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Downhill Beachhouse
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Reviewed March 3, 2013

I've stayed here a few times with my family, it's fantastic! The location is perfect, right on the beach, there are stunning views over to Inishowen from the sitting room and dining room (and some of the bedrooms). The staff are some of the friendliest people you'll meet, they really make it feel like your home away from home! It's easy to get to by car, but not so much by public transport. The beds are comfy, the rooms are big and bright and the shower rooms are clean and adequate. The kitchen is great, well stocked with some things you might forget to bring with you, but it is a little small if you're travelling in a bigger group.
The hostel is close to Coleraine and Derry and Donegal isn't too far away either! If the weather is good you can surf on the beach or take a walk to Benone strand, and if the weather's bad you can play Monopoly in the family room with the fire lit! I'll be back!

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 26, 2013 via mobile

I stayed here last year when travelling around Northern Ireland and it was amazing.
The owners couldn't make you feel more welcome, the other guests were friendly, the dorms were clean and spacious with the most amazing view of the Sunrise out of the window when I woke up.

  • Stayed: September 2012
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Reviewed February 15, 2013

Did around sixty tours in Ireland, many hostels I visited and slept in. This is the best and I recommend it to people who do like the character of a house and location, who enjoy a quiet atmosphere. I have this plan to fill it up with good friends, their wives and children. Thar 'll be my next trip, for sure!
Carl

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 18, 2012

The house is situated in the best beach we visited in Irekand! Great views (not from our bedroom), great place, peaceful and relaxing location (the railway that passes in front of the house was even closed for repairs! How lucky is that?), close to the most touristical N.I. spots, what else could you wish for? We had a family ensuite room (a double bed and two bunk beds), the only negative remark was the small bathroom, which was really, really small (but it still had a toilet, a shower and a washbasin)!...

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 10, 2012

Can't say enough good things about our stay! William was a wonderful host. The location can't be beat! Beautiful turn of the century hostel. I had our window cracked open a little all night and could hear the little brook that ran past the hostel. Beautiful morning walk on the beach to top it all off! William even suggested a restaurant to our evening meal that served us the best food we had in all of Ireland! Stay here!

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 10, 2012

Travelling from the Eurozone, the exchange rate wasn't in our favour so this place seemed quite expensive for a hostel, but it's really very good. The bedroom was on a par with many 2 to 3-star hotels with a simple but clean and acceptable bathroom. The common room downstairs was comfortable and the staff member whom we met was friendly and pleasant. Above all, this is a very good location.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 1, 2012

I stayed here as a group of ten young adults following a group cycle from Belfast. The beach in front of the hostel was our finish line. The group were all made feel very welcome throughout our two nights here. William and other support staff were very helpful with their knowledge of the area. The location of the hostel is amazing and you would find it hard to match the views anywhere in Ireland. Facilities in the hostel were 1st class, its clean and very well maintained. A real gem.

Room Tip: Rooms with Sea views the best
  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled on business
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Additional Information about Downhill Beachhouse

Address: 12 Mussenden Road | Downhill, Coleraine BT51 4RP, Northern Ireland
Location: United Kingdom > Northern Ireland > County Londonderry > Coleraine
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 6 Specialty Lodging in Coleraine
Price Range: $62 - $66 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Downhill Beachhouse (formerly Downhill Hostel) is a self-catering Victorian Villa accepting both individual and group bookings. Accommodation is in double, twin, and 4 persons rooms. Use of a guest kitchen, dining and living room is included in the tariff. This atmospheric home is very popular with couples, families, outdoor enthusiasts, and groups of friends or families. The property borders the National Trust property containing the famous 'Mussenden Temple' and fronts onto the Downhill/Benone Beach. Local outdoor and arts activities can be arranged by the owners for guests. ... more   less 
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