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View from the kitchen to the beach and part of the village

Apartment | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4

Key Info
  • Beach or lakeside relaxation
  • Great for children of all ages
  • No pets allowed
  • Car not necessary
  • Nearest beach 0.1km

# 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

Definitions:

boutique:/bu?tik/ [boo-teek]

Noun - any small, exclusive business offering high end, customised service. Adjective - characteristic of a small, exclusive producer, business or service.

bothy:?b??i/ [both-ee]

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
Access Secure parking
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.

Complementary WIFI

i Pod docking station

Well equipped kitchen and well stocked pantry

8 wet-suits sized from small child to adult

Maps and walking guides

DVD library

Music library and collection

Basic fishing and crabbing equipment provided.

Further details

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

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Review 1-10 of 32

25 Feb 2014

5/5

"Picture Perfect Getaway"

My friends and I used our trip as a writers' retreat for our PhD's. It was PERFECT! Great views, brand new EVERYTHING, and a well-kitted kitchen. Paul was very helpful in the booking proces… More

24 Feb 2014

5/5

"Antrim Coast Paradise"

My wife and I stayed here for two nights in December last, and it was fantastic. Bridget gave us a very warm welcome even though we were late....blame the weather!!The apartment is warm, clean and ver… More

18 Nov 2013

5/5

"Home away from home but with fabulous views"

We are a family of 4 (kids aged 9 and 5) travelling through Europe for 6 months and stayed in the apartment for 4 nights during November 2013. We felt like we were the only ones staying in the complex… More

Hi.
So glad that Cushendun made it onto the itinerary of your European tour. Thanks for the kind words. You managed to sum up the Bothy experience perfectly. Enjoy the rest of your trip.

Paul and Mary

8 Sep 2013

5/5

"Fabulous"

Can't find much fault with this accommodation. Good bits: view, cleanliness, equipment, king-size bed, open plan living and dining area, shower, peacefulness, welcome from Bridget, location, wifi… More

Hi. Many thanks for the review of our apartment by the sea. We are glad you had such a good time. Come back any time.

Paul and Mary

25 Aug 2013

5/5

"Perfect"

A beautiful apartment in a perfect location. Lots of time spent on the beach and in the rock pools. In the evening the view from the window was mesmerising.Nothing was too much trouble and there was w… More

Many thanks for taking the time to submit such a positive review. Being at the village end of the apartments gives you great people watching time from the balcony, as well as the view of the river, bridge, harbour, Cushendun bay and Scotland beyond. Hope to see you again soon.

Best wishes,

Paul and Mary

18 Aug 2013

5/5

"Perfect holiday in a great apartment in a beautiful location"

Have just returned from staying at the Boutique Bothy and absolutely loved it. The apartment is extremely well kept with lovely finishing touches, and we received a warm welcome from Bridget. The vi… More

Many thanks for taking the time to submit such a positive review. You certainly packed it all in and took full advantage of the Boutique Bothy and Cushendun experience. Hope to see you again soon.

Best wishes,

Paul and Mary

3 Aug 2013

5/5

"Location Location Location"

Fab flat in fab location.
Wonderful peaceful location within great scenery. The views were changing all the time with the changing light.
Everything you need in the flat a short walk to beach, pub ,and shop.
Great exercise walking up and down the stairs, sorted my dodgy knee out no problem.
Handy for all the sights of Antrim all the way over to Derry/Londonderry as a day out. Had a great holiday even enjoyed people watching from the French window.
Would recommend this to all but the physically challenged, the stairs would be a problem for them.

Great to hear that you had such a wonderful time. Couldn't agree more with your descriptions of the flat and the surroundings. Many thanks.

Paul and Mary

2 Jun 2013

5/5

"perfect holiday rental"

A lovely spacious apartment with everything you need. We were well looked after by Bridget and thought the welcome package was a nice touch. The views across the bay were beautiful with its ever chang… More

Thank you. Glad you had such a great time and took full advantage of the many special places nearby. Hope to see you again. Paul and Mary

19 Mar 2013

5/5

"Splendid appartment, great views"

A lovelly appartment very well furnished and equiped with spectacular views.
The village has a post office which caters for all the essentials of life and the pub serves an excellent Guiness.
Local scenery is fantastic and with much appeal to any geologists.
Great place

Many thanks for taking the time to share your happy experiences of the Boutique Bothy. You have managed to hit the nail on the head of it.

Paul and Mary

11 Mar 2013

5/5

"A great apartment in beautiful surroundings"

This apartment was all that was advertised and more. The view over the bay is beautiful and the scenery in the surrounding area is stunning with many beautiful walks. Bridget was warm and welcoming. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a quiet, relaxing break.

Thank you very much for your review. We're glad you enjoyed the apartment, the view and the beautiful surrounding countryside and beach etc. Come back soon

Paul and Mary

Review 1-10 of 32

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