A slightly back-dated review next, but one that we really wanted to share with you. A trip in August 2017 to Northern Ireland took us to Seascape Lodge near Bushmills, on the beautiful Antrim Coast.
As usual, lots of research on accessibility and fun was done in advance, the added challenge this time was a property for a family of 12! We were lucky to find Seascape Lodge, a 5 bedroomed 5* holiday property outside Bushmills, with amazing views looking out across the Atlantic Ocean and Antrim Coast.
It is only a short 25 minute flight with EasyJet from Liverpool into Belfast International Airport, and a 1 hour drive to Bushmills.
There is ample parking outside Seascape Lodge, and it is completely level and well-maintained. There is 1 small step to access the house through the front door, but access through the conservatory or kitchen is level. Internally there are no steps on the ground floor, and on this level there are 3 spacious twin/double bedrooms and a large bathroom with separate bath and shower cubicle (not many internal photos sorry but plenty online). On the 1st floor are 2 very large double bedrooms and another large bathroom.
There is a stair gate at the bottom of the stairs, and we used our travel stair gate at the top to stop Emily trying to divebomb her way downstairs…
There is a luxurious feel to the inside of the house, with high quality bedding and towels, comfy beds and lots of nice stylish touches. The kitchen is well equipped, with loads of crockery and glasses (needed when 12 people are in residence!).
The outside space is the magical part of Seascape Lodge and it is completely accessible. Once outside accessibility to the tennis court and 9 hole green are level, and the large lawn outside the house is not only level but also completely enclosed, ideal for locking in 6 crayzee children.
Be prepared for the many different weather systems you will experience in 1 day in Northern Ireland, I managed to catch some sun for these photos but we also battled against the obligatory Irish wind and rain on 1 or 2 days. Just take suncream, wellies and a wetsuit and you’ll be just fine, all eventualities accounted for (and they will happen).
There is a fantastic BBQ area, part of which is under a covered terrace with heated lamps. This decked area is up 1 fairly large step.
Seascape Lodge is just outside Bushmills which has some local amenities including a Co-op and a nice variety of places to eat; plus the world famous Bushmills Distillery. For a bigger shop there is a Tesco in Portstewart (approximately 8 miles), and more supermarkets and amenities in Coleraine (approximately 9-10 miles).
There is so much to see and do in this area, and the beautiful Seascape Lodge is centrally located for all the sights of the Antrim Coast including The Giants Causeway, Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, Dunluce Castle and miles and miles of beautiful beaches.
For those with limited mobility White Park Bay beach opposite the house is not particularly accessible as it is a steep descent from the car park, the final part of which is across sand dunes.
However, there are plenty of local beaches with fantastic access including White Rock Sands and The Strand in Portstewart (a 2 mile stretch of level beach which you can drive onto).
Ian always responded quickly to any queries we had about the property and was available during our stay. We would highly recommend Seascape Lodge for all the family, including those with mobility and accessibility needs. As long as you prepare for the crazy Irish weather you will love this part of the world, there is a certain magic to it.