Family home close to beaches and mountains, close to Belfast and 90 mins to Dublin

Family home close to beaches and mountains, close to Belfast and 90 mins to Dublin




Feb 2013

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3 Bedrooms
Sleeps 5
2 Bathrooms

About our home

Our cozy family home is situated in the village of Ravarnet, 3 miles outside Lisburn city centre, but still is very much in the country (a very rural feel). We are 10 miles from Belfast and 90 miles from Dublin and the historic village of Hillsborough is only two miles away (the queens official residence in Northern Ireland). Our house overlooks an expansive and lovely field and there are plenty of narrow country roads all around where you can take leisurely walks, cycle rides, etc.
Its a three bedroom semi-detached house spread out on two floors. Ground floor has a hallway, lounge and dining room, kitchen, sun room, WC and an attached garage. The three bedrooms and a bathroom on the first floor.
Our home is our home, its not a museum. We live in it, enjoy it, make a mess, clean up and then do this all over again every day (anyone with children will know what I mean).
Our three children love the small garden at the back, where there is a trampoline and a climbing frame. You can also walk across the beautiful green feild to a little stream close by (Shallow enough for children to walk in it).
We have 2 adult bikes (one has an optional baby seat), 3 kids bikes, bike holder to fit a car, PS4 with games, internet and wifi, satellite TV, DVD Player, Washing Machine and Tumble Dryer in Garage, trampoline, climbing frame, fishing rods, etc.
We have bunk beds in one of the kids bedroom and a small single bed in the other kids bedroom.
We have a 7 seater Renault Espace Automatic Car or a small Chevrolet Matiz which we would consider swapping for the duration of stay.


More about us

  1. My wife and I are both 44 years old and have two boys who are 14 and 11 years old and a little girl who is 7.
    I run my own healthcare technology business and my wife works in key worker in a charity helping young people who have drug and alcohol problems . My passions are cooking, jazz music, fine single malts and DIY. My wife loves baking, movies, running, reading and keeping fit.
    our three kids keep us busy.
    We have done two home swaps in 2013 (France) & 2015 (Ireland), 2017 (Barcelona), 2018 (Pennsylvania, USA), 2019 (TelAviv) and have absolutely loved all of these trips.
    We love travelling and experiencing new cultures.

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Where is it?


We would also be happy consider a Carswap along with the house as there is no public transport within a two mile radius.

Although we live only 3 miles from Lisburn city (which is very convenient to explore Belfast 10 miles away, Dublin 90 miles away and the West), our neighborhood feels very much rural. Our street is a cul-de-sac with other families, some with children, so its very safe. The historic and royal Hillsborough village is also 2 miles away, where there is a forest park, castle, fort and a lake for fishing.
there are plenty of small windy country roads near our house, where we take leisurely walks, cycle rides, etc. Nearby (2 minutes by car)there is an activity farm
which has activities like fishing, mini golf, quad biking, animals and a coffee shop. great for family day outs and not too expensive and run by a family in the village.
There is plenty of shopping literally 5 minutes drive away in sprucefied and Lisburn city centre. An outlet shopping centre 10 minutes away in Banbridge, and Belfast city centre has really good shopping and eating areas.

There are a number of lovely beaches within 40 minutes drive from our house.
Our area is a fishing, golfing, cycling and walking paradise. There are plenty of beaches within 40 minutes drive away or you can head to the North coast which is an hour and a half drive away and has some spectacular beaches. Bushmills whiskey distillery, World famous Giants causeway and the Royal Portrush is also 90 minutes away.
The Landmark Titanic Museum is 20 minutes away and so is the Ulster folk and transport park, Ulster American folk park, etc. You can take a ferry from Belfast to Scotland too as a day trip.
There are lovely quaint villages like Moira, Newcastle, Bangor, etc all nearby.

Buzzy restaurants
The Phesant
Cozy cafés
Miel et Moi, Albany,
Retail therapy
Victoria Mall Belfast
Bit of culture
Hillsborough Castle
Walks in the park
Hillsborough Forest Park, Lagan Towpath
Spot of exercise
5k loop around the village
Day tripping
Belfast, Down Peninsula, National Trust Properties.

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