Apartment / 2 bedrooms / sleeps 6

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • Private garden

The Golden Sands Villa is situated between Coleraine and Limavady just off the Seacoast Road and is within a five minute walk from Benone's Blue Flag Beach and Holiday Complex.

Benone Beach stretches for over 7 miles from Downhill westwards to where it meets Magilligan Point at the mouth of Lough Foyle and forms part of one of Ireland's longest beaches. Benone Beach, a Blue Flag award winning beach, is popular throughout the year for a variety of outdoor activities and events with great views along the North Coast, to Inishowen in Donegal and to Scotland.

Breathe the 'Danny Boy' Air and take in The Local Danny Boy Festival in the home town of the famous song. Jane Ross, who wrote down the Air to the World famous song, lived just a few miles away in Limavady town. Other local annual festivals include The Limavady Jazz & Blues Festival and the Roe Valley Folk Festival.

This superb self-catering apartment is set in an area of outstanding natural beauty and can sleep up to six people. The local Pub and Restaurant are within walking distance as well as other Pubs and Restaurants within a ten minute drive. The area offers tremendous amenities with seven miles of beach, a Multiplex Cinema and Bowling Alley, two Leisure Centres, Outdoor Pursuits, Pony Trekking, Two Golf Courses, Gliding Club, Forest walks, Roe Valley Country Park, Hezlett House, Downhill Castle and Gardens, Mussenden Temple and the Lough Foyle Ferry to Greencastle Co Donegal all within a ten mile radius.

This is an ideal base for attending the World Famous N.W, 200 Motorcycle Road Races and the popular Milk Cup Football Tournament or exploring the Northwest and Donegal areas.

Giants Causeway

Known As The 8th Natural Wonder Of World, The Giant's Causeway, A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Is An Amazing Natural Formation Of Basalt Columns. This Evocative Coastline Is Enshrined In Local Mythology With Tales Of The Giant Finn MacCool, All Of Which Can Be Explored At The Causeway Visitors Centre.

Binevenagh Lake

Binevenagh Lake Is Situated In A Picturesque Cliff-Top Location Surrounded By Forests And Woodland With A Breathtaking Mountain Top View Overlooking The Blue Flag Beach Benone Strand And Across The Bay At The Magical Beauty Of The Hills Of Donegal. Rainbow Trout Fishing By Permit Only, Available Locally, Includes Disability Access.

£450: High Season only weekly (Saturday-Saturday)(01/07/2014 - 31/08/2014)

£450: High Season prices apply to all Bank Holidays including Christmas

£350: Low Season only weekly (01/09/2014 - 30/06/2015)

£200: Low Season 3 or more nights available (01/09/2014 - 30/06/2015)


Small animals/pets allowed by arrangement

Golden Sands Villa Rooms

Fully fitted kitchen

Dining and living area

1 Bedroom 2 double beds

1 Bedroom 2 single beds


Spacious airing cupboard via hotpress

Golden Sands Villa Facilities

Parking space

Shared Garden

Full Central heating

Electric Shower

Washing Machine

Electric oven and hob

Fridge Freezer


42" Plasma TV

CD,DVD and Video recorder

Garden Furniture

Books and Games

Iron and Ironing Board

Bedding and Towels

Cot available on request

Welcome pack on arrival including homemade buns, wine and few essentials

Size Sleeps up to 6, 2 bedrooms
Rooms 2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms
Nearest beach Benone 100 m
Will consider Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month)
Access Car not necessary
Nearest Amenities 100 m
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: City Of Derry Airport 29.5 km, Nearest railway: Bellarena & Castlerock 6.4 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries DVD player, Sea view
General Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Furniture Double beds (2), Single beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Private garden, Shared garden, Climbing frame, Swing set, Private fishing lake or river
Access Secure parking, Suitable for people with restricted mobility, Wheelchair users

The County Londonderry region

Benone Strand forms part of one of Ireland's longest beaches. A Blue Flag beach, it is popular throughout the year for a variety of outdoor activities and events with great views along the North Coast, to Inishowen in Donegal and to Scotland. Downhill Beach is also nearby.

