The Willows Luxury B & B, Limavady, Northern Ireland

Hotel Review 

Location:

The Willows B & B Limavady, Northern Ireland
The Willows Luxury B & B

The Willows comprise a luxury B & B and self catering studios set in three acres of gardens, five minutes drive from the small town of Limavady on Northern Ireland’s Causeway Coastal Route.  The walled city of Derry is 40 minutes away whilst City of Derry airport a mere 20 minute drive, making the accommodation an ideal base for exploring the area.

Arrival and check-in 

Entrance hall, The Willows, Limavady
The stylish entrance hall

There are large signs at the end of the driveway making the accommodation visible for motorists arriving in either direction.  Ample free parking is available to one side of the house and on approaching the brightly painted front door we were greeted by the owner Annie and her adorable Yorkshire terrier Mabel.

The Willows, Limavady
The bright and airy Refreshment Room

Check-in was informal and before settling in to our room Annie served a welcome treat of freshly baked scones which we enjoyed with a pot of tea in the guest’s refreshment room.  The website did indicate that stays included ‘special treats’ but we weren’t sure what this meant but this couldn’t have been a nicer welcome.

The Rooms:

Aspen bedroom at The Willows, Limavady
The Aspen bedroom

The accommodation comprises four tastefully furnished en-suite rooms on the first floor of the main Edwardian house which are exclusively for adults.  These are named after trees in the surrounding orchard and our room called Aspen was cosily welcoming with its two windows overlooking the gardens.  Everything had been thought of down to a jar of sweets and jugs of water on the bedside table.  Wi-Fi worked a treat and we were warm and content.

Our contemporary styled en-suite bathroom came with high quality fittings, a powerful shower head (big tick from me), thick towels and luxury toiletries.

Orchard self catering studios, The Willows, Limavady
One of the four Orchard self’s catering studios in the grounds

In addition to the guest rooms in the main house, four self contained studios overlook the garden, each with its own mini kitchen and outside terrace.

Dining:

Continental breakfast at The Willows, Limavady
Our delicious and healthy start to the day

A continental breakfast is served to house guests each morning at their preferred time.  Although styled continental it was so much more than that as alongside a fresh fruit platter, granola and a yoghurt compote we were served delicious bacon and portobello mushroom baps.

Views of Bineveneagh Mountain from The Willows, Limavady
Views of Binevenagh Mountain from the windows

We helped ourselves to coffee, tea and juices from a dresser in the corner of the room.  A selection of bread, jams and marmalade are also on offer for those with large appetites.

Al-fresco dining at The Willows, Limavady
Al-fresco dining at The Willow

As it’s a B & B no other meals are served but a top of the range pizza oven and two gas barbecues are available for guests use beneath a gazebo in the garden with plates, cutlery etc. ready for use in the refreshment room.  Complimentary tea, coffee and biscuits are also available from there throughout the day with guests being able to take in the scenic views of Binevenagh Mountain from its windows.

Facilities:

Guest Lounge, The Willows, Limavady
Guest Lounge, The Willows, Limavady

In the main house there’s a cosy lounge with a Netflix enabled Smart T.V., guest library and a selection of local guidebooks and maps.  Jenga, Connect 4 and Domino garden games are stacked ready for use, just waiting for some warmer days.

Hot tub at The Willows, Limavady
Relaxing in the hot tub

Located in a secluded part of the garden a hot tub can be reserved at an additional cost and comes complete with fountains, coloured lights and high powered jets.

Out and About: 

The Causeway Coastal Route is a 120 mile scenic drive between Belfast in the east and Lough Foyle in the north west taking in areas of outstanding natural beauty and the famous Giant’s Causeway.

Giant's Causeway, Northern Ireland
The Giant’s Causeway

Roe-Valley Country Park – a three mile stretch where the River Roe channels through a scenic wooded gorge.

The Roe Valley, North Antrim Coast
The Roe Valley

Binevenagh Mountain – towering behind The Willows and formed of basalt from lava upwelling 60 million years ago.  Hike to the summit for some breathtaking views of Lough Foyle and Donegal Bay on a clear day.  Find your own way to the top or join a guided hike with Binevenagh Adventures.

Binevenagh Mountain, Limavady
Binevenagh Mountain, Limavady

Castlerock – an attractive small seaside resort along the north coast.  Take the boardwalk through the sand dunes to the west of the River Bann estuary for a stroll on the pristine beach.  Afterwards, browse the inviting little shops and pop into the Chocolate Manor for some delicious handmade truffles.

Castlerock Beach, North Antrim Coast
Castlerock Beach

Overall:

The Willows, Gardens, Limavady
The attractive grounds surrounding The Willows

The Willows is a wonderful B & B and fully deserving of its five star rating.  The hands-on owner Annie is the perfect host, friendly but unobtrusive with nothing too much trouble.

Details: The Willows, 141 Sea Coast Road, Limavady, Co. Londonderry, BT49 9EG

During our stay we were guests of Visit the Causeway Coast and Glens and The Willows and as always all views and opinions are entirely my own.

 

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55 thoughts on “The Willows Luxury B & B, Limavady, Northern Ireland

  1. There’s so much I love about this accommodation. The three acre gardens to start with. The special treats, especially when these turn out to be freshly baked scones. I thoroughly approve of breakfast served at any time too (I hate the way hotels put silly timeframes on your breakfast). The hot tub, library and gazebo for al fresco dining are also big wins. Thanks for sharing, Marion. Hope you are enjoying the weekend.

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  2. What a charming place! Despite the rainy weather, the B&B looks to be perfect to cozy up inside when the weather is colder. Also convenient to base yourself from while visiting notable sites like the Giant’s Causeway. Another great accommodation review from you, Marion!

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    1. It was gorgeous Lyssy and I’m sure you’d both love it. Visited the Isle of Skye years ago and it rained every day and we sadly only saw the Cuillin mountains shrouded in mist, You have reminded me that I need to return! Thanks so much for commenting, it’s much appreciated.

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  3. What an awesome B & B. I find the Irish tend to do B & Bs best. We stayed in an excellent one when we were in Derry. That breakfast does look pretty good. Such beautiful scenery in the North. Thanks for sharing Marion.

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  4. How striking is the red door … and a special touch indeed with the welcoming tea and scones on arrival! It’s a lovely room and I looked twice at your delicous breakfast – yummy! I like the idea of using the back garden to make your own dinner … but the cherry on the cake is that hot tub 😉. And there is so much to see and do close by – I still find the Giant’s Causeway such an interesting and beautiful natural site.
    You’ve done well with your accommodation at The Willows (yet again) Marion – such a lovely place! Enjoy your weekend 🌸.

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    1. Thank you for taking an interest in my review of The Willows at Limavady Corna. It really is a hidden gem and it would be so nice to return to relax with a barbecue or pizza in the lovely grounds. Is May Day a public holiday this weekend for you too? Even if not, I hope you both have a great weekend! Marion

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        1. It must seem like I’m away all the time but am at home quite a bit too! Best of both worlds. Just been home two weeks catching up on jobs, friends, writing etc. and going away for the May Day holiday weekend tomorrow! Have a lovely weekend yourselves in sunny Perth xx

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