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Downhill Demesne & Hezlett House

107 Sea Road, Castlerock BT51 4TW, Northern Ireland
+44 28 7084 8728
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Part of the Mussenden experience

The ruins of the home Downhill Demense are part of the property that has Mussenden on it - the... read more

Reviewed 9 October 2017
Quirky Hezlett House

We have visited Downhill Demesne before but have never been to Hezlett House. We are National... read more

Reviewed 16 September 2017
Liverpool, United Kingdom
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Downhill Demesne lies on the North Coast of Ireland. It covers 147 acres and includes a surprising diversity of landscape with a sheltered glen gardens, woodlands and an exposed headland. The creation of the Eccentric 'EarlBishop' Built in 1691 Hezlett House is one of the oldest thatched cottages left standing in Northern Ireland. The uniqueness of the cottage lies in its rare cruck frame and family history. Have fun exploring the house and walking around the garden and orchard.
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  • Poor2%
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107 Sea Road, Castlerock BT51 4TW, Northern Ireland
+44 28 7084 8728
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Reviewed 9 October 2017

The ruins of the home Downhill Demense are part of the property that has Mussenden on it - the only part we could not find was Heslett House never did work out where it was actually located. We did see the walled gardens on the...More

Thank Whiteknight_013
Reviewed 16 September 2017

We have visited Downhill Demesne before but have never been to Hezlett House. We are National Trust members but it happened to be a European Heritage open day on the day we went which meant it was free admission for everyone which is great! The...More

Thank Trixie63
Reviewed 8 September 2017

Thoroughly enjoyable visit even in the rain. Lots of photo opportunities and friendly staff. Clean toilet facilities and picnic area (would be good on a nice day),

Thank GFW321
Reviewed 6 September 2017

I was interest to see Downhill Demesne after discovering that it was built for the Bishop of Derry/ Earl of Bristol, who was born and buried in Suffolk, England, close to where I grew up. The site is managed by the National Trust, so free...More

Thank Jellybellydancer
Reviewed 29 August 2017 via mobile

Been here loads of times before but the views and walk around are just lovely nice to find out the history of the house and the temple of course too you can take it the stunning views of the coast line

Thank Tracey R
Reviewed 20 August 2017 via mobile

This is a odd place - I wasn't sure what to expect but it's mostly a huge expanse of grass with a ruined house and a strange empty temple on a cliff. There are two entrances close together and it doesn't really matter which you...More

1  Thank EstherHosking
Reviewed 15 August 2017

This gem is very much worth a visit. No crowds, no coaches, just a few lucky people who have fell into this place! It is wonderful for a walk, a picnic, watching trains, just about anything. Lovely gardens and such a sad ruined house. A...More

1  Thank AdrianH1967
Reviewed 11 August 2017 via mobile

As NT members we loved this site. There is a lovely small adventure playground that our kids really enjoyed - it's not engineered plastic stuff either - woodsman crafted and a little unusual. The walks in the woods and ruins fascinated all of us too....More

1  Thank keenbaker2013
Reviewed 11 August 2017 via mobile

Suburb location. Amazing views. Children and dog loved the walk. Totally recommended Worth visiting hazlett house too

1  Thank Colin M
Reviewed 22 July 2017 via mobile

Well worth the visit and give yourself plenty of time to wonder the grounds and exp,ore the site. The trails are lovely, would be a fab place to bring a picnic.

Thank umlaith
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