A Unique Heritage Stay on the North West Coast

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Last updated: 09/24/2016
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  • Minimum stay:2-3 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

The Old Flax Mill

Superb base for touring Northern Ireland & a character tourist stay in its own right in a private riverside setting

• Comfortable, affordable, self catering, riverside accommodation
• Ideal for very large parties for holidays, birthdays & anniversary celebrations
• Huge space of 12,000 square feet makes this the best value proposition in the county
• Sleeps 20 on regular bookings, sleeps up to 28 for special occasions on conversion
• Five lounges on three levels for party gatherings
• Our specialty & best room rates are for longer stays for larger groups
• Exclusive use of all mill facilities & grounds when booking for parties of 16+

Tranquil Riverside Setting
Stunning flax mill conversion dating from 1786 sitting in a shallow tranquil valley in the townland of Collins, Aghadowey Parish, just five minutes drive from the buzz and all the amenities of Coleraine Riverside Centre.

This is an area of outstanding natural beauty with easy access to the many historic towns and excellent restaurants of the North West. It's just 15 miles from Portstewart and/or Portrush and 16 miles to Bushmills and 25 miles west to Londonderry.

This spacious mill conversion boasts 12,000 square feet of high quality accommodation and common facilities in the main mill building alone. A further 6,000 square foot in an adjacent mill building is designated for weddings and corporate events is planned to come on stream in 2016.

Unique Charm of the Mill
The Flax Mill manages to combine the wow factor of its setting, size, scale and its old features such as wooden beams & reclaimed wooden floors. Its charming period mill features also include the internal mill race wall with glass viewing pane from one of the guest annex rooms, the mill race tunnel underground connecting the two mill buildings and gothic windows. These features plus external stone walls and steps down to the river in the grounds complement luxury living accommodation in a secure, peaceful setting.

Mill Grounds & Riverside Environment
Bounded on one flank by the River Rhee and situated in a quiet gentle valley by landscaped stepped slopes down to the river, the Flax Mill offers serene views of the surrounding farmland.

From the grounds of the property, the tranquillity is broken only by the roar of the River Rhee after overnight rain.

The Rhee flows from uplands to the west to the River Bann a few miles further downstream. Fishing rights are available via the Honourable Irish Society.

NB The length of river in the mill grounds is unfenced and so not suitable for children unless strictly supervised

Accommodation Set Up
The mill has a welcoming mixture of traditional furnishings & decoration in the common areas with a more contemporary look of the nine bedrooms of accommodation which are available for lease in different permutations depending on the size of your group.

In its entirety, the mill can host parties of up to 28 persons but can be hired out in smaller packages, namely the Collins East Wing Annex & the master bedroom Wilson Suite or the Top Floor Suite. Each set of rooms has its own character and space. Let us know how many persons you wish to book in and the makeup of your party, i.e. the ages of your children or simply state how many rooms you require.

Layout of the Mill Facilities

The hub of the house is the large lounges either side of the central entrance lobby. The focus downstairs is on space to relax and meet fellow guests in the three ground floor lounges while upstairs, the emphasis is on the comforts of luxury accommodation & privacy.

There a further mezzanine gallery Library & Map Room on the first floor with views over to the river while the Top Floor Suite also comes with its own lounge for the exclusive use of the guests on the top floor.

In addition, we have set aside one ground floor bedroom with adjacent shower facilities for the less well abled.

Mill Interiors
If you love contemporary interiors and spacious living areas, this is the place for you! The beamed ceilings, reclaimed wood floors and stone wall surrounds add to the character of this former working textile mill. The east wing guest annex has distinct feel to it with gothic windows & doorways through much of this side of the old building.

Leather sofas and warming wood stoves in the lounges provide relaxing and spacious rooms for large parties to gather.

Catering & Kitchens

For those that need early morning coffee and/or a drink, we have kettles and minibars in those six bedrooms with ensuite bathroom facilities. The second floor suite of rooms also has a kitchenette/breakfast bar which can also serve for light meals and has a large dining room adjacent.

For those that want to test their gastronomy skills, there is a large well equipped kitchen on the ground floor with they added feature of a spectacular monastic stone table from which to eat your meals. Shopping for provisions is very close by as are some local warm and friendly down-to-earth restaurants should you wish to eat out.

Prime Tourism Location; Causeway Coast & much much more

The local area is quiet and relaxing as a destination in its own right but if you want to venture out, tourist attractions abound with enough attractions to keep visitors busy for a fortnight or more [providing you have a car].

The Flax Mill is centrally placed, close to the boundaries of Counties Antrim & Londonderry, making it ideal for trips to world famous UNESCO listed Giant’s Causeway & Bushmills Irish Whiskey Distillery to the east which are 'must do' stops on any tour of Ireland. They property is also close to the busy seaside resorts of Portrush, Portstewart, Portbalintray & Ballycastle, giving you a huge choice to dine and/or entertain the family. The location filming of Game of Thrones TV series has added to the tourist interest in the area with the Dark Hedges being one of the most photographed.

