This recently renovated house has 3 bedrooms, a living room and separate dining room, a fully equipped kitchen, main bathroom (equipped with free-standing bath and separate power shower), downstairs toilet. There is an external utility room to the rear of the house which contains a washing machine, and separate sink for clothes washing. 2 of the bedrooms are large doubles with king size beds. The third bedroom is smaller, with a single day bed which can be extended to become a king size double if required. To the front and rear of the house are two large gardens, the rear being fully enclosed and suitable for children. Additionally to the rear of the house is an enclosed, sheltered terrace area which is ideal for BBQ's weather permitting. Patio furniture and a charcoal BBQ are provided. The house has off-street parking for 4 cars.
Free Wifi now available throughout the house.
Located on the Strand Road, one of the most exclusive addresses in Portstewart, the property is a 1920's semi-detached house, within a few minutes walk of the beach, Portstewart Golf Course and the Promenade with its abundance of cafes, pubs, restaurants and shops. Close by are the many attractions of the North Antrim coast, including the Giants Causeway, Carrick-a-rede Rope Bridge, Dunluce Castle, Mussenden Temple and Bushmills Distillery to name but a few. This is also an ideal area for walking, cycling, surfing and many other activities. Locally there are many attractions for children too, from soft play areas to leisure centres and amusement facilities if the weather does not behave.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 family bathroom and 1 toilet only|
|Check in time:||14:00|
|Check out time:||10:00|
|Nearest beach||Portstewart Strand 1 km|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Belfast International Airport 87 km, Nearest railway: Coleraine 6.4 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player, Sea view|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Telephone, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Furniture||Double Beds (1), Cots available (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair available|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Access||Parking, Not suitable for wheelchair users|
County Derry, officially know as Londonderry, is perched on the northwest coast of Northern Ireland. Covering an area of some 798 square miles, the Derry landscape is varied and breathtaking. To the south are the forested glens of the Sperrin Mountains while to the north and east is the spectacular coastline of Portstewart, Castlerock and Benone Strands, some of Ireland's best beaches, with miles of wide-open sand and surf.
Derived from the Irish 'Doire' meaning oak grove, Derry has long been a sacred place for early Celtic and Christian settlements. In the 6th century, the Irish Saint Columba founded a monastery beside the River Foyle in 546 AD, where the oak tress grew. The City walls of Derry are amongst the best preserved fortifications in Europe. The layout of the city reflects the original town plan set out several hundred years ago. In 1609, an agreement was made with the Corporation of London for the rebuilding of Derry, hence the introduction of the name Londonderry.
Derry has some fine architecture across the County including the Georgian town of Limavady and the folly overlooking Downhill Strand, Mussenden Temple, built by the eccentric Earl Bishop of Derry. Other cultural attractions include Bellaghy Bawn, a 17th century enclosure, containing a permanent exhibition on the locally born, Nobel laureate poet, Seamus Heaney. The Earhart Centre at Ballyarnet commemorates where Amelia Earhart (the first woman to fly the Atlantic solo) brought her plane down in 1932. The first recording of 'Londonderry Air' was by Jane Ross in 1851, which was later affectionately known as 'Danny Boy'.
Visitors to Derry can also enjoy a multitude of outdoor activities from first-class golf to hill walking and excellent river angling. Roe Valley Country Park near Limavady is a superb place for salmon and trout fishing, canoeing, rock climbing and walking through miles of magnificent, preserved woodlands.
Named after the family whose 18th Century estate included the harbour - Portstewart is a relaxing and sedate resort. It is linked to its neighbour Portrush by road and the Port Path, a three-mile coastal walk. The town has a picturesque harbour and promenade and to the west is the sweeping two-mile stretch of Portstewart Strand. This was once home to Neolithic and early Iron Age people whose flints, arrowheads and pottery shards have been excavated from beneath the sandhills.
Portstewart is an attractive town for shopping and eating out and has a flourishing arts and cultural scene with the well established Arts Centre, Flowerfield, as well as art galleries and shops situated along the Promenade. Famous for it's ice cream, visitors can sample a variety of home-made flavours at a number of ice-cream parlours, the famous 'Morelli's Ice Cream' among them.
