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“A Perfect Family Holiday!”
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The Barnhouse
Ranked #3 of 3 Cushendun B&B and Inns
Reviewed 20 April 2010

I would echo all the positive comments already made about Drumkeerin. We are just back and I miss the place already. Amazing views, great location, delightful hosts Mary and Joe. Our kids are 4 and 6 and I would really recommend Drumkeerin for a family with young children. Ours loved all the lambs in the fields surrounding and of course the chickens kept by Mary and Joe. There is even a little stream in the garden that they loved pottering down to. It felt like a really safe environment but with plenty of freedom for them to explore. Of course the weather helped as it was glorious sunshine every day and numerous beaches to go to nearby. Even if it had rained we wouldn't have minded because it was such a perfect spot.

  • Stayed: April 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 22 August 2009

My family (three teenagers) enjoyed a lovely, peaceful stay in the Barnhouse, Joe and Mary's self-catering cottage, for a week in late July. Joe and Mary couldn't have been better hosts. Mary had homemade scones and jam and a basket of fresh eggs waiting for us, and Joe had a fist full of honeysuckle from their lovely garden. They are both delightful and well deserving of having won the award for Landlady of the Year for the UK a couple of years back.

The location of their property is just stunning with views of the tiny coastal village of Cushendun below. You will need access to a car if you're going to be here for a week as you will want to day trip out to explore the wonders of this part of N. Ireland. In the heart of "the glens" Cushendun is within a comfortable day's drive of Giant's Causeway, Dunluce Castle, the Queen's View and other points north, and Belfast and the beautiful coastline to the south. Cushendun itself is quite small with few options for dining and entertainment, but it is a gorgeous setting for hiking or for painting or just relaxing with a good novel. Mary and Joe will be happy to provide you with maps, books, and stories about this beautiful part of Ireland.

The Barnhouse itself is a bit rustic but charming. The kitchen provides just the basics, but who wants to do a lot of cooking anyway when on holiday? The beds were comfy and there were good showers with plenty of hot water. We woke to the roosters crowing in the morning and enjoyed berries from the garden. There is a washer and dryer available for guests too, which was great.

All in all, great stay, and though Cushendun may not have been terribly exciting for our teenagers, we all felt sorry to leave and hope to go back some day.

  • Stayed: July 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 24 July 2008

Wow, we were lucky enough to stay with Mary and Joe for three nights. They would have to be the nicest owners of a B&B in Ireland.
Unfortunately they are not taking bookings for their B&B anymore but they are offering self catering accommodation in their Drumkerrin Lodge and that's where we spent our three nights. The Lodge is very comfortable and has a good kitchen with all appliances and the large family room overlooks Joe and Mary's land (complete with lambs) down to the seaside. The master bedroom has a great bed with a new ensuite attached.
There are three other bedrooms with bunks with one other bathroom and two other toilets.
When you stay don't forget to ask Joe & Mary to have a look at their paintings and sketches in their house - several of them are on the Lodge's walls.
Mary & Joe served one of the best Irish cooked breakfasts, with their own farm fresh eggs (YUM), that we had whilst travelling.

  • Stayed: March 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 31 August 2007

For exploring the Antrim Coast of Northern Ireland, I can't think of a better place to stay than this great b&b overlooking the coastal town of Cushendun. Mary and Joe McFadden are delightful hosts who are eager to help you enjoy their part of the world. (and Mary's scones and homemade black currant jam are dynamite!) Also, their lovely home boasts wonderful artwork (they are both artists) and the most INCREDIBLE view.
There is so much here within relaxing day-trip distance - Giant's Causeway, Bushmills, Carrick-a-rede rope bridge - but you can also spend days exploring lovely harbors, beaches, forest glens and great coastal walks. We spent 5 nights in July and it wasn't nearly long enough - I can't wait to go back.

  • Stayed: July 2007, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 August 2007

Mary and Joe are the perfect hosts, friendly and helpful. Their house is filled with their own excellent artworks. Breakfasts are award winning, don't miss the fluffy scones or butteryscrambled eggs with local smoked salmon.

  • Stayed: July 2007, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 June 2007

We have just come back from a wonderful holiday along Northern Ireland's Antrim Coast - the coastline is amazing, the people friendy, and the weather surprisngly beautifully sunny.

One of the places we stayed at was Drumkeerin. Although there is a steep hill to the B&B it provides lovely views of Cushendun. Mary and Joe are true B&B hosts - very friendly, approachable and informative. Mary also bakes a mean scone!!

Our en-suite room was very nice and good value for money. We definitely recommend this place.

  • Stayed: May 2007
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1  Thank xLondonerx
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Reviewed 7 October 2006

Four of us turned up at Drumkeerin B&B on our bikes in the pouring rain, having cycled from Belfast. The steep slog up the driveway was hard work, but the welcome at the top made up for it! Mary and Joe were the most wonderful hosts. They greeted us and showed us to our lovely, cosy, clean rooms, then.....as it was getting late and we wanted to head back down the hill to town for dinner, Joe DROVE us to the pub. This is after Mary took some of our clothes and put them in the dryer for us!

This was an amazingly hospitable town. (as well as beautiful with some lovely architecture). The owner of Mary McBride's Pub drove us home after dinner as we would have to wait so long for a taxi!

We woke to a lovely breakfast with some of Mary's fresh baking, wonderful conversation with our hosts, great views out the window, and unfortunately had to leave! Not before Joe loaned one of our party his wet-weather gear to cycle home with. We were AMAZED at how lovely an experience this was and would love to go back.

The walls of the B&B are decorated with artworks which we discovered were Joe and Mary's. They are both professionally trained artists and they even hold painting retreats at Drumkeerin. We are also tempted by this:)

  • Stayed: April 2006, travelled with friends
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Address: 201A Torr Road, Cushendun BT44 0PU, Northern Ireland
Region: United Kingdom > Northern Ireland > County Antrim > Cushendun
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Ranked #3 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Cushendun
Number of rooms: 20
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The Barnhouse Cushendun, Northern Ireland

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