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On the Map: Northern Ireland's Most Unusual Places to Stay

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Published 30/07/2021 On the Map: Northern Ireland's Most Unusual Places to Stay


Distinctive and spectacular, the six counties of Northern Ireland are home to a jaw-dropping selection of natural delights, from Giant's Causeway to the Glens of Antrim (ideal if you've ever fancied a role in ‘Game of Thrones'.)

Full of Celtic myth and treasured heritage, you'll not only discover Narnia's inspiration amongst the Morne Mountains, but you can mark St. Patrick's Day in his own beloved city of Armagh... where celebrations are long and loud!

Find your own perfect Northern Irish retreat, by browsing our hand-picked selection of suitably unusual stays.

Author: Nina Jervis
Main image: Quarry Hill Church | County Down

Drum Gatelodge

Drum Gatelodge

On a quiet country road at the edge of the historic Ballylough Estate, discover the utterly charming Drum Gatelodge - a romantic and unique hideaway for two in the stunning County Antrim countryside. Formerly the home of a family of estate workers, Drum Gatelodge has been beautifully renovated and extended to offer a wonderfully memorable holiday home for two lucky guests. Every effort…

Triumphal Arch Lodge

Triumphal Arch Lodge

Make your holiday a triumph with a stunningly stately stay in the gateway to historic Colebrooke, set by the tranquil lakes of County Fermanagh. You'll find the Triumphal Arch Lodge on the sprawling Colebrooke Estate, one of Northern Ireland's most significant and historic stately homes.  Situated near idyllic Lough Erne and perfect for lovers of nature and history alike, the…

Magherintemple Lodge

Magherintemple Lodge

Experience all the fun of the seaside while you stay in an charmingly historic chocolate-box haven on the North Antrim Coast. Discover magical Magherintemple Lodge in the enchanting seaside town of Ballycastle, just a stone's throw from the golden sands! Tranquil and picturesque, the historic Lodge was originally built in the late 19th century in imposing Scottish Baronial…

Kiln Wing, Old Corn Mill

Kiln Wing, Old Corn Mill

Escape from everyday life with a romantic break in a lovingly converted County Antrim corn mill, where your soundtrack is the gentle rushing river. If you're looking for somewhere to escape to with your favourite person... somewhere you can really leave all the cares and stresses of modern life far behind you for a while, then the idyllic Kiln Wing is the perfect…

Ketch

Ketch

Make memories on the wild shores of the Irish Sea at Ketch, tucked away in the shadow of Ireland's tallest onshore lighthouse. This truly delightful lighthouse keeper's cottage is the perfect escape for a family of four, who can live the life of a lighthouse keeper in some of Northern Ireland's most dramatic surroundings. Set on the coast of County Down, Ketch is found at St…

Helen's Tower

Helen's Tower

It's not every day you can stay at an enchanting home immortalised in the words of Alfred Lord Tennyson, yet Helen's Tower in stunning County Down offers exactly that. "Helen's Tower, here I stand, Dominant over sea and land." Standing deep in the woods of the Clandeboye Estate, Helen's Tower was built in 1848 by Frederick Lord Dufferin in honour of his mother, Helen Selina…

Belle Isle Castle and Private Island

Belle Isle Castle and Private Island

Gather your favourite people to experience a life of historic luxury, in your very own fairytale castle and private island accommodation set by the sparkling Fermanagh water's edge. For group holidays and celebrations with a unique, natural and seriously opulent difference, stay at 17th century Belle Isle Castle and begin your very own magical fairy story. Belle Isle Estate, an Area of…

Lackan Cottage Farm

Lackan Cottage Farm

If you dream of a truly off-grid experience, with mountains, woodland and seaside all just moments away, Lackan Cottage Farm is the eco haven you're seeking. Lackan Cottage Farm is the creation of Steve and Claire, who dreamed of developing their own off-grid sustainable smallholding in stunning County Down. Today, you too can experience a taste of their life, courtesy of their fabulous…

Sperrinview Glamping

Sperrinview Glamping

Gaze at the stars from the warm comfort of your cosy pod, dreamily positioned at the foothills of Northern Ireland's Sperrin Mountains. It's hard to imagine a more visually captivating setting than Sperrinview Glamping, featured in The Guardian's round-up of the best UK summer holidays for 2020.   Perfectly positioned at the foothills of the magnificent Sperrin Mountains, the historic…

The Oat Box

The Oat Box

A luxurious, vintage-styled former horse box for two, beautifully secluded amongst private, hen-dotted farmland close to Ireland's North Coast. Permanently parked in a lush green field close to Ireland's atmospheric North Coast, The Oat Box is a 1968 Bedford TK Horse Lorry that's been sumptuously transformed to sleep two grown-up guests. You'll feel as though you've left the stresses of the real…

Foxborough Bubble Dome

Foxborough Bubble Dome

Sleep under the stars in a transparent, other-worldly retreat, beautifully nestled amongst picture-perfect County Antrim countryside.A transparent and futuristic dome for two, you'll feel as though you've been blissfully transported to another planet with a stay in Foxborough Bubble Den.Viewing County Antrim's endless fields, trees, and wildlife right from the cosy interior is almost guaranteed to…

Brent Cove

Brent Cove

A sumptuous designer studio with Scandi-inspired interiors, and magnificent views across Strangford Lough to the granite mountains beyond. Steeped in nature, the vast, shimmering Strangford Lough is a designated Special Area of Conservation, with abundant protected wildlife and mesmerising views. It's on the lough's northernmost tip that you'll discover Brent Cove, a luxurious studio for two…

Pod by the Pond

Pod by the Pond

A calming circular pod with shimmering water views, filled with charm and perfectly nestled on Northern Ireland's sweeping North Coast.Ideally located on Northern Ireland's windswept North Coast, between the towns of Bushmills and Ballycastle, Pod by the Pond is a relaxing wooden retreat for two.Positioned by a pond, you can sit out on the decking and let your gaze skim across the sparkling water,…

The Surfer's Shack

The Surfer's Shack

A creatively upcycled, open plan ‘tiny house' retreat for two, perfectly positioned to explore the Causeway Coast and its attractions.Imaginatively created from an upcycled shipping container, and surrounded by rolling County Antrim farmland, The Surfer's Shack is ideally positioned for a couple to explore the nearby Causeway Coast.In fact, the shack's reclaimed wood interiors and vintage…

The Pod @Bancran School

The Pod @Bancran School

A luxury wooden haven for two with access to a hot tub, nestled on a friendly glamping site in the heart of the Sperrin Mountains.A perfect base for exploring the natural beauty of Northern Ireland, Bancran School is a glamping site peppered with luxury lodgings, and soothingly nestled in the heart of the Sperrin Mountains.The Pod is a self-contained and surprisingly spacious wooden haven that's…

Quarry Hill Church

Quarry Hill Church

An award-winning conversion that blends cherished heritage and design-led luxury, for a captivating stay in a timeless Irish village. The proud winner of ‘Best Rescue of an Historic Building' in the prestigious Heritage Angel Awards 2019, Quarry Hill Church is far from being a standard holiday conversion. Affectionately known as the "old church" by friendly locals, the 19th century building is…

Barbican

Barbican

An impossibly romantic ‘miniature medieval castle' with gothic windows and a stone turret staircase, beautifully located by the Glenarm River in one of Ulster's oldest villages. Enjoying a timeless, storybook-style position in the ancient County Antrim village of Glenarm - the first of the nine Glens of Antrim, no less - Barbican is a 19th century ‘miniature castle' that's perfect for a…

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