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34 reviews
Welcome to Fools Haven Thatched Cottage
Excitement, we have arrived.
Lovely to meet you.  Did you have a good journey?
Downstairs living room with oil fired stove to keep you warm and cosy.
View of living room with rocking chair and cosy sofa.
'Bettys Bothy' an all weather BBQ Cabin - eat outside on patio when sunny.
'Betty's Bothy' our BBQ Cabin - charcoal lit and ready to party!
An example of our complimentary Hospitality Basket, enjoyed by guests and includes local produce.
Downstairs bathroom with slipper bath.
Downstairs bathroom with natural light and ventilation.
Downstairs bathroom with slipper bath and period fixtures.
An award winning Tourism NI 4 star property, embracing the values as World Hosts.
Inside 'Bettys Bothy' - lots of bench's and comfy cushions to lounge on.
'Puffins Perch' an outside, two storey, playhouse for the kids to play in.
View - looking down stairs to front door (half/stable door)
Upstairs and turn left for 2 single beds or right for 1 single bed and upstairs WC and shower room.
another view - downstairs bedroom with double bed.
Downstairs bedroom with double bed.
Kitchen well equipped with washer/dryer.
another view of kitchen showing cooker and fridge/freezer.
View of right hand side landing, leading to room with WC and electric shower.
Single bed on right hand side of landing.
Large electric shower in upstairs room with WC.
Landing on left hand side of stairs, leading to bedroom with 2 singles beds.
One of 2 single beds in this bedroom.
2nd single bed in this bedroom.
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Cottage -
3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 5
Carrickfergus, County Antrim, Northern Ireland

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Alan B
1 review
“Top place”
Reviewed 5 October 2016 for a stay in July 2016

What a lovely traditional cottage, extremely clean and well-furnished.The owner was very friendly but non-intrusive, and made us feel very welcome. The highlight of our stay was the BBQ in the 'bothy' in the back garden. Undercover barbecuing very advisable given the climate - very sociable experience for us and friends who came to visit.,

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Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
5 Oct 2016
Hi, thank you for reviewing our Cottage and we are so pleased you enjoyed your stay. The undercover BBQ Bothy is a great hit - and as you said.....given the climate - rain, hail or snow there is no need to change plans or cancel an evening with friends. Best wishes to you can your family and we look forward to hearing from you again. Robbie & Alison
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Stephen B
1 review
“The perfect holiday retreat”
Reviewed 20 September 2016 for a stay in September 2016

Fools Haven is the perfect retreat and location, from the moment we arrived, Allison & Robbie made us very welcome, the cottage was immaculate and well equipped, the out door space is suitable for Adults and children alike.
Close to all the main attractions and nearby shopping, within easy reach of Game of Throne locations for those fans.
We highly recommend this holiday Cottage, we will be definitely returning

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Liked best: everything
Liked least: nothing
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Families with young children
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Management Response
20 Sep 2016
Hi & thank you for taking the time to review our Cottage - to help future guests. Your kind comments are much appreciated and as Game of Thrones is such a massive hit all fans will love to read it. Best wishes, Alison & Robbie
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mistymel
Naas, Ireland
1 review
“fools heaven”
Reviewed 10 May 2016 for a stay in March 2016

This is our 7th time staying here and once again had a fantastic holiday.Robbie and Alison have the place spotless and their welcome tray is a welcome sight after a long journey.the cottage has all we need even toys in puffins perch.there's a beach on the doorstep along with all other amenities close by.this is perfect for families and we always look forward to the following year when we return.we have stayed in other places but nothing comes close to this.it has luxury,great hosts,cleanliness and its on the start of the causeway route so plenty to do.

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Liked best: the cottage has home away from home feel.super comfortable
Liked least: absolutly nothing!its perfect and maintained to high standards
Travelling group: Young Children
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children
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Management Response
10 May 2016
Hi, thanks for your review and comments. It is always lovely to read the reasons why different families visit Carrickfergus and stay Fools Haven. Your 8th visit is in the 2017 diary! Best wishes, Alison & Robbie
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JamesBalr...
Melbourne, Australia
2 reviews
“Wedding Party Base Supreme”
Reviewed 10 May 2016 for a stay in April 2016

We attended my Daughters wedding and stayed for a week. Foolshaven was a great place to live and to entertain all of the many guest.
With friends and family extending from kids of 4 years old to teenagers to Grand Parents and some Grand parents in waiting the house was fantastic accommodation and for entertaining. Adrian and Ali were fantastic and discrete hosts.
The house is beautifully finished and extreemly compfortable, within easy walking distance to Carrick and the railway at Devonshire. The hidden treasure of the house is the "Barbecue Hut" we had the most memorable evening there cooking up a storm. Our smaller kids simply loved the Cubby.
There is a lot to Foolshaven and I recommend it highly.

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Liked best: The Barbecue Hut
Liked least: The stay was too short
Travelling group: Teenagers
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children Large groups
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Management Response
10 May 2016
Hi, it was lovely to meet you and the family after corresponding with Australia. Robbie and I appreciate your high recommendation and are honoured that Fools Haven played a small role in your Wedding and family memories. best wishes, Alison & Robbie
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Marion P
St Albans, United Kingdom
1 review
“We had a great time.”
Reviewed 9 May 2016 for a stay in April 2016

What makes Fools Haven special:
Friendly greeting from Alison who showed us round.
Lovely characterful cottage - well equipped and with lots of little extras.
Close to the lough and within walking distance of Carrickfergus. The boys loved the Marine Parade playground and the castle was a great experience.
Easy to get into Belfast by car or on the train. Don't miss W5, the activity learning centre in the Titanic Quarter - we happily spent all day there.
And easy to get out into the countryside. But we did not have enough days to do all the things on our list on this visit.
We hope to stay at Fools Haven again.

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Liked best: We were happy with everything.
Liked least: We were happy with everything.
Travelling group: Extended Family
Your age range 65+
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children
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Management Response
9 May 2016
Thank you for your review - it is packed with helpful information for guests and browsers. With the sun out the last few days the park and icecream shops are busy. Well, there is always more to see and do and nice to have a reason to return to Fools Haven. Best wishes, Aliaon & Robbie
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