Quiet detached family home with spectacular views of Belfast Lough

Quiet detached family home with spectacular views of Belfast Lough


Aug 2016

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3 Bedrooms
Sleeps 6
2 Bathrooms

About our home

Set on Northern Ireland's "Gold Coast" our modern bungalow has wraparound private gardens and extensive panoramic sea views across Belfast Lough - stretching from Belfast harbour, where you can see the iconic Harland & Wolff cranes in the Titanic Quarter right around the coast to an 800 year old castle at Carrickfergus and beyond (over 12 miles). We are a 10-15 minute walk to the beach.

There are interlinking balconies along the whole house to maximize your external enjoyment of the views with our en-suite (wetroom) bedroom having floor to ceiling windows with doors onto the balcony. The living and dining rooms also have double doors leading to the balconies and one can also enjoy the views from the kitchen when cooking dinner or from our third bedroom while relaxing on the bed settee.

Our second bedroom has lovely views of the garden, as does our study (a 4th bedroom but not suitable for sleeping in). We also have a family bathroom with a p-shaped bath and extra shower. We have a real fire in the living room, although it is not required in winter as the gas heating is excellent.

We have wifi and you can cast your own tv shows/films to our TV or your music to a sound bar in the master bedroom.

Although we are only a short walk from Holywood town centre, the house is ideal for nature lovers as we have a small wooded path alongside the house and we feed the birds, including chaffinches, robins, tits, wrens, magpies, and jays. We also have grey squirrels who come to feed occasionally and sometimes see small bats who come out in the evening. In summer, large flocks of crows and jackdaws use the trees beside our house as one of the roosting spots at sunset and it is a very impressive display as they fly from the shore to our home and then return back to sea to settle.

We share our home with 2 cats who can stay outdoors during your visit if you would prefer. Also, if you would like to leave the house to travel around Ireland during your stay, we can arrange for a family member to call round to feed the cats during your absence.


Caroline's reviews

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  1. My husband, Fergal, and I love to travel and discover new places and people. We hosted couchsurfers for many years but after joining family on a houseswap, we wouldn't travel any other way!

    Our interests are wide and varied but we love nature and animals, as well as art, food and wine.

    We are both in our late 40s and have a son and grandson. As our grandson often comes to stay, we have toys and books which we can provide if you have children. We also have a travel cot and 2 blow up mattresses.

    We both work locally - I am a government press officer and Fergal is a computing consultant. We often cycle to work as it doesn't actually rain here as much as you might think!

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Where is it?


Famous as the hometown of world champion golfer Rory McIroy, Holywood is a trendy town with a village feel. It has a number of independent restaurants, cafes, bars, boutiques and art galleries. It is an ideal touring base for all of Northern Ireland but Belfast is conveniently close, particularly for those wanting a quick weekend break to see the world class Titanic Centre (which was just voted the World's Best Tourist Attraction at the World Travel Awards 2016), the Game of Thrones locations tour, or wanting to try one of our 2 Michelin starred restaurants.

Belfast can be reached in 10-20 minutes by car, train or bus with our home being only a 10 minute walk to the bus/train stops. We also have the Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club a short walk away should you decide to arrive by private boat!

Belfast City airport is a 5 minute drive away and although you can enjoy watching the planes landing from our house, you cannot hear them as they descend over the bay.

Nature lovers will enjoy our beaches and miles of stunning coastal walks past Grey Point Fort museum and all the way to Bangor Marina.

There is also plenty for children to do, with Europe's largest trampoline park (We Are Vertigo) being a major attraction as well as the W5 science park at the Titanic Quarter.

Buzzy restaurants
Fontana, the Dirty Duck and Noble (recommended in the UK national newspaper, The Guardian)
Cool bars
A variety of bars, some with live music
Cozy cafés
Baytree and The Yard
Retail therapy
Oscar and Joy for contemporary design products although we love all the local charity shops for a unique recycled find
Bit of culture
Ulster Folk and Transport Museum; Holywood Priory - from the 7th Century; Holywood Motte - an Anglo Norman Castle mound; Ireland's last remaining maypole is in the town centre
Walks in the park
North Down Coastal path, passing Grey Fort Point and Crawfordsburn Country park; Stormont Estate - the beautiful grounds of our Parliament; Redburn Park; Glenlyon Park
Spot of exercise
We do morning runs at Ballymenoch park at the end of or road, or run to the beach if we have more time. We also do local park runs in Stormont and Belfast and use the running track at Crawfordsburn Country Park (beautiful scenery); we also enjoy cycling to Belfast when the weather permits!
Day tripping
Antrim coast - Giants Causeway, Carrick-a-rede bridge, Dunluce Castle and Ballintoy Bay; Titanic Centre; Mourne Mountains; Fermanagh Lakes; Londonderry; any Game of Thrones filming location

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