Blackthorn Cottage is a charming two-hundred-year-old traditional Irish cottage. It is located in a small clachan, or hamlet, of houses and farms two miles from the village of Broughshane in County Antrim in Northern Ireland. Blackthorn Cottage has been rated, by the Northern Ireland Tourist Board, as a four-Star self-catering holiday accommodation.
We renovated the cottage in 2008, transforming it from a derelict building to a place that provides the level of comfort that you would expect in a holiday cottage today, while retaining its traditional character. The cottage is rather unusual as it is heated by the combination of a wood-burning stove and solar energy – you can just make out the solar panels on the roof of the cottage in the picture below.
‘Amazing cottage, amazing welcome – we’ll certainly be back‘. (A.D., Dublin) …read more reviews.
Blackthorn Cottage provides self-catering holiday accommodation for two people: it has a double bedroom (with a king-sized double bed or twin beds), an airy light-filled living room, a small sitting / reading room, and a large kitchen. If there are three of you in your party, a third person can be accommodated on a sofa bed in the small sitting room. The holiday cottage offers a peaceful venue for creativity or relaxation. Its location and ambience make it the perfect place for writers or artists – or anyone who appreciates the charm of the Irish countryside. It is in an excellent location from which to explore Northern Ireland, especially the Glens of Antrim, the north Antrim coast, and the Giant’s Causeway. Having explored Northern Ireland you can, in under 90 minutes, be in the south of Ireland to visit the other counties that form the province of Ulster – Donegal, Monaghan and Cavan.
If you are looking for a self-catering holiday in a traditional cottage in Northern Ireland then Blackthorn Cottage could be for you.
Hover over the picture below, and click on the arrow to see more views of the cottage.
We live 50 metres from the holiday cottage and are on hand to ensure that your stay is a comfortable one. However, the cottage offers privacy and quiet; it is detached, totally self-contained, and sits in its own tree-lined fruit garden.
In the vicinity of the cottage are our goats and poultry; vegetable beds; a small newly planted orchard; a 20-year-old woodland of broadleaf trees, including willows for basket making, and workshop space. We are part of the Horses Welcome Scheme with our neighbours who run a small livery business (see http://www.horseswelcome.org/correen-stables-by-blackthorn-cottage.html), which means that holiday makers with horses can stay here while their horses are in livery next door.
Apart from being great countryside for riding, it is also excellent for cyclists and walkers. We offer a 10% discount to people who arrive by bicycle or on foot (there is a secure place to store bikes). If you would like to see some more photos of Blackthorn Cottage and of Broughshane and County Antrim, please go to ‘Gallery‘, or to see a short video of the cottage, go to the ‘Facilities’ page.
Guide dogs are welcome, by arrangement; but otherwise – sorry – no pets.