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Downhill Beachhouse
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Reviewed 15 February 2013

Did around sixty tours in Ireland, many hostels I visited and slept in. This is the best and I recommend it to people who do like the character of a house and location, who enjoy a quiet atmosphere. I have this plan to fill it up with good friends, their wives and children. Thar 'll be my next trip, for sure!
Carl

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 18 October 2012

The house is situated in the best beach we visited in Irekand! Great views (not from our bedroom), great place, peaceful and relaxing location (the railway that passes in front of the house was even closed for repairs! How lucky is that?), close to the most touristical N.I. spots, what else could you wish for? We had a family ensuite room (a double bed and two bunk beds), the only negative remark was the small bathroom, which was really, really small (but it still had a toilet, a shower and a washbasin)!...

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 10 October 2012

Can't say enough good things about our stay! William was a wonderful host. The location can't be beat! Beautiful turn of the century hostel. I had our window cracked open a little all night and could hear the little brook that ran past the hostel. Beautiful morning walk on the beach to top it all off! William even suggested a restaurant to our evening meal that served us the best food we had in all of Ireland! Stay here!

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 10 October 2012

Travelling from the Eurozone, the exchange rate wasn't in our favour so this place seemed quite expensive for a hostel, but it's really very good. The bedroom was on a par with many 2 to 3-star hotels with a simple but clean and acceptable bathroom. The common room downstairs was comfortable and the staff member whom we met was friendly and pleasant. Above all, this is a very good location.

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 1 October 2012

I stayed here as a group of ten young adults following a group cycle from Belfast. The beach in front of the hostel was our finish line. The group were all made feel very welcome throughout our two nights here. William and other support staff were very helpful with their knowledge of the area. The location of the hostel is amazing and you would find it hard to match the views anywhere in Ireland. Facilities in the hostel were 1st class, its clean and very well maintained. A real gem.

Room Tip: Rooms with Sea views the best
  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled on business
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Reviewed 30 September 2012

Great place, very friendly manager who could not do enough to be helpful. Really clean, warm ( it needs to be on the north coast), good kitchen and common room...but the scenery....WOW.... Im proud to call it home

Room Tip: there are no bad rooms...stayed here with a small cycling group...if you are walking make sure you b...
  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 16 September 2012

This was a lovely old building with high ceilings and big windows beautifully done up by the owners, in a gob-smacking location overlooking a sandy beach. About 6 miles outside Coleraine. A well-kitted out kitchen (pick up some fresh coffee from Spar - they have a filter cofee machine here). A dining room with some nice pottery on show, and more crucially a living room with roaring fire and hundreds of LPs, presumably William's personal collection, which we played into the early hours! Mussenden Temple is worth a visit, as is William Hezlett house, one of the oldest thatched cottages in the country, which has been well preserved with quirky details. (£4.50 for non-National Trust members)

Room Tip: try get a room overlooking the beach. we saw horses and a pony-trap being exercised there in the mor...
  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled with friends
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Address: 12 Mussenden Road | Downhill, Coleraine BT51 4RP, Northern Ireland
Region: United Kingdom > Northern Ireland > County Londonderry > Coleraine
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 6 Speciality Lodging in Coleraine
Price Range: £46 - £49 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Downhill Beachhouse (formerly Downhill Hostel) is a self-catering Victorian Villa accepting both individual and group bookings. Accommodation is in double, twin, and 4 persons rooms. Use of a guest kitchen, dining and living room is included in the tariff. This atmospheric home is very popular with couples, families, outdoor enthusiasts, and groups of friends or families. The property borders the National Trust property containing the famous 'Mussenden Temple' and fronts onto the Downhill/Benone Beach. Local outdoor and arts activities can be arranged by the owners for guests. ... more   less 
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