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“lovely peaceful place”
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The Barnhouse
Ranked #3 of 3 Cushendun B&B and Inns
Brisbane, Australia
1 review
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“lovely peaceful place”
Reviewed September 30, 2012

We were so sorry to leave this peaceful place. Mary and Joe were wonderful and we received the warmest of welcomes. The basket of goodies left for us was wonderful homemade jam, fresh scones and freshly laid eggs.. Superb scenery , wonderful views and delightful hosts who could ask for more!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed August 22, 2011

our family had a lovely time here in such a beautiful setting and Mary and Joe continually went out of their way to cater for our every question or requirement hopefully we will all be back soon

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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Glasgow
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Reviewed April 20, 2010

I would echo all the positive comments already made about Drumkeerin. We are just back and I miss the place already. Amazing views, great location, delightful hosts Mary and Joe. Our kids are 4 and 6 and I would really recommend Drumkeerin for a family with young children. Ours loved all the lambs in the fields surrounding and of course the chickens kept by Mary and Joe. There is even a little stream in the garden that they loved pottering down to. It felt like a really safe environment but with plenty of freedom for them to explore. Of course the weather helped as it was glorious sunshine every day and numerous beaches to go to nearby. Even if it had rained we wouldn't have minded because it was such a perfect spot.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled with family
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Central Coast, California
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Reviewed August 22, 2009

My family (three teenagers) enjoyed a lovely, peaceful stay in the Barnhouse, Joe and Mary's self-catering cottage, for a week in late July. Joe and Mary couldn't have been better hosts. Mary had homemade scones and jam and a basket of fresh eggs waiting for us, and Joe had a fist full of honeysuckle from their lovely garden. They are both delightful and well deserving of having won the award for Landlady of the Year for the UK a couple of years back.

The location of their property is just stunning with views of the tiny coastal village of Cushendun below. You will need access to a car if you're going to be here for a week as you will want to day trip out to explore the wonders of this part of N. Ireland. In the heart of "the glens" Cushendun is within a comfortable day's drive of Giant's Causeway, Dunluce Castle, the Queen's View and other points north, and Belfast and the beautiful coastline to the south. Cushendun itself is quite small with few options for dining and entertainment, but it is a gorgeous setting for hiking or for painting or just relaxing with a good novel. Mary and Joe will be happy to provide you with maps, books, and stories about this beautiful part of Ireland.

The Barnhouse itself is a bit rustic but charming. The kitchen provides just the basics, but who wants to do a lot of cooking anyway when on holiday? The beds were comfy and there were good showers with plenty of hot water. We woke to the roosters crowing in the morning and enjoyed berries from the garden. There is a washer and dryer available for guests too, which was great.

All in all, great stay, and though Cushendun may not have been terribly exciting for our teenagers, we all felt sorry to leave and hope to go back some day.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with family
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Gold Coast, Australia
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Reviewed July 23, 2008

Wow, we were lucky enough to stay with Mary and Joe for three nights. They would have to be the nicest owners of a B&B in Ireland.
Unfortunately they are not taking bookings for their B&B anymore but they are offering self catering accommodation in their Drumkerrin Lodge and that's where we spent our three nights. The Lodge is very comfortable and has a good kitchen with all appliances and the large family room overlooks Joe and Mary's land (complete with lambs) down to the seaside. The master bedroom has a great bed with a new ensuite attached.
There are three other bedrooms with bunks with one other bathroom and two other toilets.
When you stay don't forget to ask Joe & Mary to have a look at their paintings and sketches in their house - several of them are on the Lodge's walls.
Mary & Joe served one of the best Irish cooked breakfasts, with their own farm fresh eggs (YUM), that we had whilst travelling.

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  • Disliked — This place was perfect
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled as a couple
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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Reviewed August 30, 2007

For exploring the Antrim Coast of Northern Ireland, I can't think of a better place to stay than this great b&b overlooking the coastal town of Cushendun. Mary and Joe McFadden are delightful hosts who are eager to help you enjoy their part of the world. (and Mary's scones and homemade black currant jam are dynamite!) Also, their lovely home boasts wonderful artwork (they are both artists) and the most INCREDIBLE view.
There is so much here within relaxing day-trip distance - Giant's Causeway, Bushmills, Carrick-a-rede rope bridge - but you can also spend days exploring lovely harbors, beaches, forest glens and great coastal walks. We spent 5 nights in July and it wasn't nearly long enough - I can't wait to go back.

  • Liked — Great scenery and helpful, friendly hosts
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled as a couple
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north yorkshire, england
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Reviewed August 10, 2007

Mary and Joe are the perfect hosts, friendly and helpful. Their house is filled with their own excellent artworks. Breakfasts are award winning, don't miss the fluffy scones or butteryscrambled eggs with local smoked salmon.

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  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled as a couple
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Property: The Barnhouse
Address: 201A Torr Road, Cushendun BT44 0PU, Northern Ireland
Location: United Kingdom > Northern Ireland > County Antrim > Cushendun
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Ranked #3 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Cushendun
Number of rooms: 20
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The Barnhouse Cushendun, Northern Ireland

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