Why you should stay at the Abbey Movie House in Ballycastle N.I
Looking for where to stay on the Causeway Coast? Need a home away from home for the family or you and your friends? Look no further than the Abbey Movie House in Ballycastle. If you are planning on exploring the Causeway Coast of Northern Ireland you will need a central base that allows you to see the best of the Causeway and not miss any of the outstanding attractions in the area.
The Abbey Movie House is located in Ballycastle which is one of my favourite towns in Northern Ireland. Ballycastle is the perfect central spot on the Causeway Coast. It’s only an hour from Belfast and you can even pop down to Londonderry within an hour.
The Abbey Movie House is simply perfect for families or two couples travelling together with or without the kids. This lovely 3 storey house is set in a small development a quick walk from the main street of Ballycastle. You can park in front of the house and access is very easy through a lockbox near the front door. I loved the bright orange door which stood out and made the place recognisable.
We did follow Google instructions to get there which were a little off. When you get to the area turn down the street opposite the Church entryway and you won’t miss that bright orange door on the left-hand side it’s the first house in the complex.
The Abbey Movie House is immaculate, beautifully decorated and surprisingly large. It immediately felt like home and we had no trouble imagining ourselves living there. We loved the decor in the front lounge – I mean where else will you find some magnificent over the top wallpaper with colourful lemurs all over it?
The Abbey Movie House sleeps up to 9 people. There is free wifi, parking and it comes with a fabulous cinema and games room. There is also a washer and dryer on the lower level for the ultimate of conveniences. Prices are around £164 Per Night which is absolutely incredible value if you have 9 people this works out to be less than £20 a night.
The front lounge has a beautiful fireplace for those colder days and is completely equipped with a large flat-screen TV but there is more to come media-wise. The lounge leads into the kitchen of my dreams with fabulous teal tiles and equipped with all the modern conveniences, even a comfy couch tucked into the bay window for that morning coffee.
Clarence properties have thought of every detail. The fridge is stocked with milk, butter, and jams for breakfast. There is tea and coffee in the canisters, a selection of cereals and some bread on the countertop and everything you need to prepare a meal if you are staying in. There’s a highchair for the little ones and plenty of chairs for the family.
My husband’s priority was to head to what is called the ground floor here (we know it as the basement). This was a man cave or kid’s paradise, originally a garage it had been beautifully converted to a media room. There was a huge projection screen that took up the entire wall, and on top of that, you could choose to watch Netflix, Sky or even play video games with the Play Station console.
There is a set of bunk beds in the lower level you would just have to watch that if you bring kids they aren’t playing with the games consoles or watching the movie screen all night.
Leaving hubs in the basement with his toys I headed upstairs to check out the bedrooms. The main floor bathroom was fully equipped with a tub and shower and there were plenty of personal care items to choose from so you don’t need to worry if you forgot your shampoo.
On the way up the stairs, I was delighted with the caricatures of all the Game of Thrones characters and wanted to steal them for my own. In the basement, I had to find out where the collection of Derry Girl caricatures came from. I loved all the artwork around the place not only was it bright and colourful but it brought a smile to my face and made me feel very much at home.
The lovely master bedroom with an en-suite was decorated in deep rich plum tones. There was plenty of storage in all three bedrooms upstairs, all were double rooms that were tastefully decorated and very stylish.
The beds were comfortable with good pillows. I must just point out here that many Irish accommodations don’t use top sheets they have simple warm and fluffy duvets so no need for top sheets. There also are no face towels (flannels as they are called here) in the bathrooms that is a rather unhygienic thing these days, so if you want one bring your own.
The modern family bathroom has a brilliant shower and tub but keep in mind here in Ireland there are no plugs for your hairdryer, only razor plugs.
The location of the Abbey Movie House cannot be beaten a quick walk to the centre of the town where you will find all manner of places to eat and if you are a foodie you won’t be disappointed if you take the Ballycastle Food Tour it is a superb introduction to the town and the area.
You can walk to the harbour and grab a ferry across to Rathlin Island where you can go on the Puffin Bus and see the Puffins at certain times of the year. There are plenty of opportunities for water sports you can go hiking, kayaking or head out to see the Black Nun’s gravestone at ? on your way to the Giant’s Causeway.
Thank you so much to Clarence Properties for hosting our stay.
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