A simple fishing village until the early 19th century, Portstewart, under the new ownership of John Cromie, set about developing it as a ‘watering place'. He built ‘good houses' to accommodate summer visitors and when the railway arrived in 1855 the expansion of Portstewart really took off. Local landowners however glad of the business the railway brought, did not want the railway lines to cross their land so the station was built a mile away from Portstewart, with a steam tram linking it to the Promenade.
Increasingly popular as a holiday centre during the 20s and 30s, Portstewart also remained a busy fishing port right up to the Second World War with a new harbour being built for the fleet. The sight of the fishing smacks setting off with the sun sinking behind the Innishowen hills in Donegal helped inspire the songwriter Jimmy Kennedy to pen the poignant ‘Red Sails in the Sunset'.
A prominent feature of the town is O'Hara's Rock Castle, built in 1834 and later converted into a school, still in use today as part of Dominican College School. Beneath this building begins a magnificent cliff walk leading to Portstewart Strand and a holy well from which St Patrick is reputed to have drunk (Tober Patrick).
At the crescent youngsters and families can enjoy a superb play pool and outdoor entertainment complex, complete with bandstand and tiered seating. There is an artificial lake, climbing frames, slides and see-saws. Other recreational facilities include bowls, tennis and football at The Warren and there is a 9-hole and two excellent 18-hole golf courses.
The Causeway Coast Way, one of eight Waymarked Ways throughout Northern Ireland, is an exhilarating walking route following the dramatic north Ulster coastline from Portstewart to Ballycastle. The 52km waymarked route incorporates the Port Path (Portstewart Strand to Whiterocks, Portrush) and the Causeway Coast path. The route passes along sandy beaches, rocky bays, high cliffs, seaside resorts and small fishing villages, offering a great variety of coastal scenery within the designated Causeway Coast and Glens Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Short walks along the sea front in both directions both towards the beach and towards the town around the cliff top. This is accessible from steps, to the left of the wall opposite the house.
Longer walks are possible as far as you wish along the coast. Here are a couple of links to good ones:
Portstewart Strand - Sand dune and estuary Trail - http://www.walkni.com/Walk.aspx?ID=385
Port Path - http://www.walkni.com/Walk.aspx?ID=152
In Portstewart there are 3 courses, Strand, Riverside and Old Course all within walking distance from the house.
Further afield you have Royal Portrush, Castlerock, Bushfoot, Castlerock all within a short drive
Portstewart and Portrush offer a number of good breaks throughout the year. Tides notices and equipment are available for rent from:
18 Main St, Portrush.
Tel: 028 7082 5665
Ocean Warriors Surf Shop and Kite Store
80 The Promenade, Portstewart
Tel/Fax: 028 7083 6500
Surf and beach store. Wetsuits, bodyboards, surfboards, clothing and beach accessories. Wetsuit, board and sit-on canoe hire. Lessons available.
Open Easter - September: 10.00am - 6.00pm (Late night opening July & August)
Ocean Warriors Surf Shack
Whiterocks Beach, Portrush
Tel: 028 7083 6500. From the unmissable yellow Volkswagen Van you can hire everything you need for a great day at the beachThe surf shack hires out surf body boards, kayaks and wetsuits and has a great range of beach essentials, for the seasoned surfer or family day out.
Troggs & Surfing Ireland
88 Main Street, Portrush (& 20 The Diamond, Portstewart Tel: 028 7083 3361)
Tel: 028 70 825 476 Fax: 028 70 823 923
Equipment hire, including wetsuits, boards and advice on what beach is best to go to. A large inventory of wetsuits, booties, gloves, hoods, surfboards, beginner longboards and bodyboards available for hire.
Board Hire, equipment sales and tuition (PHONE FOR FREE SURF REPORT)
102 Lower Main Street, Portrush
Tel: 028 7082 3273
Heres a few suggestions as to the better places to eat
89 The Promenade
028 7083 2003
78 The Promenade
07855 802 252
81 The Promenade,
Portstewart BT55 7AQ
028 70 833959
The Ramore Wine Bar
Portrush, BT56 8DF
5 Causeway St
Portrush, BT56 8AB
Heres a couple of excellent pubs nearby:
89 The Promenade
028 7083 2003
The Ice House
9 The Promenade
Portstewart, BT55 7AD
The key events in the area are:
NW200 motorcycle races, held for a week in May each year
Red Sails Festival, held in late July
Northern Ireland Milk Cup
Portrush Raft Race
Portrush Air Show