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.  

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. Every year we make some changes and improvements to the cottage – last year, in addition to installing a new shower and replacing the bed we continued to plant more spring bulbs in the garden and additional shrubs and trees. The cottage is rated as Four Star accommodation by the Northern Ireland Tourist Board. It 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.

The cottage is very cosy and quaint. It was lovely to be in an ‘out of the way’ place, yet be close to many things‘. (S.&J.W., Co.Down) …read more reviews.

and hens at the gate

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. 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 (including some of the locations featured in ‘Game of Thrones’ – The Iron Islands and The Stormlands!) 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 garden, which is edged with mature trees.

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. Our neighbours run a small livery business and riding school which means that holiday makers with horses can stay here while their horses are in livery next door. I have a micro-bakery and bake bread once a week for two local shops.

Apart from being great countryside for riding, it is also excellent for cyclists and walkers. The cottage is part of the Northern Ireland Tourist Board’s ‘Walkers Welcome’, ‘Cyclists Welcome’ and ‘Golfers Welcome’ Schemes, and 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.