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Lamb Cottage

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Ballycastle, County Antrim Show on map


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  • 7 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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19 Customer Reviews

  • "Lamb cottage is a home away from home."

    With very peaceful surroundings. Close to all amenities a great small town and a beautiful beach. The cottage itself has everything you need and is very well maintained. Clean and very comfortable. This will not be my last visit.

    Reviewed by Eileen4.4Apr 2024

  • "A beautiful property in a fabulous quiet location ."

    Very spacious and exceptionally well equipped. Will definitely be booking this property again.

    Reviewed by Lou5.0Mar 2024

  • "Our family of six plus two dogs stayed here for four days and it was gorgeous!"

    The home is warm, clean, spacious with two living room spaces and the kitchen living room area is wonderful! A nice outdoor space for kids to run around and really close to Ballycsstle and other outings. Overall a wonderful stay and great chance to get away and relax. All I would add is to please be aware that there will be no basic foodstuff like olive oil, coffee, sugar, salt at all so you'll need to bring that along (unless the property decide to leave some, which would be great as we had to buy sponges and washing up liquid ourselves, also no kitchen cloths to wipe down surfaces). We did make use of the dishwasher and there were soap tablets for that. It didn't get in the way of us enjoying ourselves and relaxing to the max and we would definitely recommend and hopefully be back soon.

    Reviewed by Beatriz4.7Mar 2024

  • "Loved our stay at Lamb Cottage."

    Reviewed by Heather5.0Feb 2024

  • "We had a wonderful stay in Lamb Cottage."

    House was very clean and great facilities. The outlook is spectacular, perfect for a relaxing holiday. Great location for travelling the beautiful Antrim coast. I would not hesitate to stay there again or recommend to friends and family.

    Reviewed by George5.0Jan 2024

  • "I had booked the property 5 months beforehand."

    But unfortunately 2 weeks before our holiday I got bad news, cancer, and I am terminally ill, with only a short time left. I was determined to get this last holiday with my husband and his dad. The house is absolutely amazing. We all enjoyed our stay. The steps I could manage as it was only a few. The ground floor accommodation was very necessary for me. I have family and friends in the area and they came to visit me. Everyone loved the cottage. It’s perfect. We didn’t go out a lot, just enjoyed this amazing cottage. I would be back tomorrow. I had the most beautiful holiday ever. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Anne5.0Sep 2023

  • "We really enjoyed our stay."

    - This is the only property we have stayed in which has no instructions for heating controls, appliances, or recycling arrangements. A simple one page paper, or online guide, would be extremely helpful. - A small waste bin is needed in the bathroom. - windows need cleaning These small improvements would make a great stay exceptional!

    Reviewed by Mark Jonathan4.7Sep 2023

  • "A fabulous property when we eventually found it as mentioned in previous reviews directions are very poor."

    Everything you needed was there. We had several evenings playing all the various games with our autistic grandson who made the downstairs snug his own space perfect. We went to Giants Causeway, Carrick-a-Rede bridge, the Dark Hedges, Murlough bay, Rathlin Island and to Games of Thrones Studios. We will go back. We had delicious steak pies from Mckays butchers in Ballycastle, lovely local shops.

    Reviewed by Jacqueline5.0Sep 2023

  • "The drive to the house - the address and 3 little words are inaccurate (I informed Sykes by phone but they aren't interested) as you turn into Drumavoley road it is exactly 1 mile and then you see a big white house in front of you - it is a sharp right (it is literally a small lane) and it is No59 the 3 little words are ///budding."

