|Minimum Stay||3 - 5 nights|
Traditional Irish country cottage hidden on the beautiful causeway coast close to the Giants Causeway, Bushmills Distillery, Royal Portrush Golf Club and the Carrick a Rede rope bridge. Secluded and close to miles of beautiful National Trust sea shore walks. Sea Fishing trips where the Irish Sea and the Atlantic meet offer great fun days and fresh water salmon fishing on the Bush river are available by arrangement. Visit Rathlin island to see one of the most important sea bird nesting areas in western Europe. Rent fast sea going RIBS in Ballycastle to tour this magnificent coastline. See the Giants Causeway from the sea or visit Robert the Bruce's cave on Rathlin the choices are endless. From your base in Ballintoy self catering will be a pleasure, fresh fish off the small boats fishing these waters and good resturants in abundance. Fine wines may be ordered in advance and be ready for you when you arrive at your self catering cottage. Please request details when you book.
PRIVATE FAMILY RETREAT
Clem & Jayne FitzGerald purchased this cottage in 2006
ITS A TRUE GET-AWAY. WE ALWAYS FEEL PROPERLY RELAXED AFTER WE STAY AT NORTHERN STAR COTTAGE.
LOCATION IN THE CENTER OF THE CAUSEWAY COAST, ONLY A SHORT WALK FROM THE HARBOUR, CAFE'S AND THE PUB.
VERY, VERY QUIET AND PEACFULL.
Ballintoy harbour is one the great location sets for the SKY TV epic GAME OF THRONES..
I have stayed in the cottage twice with my parents (from France) and daughter. It is a lovely little cottage - tiny but incredibly well organised (it makes you consider at all that badly used space at home!)- and the area is fantastic. We never tire of it. The cottage is particularly well situated because there is a lot to do around it with or without a car: there’s the harbour below .. and its coffee shop, the beach, the lovely walk to whitepark bay, to the rope bridge, it’s handy to the shop and pubs in the village, etc.
There is a lovely track along the cliffs that loops around. The cottage is just on the way and it makes for a very nice evening stroll.
Unfortunately this year every walk was punctuated by a shower.. which gave us magnificent rainbows (to my daughter's delight) but didn't allow us to live outside as much as we had last September (when we had been able to eat outside most days -lovely view of the white church, sea, sheep island and Rathlin from the table outside on the front lawn).
So lovely place... I would highly recommend it as long as nobody books when I want to go : )
Where to start with this amazing little cottage... We first booked to stay here 3 years ago. From the start clem and Jayne were fantastic and so helpful! We had been to ballintoy several times and had never seen the cottages tucked away. From the minute we arrived we knew we would be back again and again. The cottage has everything you need and more, it makes you realise you do not need all the clutter back home. Breakfast, lunch and bbq's in the garden (weather permitting) and cozy nights infront of the wood burning stove was just perfect. 10 minute walk down to the harbour and beach with the beautiful o'rourke's cafe and the red door at the end of the driveway, As well the the Fullerton arms in the village if you are away to escape cooking you are spoilt for choice. Our daughter enjoyed the body boards and fishing rods and we enjoyed the wine!!! Phone signal may be poor but I actually loved that and my phone stayed off the entire week! We slept better here than we do at home, long lazy days and nights or walks to watch the sunrise or sunset at the beach, it's just heaven.
We loved the northern star cottage and ballintoy harbour so much that we were the first people to get married on the little hidden beach at sandy port in August last year. If it wasn't for this little peace of heaven and having the time to stay here and find this beach we wouldn't have gotten our dream wedding!
Can't wait to August to spend our 1st anniversary in the northern star cottage xx
The cottage is small, cute and old.
Initially the small cute aspect was charming, but fairly quickly the old aspect took over.
Other ratings mention the positives, so I'm going to point out the serious negatives of the cottage.
I suspect that when it was first set up it was probably much better and the owners put in a little extra effort, but it seems like over time they have given up.
We were immediately caught off guard by the fact that there was no phone service at the cottage (3 mobile). This left us completely unable to contact anyone. I understand that it is sometimes charming to be removed from technology, but being there to catch up with a friend in Portrush we were forced to walk down to the harbour to find phone service to make contact. The addition of WiFi would solve this issue.
The next issue was the bed. Wow. That mattress is OLD. That is by far the most uncomfortable bed I have ever slept in. It is completely worn out, sinks right down and all you can feel are springs in your back. We tried sleeping in the bunks, but being a married couple that doesn't exactly fit into our idea of a nice week away. My wife had back pain from it the entire time, and it's continued since leaving. A new mattress really isn't that big of an expense and I felt not replacing it showed the attitude of the owners.
Next was the shower. Old house, zero pressure. Near impossible to do something like wash your hair in. Bad.
The washing machine worked, but the dryer function didn't and the cottage doesn't have the space to hang out clothes. We were lucky no one was staying in the other cottage with the clothes line out the back, though there were no pegs so we couldn't hang up any smaller items anyway. Again, owners attitude if something breaks is clearly to not bother fixing it.
On booking I was sent an email explaining what was available in the cottage and area. I'm not sure when this was last updated, but most of it was no longer applicable it seems and just led to more disappointment.
The bikes mentioned were not available, the 'wee shop' in Ballintoy that is mentioned never once opened leaving us with no easy way to get provisions, nor did the Red Door Café or seemingly anything else in Ballintoy. There were also several mentions of wine available to us in the cottage, including a complimentary bottle on arrival, but that also wasn't there.
Owners seriously need to get this place back up to scratch, because our stay was really unpleasant.
As has been said the cottage is small but was fine for us, just two adults and a dog. Had everything we need. Was nice having the bit of garden to sit in when the weather was good and we ate outside at the table.
Great location, can walk to harbour and to excellent pub which again was dog friendly. Fantastic walks nearby.
We thoroughly enjoyed our week in this lovely little cottage. It's location is ideal for exploring the Antrim Coast and it's only ten minutes walk from the beautiful Ballintoy harbour. Right on the Ulster Coastal Walk too.
We stayed as a family of 5 ( 2 adults and 3 small children). The cottage had everything we could have needed for the week and although it was tiny it was perfectly formed. We were very lucky with the weather and spent most days outside in the garden walking the short distance to the harbour or the park.
The Causeway coast is rich with natural beauty and good places to eat. Only a few minutes away from your traditional Irish cottage you find such wonders as the Giants Causeway, Whitepark Bay, Torr Head, Rathlin Island,
The White Rocks Portrush and the Bush river that feeds the famous Busmills Irish Whisky Distillery. Great resturants and traditional pub fare helps to replace the calories lost on the beautiful coast walks. The National Trust has protected many miles of beautiful walks along beaches that join cliff tops to headlands from where you can watch the flow and ebb of the great tides that sweep in an out of the Irish sea from the North Atlantic. Fishing is rich as is the sea bird life on Rathlin, reached by regular daily ferry crossings or with fast RIBs that offer tours of the area. Some of Ireland's most famous golf clubs such as The Royal Portrush are only a few minutes away from your base in Ballintoy. To the south the majestic 7 Glens of Antrim are only half an hour away.
Other Activities: coastal sea trips, nature trails.
Golf: Ballintoy is located between the world renowned Royal Portrush and Ballycastle Golf Club. The beautiful Bushfoot Golf Club is a few minutes drive. All three clubs boast North Atlantic beach fronts. There are some 7 Golf Clubs in the area.
Security deposit of £200 or 50% of rental applies to all bookings.
* Approximate monthly price. Actual pricing will depend on the days of the month you stay.