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A unique heritage stay & great touring base on north west coast

Bedrooms 9
Space 12,000 sq. ft.
Property type mill
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

rooms for 2-25 people for North West 200 week

The Old Flax Mill

Superb base for touring Northern Ireland & a character tourist stay in its own right in a private riverside setting

• Comfortable, affordable, self catering, riverside accommodation

• Ideal for very large parties for holidays, birthdays & anniversary celebrations

• Huge space of 12,000 square feet makes this the best value proposition in the county

• Sleeps 20 on regular bookings, sleeps up to 28 for special occasions on conversion

• Five lounges on three levels for party gatherings

• Our specialty & best room rates are for longer stays for larger groups

• Exclusive use of all mill facilities & grounds when booking for parties of 16+

Tranquil Riverside Setting

Stunning flax mill conversion dating from 1786 sitting in a shallow tranquil valley in the townland of Collins, Aghadowey Parish, just five minutes drive from the buzz and all the amenities of Coleraine Riverside Centre.

This is an area of outstanding natural beauty with easy access to the many historic towns and excellent restaurants of the North West. It's just 15 miles from Portstewart and/or Portrush and 16 miles to Bushmills and 25 miles west to Londonderry.

This spacious mill conversion boasts 12,000 square feet of high quality accommodation and common facilities in the main mill building alone. A further 6,000 square foot in an adjacent mill building is designated for weddings and corporate events is planned to come on stream in 2016.

Unique Charm of the Mill

The Flax Mill manages to combine the wow factor of its setting, size, scale and its old features such as wooden beams & reclaimed wooden floors. Its charming period mill features also include the internal mill race wall with glass viewing pane from one of the guest annex rooms, the mill race tunnel underground connecting the two mill buildings and gothic windows. These features plus external stone walls and steps down to the river in the grounds complement luxury living accommodation in a secure, peaceful setting.

Mill Grounds & Riverside Environment

Bounded on one flank by the River Rhee and situated in a quiet gentle valley by landscaped stepped slopes down to the river, the Flax Mill offers serene views of the surrounding farmland.

From the grounds of the property, the tranquillity is broken only by the roar of the River Rhee after overnight rain.

The Rhee flows from uplands to the west to the River Bann a few miles further downstream. Fishing rights are available via the Honourable Irish Society.

NB The length of river in the mill grounds is unfenced and so not suitable for children unless strictly supervised

Accommodation Set Up

The mill has a welcoming mixture of traditional furnishings & decoration in the common areas with a more contemporary look of the nine bedrooms of accommodation which are available for lease in different permutations depending on the size of your group.

In its entirety, the mill can host parties of up to 28 persons but can be hired out in smaller packages, namely the Collins East Wing Annex & the master bedroom Wilson Suite or the Top Floor Suite. Each set of rooms has its own character and space. Let us know how many persons you wish to book in and the makeup of your party, i.e. the ages of your children or simply state how many rooms you require.

Layout of the Mill Facilities

The hub of the house is the large lounges either side of the central entrance lobby. The focus downstairs is on space to relax and meet fellow guests in the three ground floor lounges while upstairs, the emphasis is on the comforts of luxury accommodation & privacy.

There a further mezzanine gallery Library & Map Room on the first floor with views over to the river while the Top Floor Suite also comes with its own lounge for the exclusive use of the guests on the top floor.

In addition, we have set aside one ground floor bedroom with adjacent shower facilities for the less well abled.

Mill Interiors

If you love contemporary interiors and spacious living areas, this is the place for you! The beamed ceilings, reclaimed wood floors and stone wall surrounds add to the character of this former working textile mill. The east wing guest annex has distinct feel to it with gothic windows & doorways through much of this side of the old building.

Leather sofas and warming wood stoves in the lounges provide relaxing and spacious rooms for large parties to gather.

Catering & Kitchens

For those that need early morning coffee and/or a drink, we have kettles and minibars in those six bedrooms with ensuite bathroom facilities. The second floor suite of rooms also has a kitchenette/breakfast bar which can also serve for light meals and has a large dining room adjacent.

For those that want to test their gastronomy skills, there is a large well equipped kitchen on the ground floor with they added feature of a spectacular monastic stone table from which to eat your meals. Shopping for provisions is very close by as are some local warm and friendly down-to-earth restaurants should you wish to eat out.

Prime Tourism Location; Causeway Coast & much much more

The local area is quiet and relaxing as a destination in its own right but if you want to venture out, tourist attractions abound with enough attractions to keep visitors busy for a fortnight or more [providing you have a car].

