welcome to willow cottage 5-star self catering holiday accommodation
Willow Cottage, awarded 5-star rating from NITB, is a self-catering Edwardian Farmhouse in the heart of the beautiful Roe Valley in North West Ireland, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is perfectly situated, on the Causeway Coastal Route, for Derry City, UK's City of Culture for 2013, Portrush for golf events, Belfast for all Titanic events and just 5 minutes from the bustling market town of Limavady. It's spacious interior includes 4 large bedrooms, 3 1/2 baths and 3 receptions with impeccable interior design, set in 2.5 acres with a stream and orchards. Willow can comfortably accommodate parties of 8 holiday guests in the tranquil surroundings of the Irish countryside and farmland with a stunning view of the iconic Binevenagh Mountain. You can be sure of a warm welcome, traditional Irish hospitality and a perfect base for exploration. Come and enjoy the craic. Failte!
The bustling rural market town of Limavady, is only 5 minutes away from Willow Cottage and is known as the home of the world famous unofficial Irish anthem, Danny Boy. The music was notated by Jane Ross of Limavady after hearing a blind fiddler, Jimmy McCurry, a Myroe resident, playing the tune on market day in 1851. Limavady hosts several Events: The Danny Boy Festival, The Limavady Jazz & Blues Festival, with artists and visitors attending from around the world. Visit the bars and restaurants in Limavady all year round for good food, fine pints of Guinness and plenty of local craic. The Limavady town centre and local Tescoís supermarket are only 5 minutes away from Willow cottage. Find out more on attractions and events in Limavady here and PDF of Limavady tourist info here.
Willow cottage is an excellent base for exploring the exciting and scenic North Coast of Northern Ireland, with many of the world famous locations, such as the UNESCO world heritage site the Giantís Causeway, the enchanting 7 miles of golden sands at Benone Beach, Irelandís oldest licensed Whiskey Distillery at Bushmills Distillery [ since 1608 ] and the enigmatic cliff top Dunluce Castle, all less than 30 minutes away. The area is a sightseers dream with stunning scenery and a plethora of cultural and historical sites for tourists to visit. Much of the scenery at Dunluce Castle, Whitepark Bay, Ballintoy Harbour and White rocks have recently featured in the global HBO TV hit series GAME OF THRONES, and you can easily visit many of these locations from your holiday accommodation at Willow Cottage.
The city of Derry / Londonderry is only 20 minutes away to the West of Willow Cottage. Derry was European Capital of Culture in 2008 and will be the first UK City of Culture in 2013. Within the bustling modern city stands the old walled city of Derry, with its renaissance style street layout still in place. The walled city is one of the most complete historical walled city still standing in Europe, with walkways up to 35 feet wide you can walk around the walls of the old city, set on a hill, taking in the panoramic sweeping views of the River Foyle and the wider city of Derry as it is today. Derry has several modern shopping centres.
There are many reason for basing yourself at Willow Cottage: tranquil sightseeing holiday with spectacular cultural and heritage sites to visit, 9 forests and Country Parks with beautiful scenic views, an eclectic mix of architectural heritage and remarkable historical monuments bound in mythical legends to see. For more sporting activities and events: Carrowmena Activity Centre is barely 5 minutes away with a wide range of activities such as kayaking, rock climbing, archery, zip lines and much more. If you like golfing, fishing and horse riding there is a wide range of golf courses, stables, rivers and lakes nearby. Irelandís greatest annual motorcycle road race the North West 200 is only 20 minutes away to the East. The world renowned International Youth Football Milk Cup takes place in the North West every year, including games played locally in Limavady. Previous young football stars to grace this tournament include Beckham, Gigggs, Scholes, Neville, Milner, Rooney, Crouch, Joe Cole, Defoe, McManaman, Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Giovani Dos Santos (Barcelona), Thomas Hitzlsperger (Bayern Munich) and many more.
Guide to Local Attractions & Useful Links
Check out our local attractions and local links for an extensive, but no means exhaustive, list of links to sights, events and activities for those searching for the perfect blend of sightseeing and/or sporting holidays.
Clipper round the world race 2011-2012
In July 2012 the Clipper Round The World Race came to Derry in Ireland, just 15 minutes from Willow Cottage. Highlights, besides the clipper event itself, were the Maritime Festival in Derry and the annual festivals taking place across Lough Foyle in Donegal in July. These included the annual and hugely popular Dylan Fest in Moville. At Dylan Fest you can soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the craic and great music at a genuine Irish street festival dedicated to the legendary Bob Dylan. The ferry from Willow Cottage to Donegal is only 10 minutes away and the journey to Moville only another 5-10 minutes. If you miss the last ferry you won't be 'stuck in moville' as it's only a 30-40 minute drive round the lough coast again to willow cottage.
Peg of Limavady - A poem by William Makepeace Thackeray
William Makepeace Thackeray, noted for works such as Vanity Fair, stopped off in Limavady in the early 19th century where he met a fair serving girl at a local inn who made quite an impression This brief meeting inspired the poem 'Peg of Limavady' which Thackeray later published in 1843 in 'The Irish Sketchbook. You can read the full poem Peg of Limavady here.