Bushmills Distillery

The Old Bushmills Distillery claims and is considered to be the oldest licensed distillery in the world. A licence to distil in the area was granted to Sir Thomas Phillipps in 1608 by King James I and the 1608 date is printed on the labels of the Bushmills brand.

Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge

Beyond the Giant's Causeway, a short coastal path leads to the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge. Traditionally fishermen erected the rope bridge to Carrick-a- Rede island over a 23m deep and 20m wide chasm so that they could cross to check their salmon nets. In the past it consisted of one single rope hand rail but this has been replaced by a two hand rail bridge by the National Trust.It is a site of special scientific interest with unique geology, flora and fauna. Diverse birdlife can be observed at close range including fulmars, kittiwakes, guillemots and razorbills. From here, there are stunning uninterrupted views of Rathlin island and the Scottish islands. It is a bird watchers' paradise but more extensively it is one ofNorthern Ireland's best loved attractions.

There are visitor facilities. Refreshments, guided tours, access for visitors with disabilities and facilities for families. Dogs must be kept on leads and are not permitted to cross the bridge.

Saint Columb's Cathedral

The cathedral dominates the skyline from its prominent position inside the City Walls. It was the first of its kind to be built after the Reformation in 1633 by William Parrot in a Planter Gothic style for the Honourable The Irish Society.

Dunluce Castle

Dunluce castle is a medieval Irish castle sited dramatically close to the edge of a headland along the North Antrim Coast. This medieval castle stands of the site of an early Irish Fort and its history can be traced to early Christians and Vikings.Dunluce has a rich and varied history borne out of bloodshed in battles. Well known names include the MacQuillan family in 1513 and later the MacDonnell Clan from Scotland who were its last occupants. Dunluce castle served as the seat of the 1st Earl of Antrim, a title conferred by Queen Elizabeth on Randall MacDonnell.

Glens Of Antrim

There are nine glens situated along the Antrim Coast – Glenarm, Glencloy, Glenariff, Glenaan, Glencorp, Glenshesk, Glentaisie, Glenballyeamon and Glendun.Glenariff is known as “the Queen of the Glens”

Its woods, waterfalls and riverside paths are of special interest to geologists and botanists. The spectacular scenery is famed in song and story.

One of its most notable poets was John Hewitt. Literary tours starting in the John Hewitt pub in Belfast take you through the magnificent locations which inspired his stories of the Glens.

Rathlin Island

Rathlin is an island off theNorthAntrimCoastand is the most northerly point of Northern Ireland. It has a rugged landscape that is beautiful and tranquil with breathtaking views of Donegal, the North Antrim Coastline, theislandofIslayand the Mull of Kintyre. It also has a bird sanctuary and is home to a colony of seals.

The Roe Valley Country Park

The Roe Valley Country park is situated on the outskirts of Limavady and is one of the area's premier attractions. It offers spectacular riverside views and tranquil woodland walks.The park runs 3 miles on either side of the River Roe, providing for recreational activities such as canoeing, orienteering, salmon and trout fishing. Rock climbing can also be undertaken on O'Cahan's Rock, a famous landscape feature in the park associated with the O'Cahan Clan of Limavady.There is a disabled angler's jetty by the river. There are also specially designed trails for the disabled visitor emphasising the wildlife of the park.The Green Lane Museum within the park tells the story of the linen industry that was vibrant in this area. There are the remains of the buildings used and much of the original equipment is preserved, including a restored watermill used in the linen production.


Point of Interest

Look out for seals, porpoises and bird life

Route Description

Park at entrance to Benone Strand (or on beach if area is busy), continue eastwards along beach with views to Downhill and Mussenden.

Retrace your steps to Benone for a longer walk.

Dog walkers please note seasonal dog free zone May - Sept. Boardwalks in duneland may be used for dog walking to reach open beach.

There is a military firing range to west of beach entrance which has restricted access.

Be aware of various acitvities on the beach such as shore angling, kiting, horses etc throughout the year.