Themed Bed Breakfast - Breezemount House
Property Name: Breezemount House
Theme: Heritage & Culture
In the famous ballad ‘Kitty of Coleraine’, she had her heart stolen by Barney McCleary at the fair in the town. He has long since left, and the names to look out for now are Leslie Campbell and Nicole Wood, your attentive host at Breezemount House. For the past 10 years Leslie and Nicole who is fluent in European languages have been welcoming guests with many return visitors. On the Causeway coastal road, just a 5-minute walk to the heart of Coleraine shopping, Breezemount House is the ideal place to stay when visiting the north coast.
Set in a peaceful location amid over 120 shrubs and trees, Leslie takes great pride in the carefully tended gardens, on to which all the bedrooms overlook. The bedrooms are well appointed and feature fully equipped kitchens with tea making facilities and home made biscuits. There is also family accommodation available in the style of self-catering apartment. Enjoy a delicious breakfast in the large conservatory dining room; keep an eye out for any squirrels foraging (outside of course!) and check the blackboard for anything special happening in the area on that day. A keen golfer himself, Mr. Wallace the proprietor can assist you in choosing golf in the area or any other activity which appeals to you most, of which there are many. A walk on the beach in Portrush. A spot of fishing. For the more extreme, surfing or scuba diving.
The real beauty of staying in Breezemount is the heritage & culture, not only in the surrounding areas but within its very own walls. A listed historical mansion building, built in 1820, Breezemount was the childhood residence of Hugh Thomson, famous artist and illustrator of Charles Dickens and Jane Austen books. Each of the rooms in the house is named after different historical sites in the area. Like most old houses a body was discovered in the landing in 1900 and since then the aroma of cigar smoke sometimes hang in the landing. Leslie says the presence is benign and greets ‘Howard ‘ when his presence appears. Leslie and his staff will be delighted to provide you with an information pack on places of historical and cultural interest in the area, of which there is abundance. The ‘Giants Causeway’, the world’s first heritage site is exhilarating or sample one of Ireland’s finest whiskeys at the Bushmills Distillery. Visit Dunluce Castle or Mountsandel Fort. On a more local front, there are maps of Coleraine’s Historical Town Trail available at Breezemount. If you think your people came from the area, the Coleraine Family History Society meet regularly. When requested, tickets for many visitor attractions can be pre arranged and if necessary in conjunction with a reliable taxi group, transport can be arranged. If you haven’t had enough culture out and about, you can brush up in the Culture Book library and DVD library back at Breezemount, or wind down in the Cushy Glen Highwayman lounge whilst learning of his murderous campaign in the 1800’s.