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Limepark Arts Center & Cottages
Dublin, Ireland
Level 3 Contributor
8 reviews
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“Blacksmiths Cottage”
Reviewed June 18, 2013 via mobile

We spent three nights at the Blacksmith Cottage, and I wished we were staying longer. The cottage had everything we needed, it was warm, clean, and spacious. Beautifully decorated, our bedroom had a large double bed, underfloor heating and access to the lawn. The kitchen is well equipped, near enough everything you would need for self catering, and the bathroom was spotless. The lounge is the whole space up the old stone stairs where your welcomed with a large open fireplace, with lots of candles and lamps dotted around the room. Good size tv with digital channels, DVD player, and board games all at your disposal. The grounds at Limepark are fabulous, lots of space for our dog to run around and very dog friendly. Our experience of limepark was excellent, I couldn't fault a thing. The little village of Armoy doesn't have very much, petrol garage, chip shop & a pub, but we used Limepark as a base to do the Antrim Coast, which is only 25minutes away. Would recommend Limepark to everyone, it's too beautiful to miss.

Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Lisburn, United Kingdom
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Reviewed May 5, 2013 via mobile

we have visited limepark 3times now staying once in blacksmiths cottage and twice in the long barn. both cottages are very unique. long barn has two rooms eith the living area upstairs...it isvery spacious and comes with great views.

its beautiful in both summer and winter. with the open gardens you can enjoy a bbq and in the winter nothing beats the good old turf fire. sooo cozy.

words cannot describe; we love the cottages as its such a relaxing break. the best of it is we can bring along our 4leg it freing who also loves it.

  • Stayed September 2012
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Reviewed March 18, 2013 via mobile

What an amazing place! Booked a midweek break for my hubby's 50th -could not have asked for a more idyllic place to stay - very central for all the Antrim glens and coastline has to offer! The accommodation itself was first class the renovations to these buildings is perfect with underfloor heating in the bathroom!! Absolutely loved our stay here and was great for our Labrador Ozzy, who also made friends with the resident pooches! We will definitely return if only to see how the function room is coming along! Thank you for making a special week perfect!

  • Stayed March 2013
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Northern Ireland
Level 6 Contributor
78 reviews
52 hotel reviews
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Reviewed March 11, 2013

We were lucky enough to bring our doggie here which is a huge bonus to start with! We stayed for 3 nights, back in early February 2013, we received a warm welcome and the family were very nice. We had been looking for a self-catering cottage where we could bring the dog and were delighted to find Limepark. The place looks lovely on the website and it certainly lived up to our expectations. We picked Blacksmith’s Cottage which cost £190 for the three nights (including the £10 supplement for the dog). Positives included the character features inside, the amount of space we had in the bedroom and in the huge living room, the constant heat from the under floor heating and the incredibly comfortable bed with good quality linens. We cooked on 2 nights out of 3 and had plenty of amenities to do so. The table in the kitchen was tiny but there was a larger table in the living room area. There was free Wi-Fi which was fantastic and we used it a great deal during our stay. There were plenty of board games in the cottage and a Freeview TV with ample channel options as well as a library of DVDs to borrow from and a library of books.

The cottage was fairly handy for exploring the North West Coast, the beauty of which, in the bleak mid-winter was mesmerising. We were able to walk the dog on deserted beaches at Portballintrae and Whitepark Bay as well as explore Portrush, Portstewart and beautiful Ballycastle which is my favourite. I also have to recommend a Morton’s fish takeaway if you are staying at Limepark – it’s a real treat, and quality is second to none. Limepark for us was a much needed getaway and although we are from N.Ireland, we like to explore what we have on our own doorstep and the location of the cottage allowed us to do so while providing a haven to get away from normal everyday life.

Some of my niggles are listed below. I will say that I highly recommend Limepark and we would love to stay again so readers may wish to ignore my ‘hard to please’ comments!

In our cottage, the bathroom and kitchen could both be a bit larger. There was no light outside the door of our cottage so getting in and out at dark proved somewhat difficult. Another small issue was the steep steps inside. There were ok to go up, but it was important to take care coming back down again. I wouldn’t recommend our cottage for anyone with mobility issues for this reason.

The first basket of firewood and peat for the open fire were provided but they had to be purchased thereafter which was a shame. We managed to make 2 fires out of what we were given but we didn’t have a fire on our 3rd and final night which was unfortunate but at £190, we didn’t want to have to spend more money. Thankfully we were cosy but the fire creates a nice atmosphere and is a novelty for those of us who don’t have the pleasure of one at home.

It was unfortunate that we had made our plans for a check-out time of 11am because after we had the car loaded up and were ready to go, the owner told us we could stay as long as we wished on check-out day. It would have been lovely to hear this a day in advance. Finally just a note to say I found it difficult to get hold of the owner to book and my credit card details were provided a few days before I received confirmation of a booking (which made me panic slightly at the time – I considered cancelling the card in case I had handed my details to the wrong person!).

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Belfast, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
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Reviewed February 18, 2013

I Love Limepark! The photos did not do the cottages justice! They are gorge! And so clean and the owners are really lovely and helpful.Our jack russell Iggy had such a ball on the grounds, we have been twice and are planning our third trip. It's heaven!!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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N.Ireland
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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Reviewed February 9, 2013

We stayed in the Long Barn for 4 nights in January for my 40th birthday. What a treat!. The renovated barn was everything we could have asked for. It had real charm and a great sense of space.We loved the facilities and the feel of the other cottages. The grounds were beautiful and our Lab Finn particularly enjoyed them. Our hosts were very accommodating and we loved the Christmas tree, lights and decorations. A big thank you and we hope to return.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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Banbridge
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed January 11, 2013

My husband and I have just returned from a great 2 night stay in the Blacksmiths Cottage at Limepark. The cottage is very cosy and clean with a lovely open fire upstairs, and has been beautifully restored. If you like to eat out try O'Connors pub in nearby Ballycastle, terrific food and great value for money. Overall our stay was enjoyable, comfortable and far too short!!!!!!!!!!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Limepark Arts Center & Cottages

Property: Limepark Arts Center & Cottages
Address: 37 Drones Road | Armoy, Armoy BT53 8XJ, Northern Ireland
Location: United Kingdom > Northern Ireland > County Antrim > Armoy
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Specialty Lodging in Armoy
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Luxury 5* Historic Self-catering Cottages, Wilde art gallery and studio's nestled between the famous north coast and beautiful glens of Antrim.Facilities Include:-6 Luxury Cottages-Wedding Venue-Corporate & Events Venue-Free parking-Free Wifi or Ethernet connection -Gym-Games Room (Pool, Snooker & Table Tennis)-Grass Tennis Court-DVD rental-Access to Fishing Rods *limited amount-Access to Bikes *limited amount-Croquet Lawn-Borrow a BBQ ... more   less 
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Limepark Arts Center And Cottages
Limepark Arts Center & Cottages Hotel Armoy
Limepark Arts Center & Cottages Armoy, Northern Ireland - County Antrim

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