Hi dog pals,
I hope you had a good Christmas! We spent ours at 10 Ballaghmore Cottages, Portballintrae, Northern Ireland. The lovely Patrick, who owns the cottage let me stay there although up to now dogs were not allowed but I think since I have been and showed him how good us four-legs can be Number 10 Ballaghmore Cottages will now be dog friendly!
We chose 10 Ballaghmore Cottages as it is literally across the road from where Hum’s Mum lives (Gran Gran) and ‘cos there were 5 of us (including me) we couldn’t all fit into Gran Gran’s house easily.
Now Hum was brought up in Portballintrae, but for those of you who don’t know the area, Portballintrae is a small sea-side fishing village on the North Coast of Co. Antrim.
10 Ballaghmore Cottages is a mere 5 minute walk to the harbour and wonderful dog friendly beaches with sand dunes to run down and miles of beach to explore! Portballintrae is also just a mile from Bushmills (famous for its whiskey – humans can have a tour and taste) and a couple of miles (or 1 mile across the beach) from the famous Giant’s Causeway (another dog friendly place to explore). Other places to visit are Dunluce Castle; Portrush (old fashioned sea-side town with amusements for little people to enjoy), Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge and the Glens of Antrim.
Hum was very impressed with 10 Ballaghmore Cottages. The cottage is in a small group of cottages with views over the fields as it is right on the edge of Portballintrae.
The cottage is upside down to make the most of the views so bedrooms and bathrooms are downstairs and there is a lovely lounge/kitchen/dining area upstairs. As it was Christmas, Patrick had even put up a Christmas Tree for us!!! Most thoughtful!!!
The whole cottage is tastefully decorated – lots of sea-side pictures and ornaments (as Portballintrae is a sea-side village). Hum was very pleased as it reminded her a bit of her caravan.
Downstairs there were 2 double bedrooms, one with en-suite bathroom (which Hum & Glenn nabbed straight away), a family bathroom and a small room with bunk beds. Now Ben Ben ended up in there but as he is the tallest, it was a bit unfair – I don’t know how he managed to fit into the little bunk bed!!!! This room would be more suited to young children methinks but Ben Ben managed fine – I think he just folded himself up somehow….
Upstairs was a very well equipped kitchen – hum was most pleased to see lots of cooking equipment and a cafetiere for her beloved morning coffee. There was a dishwasher; microwave; excellent cooker with full-size oven; lots of pots and pans, glasses and crockery; cooking utensils and an additional utility room with laundry facilities! Perfect for a family holiday!
The lounge had plenty of space for everyone to sit and there was a TV; games consoles; DVD player and lots of books, games and DVDs to enjoy! The 2 boys were extremely happy! And there was a lovely fireplace for us to hang our stockings and for Santa to come down the chimney!
All the floors were either wooden or tiled so it was super good for four-legged folk to be on and also be kept nice and clean.
We did have some problems initially with the heating – firstly Hum couldn’t get it to work (but Patrick helped her out even on Christmas morning!) and then the boiler was churning out black smoke which was filling a neighbour’s house! Even so, Patrick was really quick to send out people to fix it on Boxing Day which Hum found most impressive!
The only other complaint Hum had was the towels. There were towels provided but they were a random lot of mismatched items and Hum just felt that given the quality of everything else, some lovely fluffy towels and bathsheets would make the experience properly luxurious….
Apart from that, everything was super duper good and Hum reckons we can definitely stay there again – a lovely cosy, welcoming, charming dog friendly holiday cottage by the sea-side! What more could a little dog ask for!