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“Wonderful scenery, disappointed with fittings in the cottage”

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Ballylinny Holiday Cottages
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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416 reviews
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“Wonderful scenery, disappointed with fittings in the cottage”
Reviewed 10 October 2010

We went to Ballylinney cottages as a suprise gift from my children to celebrate my 60th birthday. The children were a little disappointed as the accommodation is advertised as 5*. Most of the essentials for modern living were provided except for a hairdryer, oven gloves were missing and we requested some more towels and a dishcloth which were willingly provided. It would have been helpful if washing powder had been provided as I didnt think of bringing any on a two night break! Dishwasher tablets were provided. A welcoming tray with teabags, some biscuits and milk in the fridge would have been a great start as my children and husband had travelled directly from work. We were bringing two grandchildren so perhaps some juice...all little things but would just have made it all seem more of a 5* place!! The cottage wasn't particularly clean, though the beds and towels were fine. The bath towels I think shoud be bath sheets for 5*. The curtains throughout the accommodation had shrunk and linings were longer! Having said all this the weather, views and friendliness of Alan Lavery was outstanding ( I spoke to Alan prior to departure and all my points were noted) . Perhaps after a refurbishment we would all return.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled with family
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BELFAST, N. IRELAND
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Reviewed 5 October 2010

My husband and I just had two days staying in one of the two loft apartments - it was just fabulous. Finished and furnished to a very high standard - and with a view to die for!
We have had the pleasure to stay at Ballylinny regularly over twelve years and over that period of time have stayed in each and every cottage - we have never been disappointed with the standard of accommodation or the welcome we have received from the owner Alan. You are within walking easy reach of the Giants Causeway, and easy driving distance from Bushmills, Portrush and the other coastal villages along the way - and only about 20 mins from the town of Coleraine.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Boston, MA, USA
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Reviewed 5 August 2010

Ballylinny cottages are in an area with lovely views of the gorgeous Antrim coast. They are a 15 min walk or few minutes drive to some of the loveliest beaches that I've seen, its a great location. A 10-15 min walk will take you to a lovely pub, The Nook, just at the Giant's Causeway which is a super sight. 5 min walk is a tiny steam railway that our kids loved. The cottages are in a cluster but despite proximity to other cottages feel private and we didn't have noise issues. They are simply furnished but with everything you need (e.g. hairdryers, hoover, washing machines...) - think whitewashed walls and pine floors rather than flowery carpets/curtains and nic-nacs. If you want lovely scenary, great walking and beaches and a clean uncluttered house to come home to, this is for you. Alan, the owner is super, extremely friendly and helpful.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled with family
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Belfast
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Reviewed 1 September 2009

We stayed the August bank holiday weekend at Ballylinny cottages. The cottage we stayed in was well maintained, comfortable, clean and had all the services and appliances you could hope for in a self catering cottage. The scenery was beautiful and the location in relation to all the local attractions was superb. The village of Bushmills is under 2 miles away should you need anything during your stay. I would highly recommend these cottages to anyone interested in a break on the North Coast. The manager / owner Alan is friendly and couldn't be more helpful.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled as a couple
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Lynchburg, Virginia
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Reviewed 3 August 2009

I visited Ballylinny Cottages as part of a group of 14 friends visiting Ireland. The cottages provided an excellent base for seeing the Causeway Coast region. Located within easy walking distance of the Atlantic, the Giant’s Causeway, and the town of Bushmills, the cottages have plenty of room, contain most modern appliances, and are very neat.

The manager, Alan Laverty, proved to be very helpful to us on several occasions (including upgrading us to larger cottages as our group grew in size). The only drawbacks we had were with the wireless internet on site (sometimes a little spotty with reception—but it was for no extra charge) and the washer/dryer—the machine washed well, but had to be one of the slowest dryers in the world.

If you are looking for clean, spacious accommodations in a relaxed setting for a reasonable price, I highly recommend Ballylinny Cottages. I have been there twice and thoroughly enjoyed both visits.

  • Stayed May 2009
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 9 July 2009

This was our second time to Ballylinney and again we had a wonderful relaxing time. Alan was on hand at any time if we needed anything and the accomodation ticks all the boxes for those with young children. Scenary is breathtaking and we intend to be back soon.

  • Stayed May 2008, travelled with family
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3 Thank BK1Glengormley
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Newtownards, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 December 2008

having been to ballylinny cottages a good few times for around the last 5 years, we decided to opt for the bungalow as our family has grown to 5 since we first started going here. we decided to spend christmas there this year and
the main reason we chose the bungalow was for space, which is in abundance, especially if you have small children, as we have.
the bungalow is set a few yards apart from the other cottages, which also gives a more private feel. the bungalow has four bedrooms, 1 double, 2 twins and a single, the living area also has a sofa bed which is useful if you have guests.
the kitchen area is huge with a large dining table which seats 6, and also has a dishwasher, large fridge, and ample storage for food and supplies. the living area has 3 sofas, tv, dvd player and best of all a large open fire which is great on cold nights. there is a seperate dining room with another large table and chairs and a small chest freezer. a small utility room is situated in the long hallway and comprises of a toilet and a washing machine, which is great if you there for a week or so. the bathroom comprises of a bath/shower, bidet, sink, and toilet.
the outside garden is very spacious and is for the guests of the bungalow only, great in the summer if you want to bbq, which is supplied also.
i would not hesitate to reccommend ballylinny, whether it be the cottages or the bungalow, as i have stayed in both, and cannot fault either.

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Property: Ballylinny Holiday Cottages
Address: Causeway Rd., Bushmills BT57 8SU, Northern Ireland
Region: United Kingdom > Northern Ireland > County Antrim > Bushmills
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Ranked #3 of 11 Speciality Lodging in Bushmills
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Ballylinny Holiday Cottages 4*
Number of rooms: 9
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