To the west of the mill you may wish to try some of Northern Ireland’s greatest natural & cultural treasures – the National Trust Properties of Downhill, Mussenden Temple, Benone Beach, Limavady, Castlerock and the historic, legendary City of Londonderry.

Further west still, excursions to the Republic of Ireland's beautifully rugged County Donegal can be reached on longer summer day trips with a ferry trips across Lough Foyle shortening the route.

Summertime Beaches Galore

A 20 minute drive takes you to the National Trust-run huge and impressive strand of Portstewart Beach which has received numerous awards for its cleanliness & natural beauty. White Park Bay Beach, Portrush East & West Strands, Portstewart, Castlerock Beaches, amongst many others, give you a huge array of choice for family entertainment in the summer months with car parking is generally proximate to the beaches and sometimes on the beach itself.

Local Shopping
Convenience stores are dotted around the approaches to the mill while a five minute drive to the mall-style Riverside Shopping Centre gives easy access for bigger shopping needs. The historic Plantation town of Coleraine, the other side of the River Bann affords a further choice of outlets in a more traditional shopping environment with relaxing pedestrian zoned areas.

Titanic Quarter & Belfast
For visitors from overseas, mainland UK and Republic of Ireland on longer stays, the mill can also serve as a base for the attractions of Belfast, the capital City of Northern Ireland.
Previous guests of the Mill have travelled on day trips to Titanic Quarter, a must do trip if you not visiting N. Ireland which has no less than three separate Titanic exhibitions with the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum hosting a fourth Titanic memorabilia exhibition a further 15 mins to the east at Cultra, County Down.

Golf, Hiking Outdoor & Pursuits

This area is a golfers' paradise with more than top 25 courses within a 30 min drive from the mill. Proximity to world class golf courses such Royal Portrush, Portstewart make this a perfect base for golfers and their families. The mill itself has previously hosted participants in the Galgorm Manor Pro-Am Tournament in 2014.

For those seeking a more active holiday and wishing to explore the countryside, the immediate area is one of tranquil beauty with upland woodland and pine forest ideal for those who plan a getaway with their dogs. The legendary walks of the Glens of Antrim can be explored on a day trip.

The glorious River Bann, to which the Mill's own River Rhee flows, has well signed jetties with access and car parking for the official scenic Canoe Trail.

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Property Type

  • Mill
  • 12000 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Car Available


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:


  • Children Welcome:

    children welcome when supervised as there is a fast running river in the grounds...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered:

    please lets us know and we will try our best accomodate...moreless

  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 9 Bedrooms, Sleeps 28, Beds for 24-28

Bathrooms: 12 Bathrooms


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Television
  • Toys


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Churches
  • Festivals
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Theme Parks

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Horseshoes
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Rural:

    Set in farmland with animals in surrounds...moreless

  • Water View:

    River Rhee borders the property...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountaineering
  • Pier Fishing
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming


  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 14 people


  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking:

    free parking in the yard...moreless

  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    extra charges apply...moreless


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster


  • Lawn / Garden


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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Dec 14 - Dec 29, 2016
3 night min stay
$3,405 $6,081
New Year 2017
Dec 30 - Jan 2, 2017
2 night min stay
North West 200 2017
May 7 - May 13, 2017
3 night min stay
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$730 $973
Fri, Sat
$3,040 $6,081

Rates are based on 16 guests; add $43 per night, per additional guest

* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Minibar $79.05
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $304.04

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Last updated: 09/24/2016
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25 Miles
Nearest Airport
Derry City
2 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Brown Trout
35 Miles
Nearest Ferry
Larne Harbour
8 Miles
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Nearest Train
10 Miles
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Brown Trout
5 Miles
Nearest Beach

Car: Necessary


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2013

About the owner: My brother and I bought this mill on account of its setting by the river and the charm of its industrial past it took us and team of builders two years of hard graft to bring it to its current state We hope you enjoy your stay please feel free to ask us

Why the Owner Chose Coleraine, UK:
Its a unique heritage building that is big enough to take groups of 20+

The Unique Benefits at this Mill:
Rivdr side accommodation in an historical setting

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Speaks: english



  • the river by the drive into the property

    the river by the drive into the property

  • First Floor West Wing Bedrrom with ensuite

    First Floor West Wing Bedrrom with ensuite

  • Library First Floor

    Library First Floor

  • Tile and wood floor in this bedroom

    Tile and wood floor in this bedroom

  • bedroom with ensuite

    bedroom with ensuite

  • family bathroom

    family bathroom

  • The Flax Mill from the River

    The Flax Mill from the River

  • The Flax Mill from west gable

    The Flax Mill from west gable

  • Stpes down to the river

    Stpes down to the river

  • First floor bedroom

    First floor bedroom

  • Travertine Room

    Travertine Room

  • Mill Rae Wall view from bedroom

    Mill Rae Wall view from bedroom

  • Guest Annex bedroom with en suite

    Guest Annex bedroom with en suite

  • Guest Annex bedroom with ensuite bathroom

    Guest Annex bedroom with ensuite bathroom

  • Top floor lounge

    Top floor lounge

VRBO #707787

This listing was first published here in 2015.

Date last modified - Friday, October 21, 2016

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Coleraine, UK #707787

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