Just two miles from Portrush, the White family’s Plantation Period farmhouse was built before 1650.
Since extended many times, and now modernised, it makes a very comfortable and exceptionally hospitable place to stay with plenty to do on site. There is snooker, a games room and quiet sitting places, as well as a garden and an outdoor area for children’s games, for example, and even stabling for guests who wish to bring their horses.
The accommodation is just as thoughtful. The bedrooms are all en-suite and there are all sorts of useful extras electric blankets, a comfortable armchair, hospitality tray complete with tea cosy, a torch and alarm clock beside the bed, hair dryer and, on the landing, an ironing board, and fridge.
Across the yard there are eight self-catering cottages,furnished to a very high standard (six 3" and two 5*); they are open all year and three are wheelchair friendly.
No evening meals, but Karen White guides guests to the local eating places that will suit them best - and the breakfasts here are legendary, so make sure you allow plenty of time to start the day with a feast the like of which you are unlikely to encounter again for some time. In addition to a tempting buffet, there's an excellent rendition of the great Ulster Fry, of course, and many less usual treats including porridge with Drambuie or Irish Mist, waffles, trout with bacon and mushrooms, kippers and poached eggs, scrambled eggs and smoked salmon...
*Maddybenny was the Guide’s Farmhouse of the Year in 2000 and has since continued to maintain an exceptional standard of rural hospitality.