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10 hidden accommodation gems for the 2017 Irish Open

The 2017 Irish Open takes place from July 4-9.

Northern Ireland's picturesque North Coast will be buzzing with golf fans in a matter of weeks as Rory McIlroy hosts the 2017 Irish Open at the Portstewart Golf Club.

So whether you are a golf lover or simply keen to soak up the unmissable festival atmosphere, Portstewart, Portrush and the wider Causeway Coastal Route has something for everyone planning a short break this summer.

Here’s just 10 of the best of family-friendly hotels, B&Bs and self-catering accommodation which are available to suit all budgets and needs, either right on the doorstep of the Irish Open or in nearby villages and towns:


  • Maddybenny, Portrush

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Maddybenny, Portrush

Offering B&B, self-catering accommodation, and even caravans, this centre is situated between Portrush and Portstewart.

The family-run, former farm offers the best of country living with riding stables on site.

For camping, prices are £7.50 per person per day, with reduced costs for children; and £35 per person per night for B&B. Visit

  • The Bushtown Hotel, Coleraine

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The Bushtown Hotel, Coleraine

Just 15 minutes from Portstewart, this has been a favourite with visitors to the Causeway Coast for years.

For the non-golfers, there’s a fitness suite, swimming pool and sauna to enjoy.

Dubai Duty Free Irish Open offer is £57.50 per person per night. Visit

  • The Links Penthouse, Portrush

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The Links Penthouse, Portrush

Overlooking Royal Portrush Golf Club, this four-bedroom, fully equipped apartment sleeps six and is within walking distance to beautiful beaches and top restaurants such as the Ramore.

£86 per night for a two-week stay. Visit 

  • Waterfoot Hotel, Derry/Londonderry City

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Waterfoot Hotel, Derry/Londonderry City

A stylish boutique hotel in the City, tucked just at the edge of the historic Banks of the River Foyle.

Drive along the scenic coast for under an hour to get involved in the golfing action in Portstewart.

Prices from £85 per person. Visit


  • The Premier Inn, Coleraine

The Premier Inn, Coleraine

This hotel has eight family rooms to sleep four as part of its 49 ensuite room offering.

Enjoy family-friendly amenities such as The Jet Centre with Alley Cats Indoor Adventure Play centre and the Moviehouse Cinema.

Rooms from £90 (Wednesday & Thursday) and £132 (Friday & Saturday). Visit

  • Beulah Guest House, Portrush

Beulah Guest House, Portrush

This mother and daughter run guest house offers a welcoming traditional bed and breakfast service in its nine ensuite rooms and is within easy walking distance to all amenities.

£140 per room per night. Visit

  • The Marine Hotel, Ballycastle

The Marine Hotel, Ballycastle

It’s a comfortable and central base to explore the Causeway Coastal route area.

With its harbour view looking out towards Rathlin Island, the Giant’s Causeway and Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge are nearby.

Ensuite rooms start from £160 per night for two people. Visit

Upper price range

  • Heathmount Hall, Portstewart

Heathmount Hall, Portstewart

A three-bed ground floor luxury apartment which sleeps six and is suitable for people with limited mobility.

The beautiful apartment is available to rent for the week at £825. Visit

  • Atlantic Lookout, Portrush

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Atlantic Lookout, Portrush

This three bed home offers stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean from its top floor deck.

Sleeping six, it’s cosy inside and out, with a log-burning fire and BBQ area.

Approximately £113 per night, with a minimum week stay. Visit

  • Ocean Drive, Portstewart

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Portstewart Golf Course.

Within five minutes’ walk of The Strand, one of the Causeway Coast’s finest beaches this four bed house provides a real ‘home from home’ for visitors and boasts a pool table room.

Approximately £125 per night when booking for a week. Visit


Weekday, Weekend and Season Tickets are still available for the 2017 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open and U16s are free of charge when accompanied by adult.

Getting there

Special transport arrangements are in place with families and golf fans are encouraged to plan their travel in advance and leave extra time for their journeys.

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Portstewart Golf Course.

Along with world-class golf, over 20 of Northern Ireland’s finest musicians will also be performing live, for free across bars, restaurants, hotels and coffee shops in the area as part of the Midsummer Sessions Festival.

For families, it is a great time to consider making it a memorable weekend experience.  Under 16s go free when accompanied by an adult, with many additional events along the famous Portstewart Promenade also free to attend, including an outdoor cinema showing family films and face painting and balloon making at The Crescent.

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