    Character.incur (this was taken when I was inside the house The House - it is absolutely stunning this cannot be denied - the windows still dirty inside and out. Pet hairs in drawers on the carpets. No cleaning products at all you literally need everything and the mop head was filthy. The sofa bed is in the small snug and fits one person only! Pillows - 2 each in the master bedroom but only 1 each in other rooms and none for the sofa bed. Bath towels left in the master bedroom but tiny towels left in all others despite the party being mainly adults. If you search the cupboards downstairs you can find spares. The hot water is on a timer and so one night we had no hot water, called Sykes and someone came out the following morning (plumber arrived before the phone call to let me know he was coming). The views are stunning but it is literally large windows everywhere and we had the gardener, the oil tanker and the farmer (for the sheep in the field) pull up on the drive with no advance notice and well it could have been embarrassing!!!! The doors and floorboards incredibly creaky - the doors need oiling desperately. The only house we have stayed in where there was literally NO welcome pack of any sort -you literally have to work out everything for yourself. Don't expect any tea coffee anything to be there when you arrive - unless left by a previous guest. We flew into Belfast airport and stopped off at one of the major supermarkets en-route. My daughter is coeliac so we couldn't rely on the local shops and they are limited and expensive. Now onto the good stuff - the beds are very comfortable and the house itself is stunning. The views are like no other. There are plenty of boardgames adult and children to keep you entertained. The location is perfect for sightseeing and literally 7 mins from the beach with ample free parking. Giant Causeway is half an hours drive - honestly so much to see and do truly was amazing. We would also definitely stay there again, I was pleased I read the reviews prior and the kitchen is a lot better stocked now - think previous guests have maybe done some of the stocking. It really just needs a few touches to make it a 5 star - it is almost like so much thought went into the build and then it doesn't matter about the upkeep or the finishing touches. This could be down to the letting agent rather than the owners who we were told live in London. Also the bin days change depending on the bin needing to go out! Ours was the Friday but the bins were not overflowing when we got there so that is something.

    Reviewed by Anthony3.4Aug 2023

  • "The property was impressive from the outside, the view was exceptional and the fixtures and fittings were modern with clean lines."

    The whole property was well presented. We accept the fact that it is pet friendly but the dog smell was overpowering when we arrived and dog hairs were found on skirting boards and elsewhere. The oven was really unclean and we had to cover our food while cooking. The windows certainly needed cleaning both inside and out. We did however enjoy our holiday in the area and hope that our comments are useful.

    Reviewed by Julie4.4Jun 2023

  • "Although this is a lovely cottage it seems that the owner does not wish to listen to feedback from previous guests."

    Despite, the owner assuring me, before arrival, that the previous guests rubbish would not be left and that recycling instructions were provided. This is not the case. On arrival rubbish left in external bins and no instructions on how to recycle. The ensuite light was broken on arrival. Again, this is noted in a previous review in February of this year. I advised Sykes of this on the 11th June. I had to ask Sykes again for help on 12 June. However, the owner did not get in touch with me until late evening on 15 June. I feel this is very poor communication by the owner and shows a lack of concern for guest experience. Sykes have been contacting owner since 19 June to ask for compensation for us as we had no ensuite light for 6 days. However, so far, owner has not responded. Also, windows are extremely dirty both inside and outside. Finally, gardner arrived, without us being informed, during our stay. I have a severe grass allergy so had to ask them to return whilst I was out of cottage. This could have been avoided if the owner had told us gardner was coming and I would have made sure I was out of the cottage.

    Reviewed by Rita3.1Jun 2023

  • "We loved Lamb Cottage and had a very happy week there."

    The cottage is light and spacious, and I couldn't stop looking at the view. We found everything we needed in the kitchen, and our only complaint would be the same one that has cropped up in previous reviews, that the refuse and re-cycling bins were overflowing when we arrived. I managed to work out when the collection would be, and which bin, but it would be so easy for the owner to leave a clear indication of collection days, instead of guests being irritated by the lack of information.

    Reviewed by Polly4.1Apr 2023

  • "Was a lovely house in a lovely position just outside Ballycastle with gorgeous views of the coastline."

    House within driving distance of all local tourist spots, giants causeway, dark hedge, Derry and we also hired a speed boat for the day to see the coast from the sea. The house had everything we could wish for except there were no instructions for turnover or bins and usually like to see a visitors book to get ideas for days and nights out. Overall brilliant week spent with family

    Reviewed by Laurence5.0Apr 2023

  • "This is a beautiful property with wonderful views and everything you could need for your holiday ."

    The beds are very comfortable and the property is in an excellent location

    Reviewed by Eileen4.4Mar 2023

  • "We have had a lovely week in this absolutely stunning cottage."