The Flax Mill is centrally placed, close to the boundaries of Counties Antrim & Londonderry, making it ideal for trips to world famous UNESCO listed Giant’s Causeway & Bushmills Irish Whiskey Distillery to the east which are 'must do' stops on any tour of Ireland. They property is also close to the busy seaside resorts of Portrush, Portstewart, Portbalintray & Ballycastle, giving you a huge choice to dine and/or entertain the family. The location filming of Game of Thrones TV series has added to the tourist interest in the area with the Dark Hedges being one of the most photographed.

To the west of the mill you may wish to try some of Northern Ireland’s greatest natural & cultural treasures – the National Trust Properties of Downhill, Mussenden Temple, Benone Beach, Limavady, Castlerock and the historic, legendary City of Londonderry.

Further west still, excursions to the Republic of Ireland's beautifully rugged County Donegal can be reached on longer summer day trips with a ferry trips across Lough Foyle shortening the route.

Summertime Beaches Galore

A 20 minute drive takes you to the National Trust-run huge and impressive strand of Portstewart Beach which has received numerous awards for its cleanliness & natural beauty. White Park Bay Beach, Portrush East & West Strands, Portstewart, Castlerock Beaches, amongst many others, give you a huge array of choice for family entertainment in the summer months with car parking is generally proximate to the beaches and sometimes on the beach itself.

Local Shopping

Convenience stores are dotted around the approaches to the mill while a five minute drive to the mall-style Riverside Shopping Centre gives easy access for bigger shopping needs. The historic Plantation town of Coleraine, the other side of the River Bann affords a further choice of outlets in a more traditional shopping environment with relaxing pedestrian zoned areas.

Titanic Quarter & Belfast

For visitors from overseas, mainland UK and Republic of Ireland on longer stays, the mill can also serve as a base for the attractions of Belfast, the capital City of Northern Ireland.

Previous guests of the Mill have travelled on day trips to Titanic Quarter, a must do trip if you not visiting N. Ireland which has no less than three separate Titanic exhibitions with the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum hosting a fourth Titanic memorabilia exhibition a further 15 mins to the east at Cultra, County Down.

Golf, Hiking Outdoor & Pursuits

This area is a golfers' paradise with more than top 25 courses within a 30 min drive from the mill. Proximity to world class golf courses such Royal Portrush, Portstewart make this a perfect base for golfers and their families. The mill itself has previously hosted participants in the Galgorm Manor Pro-Am Tournament in 2014.

For those seeking a more active holiday and wishing to explore the countryside, the immediate area is one of tranquil beauty with upland woodland and pine forest ideal for those who plan a getaway with their dogs. The legendary walks of the Glens of Antrim can be explored on a day trip.

The glorious River Bann, to which the Mill's own River Rhee flows, has well signed jetties with access and car parking for the official scenic Canoe Trail.

More Details

Fergus Duncan
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
9 October, 2017

About Fergus Duncan

My brother and I bought this mill on account of its setting by the river and the charm of its industrial past

it took us and team of builders two years of hard graft to bring it to its current state

We hope you enjoy your stay

please feel free to ask us

Fergus Duncan purchased this mill in 2013

Why Fergus Duncan chose Northern Ireland

The Old Flax Mill is a unique modern heritage building that is big enough to take groups of 20+

We have a variety of rooms to suit family or friends , 6 bedrooms are with ensuite bathrooms, there are family rooms , one of 4 singles, another of 3 singles

The downstairs common areas are great for large groups of friends or family reunions, wedding receptions.

As a self catering base you can cook for large groups in the privacy of the country surrounds

The mill combines modern comfortable rooms with the charm of the old building and its features

The grounds make for a great backdrop for bbqs and picnics or just breakfast outside, of course weather permitting

What makes this mill unique

Riverside accommodation in an historical setting


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday mill in Coleraine in Coleraine

Property Type:
  • mill
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 12000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 14:00 / Check-out: Noon
  • Max. occupancy: 28
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 14 people
  • 12 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
    Bathroom 5 -
    Bathroom 6 -
    Bathroom 7 -
    Bathroom 8 -
    Bathroom 9 -
    Bathroom 10 -
    Bathroom 11 -
    Bathroom 12 -
  • Two family bathrooms and four toilets in addition to the six ensuite bathrooms
  • 9 Bedrooms, Sleeps 28
  • Nine bedrooms Top floor has tow bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms and a room of four singles with family bathroom adjoining Mid Floor has four bathrooms with ensuites, one of which has tow king sized beds beds, another with three singles the ground floor has one bedroom for the less well abled
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Garden
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • Horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • surfing
  • swimming


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A unique heritage stay & great touring base on north west coast
average rating of 5.0 based on 4 reviews
Greeley, Colorado

A Country Gem!

