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Shaws Hill Farmhouse

(Ref. 1014752)

Kells, County Antrim, County Antrim Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 5 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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46 Customer Reviews

  • "Peaceful location, ideally suited for visiting different locations."

    Our daughters loved seeing all the lambs. Warm farmhouse with everything you could need including DVDs and books. Great communication from Edith. We even had some food items left for us which were greatly appreciated.

    Reviewed by Caroline5.0Apr 2024

  • "A really lovely, peaceful place of retreat."

    Accommodation was great, everything you need and the owners couldn't have been more helpful. We have already rebooked for next year.

    Reviewed by David5.0Jan 2024

  • "In a beautiful part of Ireland."

    .we normally visit in summer..this was our first Christmas visit since kids, now 12 and 9. The hospitality was incredible, a truly lovely host. We had everything we needed, the farmhouse was so cosy. Beds comfortable, plenty of space. 20 min drive to Junction One/Ballyclare and only 40mins to Belfast..the Boxing Day panto was brilliant

    Reviewed by Cara5.0Dec 2023

  • "Lovely place to stay stunning surroundings."

    Could benefit from faster broadband. Second time there. Will be booking again

    Reviewed by Steve4.7Oct 2023

  • "Very helpful and kind owners."

    The cottage is spacious and extremely private, down a gated lane, surrounded by beautiful countryside. We had just about everything we needed and let the owner know about a couple of very minor issues. We enjoyed a very comfortable and relaxing week. It would be even better if there was a table and chairs or picnic bench for al fresco eating in the garden!

    Reviewed by Ruth4.7Sep 2023

  • "The farmhouse was beautiful and very well maintained."

    The location is special, offering great views of Antrim, but situated a mile from the main road and very secluded.That said, moving around the island was easy so it provided a great base for further exploration - we explored the North Coast, Belfast and Armagh during our stay. Perfect!

    Reviewed by Craig5.0Aug 2023

  • "Wonderful cottage and surroundings."

    Very comfortable beds and warm, friendly welcome.

    Reviewed by Frances5.0Aug 2023

  • "Fantastic cottage and really lovely people who own it."

    One of the best cottages we have ever stayed at. Thank you for everything.

    Reviewed by Tim5.0Aug 2023

  • "Lovely cottage in a remote location."

    It was great waking up to the bleating of sheep! Northern Ireland was amazing - lots to see and do.

    Reviewed by Jane3.8Jul 2023

  • "We had a wonderful time here and in NI generally."

    Edith and James were very welcoming and friendly and the house had everything we could possibly need. 100% recommended.

    Reviewed by Brian5.0Jun 2023

  • "James and Edith are two of the nicest people we have met."

    The farmhouse is so picturesque with everything inside that you would need and a lovely welcome pack when we arrived. It is super clean with lovely comfy beds. It truely is a home away from home. If you want peace and quiet then this is a place where you can just sit and recharge and listen to nature. Pet baby sheep and every so often listen to a cuckoo bird in the distance.The views surrounding the farmhouse are breathtaking. The village of Kells is nearby with a big shop and the much bigger town of Ballymena is only about 10 miles away. Our only one regret was having to leave.

    Reviewed by Deborah5.0Jun 2023

  • "Absolutely fantastic location and cottage."

    Very private ,just what we were looking for.edith and james were very welcoming.lots of thoughtful touchs.including generous welcome pack,lit fire and everything you could possibly need for an ideal holiday.Top hosts A++++++

    Reviewed by Neil5.0May 2023

  • "The Property was perfect."

    The house was spacious and comfortable, clean and tidy, maintained well, with everything we needed for our stay. We loved the position on the hill with 360* views! Perfect for us. Great owners, a "GRAND" very friendly Irish couple who loved what they do.

    Reviewed by Eileen5.0May 2023

  • "A wonderful well equipped cottage in a remote quiet location."

    The owners met us on arrival and there was a welcoming fire lit in the hearth and a ‘starter pack’ of milk butter bread cheese and fruit. Please note however directions are not quite accurate! Postcode will bring you to the entrance lane - but the cottage itself is about half a mile down right at the end of that lane through 2 closed gates. Also - Kells village - when we visited - seemed to have absolutely no amenities;(pubs or restaurants)!! Better to turn sharp left at the entrance to the lane and go to Ballyclare - about 6 miles away.

    Reviewed by William4.4Apr 2023

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our week at Shaws Hill."

    The directions to reach the property were precise & we had no problem finding the house. We were met on arrival by Edith & James, with whom we had a friendly chat. The basket of goodies on the kitchen table was most welcome, as was the log fire in the living room. The cosy property had everything we needed & was a comfortable place to return to after our days out exploring the beautiful countryside. Rosy sunsets & dark starry skies too. Highly recommended!