    We have found it to be ideal for what we needed. This cottage is not far from being the perfect holiday let. The own had toys games and books which was a bonus and a nice touch but just a few things let it down for us. On arrival there was only two towels out ( I eventually found more under the stairs) and there was only one toilet roll in each of the upstairs and downstairs toilets and only one hand soap provided in kitchen. As these are basics I would expect to have hand soap in all bathrooms and again a nice touch would be to have at least a spare toilet roll in each bathroom. Although it was not listed on the original listing as having an iron and ironing board, this is something we expected as people don't pack these things when traveling to a different country, we did however mention that this should be provided and we were pleased that the owners acted on this and had one delivered , even if it did arrive too late for us to use it. The ensuite bathroom light was out and we were disappointed that this had not been checked and replaced before arrival. These were all small things but things that are expected and would make the property better. When we arrived all the rubbish from the previous guests was left out the back still and I'm not sure how much cleaning had been done. The shelves in bathroom cabinets upstairs were dirty with toothpaste marks, the floors in the bathroom and the main living area had not been swept or hoovered as there were what appeared to be dog hairs all over. There was crumbs dust and bottle tops on the floor under the settee and empty ice bags in the freezer. Also a used dish sponge in the kitchen sink. The cleaning left alot to be desired and if we returned again I would be checking this. Lastly we were annoyed to find that on our first day the electricity was scheduled to go off and nobody had informed us and then on our last day owners had a delivery of a sofa and chair, which had been put in to the house when we returned from our day. This I know was know meant to arrive at this time but should have been postponed a few days as this is not professional at all. Great house but needs some attention given to it and better thought and planning of deliveries and disterbences.

    Reviewed by Sarah4.4Feb 2023

  • "This is a lovely modern property in a rural location, but only a short drive from Ballycastle."

    I would absolutely recommend this property although despite previous reviews which highlighted some problems around the maintenance and facilities within the property, it seems the owners continue to bury their heads in the sand. On arrival, bins were again overflowing and there is still no information regarding collections. A nearby farmer advised us collections were on a Tuesday and we brought rubbish bins down to be cleared (a walk about 300m down a steepish hill) - which I feel is something management should really take care of. The windows, which have such stunning views through them, continue to be in need of a clean both inside and out. “Single” could be used to describe our other amenities- a single tea towel, a single dishwasher tablet and a single toilet roll across 3 bathrooms. The travel cot we requested was not there, but, in fairness to the owner, he did get in touch and organise for one once we’d made the necessary calls. The welcome pack has been somewhat improved with the addition of some tea/coffee packs. There is a Nespresso machine fyi. A proper welcome pack, with some fresh local produce to get guests thought the first day/following morning would go a long way to providing a good welcome, with maybe a few more toilet rolls and some bathmats thrown in.

    Reviewed by Mark3.8Oct 2022

  • "This could be a fabulous house - great location and views, comfortable beds and spacious."

    Some minor niggles e.g. fridge door difficult to open, missing basic kitchen utensils such as baking trays, grater, colander. Would also be helpful to have information on house e.g. rubbish collection, white goods. Wondering if owners have ever lived there, would be a good idea so they can check for these snags. Potentially a lovely house just needs to feel a bit more homely. Note: if you have mobility issues there are 7 steep steps between ground floor bedroom and ensuite/ WC / utility room and the main living area. There is then another set of stairs up to other bedrooms and bathroom - so 3 floors in total.

    Reviewed by Lorraine3.8Sep 2022

  • "Lovely property in a nice rural location, the drive was a little stepper than anticipated and roads are very narrow."

    but the view is excellent, the garden is not secure for dogs or infants and their was no hover. also no welcome pack or instruction book or folder to explain how everything works, also there are three wheeled bins at the rear of the property general/ recycle/ and green. the first two were full and the last half full of rotting food, not surprising as there's no instructions regarding refuse collection, however bar these niggles in the whole a excellent base for a quite coastal holiday.

    Reviewed by Dean3.1Sep 2022

  • "We loved this property perfect space for a family of 5."

