We had a great weekend away at the house, the house was spacious and very relaxing, plenty of seats to enjoy the view throughout the house! With all the decor and furnishings it felt like a home away from home, but better and that was just the inside!! The garden in the front was FANTASTIC!! It was big enought to really runabout in and the view of the sea couldn’t be any better, such a unspoilt area with natural beauty everywhere. It was a magical stay, we wish we could have stayed longer than the weekend! Thank you so much, would love to stay again!!
Absolutely loved staying at this property, the views are stunning, the house is decorated so tastefully with attention to detail throughout. The location is perfect if you want to get away from the hustle and bustle but you also have the option of driving 5-10 minutes into Bushmills to shops/coffee shops/restaurants. There are two good sized gardens at both front and rear of the house for barbecues and lawn games while taking in the views of White Park Bay beach and Rathlin Island. Great sized kitchen and dining room for preparing meals/entertaining and two comfortable reception rooms both with sea views.
I thoroughly enjoyed my stay with the family and will definitely be booking again.
I stayed in this cottage a couple of years ago and we decided to book again for a weekend. I was shocked to find the house has been completely revamped, it was stunning. We struck lucky with the weather and enjoyed barbequing with friends. I will definitely book this house again soon!
Considering it was Autumn half-term on the north coast of Antrim, we weren't sure what the weather would bring, but we couldn't have been more fortunate as the mild October brought big swells out at sea and blue skies above. The house was perfect for walking out the door and a ten scramble across the white rocks to the 1.5 mile long Whitepark Bay beach. Even our seven year old daughter had no problem with getting across, though she did keep stopping to investigate the rock pools and deep caves along the way. If the tide is out, when you reach the far end of the beach you can keep walking along to Ballintoy Harbour (another ten minutes) for some incredible home cooked food in the water-front restaurant. This is also the setting for some of the Game of Thrones scenes in the Iron Islands.
Bay View Cottage has lots of heritage to admire within, the aged black and white photographs provide a glimpse of the fishing history of the house and Port Bradden. Plenty of historical books to read when curled up on the sprawling sofa in front of the roaring fire in the evening, after a wind-swept walk along the coastal paths while enjoying a Bushmills whiskey. Wood was provided for the fire, but sadly not the whiskey.
There is a TV and DVD player to keep bored children entertained, but we never used them during our week long stay! Our daughter never tired of keeping herself entertained in the back garden playing in the trees or running around in the front garden. She found some bikes and some garden games in the garage and board-games in the cupboards.
The oil fired system is fairly new with heating and hot water each morning for the chillier mornings. Sufficient pots, pans, cutlery etc for you to make an Ulster Fry in the morning, or a stew for the evening. The town of Bushmills (5 miles along the coast road) has two well stocked butchers selling local produce, fresh veg shops and many cafes and restaurants selling morning-fresh bread. Be warned; your waistline will take a beating!
Inside the house, decor is a global fusion of tasteful styles with heavy curtains, leather armchairs and carved wooden cupboards and tables giving each room a different atmosphere and ambience. Through the 'snug' living room with an eastern influence of furniture, deep twin sofas, hidden stereo system and open fire into the bright and spacious family room, with large ocean facing bay windows where we spent our evenings playing games or reading books from the selection provided (take one and leave one behind) listening to the waves crashing outside; magical.
We hope to be back in the summer of 2018 with more friends and children who can make use of the self-catering annex, the children can play on the beach below while we get out on the surf 30 yards from the front door!
Bay View is a beautiful cottage in an amazing location....quiet great for children with a big spacious lawn and two cosy spacious sitting rooms and separate dining room.
The views out the windows are really amazing and so relaxing
However this property is not maintained......we struggled to open front door key was rusty lit a fire and were choked with smoke windows downstairs stiff to open.....you need to fully open the damper in fireplace The house needs an information file A welcome folder of up to date information would be helpful......
There is a strong smell of oil from the heating in downstairs bedroom dining room ....think boiler might need servicing.
Attention to detail is absent One bathroom for 6 people no toilet brush is really bad.....no hand soap and one third of a toilet roll....Upstairs toilet doesn't flush very well
The oven really needs replacing and when we arrived fridge freezer was off......freezer full of water and old food....reading light not working in bedroom,light in sitting room not working
No cafetiere. No baking trays and saucepans pretty worn out.
If this property was given an overhaul it would be totally wonderful
Shame the carpets in bedrooms are badly stained......
Worrying when we told people in tearoom and visitor attractions where we were staying they shook their head and said it would never get grading as it wasn't maintained
Please sort out these issues and you will have best cottage on the Coast
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