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Cottage -
2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4
Ballycastle, County Antrim, Northern Ireland

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yannicete...
Level 5 Contributor
45 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Still just as good!!”
Reviewed December 4, 2016 for a stay in November 2016

We first stayed at the Bothy about three years ago just after it had opened. Back then we thought that the standards were extremely high and that the value for the price was incredible. Surely, we thought, the owner April won't be able to maintain this kind of standards over time... Well, we were mistaken. Nothing has changed. Visitors still enjoy an incredible welcome pack with scones, marmelade, wood and turf for the fire, etc... Also, visitors are still free to use the dishwasher, washing machine, and the kitchen is still perfectly well equipped.
The peace out there is wonderful. April and her husband are great hosts. Within 2 minutes of a power cut, they were over apologising (seriously(!)... hardly their fault!!) bringing loads of candles, gas lights, etc...
Anyway, I could write pages about it. In short: don't miss it, it's a wonderful place, you won't be disappointed.

Date of stay: November 2016
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Liked best: The wood burning stove
Liked least: Not applicable... everything was great.
Traveling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
Dec 5, 2016
It's always lovely to welcome back returning guests including any new additions to the family and particularly good to hear that you found The Bothy as you remembered it.
Thank you for your most kind thoughts and we hope you have a safe journey home.
Looking forward to your next visit!
Warmest regards and best wishes for a wonderful Christmas.
April
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Reviewed November 29, 2016 for a stay in November 2016

Date of stay: November 2016
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Traveling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
Dec 3, 2016
Thank you for your lovely review of The Bothy at Balnaholish, it always brings a smile to my face when I hear that our guests enjoyed their stay and had everything they needed.
Looking forward to welcoming you all back again, meanwhile have a wonderful Christmas.
Warmest regards,
April
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AmeliaEff...
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“I'm still in awe!”
Reviewed November 10, 2016 for a stay in November 2016

My son, his father and I came to the Bothy after my parents visited here several years ago. When we arrived, I was actually shocked. The fire was lit for us, the kettle boiled, April had laid out a tea set with scones and we had fresh wheaten and Home made marmalade, eggs and oats in the kitchen! Funny, too, that my son's father realised he had bought smooth orange juice by accident instead of orange juice with bits; and when we opened the fridge we saw there was a large bottle already waiting! Utterly perfect! There wasn't a single speck of dust in the whole place, and the bottles of water in the bedrooms were so cute. April had even gone to the effort of setting out a basket with toys in it for my son (they were even age appropriate because he's only one). I'm just blown away by the hospitality and it's probably the best I've ever had (and I've been to some of the best hotels in the U.K.). We cannot wait to return with our little boy and cannot thank April enough for such a wonderful experience that has created beautiful memories for us both. I thought I'd attach a picture of my son in front of the fire in his own mini chair that April provided(and a lightsaber). Absolutely amazing place and I could not recommend it enough!

Date of stay: November 2016
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Management Response
Nov 21, 2016
It is such a great feeling when we receive such high praise and makes it all worthwhile to know that we have made our guests happy, that is what we strive to achieve.
Looking forward to seeing you all again.

Warmest regards,
April
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dublin
Reviewed November 7, 2016 for a stay in November 2016

Date of stay: November 2016
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Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
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Management Response
Nov 21, 2016
Such a lovely and much appreciated review and we are so happy that you loved our little retreat ,enjoying the peace and tranquillity and all we have to offer.
Please come back soon!
Warmest regards,
April
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WeeCon
Carrickfergus, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“A Perfect Haven”
Reviewed November 5, 2016 for a stay in November 2016

An amazing little gem in Co.Antrim - April and Neil were fantastic hosts, we were greeted with a beautiful log fire, homemade scones with fresh jam and cream and the kettle on - what more could one ask for - oh yes, the fantastic homemade wheaten bread and marmalade. Every little detail was taken care of to the utmost degree, the beds were the most comfortable that I have ever slept on, the whole Bothy was amazing, the garden was magical and I can't wait to return here, would thoroughly recommend The Bothy. Thank you April and Neil for making our stay so wonderful x

Date of stay: November 2016
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Liked best: The attention to detail
Liked least: No pets allowed
Traveling group: Young Children
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
Nov 6, 2016
Thank you so much for your lovely review and needless to stay we are so pleased you all loved The Bothy and all it had to offer.
Looking forward to welcoming you back, meanwhile have a wonderful Christmas!
Warmest Regards,
April
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U6373TXpe...
Belfast, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Another fantastic stay at The Bothy”
Reviewed October 1, 2016 for a stay in August 2016

The Bothy offers superb accommodation in tranquil surroundings. This was our 3rd visit as a family of 4 (kids 5+ 8 years) and as expected it was perfect in every way. I have reviewed the Bothy before and all that I can say is well done April and Neil for maintaining impeccably high standards year in year out.
Nothing can be faulted with this accommodation thanks for your hospitality and we look forward to our next visit. Peter, Catherine + kids

Date of stay: August 2016
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Liked best: Cosy and homely accommodation
Liked least: Nothing
Traveling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children
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Management Response
Oct 2, 2016
Peter we are thrilled with your very kind words and very happy that you enjoyed your third visit as much as the first.
We look forward to your return visits and endeavour to keep our standards up to the four star grading we have been awarded.
Warmest regards to all the family and see you soon.
April
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lesleyand...
Leyland, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Perfect and peaceful haven”
Reviewed September 25, 2016 for a stay in September 2016

We stayed at the bothy for 4 nights and the cottage met and exceeded our expectations. What a welcome from April and family with the table ready for tea and cream scones. there was everything needed for self catering and more including lovely touches of home made bread, fresh flowers and chocolates on the bed.
Such a peaceful haven with a very comfortable bed ensured we left relaxed and revived.
The cottage is ideally situated to explore the beautiful part of Northern Ireland. We did not manage to see everywhere so we will be returning soon and the bothy will be first choice.
Highly recommend to anyone wanting a peaceful break in a cottage full of history.

Date of stay: September 2016
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Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
  • Was your security deposit returned on time?
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
Sep 25, 2016
It was lovely meeting you both and I am delighted that you plan to come back to The Bothy,
Thank you for taking the time to write such a helpful and lovely review ,also for leaving the cottage so tidy.
Warmest regards,
April
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