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Loughview Lodge

31B McCraes Brae, Whitehead, Carrickfergus, Antrim, BT38 9NZ

About

Loughview Lodge is a spacious, detached, one bedroom house situated on The Blackhead Coastal Path, just outside Whitehead, on the world famous Causeway Coastal Route. It is off a private lane which is relaively quiet and safe. The Lodge is situated on a large, secluded site and you have exclusive use of a large garden with mature trees. A 10 minute stroll will take you to the Blackhead Lighthouse and there are several walkking trails in the area. There is free parking for up to 4 cars.

It is an ideal base for visiting local attractions such as the Gobbins Cliff Path, known as The Most Dramatic Coastal Walk in Europe, just 1.2 miles away, (please pre-book tours and bring walking boots). Whitehead Village, Portmuck Harbour, where you can have a try at stand up paddle boarding and Browns Bay Beach are all a short drive. In Belfast, The Titanic Visitor Centre, The Crown Bar and The Cathedral Quarter are a 30 minutes drive. Further afield is The World famous Giant's Causeway, the magnificent beach of Portstewart Strand and The Dark Hedges made famous by the TV series Game Of Thrones. 

From 13-20 July 2025 Royal Portrush will host The 153rd Open golf championship, watched by millions across the world. It is 60 miles or 1hr 14mins from us.

Whitehead Golf Club is an 18 hole golf course and is just along the lane. The Lodge backs onto the 12th Green of the course. Visitors are welcome to play, tee times can be booked online or if you just fancy a meal or a drink, the restaurant and bar are open to visitors. No need to order a taxi home!

Belfast is a 30 minute drive or take the train from Whitehead station where you can park for free in the park n ride. From Lanyon Place station a complimentrty bus will drop you off in the city centre in a few minutes.

Accommodation

The Lodge is tastefully decorated with the intention to provide visitors with a welcomimg, comforting feeling. Quality soft furnishings are designed to enhance the feeling that you are entering a comforting space where we value your stay in our home, created solely for your visit.

The bedroom is downstairs and has a continental size double bed with hypoallergenic cotton beddding. A cozy throw dresses the main bed. Two single beds can be made avaiilable to accommodate up to 2 addtional persons. There are charging points and lights at each of the beds and a continental adaptor can be found in the drawer. 

Upstairs the spacious, airy, open plan livivng/dining room has sea views to Belfast Lough, the County Down Coast and Scotland. A double bed settee can be set up for two guests in the corner of the room. There is a table and chairs with seating for 6 people or this can be used as a work station. Wi-Fi is provided.

The upstairs living room has two large, comfortable leather sofas dressed with cozy throws and cushions as well as a 55" smart TV including Netflix. In the back corner of the room is a cozy reading corner with a selection of books, a pouffe for your feet, a dresser with board games, a phone charging station and an alexa sound speaker.

Downstairs, the bathroom has a large quadrant shower with a drenching shower head. Water pressure is excellent. Above the sink is an illuminated mirror with a shaving point. Fluffy towels and washcloths are provide for each guest.

The compact kitchen is also downstairs and is equipped with an oven, hob, extractor fan, integrated fridge, microwave, toaster, kettle and a Tassimo coffee maker with complimentary coffee/hot chocloate pods. It is well stocked with crockery, saucepans, cooking utensis and a selection of wine, beer, gin and whiskey glasses.

We leave each booking a complimentary Welcome Basket consisting of:

- A selection of cereals, milk, butter, jams and marmalade, pancakes, biscuits and a selection of teas.

Downstairs is an integral storage area which is secure and can be used for drying off wet coats or wetsuits or for additional hanging space. It houses the washing machine, tumble dryer, freezer and an extra fridge, useful for storing wine or beer. You will also find a backpack picnic hamper, a cool box and freezer packs in the freezer, should you wish to take a picnic with you. It can be used to store bicycles, golf clubs or kayaks safely.

Self check in is via a lockbox beside the private entrance. We live next door and are on hand should you need any assistance with anything, however The Lodge is very private and you have your own space to relax and enjoy the property.

Facilities

Accessibility

  • Guide dogs permitted

Attraction Facilities

  • 18 holes - Whitehead Golf Club is an 18 hole, Parkland style course and is just along the lane from Loughview Lodge. Tee times can be booked on their website.

Children & Infants

  • Accept children (Minimum age)
  • Cot & Highchair Available - One travel cot and highchair is available on request.
  • Highchairs Available - One highchair is available

Establishment Features

  • Central heating throughout
  • Hairdryers
  • Ironing facilities - Iron and ironing board are available in the integral garage.
  • Linen provided
  • Prior Booking Required - One days notice
  • Private Garden - Please note: We have recently been completing some essential infrastructure works which involved digging up some of the garden. This will be seeded in Spring 2024 and will be cordoned off until the grass grows throughout the summer.
  • Washing & Drying facilities on site

Leisure Facilities

  • Access to golf course - Whitehead Golf Club is just along the lane. It is a challenging 18 hole course with spectacular views from the third, par 5 hole. Tee times can be booked on their website. There is also a 9 hole golf course, Bentra Golf course, where a tee time can be booked online. Search Bentra Golf Course.
  • Arrangements for riding/pony trekking - Islandmagee riding centre is 5 miles away
  • Cycle hire - E bikes can be hired in Whitehead, search Whitehead Community Association.
  • Fishing - tom of the lane, about 30 metres away, 115 steps take you down to the shore. Turn left and walk to the headland where you can fish off the rocks. Bait and tackle can be purchased in the nearby village of Ballycarry.
  • Television in lounge/TV room - 55" Smart TV with Netflix.
  • Wifi

Parking & Transport

  • On site parking - Free parking for 4 cars in front of The Lodge, no need to book.
  • Parking (free) - There is free parking for up to 4 cars.

Payment Methods

  • Monthly rates available
  • Short breaks available
  • Weekend breaks

Provider Preferences

  • Coastal - 115 steps at the bottom of the lane take you down to the shore.
  • In countryside - Set in a mature garden on the cliff
  • Marketed Towards Families
  • Max group size - Six people
  • Non smoking establishment

Room / Unit Features

  • Central heating in all units - Heating can be adjusted at the radiator valves
  • Drying Facilities in all units - Tumble dryer and a drying rail are in the integral storage area.
  • Freezer in all units - In integral garage area
  • Ground floor bedrooms available
  • Hairdryer Available
  • Ironing Facilities - Iron and ironing board in the integral storage area
  • Microwave
  • Sleeps 6 - i x Continental double bed 2 x Single beds 1 x double bed settee
  • Tea & coffee making facilities - Complimentary coffee/chocolate pods
  • Tumble Dryer - Situated in integral garage
  • TV - 55" Smart TV
  • Washing Machine

Specialist Features

  • Activity breaks - Hiking, golfing, sea swimming, cycling, horse riding, tennis courts and water sports are available in the area.
  • Marketed as green/environmentally friendly - Recycling boxes are provided outside the property. Currently boxes are for cardboard, glass, metal and plastic. The brown bin is for paper and food waste. A kitchen caddy for food waste is under the kitchen sink. Please turn lights off when not necessary.
Reading corner in upstairs living room with oak dresser, lamp, throw, cushion, pouffe and selection of books.

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Whitehead train station is approximately 1 mile away. It offers a park and ride facility where you can park for free. The station has a direct link to Belfast in 30 minutes. George Best Belfast City Airport is 19 miles/41minutes drive and Belfast International Airport is 26 miles/52minutes away.

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