shop and Cafe are open to the public 7 days a week without charge.
We can only give a taste of what’s on offer including Ireland's top tourist spots, outdoor activities, events and a range of accommodation. We can’t add the scent of the sea breezes or let you feel the soft tread of grass under your feet. We can’t give you the feel of cool clear water as you reach out and touch a waterfall or share the craic of an evening in a character-filled local pub.
You’ll have to come in person for those experiences.......
Glens of Antrim
Let me introduce you to Cushendun ...
The picturesque village of Cushendun lies on the County Antrim coast at the mouth of the River Dun. Situated at the foot of Glendun, one of the famous nine Glens of Antrim, Cushendun makes a good base for exploring the surrounding coast and countryside. Much of the village was designed by Welsh architect Clough Williams-Ellis (who famously created the Italianate fantasy village of Portmeirion in North Wales) between 1912 and 1925. Owned by the National Trust, Cushendun is characterised by quaint whitewashed Cornish-style cottages and boasts a long, unspoilt sandy beach and pretty harbour. A festival week takes place at the end of July.
Surrounding the village, Glendun (meaning 'Brown Glen') is one of the most scenic of the nine glens, and is known as the glen of wild flowers, with lots of deciduous and evergreen woodland. You can walk along the river to the famous Glendun Viaduct, designed by Charles Lanyon in the 1830's; or visit the ruins of Castle Carra, which date from the late 13th and early 14th centuries. The Neolithic court cairn known as Ossian's Grave is not far from Cushendun, while on the outskirts of the village is the mysterious Tiveragh hill, reputed to be the haunt of fairies.
Places of interest nearby:
* Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, Antrim, Northern Ireland
* Benvarden Garden
* Carnfunnock Country Park
Places of interest within 5 miles:
* Glenariff Forest Park
* Layd Old Church
* Ardclinis Outdoor Adventure
Places of interest within 10 miles:
* Ballycastle Beach
* Watertop Open Farm
* Bonamargy Friary
Places of interest within 20 miles:
* Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, Antrim, Northern Ireland
* Glenarm Castle's Historic Walled Gardens
* Benvarden Garden