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“The perfect place to stay on the North Coast”

Water's Edge Portstewart- including Walking Tours NI
Ranked #4 of 10 things to do in Portstewart
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Owner description: We organise self-guided walking holidays on the Causeway Coastal Way and in other ares of Northern Ireland. We offer single centre holidays with transfers to starts of walks and pick up and return to base at the end. B&B accommodation is provided in Water's Edge ,our Northern Ireland Tourist Board approved house, which is situated on The Causeway Coastal Path with direct sea views from all en suite bedrooms and guest sitting room.
Caerphilly, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
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“The perfect place to stay on the North Coast”
Reviewed September 23, 2013

We stayed with Ann and Ernie for a couple of nights during our recent visit to Northern Ireland. We couldn't have wished for a warmer welcome or a more perfect location, the views are superb with a beautifully decorated room and bathroom with every detail thought of. We had our 3 year old daughter with us who absolutely loved our stay especially Ann who was so kind and gave her extra books to read! Ernie was an excellent guide, providing information on the best places to visit including hidden gems off the beaten track. The strand beach is a wonderful place for a walk and what a treat to see oystercatchers within a couple of minutes of the house. We really can't speak highly enough of the wonderful time we spent here.

Visited September 2013
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Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
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“Close to the sea and the wide horizon”
Reviewed September 15, 2013

This comfortable B&B must have one of the best views of the North coast. The sea and the long beach are a few steps away. Watch the waves rolling in from the comfort of your room or the lovely blue sitting room with the covetable bay window that catches the evening sun. Ernie and Ann made our stay most comfortable. The healthy breakfast was served with delicious jams and local wheaten bread. We didn't have time to do the walks this time but will be back!

Visited September 2013
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Kiama, Australia
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3 reviews
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“Walking the Causeway Coast”
Reviewed July 27, 2013

We selected Walking Tours NI because they were local to the Causeway Coast and offerred an attractive and flexible self guided walking package which is what we were seeking. The stay at their B&B was absolutely perfect, and by stepping out the front door, one was on the coastal track. Ernie and Ann provided excellent breakfasts, and professional guidance for the each days walking. Dropping off and picking up was easy. Their reccomendations for evening meals in town were good, and we enjoyed the quarter hour walk there and back each night. In the lead up to this visit, we had been on a 8 week walking holiday in Austria, Switzerland and England. This visit rated the best.

Visited July 2013
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Oakland, California
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11 reviews
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“I cannot imagine staying anywhere else along the northern coast”
Reviewed June 27, 2013

My wife and I stayed with Ann and Ernie in June 2013 for three nights and two days of walking the coast. It was a wonderful experience that I highly recommend.

The location of their B&B is perfect—on a residential road that runs along the beach where there are unobstructed views of the ocean. One can easily walk into the center of town in about 15 minutes by following a walkway winding along the beach, so there is no need to drive if you plan to have a Guinness or Bushmill or two during the evening.

As others have described, breakfasts were large and hearty, but there was also cereal, fruit and yogurt as alternatives (or even supplements) to the full “Ulster fry”.

Ann and Ernie are exceptionally good hosts and consistently exceeded our expectations. For example, after a discussion with maps to see what type of hiking we were interested in, Ernie made spot-on recommendations, then suggested that we borrow his maps and small binoculars to take along on our walks. The walks were magnificent, covering 14 miles in two days.

The only minor caveat that I need to make is that our room did not have the expansive ocean view that some other reviewers describe. It did have an ocean facing window about 1 foot wide and 4 feet high in the left corner of the room, but one pretty much had to stand directly in front of it to get an ocean view. There was also another window facing 90 degrees from the first that afforded a view of a distant beach.

On the other hand, the view from the ground floor sitting room bay window is stunning, and guests are encouraged to make full use of the room. One day when we had a bottle of wine, Ernie said that we were welcome to have our wine in the sitting room and, in fact, he provided the glasses.

To sum up, I would not hesitate to stay with Ann and Ernie’s Walking Tours again and I would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone. In fact, I cannot imagine staying anywhere else along the northern coast. I mention the view from our room only so that prospective guests might have an accurate picture of that one room. I would be happy to stay in that same room again, knowing that my stay with Ann and Ernie would be one of the high points of any trip to Northern Ireland.

Visited July 2012
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Mississauga, Canada
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
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“A gem!”
Reviewed November 4, 2012

We stayed with Ann and Ernie in May, 2012 for two weeks. We were part of a larger group (8 people) and were two of the lucky six to be staying with them.

This B&B is a gem. The hospitality we received was second-to-none. Both Ann and Ernie made every possible effort to see that we were well-fed, and gave us airy, comfortable rooms. There was plenty of storage space and the en suite had a shower with plenty of hot water.

As for breakfasts, you should be forewarned that they are truly filling. Ernie was quite willing to adjust portions and ingredients so that those of us who wanted something smaller got exactly what we wanted while those with larger appetites were never left hungry. Breakfasts, as Ernie very quickly and diplomatically pointed out, are not English breakfasts -- they are Irish breakfasts which include just about everything you'd find in an English breakfast plus additional goodies such as soda bread. Ernie is a dab hand in the kitchen and our group had two excellent evening meals which Ernie prepared for us. Together, Ernie and Ann (who adds a note of grace and calm) gave us a memorable stay in the B&B.

But it's not just the operation of the B&B which impressed us. In addition, they provided us with substantial local knowledge which added to our stay. They have a good selection of birding and other books which gave us additional information. Our only regret is that, since Ernie is a walker and knows the area very well and since we were on a walking vacation, we unfortunately could not arrange schedules so that Ernie could join us on at least one of our walks. Nevertheless, when we were walking in the nearby region, he was able to give us some background and excellent suggestions. He knows the best restaurants and can help you if need assistance making reservations.

For those who want to follow in our footsteps, we walked the portion of the Causeway Coast path including the Giant's Causeway (a must see) and tried to cross the rope bridge at Carrick-a-Rede but the weather made it impossible for us on that day. We spent a day on Rathlen Island (a short ferry ride away) where we watched puffins, razorbills, guillemots and a variety of other seabirds.

The Portstewart Strand is a lengthy, sandy beach that makes for a gentle, relaxing walk. On your return, try to walk across the dunes and along the banks of the Bann Estuary.

Other reviewers have mentioned the DVD selection. Frankly, we were so tired at the end of the day that we never once saw one of the videos! So our days began with a gorgeous view of the roiling waters in the bay of the Irish Sea and ended, often, with a glass of wine in the front sitting room watching a magical sunset.

Visited May 2012
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