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Ballylinny Holiday Cottages
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Reviewed 14 April 2014 via mobile

Our annual stay at Ballylinny Cottages was as brilliant as always. Cottages and bungalow are spotless. We have been going to Ballylinny for the last six years and will keep going. Nothing is a problem for Alan and his staff. A great place to stay. Would highly recommend staying here.

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Reviewed 8 April 2014

Peace and quiet...stunning views...friendly people. If this is what you want from a break, look no further than Ballylinney Cottages. From the first contact with owner Alan on e-mail, we felt welcome. Any question was answered promptly and helpfully. When we arrived, he showed us around the "Wee Stooken" cottage, pointing out all relevant details on heating, ameneties,advice on sights, etc. Great guy! The "Stooken" was a very comfy 2 room cottage, living room/kitchen, bathroom set up which was a good size for 4 people never mind just the 2 of us. Pots, pans, knives, forks, spoons, glasses, cups, plates are all provided. Cooker, dishwasher, washer/drier and fridge all in good condition means all you really need to bring is the food!! To top it all, A LOG BURNING STOVE!!! Heaven on a cool March night!. Plenty of walks around the coast and into Bushmills. If you get the chance, go to the 2 water wheeled buildings over the bridge in the town, if you meet Graham(who is restoring one of the wheels at his own expense!) you will meet one of the nicest guys you will ever meet with lots of stories.
When we stayed in Ballylinney, it was the beginning of March and there were only a few people there, so it was very quiet(which we loved). In June/July/August, it may be different. But I don't think Alan would let anyone get too out of hand!!
Again....we can't fault Ballylinney and we will be back again for sure.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 March 2014

Myself and a group of friends stayed at the Ballylinny Cottages from the 6th to the 9th of March 2014 as we were undertaking the causeyway costal section of the Ulster way. Firstly, I was really really impressed. I, and one of my friends accompanying us, are originally from Northern Ireland but the rest of our party where from the central belt in Scotland and I felt really impressed to bring them to this location (the cottages) to stay and use as a base for our walking break. I can summarise our stay as follows:

Communication - Alan, the owner/caretaker (I think) was first class. From the minute I called to book until we left was always at helpful, pleasant and attentive to our needs. In fact, he went out of his way to guide us in on our arrival as I had got a bit lost in the heavy fog and dark evening.

The cottage(s) - Well, the one we stayed in, Truin, was perfect in every way. Perfectly clean throughout with ample space, fresh bedding and towels and very spacious and comfortable. It has everything you would need from washing machine, dishwasher, T.V. & Radio, cooker, central heating and a nice and cosy log fire burner. All three rooms were en-suite and in excellent condition/décor.

The general area - The complex is in the perfect position on the north coast for some spectacular views out into the Atlantic ocean and the glorious green fields surrounding the local area. The town of Bushmills is in very close proximity (1m approx.), within walking distance. Here in the town you have great little restaurants/cafes and bars, as well as other local amenities. In fact, I would highly recommend the Tartine Café (i'll leave a further review about this on their TA page) It was fantastic and excellent value for money. In addition to Bushmills, the cottages are also within walking distance of the Giants Causeway and it's visitor centre, this is a must for anyone who has never been here before, this is one of the main tourist attractions in Northern Ireland and well worth the visit. Besides that a few other "musts" is the Bushmills distillery (don't tell my Scottish friends, but this place produces some of the best whisky in these isles), and of course the fabulous ruins of Dunluce Castle. Again, all well within walking distance.

I will definitely be returning here again, and seriously, I can not recommend these cottages, and this general area, enough. You won't be disappointed.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 18 October 2013

Have just returned from a visit to Ballylinny Cottages. Had stayed previously at these cottages but had decided to give it a break as it hadn't been up to standard so hoped this time things would have improved. When we arrived there was no-one to greet us. We eventually got through to the owner on his mobile who advised us that the key was in the door (we were staying in one of the barn conversions) When we entered the accommodation there was no heat on and we couldn't manage to start the gas stove. The housekeeper arrived a couple of hours later (she just walked in - I did think that it would have been good manners to have at least knocked prior to entering!) and advised that the heating was set in a manner that it would come on when the property cooled and that the heat setting would be sufficient to keep us warm. Two hours later the heat still had not come on so we phoned the owner on his mobile (again!!) and eventually got through to him. After a ten minute conversation we managed to get the heat on. However, we were not so lucky with the gas stove as he eventually came to the conclusion that he probably needed to change the batteries in the stove to enable it to ignite!

Cleanliness - unfortunately, this barn conversion was seriously lacking in cleanliness. There were finger marks all over the windows; cobwebs hanging from the ceilings; skirting boards were covered in thick dust; and the floors were also covered in dust and hairs. The sofas are obviously not moved when cleaning as there were pieces of paper and plastic under them. The bedroom that had been allocated to us also contained two large camp beds which took up quite a lot of room - it would be a good idea that if they were not needed then they should be kept in an alternative location. One of the two bathrooms in the barn conversion had about 15 long black hairs lying on the floor and one of the pillowcases on the bed had dried blood on the corner of it. Yes - the bedlinen had been washed but surely if this sort of stain is on a piece of bedlinen then it should be discarded. Towels - these had seen better days! The kitchen was well equipped - however, the splash guards behind the sink and the cooker contained a number of small flies and sand!!
Due to the number of issues that we had with this accommodation we will not be returning to Ballylinny.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 October 2013

Hi spent a week here the weather wasn't kind to us but the bungalow was very spacious and we had a lovely view from the small sitting room, managed to get a coal fire going which was lovely.
Four bedrooms all quite spacious two bathrooms and a large kitchen.
Only thing I would comment on is that the fixtures are quite dated and the Bungalow could do with a bit of modernisation, bit of a tribute to the eighties.
The walks around this coastline are marvellous just be prepared for all weathers and wear sturdy shoes.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 20 September 2013

Stayed here for a 5 day break in September. Was expecting a cottage but ended up in a loft barn appartment. Loads of room and very well equipped to eat in,but it really needed a good clean! Skirtings were filthy and all the windows had cobwebs across the curtains , towels looked grubby and it all looked very tired. We were expecting a list of local Doctors numbers etc and emergency procedures but there was non .A little welcome note would have been nice as we only got to meet the owner shortly before we left. The cottages / apartments are in a great location, we loved the causeway and surrounding areas and feel the only negative is the cleanliness.

  • Stayed: September 2013
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Reviewed 16 September 2013

The cottage was great just what we wanted close enough to all the sights but a nice distance out in the country for some get away from it all time. I dont think there was anything in the cottage that had been over looked Alan seems to have thought off everything. We would certainly stay again next time we are that way again.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Address: Causeway Rd., Bushmills BT57 8SU, Northern Ireland
Region: United Kingdom > Northern Ireland > County Antrim > Bushmills
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Ranked #2 of 11 Speciality Lodging in Bushmills
Price Range: £74 - £165 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Ballylinny Holiday Cottages 4*
Number of rooms: 9
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