    Well equipped and beautiful views. We would definitely recommend & return. (Just a note to save any confusion the number on the house is 59 not 57 as was sent in the directions email- it wasn’t a problem as the house was really easy to find-please don’t publish this bit just a bit of info) Many thanks, Rachel

    Reviewed by Rachel5.0Jul 2022

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  • Three bedrooms: 1 x ground-floor king-size with en-suite walk-in shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC, 2 x king-size
  • x1 Double Sofa Bed
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Open-plan living space with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with woodburning stove and sofa bed
  • Utility
  • Underfloor heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer and dishwasher
  • Smart TV and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot available on request
  • Ample private driveway parking
  • Multilevel garden with lawn, patio and picnic bench
  • Two well-behaved pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 1.6 miles, beach 1.5 miles
  • Note: The lawn slopes, please take care
  • Note: There is a double sofa bed in the sitting room, possible to sleep up to 8 guests

The property

Lamb Cottage is a spacious three-bedroom house in Ballycastle, recognised as the best place to live in 2022 in Northern Ireland, and is the perfect place to come if you want to spend some quality time with your loved ones.

The house is sleek, bright, and airy, and has all amenities for a self-catered stay while boasting tremendous views across the Atlantic Ocean, The Mull of Kintryre, and RathlinIsland, whilst within easy reach of the local town and beach, making it ideal for families, couples or groups of friends looking for a relaxing break away; the property welcomes up to eight guests.

Inside, the first-floor open-plan living space gives the house a spacious and calm ambience, with large windows overlooking Ballycastle and the Causeway coastline, Velux windows, and a kitchen with all the appliances you could need, including a handy dishwasher.

The sitting area is kitted out with a wood-burning stove and a Smart TV, perfect for cosying up in the chillier evenings after a day of exploring.

Completing the space is the dining area, fit for enjoying a home-cooked meal or just planning an adventurous day.

From here, the family bathroom has a shower over the bath for a quick freshen up, along with a bathtub for soaking your muscles.

When sleep calls, all three bedrooms are furnished with a magnificent king-size bed where you can catch your rest, along with an additional double sofa bed in the sitting room; the first bedroom is on the ground floor and has an en-suite shower room, providing you with a relaxing morning getting ready in style, while the second- and third-bedrooms rests on the first floor.

Finishing off the interior is the utility room, fitted with a washing machine and a tumble dryer, so you can keep your clothes and towels fresh throughout your stay.

Outside, the property has a beautiful garden with a lush lawn and a patio for outdoor dining; dine alfresco in the warmer months while you take in the expansive views from this elevated position.

Venture into the local town, Ballycastle, for a meal out with loved ones, where there's a good variety of eateries and pubs to choose from, as well as shops to stock up on ingredients to cook at home.

For a day out, step back in time to the days of the Vikings and the Normans at Kinbane Castle, survey the coastline from the Bonamargy Friary, golfers can tee off at the Ballycastle Golf Club, or you can immerse yourself in the history of Ballycastle at the Ballycastle Museum.

For a peaceful walk and a picnic, why not make your way to The Dark Hedges, an 18th-century avenue lined with intertwined beech trees, making for an idyllic wander.

If you prefer time by the seaside, follow the coast and stop off at the quaint harbours, Portbradden and Ballintoy, before settling at Giant's Causeway, a picture-perfect nature reserve the whole family can enjoy.

Make memories with loved ones at Lamb Cottage.

About the location


Giant’s Causeway 12 miles.

Ballycastle is a fantastic destination and touring base while staying in Northern Ireland and was named the best place to live in Northern Ireland in a list compiled by The Sunday Times in 2016. Placed on the Antrim coast, on a clear day you can see Mull of Kintyre of Scotland off in the distance as well as Rathlin Island which you can get a ferry to. From Ballycastle you can travel in either direction along the coast and see stunning scenery. The town is home to a golf course, a Blue Flag beach and a range of local shops and eateries for you to try out. The local area also offers the likes of Fair Head, Murlough Bay and Kinbane Castle for you to visit. With easy access to other popular locations such as Portrush, the Giant’s Causeway, Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge, the Bushmills Distillery and Belfast, Ballycastle is ideal for those who want to pack as much into their trip as possible.

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