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Water's Edge Portstewart- including Walking Tours NI
Ranked #4 of 10 things to do in Portstewart
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Owner description: We organise self-guided walking holidays on the Causeway Coastal Way and in other ares of Northern Ireland. We offer single centre holidays with transfers to starts of walks and pick up and return to base at the end. B&B accommodation is provided in Water's Edge ,our Northern Ireland Tourist Board approved house, which is situated on The Causeway Coastal Path with direct sea views from all en suite bedrooms and guest sitting room.
Mississauga, Canada
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3 reviews
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“A gem!”
Reviewed 4 November 2012

We stayed with Ann and Ernie in May, 2012 for two weeks. We were part of a larger group (8 people) and were two of the lucky six to be staying with them.

This B&B is a gem. The hospitality we received was second-to-none. Both Ann and Ernie made every possible effort to see that we were well-fed, and gave us airy, comfortable rooms. There was plenty of storage space and the en suite had a shower with plenty of hot water.

As for breakfasts, you should be forewarned that they are truly filling. Ernie was quite willing to adjust portions and ingredients so that those of us who wanted something smaller got exactly what we wanted while those with larger appetites were never left hungry. Breakfasts, as Ernie very quickly and diplomatically pointed out, are not English breakfasts -- they are Irish breakfasts which include just about everything you'd find in an English breakfast plus additional goodies such as soda bread. Ernie is a dab hand in the kitchen and our group had two excellent evening meals which Ernie prepared for us. Together, Ernie and Ann (who adds a note of grace and calm) gave us a memorable stay in the B&B.

But it's not just the operation of the B&B which impressed us. In addition, they provided us with substantial local knowledge which added to our stay. They have a good selection of birding and other books which gave us additional information. Our only regret is that, since Ernie is a walker and knows the area very well and since we were on a walking vacation, we unfortunately could not arrange schedules so that Ernie could join us on at least one of our walks. Nevertheless, when we were walking in the nearby region, he was able to give us some background and excellent suggestions. He knows the best restaurants and can help you if need assistance making reservations.

For those who want to follow in our footsteps, we walked the portion of the Causeway Coast path including the Giant's Causeway (a must see) and tried to cross the rope bridge at Carrick-a-Rede but the weather made it impossible for us on that day. We spent a day on Rathlen Island (a short ferry ride away) where we watched puffins, razorbills, guillemots and a variety of other seabirds.

The Portstewart Strand is a lengthy, sandy beach that makes for a gentle, relaxing walk. On your return, try to walk across the dunes and along the banks of the Bann Estuary.

Other reviewers have mentioned the DVD selection. Frankly, we were so tired at the end of the day that we never once saw one of the videos! So our days began with a gorgeous view of the roiling waters in the bay of the Irish Sea and ended, often, with a glass of wine in the front sitting room watching a magical sunset.

Visited May 2012
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Watford, England, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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“SECOND VISIT TO PORTSTEWART”
Reviewed 3 October 2012

I'd stayed with Ernie and Ann back in February and walked the coastal route, although the coastal path was a breath-taking walk at the back of my mind I knew there was more to see, so I decided to go back to Northern Ireland Sat 15th Sept 2012 for a weeks cycling. I prebooked a bike with Causeway cycle hire. I picked up the bike Sunday morning and off I went.

Sunday: Castlerock, over part of the Sperrins to Limavady, views from Gortmore breathtaking and back via Coleraine. Distance aprox 50 miles

Monday: Cycled around the local area, giants causeway and Bushmills.

Tuesday: Down the Bann Valley to Kilrea and back via Ballymoney Distance aprox 51 miles

Wednesday; Magilligan point and took ferry across to Greencastle, County Donegal . Distance aprox 52 miles

Thursday: Took the train to Belfast because it was raining. Enjoyed an open top bus tour of the city.

Friday: Ballycastle, around the base of Knocklayd (start of the Glens of Antrim) Ballintoy harbour and back. Distance aprox 73 miles.

Northern Ireland's cycle routes are well sign posted and easy to follow. Sustrans routes 93 & 96. Even in the towns routes are well laid out. If anyone is thinking about cycling in the area, you'd need a good level of fitness due to the amount of hills. Waterproof clothing is a good idea

Ernie and Ann went out of there way to give me advice and suggestions. They couldn't do enough for me. They also allowed me to leave the bike in thier garage overnight. Again I was given a lift to Coleraine railway station. I had the same room and waking up to the view of the sea and coastline in the morning was stunning. The room was clean, well cared for, tea coffee facilities, hair dyer, plenty of cupboard space and a good selection of DVD's to watch. Thier breakfasts were huge and I struggled to eat it all.

Nothern Island is a fantastic place to visit. Stunning scenery, people are so friendly and chatty. If you want a holiday but not a suntan, I thoroughly recommend Northern Ireland.

Visited September 2012
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Barrie, Canada
2 reviews
“Best Vacation and Walking Tour Ever”
Reviewed 4 September 2012

Hosts Ann and Ernie at Water's Edge B&B were simply the best! The food, accomodation's and hospitality were second to none. (View from Bedroom and Sitting Room of the Ocean unbelievable.) By the end of our visit we felt like family and loved every minute there. The Northern Ireland coast walking tour was awesome. We recommend this B&B to anyone wanting to get to know Ireland better and to enjoy it's beauty, history and people. We'd definately return to Ann and Ernie's to explore N.Ireland some more.
Ron and Ray Barrie Ontario Canada

Visited May 2012
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Stockholm, Stockholms Län, Sweden
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“Very comfortable stay and helpful hosts”
Reviewed 19 July 2012

Excellent B&B and great travel advice.
Had a very nice and comfortable stay in a beautiful room with great view of the coast outside at the Water's Edge.
High standard on both room and bathroom. Breakfast was excellent and the hosts were very eager to help and assist, both regarding comfort, excursions and advice during our stay.
We also received good help with planning our travels within Northern Ireland and booking other places.
I will gladly recommend Water's Edge to any one going to Portstewart or the nearby coastal areas, and Walking Tours NI to anyone considering traveling throughout Northern Ireland.

Visited July 2012
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The Hague, The Netherlands
2 reviews
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“Great stay and walking”
Reviewed 15 July 2012

The walking tours and the Water's Edge B&B in Portstewart, Northern Ireland are excellent. I stayed in a very comfortable and clean room with a fantastice view of the sea. Staying at the B&B is almost like visiting friends as hosts and owners Ernie and Anne are so very hospitable.

During our stay me an my friend did 3 days of walking along the Coastal Route with Ernie dropping us off and picking us up each day. Their service is truly excellent.

Recommended!

Visited July 2012
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