  • 5 of 5

Our group of 10 adults loved our 4-night stay at the mill. Rooms were spacious and well appointed. All the comforts of home in a unique, historical property. We enjoyed our morning coffee at the stone (altar) kitchen table and sharing our day's adventures in the main floor lounge. The owner's rep was very friendly and helpful. When we had a minor issue with a bathroom drain, he was immediately responsive. The place is a bit challenging to find, but what a lovely country setting!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 25, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Great property for family gatherings or groups visiting NIR for golf or touringe

  • Review Submitted: Jun 21, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Paul from Florida stayed with us for a week in June. The menfolk played golf and the ladies toured They went as far a field as "peace tour" in Belfast, the walls of Derry, Londonderry Great feedback from the group, "a really fantastic unique space, a real gem there, so glad we came" Great to have them stay with us
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Superlative location for a golf trip

  • 5 of 5

The Old Flax Mill is a fantastic headquarters for a golf trip to play the outstanding courses in the area. First, my thoughts on the Flax Mill. When my buddies and I entered the premises (eight of us in total), we were expecting something special, based on my contacts with Fergus and the website information. We were all, however, blown away, and our expectations were more than surpassed. More than enough room room, bathroom facilities, common rooms, very modern, the fixtures are good-looking and interesting. The premises are really peaceful, no one else around, beautiful green fields, a river runs through it. All very, very nice.

With respect to golf, the nearby area is home to two outstanding links courses, and a third very good links course. Royal Portrush will be hosting the British Open in 2019, and is a very worthy venue for the tournament; the course is considered one of the world's greats. Portstewart Golf Club is a fantastic place of majestic dunes and views of the ocean and the River Bann. It will be this year's site for the prestigious Irish Open, Rory McElroy defending champion, and there will be many European and American champions also participating. The third course is Castlerock, a very worthy and enjoyable links course with wonderful members. The three courses are no farther than three or 4 miles from the other, and each is about 15 min. from the Flax Mill.

There are terrific restaurants in the area, serving great seafood, not to mention a delicious ribeye that I had had at the Brown Trout Inn.

I've done similar golf excursions in other parts of Ireland the past two years, and as great as they were, I don't think anything can match the combination of the Flax Mill and these great courses.

  • Review Submitted: May 10, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Marty It was a pleasure to have you at the Flax Mill and sorry I did not get to meet your in person. I know Jackie tried her best welcome you on board Marty was the front man of this golfing party and did all the Q&A pre booking before arrival and liaison pre visit. I am so pleased his party enjoyed the mill so much and recognize it as a great base for golf and end venue destination in itself that complimented the golfing. We hope to attract many golfers as its less seasonal than our main family holiday business and I hope Marty and friends do come again, as they truly appreciated the amount of work we put into putting the mill together The privacy of the Mill and its grounds is also a key feature. We have since made more improvements so staying at the Flax Mill should getting better and better as we believe in investing back in the business Best regards Fergus
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A beautiful large building with equally beautiful surroundings, a great base to see Northern Ireland

  • 5 of 5

Myself and a large group of friends recently stayed at this amazing property whilst visiting the various Game of Thrones locations around Northern Ireland. The pictures don't do it justice, it really is a beautiful building and the grounds are superb for a whole host of activities. The decoration and furniture are great and the bedrooms are truly 5 star, the owners could not have made us feel more welcome. All in all an excellent experience, one which we are already planning to have again. Highly recommended for large or small groups.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 8, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Derry City
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Brown Trout
Nearest Ferry
35 Miles
Larne Harbour
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Nearest Train
6 Miles
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Brown Trout
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Car: necessary

The Giant’s Causeway is world famous and UNESCO listed, the only such listing in Northern Ireland, its 30 mi9nutes drive from the property.

Also a must see is Bushmills Irish Whiskey distillery, said to the the oldest in Ireland with a grant from King James 1

The Titanic museum in Belfast is 80 minute drive away

There are 4 or more world class beaches within 30 minues, including the National Trust's Portstewart Beach and Benone Strand at Magilligan


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday mill in Coleraine, United Kingdom

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
New Year 2018
29 Dec 2017 - 31 Dec 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
2018 Spring to June
2 Jan 2018 - 30 Jun 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 16 guests; add £35 per night, per additional guest
Summer 2018
1 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 16 guests; add £35 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £250
Minibar £65

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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