    Reviewed by Simon5.0Apr 2023

  • "The owners are absolutely lovely people we like the house so much and our kids too, it can’t be better, we enjoy it so much."

    Reviewed by Sonja5.0Apr 2023

  • "Very enjoyable and comfortable stay, thanks."

    Lovely vistas of daffodils and lambs will stay with me.

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Mar 2023

  • "Beautiful property in a lovely quiet and peaceful location."

    Had a very pleasant meet and greet with the owner who had supplied us with a thoughtful welcome basket and 2 roaring fires ensuring the place was cosy and warm on our arrival. Would definitely recommend and hope to return in the near future.

    Reviewed by Mark4.4Dec 2022

  • "One of the best cottages we have stayed in."

    Warmer welcome, useful welcome pack, plenty of wood to keep us cosy. Really comfortable in a wonderful rural location. Lots of different birds visiting the garden. Kitchen well equipped.Good location to explore noth and east coasts, Belfast and Co. Down. Hope to return.

    Reviewed by Geraldine5.0Sep 2022

  • "Edith and James were very welcoming and checked several times that we had everything we needed and that we were enjoying our stay."

    The cottage is very well equipped and very clean. We found it conveniently placed for all the places we wanted to visit. We had a lovely holiday.

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Sep 2022

  • "A lovely house in a beautiful location."

    We felt at home straight away after a very warm welcome from the owner. Everything was provided to ensure a relaxing holiday. We would not hesitate to recommend it.

    Reviewed by Trevor William5.0Sep 2022

  • "A return trip for us."

    A real treat again. Fantastic welcome from Edith and James, couldn't do more for us. Very lucky with the weather, didn't need the open fire at all . Enjoyed watching the hay making,amazing.!! Don't know how they have the energy to get it done. A real " home " feel about the farm. A great play to chill and recharge. Back again soon.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Aug 2022

  • "Excellent holiday and property."

    ....home from home.....fantastic welcome with tray of goodies and a heart warming fire from the owners Edith and James. Cottage very central to Kells, Ballymena, Belfast and tourist attractions.

    Reviewed by Brenda5.0Aug 2022

  • "This was the best holiday of our life!"

    From the peaceful fields filled with friendly sheep and cows, to the cozy fireplace in the living room, to the amazing sunsets, we could not have asked for a more beautiful location. This was our first time we visit to Northern Ireland, and it was very convenient to all of the sites we wanted to see, such as The Gobbins, the Titanic museum, and Giants Causeway. Yet the best part of every day was coming home, and having a chat with Edith and James as they tended to the animals. The house itself was lovely, with cute touches at every turn. Everything was comfortable and clean. We hope to come back to stay during Christmas time, as we had daydreams of baking cookies in the warm kitchen with our children. When we arrived, Edith and James gave us a lovely welcome , complete with a fire started in the fireplace and treats. I could not recommend a property higher than this one, and it is a true gem! Thank you so much for letting us stay!

    Reviewed by Natasha5.0Jul 2022

  • "Had a great time, was a wonderful location even with to 2 gates you constantly have to go in and out your car for."

    Would definitely recommend and would definitely stay here again, location is brilliant as is in the middle of everything so you can do all Northern Ireland from this location and we also did Dublin as was only 2hrs away. Owners was really nice and friendly.

    Reviewed by David4.7Jul 2022

  • "We spent an excellent two weeks at the cottage - a pity it couldn't have been more."

    It was exactly what we had wanted - quiet, comfortable and well equipped. A little tricky to find initially, the location was ideal to explore the eastern part of the province and we were able to visit all the places we had planned. We would have no hestitation in recommmending it, particularly if you like peace and quiet. For those who like hustle & bustle, maybe it could be a bit too quiet. We had few problems, only perhaps wifi which was a bit unstable during inclement weather. Would we go back again - certainly. We'd recommend it wholeheartedly.

    Reviewed by Stuart4.7Jun 2022

  • "Had a wonderful stay, great to have a farmhouse again."

    Wonderful to see all the natural things going about their daily life, birds, lambs etc. Lovely to have friendly and welcoming owners. It won't be everybody's cup of tea if they don't like peace and quiet.

    Reviewed by Chris5.0May 2022

  • "Edith and James were waiting for us to arrive and had some lovely treats ready for us and two roaring fires ."

    Every room was clean and comfortable and we had everything we needed .The house is in lovely surroundings with plenty of green fields and is situated quite central to a lot of must see sights in northern ireland .would stay there again

    Reviewed by Pamela5.0May 2022

  • "The length of the drive from the road surprised us, in fact we thought we had gone wrong, but luckily the owners had seen us and phoned us, but it was well worth it."

