Unique Tiny House, loft and pod retreats with hot tubs and a communal bbq area, set on a friendly family-run site in the Sperrin Mountains, perfectly positioned for exploring the very best of Northern Ireland.
  • Sleeps: 2 or 2 (+2) per unit
  • Bedrooms: 1 per unit
  • Bathrooms: 1 per unit
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights

Beautifully located along a tranquil road in the heart of the Sperrin Mountains, a stay at Bancran School sets the many delights of Northern Ireland right at your feet.

Not only is Derry a mere 45 minutes away, via a magical drive through the mountains, but Giant’s Causeway can be accessed in under an hour, along with the captivating beaches at Portrush and Portstewart.

Yet you’ll have to leave your chosen Bancran School retreat first.  And once you’ve settled in, it’s unlikely you’ll want to – particularly as the friendly family-run site also features relaxing hot tubs, a gym, and a sociable barbecue area with a communal ‘Gin Tin’ for giggle-fuelled tipples!

Each of the aforementioned retreats is fully self-contained and ideal for couples or young families.

The Black Shack is a luxurious, detail-led Tiny House retreat, with a relaxed open plan living space that features soft leather sofas and a wood-burning stove… a genuine treat after a long day exploring the local area (when you’re not unwinding in the private hot tub, that is!)

There’s also a huge, bright bathroom to freshen up in, and an innovative pallet bed to curl up in for a sound night’s sleep.

The Pod, meanwhile, is peacefully secluded at the rear of the site.  A sleek, arched retreat with its own private wood-fired hot tub, you’ll be welcomed with high quality, space-maximising facilities that will make you feel wonderfully snug.

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At a glance

  • A luxurious selection of self-contained retreats, each sleeping a couple or a young family, secluded on a friendly family-run site in the Sperrin Mountains.
  • The site is ideally located for exploring the best of Northern Ireland, with Giant’s Causeway, Derry, Belfast, and windswept beaches all accessible in under an hour’s drive.
  • Retreats include:
    • Black Shack (2 guests): 2-floor Tiny House retreat
    • The Pod (2 guests): sleek single-level pod with private wood-fired hot tub
    • The Loft (2 + 2 guests): private loft apartment with elevated kingsize bed, pull-out child’s bed and an additional sofa bed
    • The Hen House (2 guests): corrugated Tiny House retreat with private hot tub
  • Communal on-site facilities include a spa hot tub, gym, and the ‘Gin Tin’, a relaxed barbecue and hangout space with Sky TV and outdoor heaters.
  • A car is recommended for shopping and exploring the local area, though there are beautiful forest walks surrounding the site, along with children’s play areas.


  • Family Friendly
  • Hot Tubs


Selection of private self-contained retreats in the Sperrin Mountains, sleep 2+ guests

Black Shack (Tiny House, 2 guests): open plan living space with sofas, wood-burning stove, TV, well-equipped kitchen, stairs to bathroom with shower/WC and bedroom with pallet kingsize bed.  Access to gardens.

The Pod (2 guests): Double bed, TV, en-suite shower, WC and sink, kitchen area with microwave, kettle, toaster, fridge, outdoor space with private wood-fired hot tub.

The Loft (2+2 guests): private entrance via external concrete stairs, open-plan living space with sofa bed, well-equipped kitchen, bathroom with WC, elevated kingsize bed with pull-out child’s bed (170cm), washing machine and dryer available for use in the garage below.

The Hen House (2 guests): double bedroom, bathroom with shower and WC, living and dining area, well-equipped kitchen facilities, outdoor space with private hot tub.

On site: Gin Tin communal area with barbecue, outdoor heaters and Sky TV, gym, spa hot tub.

Local Activities

Forest walks, cycling, children’s play areas, historic sites, beaches, tourist hotspots

Accommodation Options

The Pod - sleeps 2

The Loft - sleeps 2 (+2)

The Black Shack - sleeps 2

More information

A spacious, light-filled apartment that’s suitable for young families, The Loft is a breath-taking space with a private entrance and sumptuous furnishings, including an elevated kingsize bed, a clever pull-out child’s bed, and a squishy sofa bed for those weary heads. The Loft also has a private patio area to enjoy the weather, and a cast iron outdoor bath.

Last but by no means least, the Hen House is a quirky, corrugated Tiny House retreat with a comfy double bedroom, a private hot tub, and daylight-attracting gallery windows that showcase the Sperrin Mountains to absolute perfection! Spend the evening taking in the views whilst relaxing in front of the Danish Morso stove.

Once you’ve settled into your chosen retreat, why not head for the Gin Tin and shoot the breeze with your loved ones, or some friends you haven’t met yet? Equipped with outdoor patio heaters, a large Weber gas barbecue and Ooni pizza oven, there’s also a selection of board games and a Sky Sports-equipped TV (hint: you may be some time!)

Rather take some quiet time out, just for yourselves? You’ll find the area surrounding Bancran School peppered with calming forest walks, and there are even a few play parks to be found, for the kids to let off some steam.

With just about every holiday need more than covered, you may well find yourselves putting those plans to explore firmly on hold!

Things to note

The site is part of a private family home, so not suitable for parties or gatherings. There is a strict ‘no outside noise’ policy from 10pm, when the Gin Tin and communal spaces close.

Where you'll be staying

Draperstown, County Derry

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