    We were shown into a lovely house with 2 roaring log fires in the lounge an kitchen, and a tray of essentials to get us started. We felt at home immediately. The owners were happy to stand and chat which made us feel really welcome. Once on our own and settled in we realised what a wonderful house it is. It was very well equipped and everything was clean, and even the bedding had been ironed, something you don't always get. It's in a lovely peaceful location with only birds, sheep, and cows for company, and really good views in every direction. Although the fields around are working fields, the owners didn't disrupt or inconvenience us in any way, more the other way round when we bumped into them!!! Would I go again? A resounding YES. Would I recommend it to others? Undecided as I'm unsure whether to keep it a secret, but certainly worthy of a recommendation. It's probably the best, or at least one of the best, cottages we've ever rented, and we've had quite a number over the years. Absolutely wonderful.

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0May 2022

  • "Beautiful house, James and Edith were friendly and welcoming."

    The house is situated conveniently to visit a lot of places around Northern Ireland.

    Reviewed by Jennifer5.0Mar 2022

  • "A truly wonderful relaxing holiday, made all the better by it being lambing season and we got to see a lamb being born."

    A very large, well equipped and cosy farmhouse, complete with log fires aswell as central heating. The countryside of Northern Ireland is fantastic and there were plenty of places to visit nearby.

    Reviewed by Mary4.7Mar 2022

  • "Lovely relaxing & comfy stay in the farmhouse."

    We’re given a wonderful welcome by Edith & James at the property & greeted on entering with two roaring fires & some provisions (very welcome as we had flown in, so unable to bring supplies). Everything clean & tidy, also good range of utensils in kitchen. Maps provided were very useful to get around as the car we hired didn’t have sat’ nav’. Didn’t expect top speed Wi-Fi (it’s a bit hit & miss) Also don’t expect a power shower! But you’re escaping ‘city life’. We absolutely loved, the remoteness of the location & even having to hop in & out to open the two gates each trip. Sadly missed seeing the lambs! Would certainly recommend this property as a brilliant location from which to see so many of N. Ireland’s wonderful treasures!!

    Reviewed by Elizabeth4.4Mar 2022

  • "A great week despite the gales."

    Perfect place for a rest. Hosts, Edith and James, couldn't do enough for us. We want to go back when it is warmer. Can't wait for the summer.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Feb 2022

  • "Lovely cottage, really clean and comfortable, love the log fire in the lounge and huge kitchen, home from home"

    Reviewed by Kay5.0Jan 2022

  • "We had a fabulous week at Shaws Hill."

    Peaceful lovely scenic setting but still close to places of interest or day trips to Belfast. Nothing was a bother for our hosts and we hope to visit again. Thank you!

    Reviewed by Charlene5.0Nov 2021

  • "We had an amazing week at the cottage."

    Edith and James were so welcoming and we really appreciated the welcome pack on arrival. The area is so beautiful and peaceful and we hope to return some day!

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Jul 2021

  • "James and Edith couldn't have been kinder."

    The house was extremely comfortable and in a very private setting. Lovely to have so much farmland to walk around. The house is down a lovely lane with two gates which enhance privacy and security. Lovely to hear the cows and sheep instead of car horns and traffic. Lovely environment for families, couples and for a solo visit. Will definitely book again.

    Reviewed by Marianne5.0Jun 2021

  • "A great location to have a quiet, relaxing holiday."

    The cottage is situated in open farm lands with views over the surrounding countryside. It is a very comfortable and relaxing place to return to after a day out sightseeing. It is located close to amenities in both Kells and Ballymena, which are about 5-7 miles away. We had a great holiday in a very relaxing, comfortable cottage and added to this was the warm and friendly welcome we received from the owners.

    Reviewed by Ron4.7May 2021

  • "We stayed here for 2 weeks in October 2020 and it was just brilliant."

    Home from home. We had 3 kids and they were able to enjoy being outside safely. Everything we needed was at the property. Owners were so lovely and accomodating too. We will definitely be back.

    Reviewed by Melissa5.0Oct 2020

  • "...a genuine home from home"

    Reviewed by Keith5.0Oct 2020

  • "We had a wonderful holiday at Shaws Hill Farmhouse."

    The owners made us very welcome and their lovely, secluded farmhouse made a perfect base for exploring the stunning natural beauty of this corner of Ireland.

    Reviewed by Jean5.0Aug 2020

  • "We has a great warm welcome from Edith on our arrival to this beautiful farmhouse."

    Such a peaceful setting with great views. Lots of personal touches made it feel like a home from home. We had a great time exploring the coast and country side and learning about NI history. So much to explore for which this farmhouse is in an ideal position for with Belfast close by and the north coast 50 mins away.

    Reviewed by Jon5.0Aug 2020

  • "We had a great time at the cottage, although weatherwise, February is an odd time for a holiday, it made no difference to us and we really enjoyed our stay."

    It was a great base for us to meet up with our family and we made good use of the open fire. Lovely and cosy. We enjoyed seeing the sheep too! It will be a perfect place to stay for a relaxing summer break and exploring the area.

    Reviewed by Edward5.0Feb 2020

  • "Very nice secluded farm cottage a mile drive down tarmac lane."

    Reviewed by Sandra4.7Oct 2019

  • "The people that owned the accommodation were there to meet us with a very welcoming fire on."

    They were so friendly and nothing was a problem to them. There was milk butter bread and cheese in the fridge. Food in the cupboards. We would definitely recommend this place to anyone. It is very central for everywhere. We can't wait to go back. The peaceful location was wonderful. Carol, Kath and Tony

    Reviewed by Carol5.0Aug 2019

  • "The property was excellent, clean, comfortable, had everything you need, the ..."

    The property was excellent, clean, comfortable, had everything you need, the views superb, it central for everywhere, I would definitely recommend the property and Northern Ireland

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Jul 2019

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  • Three bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin, 1 x single
  • Bathroom with bath and Electric shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner with woodburning stove
  • Sitting room with open fire.
  • Oil central heating, woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, toaster, kettle, fridge/freezer, washing machine, TV and WiFi
  • High chair and travel cot available
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent.Starter pack provided for the woodburning stove, additional logs can be purchased locally
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking
  • Enclosed lawned garden
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 4.8 miles and pub 4.6 miles
  • This property accepts family holiday rentals only and does not accept worker bookings
  • Please Note: This property does not permit Electric Vehicle Charging - If you require this facility, you will need to seek out local conveniences that offer this service

The property

Kells 5.4 miles.

Resting on the outskirts of the pretty village of Kells, is the delightful former farmhouse of Shaws Hill Farmhouse.

Internally, the property has been renovated to provide a stylish and contemporary interior, with quality furnishings.

Step into the spacious sitting room, with its hardwood flooring and light decor, giving you that home-from-home vibe the moment you step through the door.

Discover a brick-built fireplace housing an open fire for those chilly evenings whilst curled up catching up with your favourite shows.

Walk through to the open-plan kitchen/diner, providing a large dining table for you to have some family gatherings over a well-deserved glass of wine.

The kitchen itself has a range of contemporary appliances so you can easily cook up a storm for the whole family.

Retire to any one of the three well-presented bedrooms, including a double, twin and single setup, ideal for friends and families looking to explore this wonderful area of Northern Ireland.

Outside has a large enclosed lawned garden, where you can take a refreshing drink and delight in your country surroundings whilst watching the sunset.

Kells is ideally placed for giving access to a range of nearby towns for a plethora of tourist attractions that are a must-see during your trip.

Travel towards the bustling town of Balymena to discover a large choice of shops and supermarkets for those shopping sprees, as well as many pubs and restaurants for some fine food options.

The town centre of Antrim rests a few miles away and has many places to visit, including Antrim Castle and Gardens, dating back to the 17th century and rest son the banks of the Sixmilewater River, with beautiful historic gardens, with scenic pathways for some walking and cycling opportunities and an art gallery if you fancy a spot of culture.

Discover the older castle ruins of Shane's Castle, for a look into 14th century architecture.

Your little ones will delight in spending the afternoon at the Antrim Loughshore Park, where they can run and play for hours.

Return to Shaws Hill Farmhouse for a relaxing break to the heart of Northern Ireland.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £200.

About the location


Ballymena 5 miles.

Kells is a large village in the County Antrim district of Northern Ireland, situated five miles from the beautiful town of Ballymena. The village offers a convenience store, a pub/restaurant and a post office for your amenities, as well as easy access to the thriving town of Ballymena for a larger choice. Ballymena also has a range of tourist attractions, including the wonderful Peoples Park, featuring open lawned areas, plenty of pathways for some scenic walking and even a tennis court. Discover the Mid-Antrim Museum of history and art for a spot of culture, as well as a number of shops, supermarkets, pubs and restaurants. You are within reach of the bustling town of Antrim, and further afield is Belfest for so many more sites to be found. A perfect base for a relaxing getaway exploring everything that County Antrim has to offer.

This property accepts family holiday rentals only and does not accept worker bookings

Please Note: This property does not permit Electric Vehicle Charging - If you require this facility, you will need to seek out local conveniences that offer this service.