Writer’s Weeks at Downhill Beachhouse

February 2nd – 15th 2015

writing desk in front of window Downhill Beachhouse Northern Ireland

Can you imagine yourself here?

We are setting aside two weeks this winter exclusively for writers to work at the Beachhouse.
Eight single rooms are available for £20 per night, less than half the normal room price nightly.
We will provide a basic breakfast in the morning, tea and coffee all day, and an open fire in the evenings. Guests have use of a self-catering kitchen 24 hours per day.
All rooms have desks or tables and chairs.
Living room, dining room and reading nook all look straight over the Downhill-Benone Strand.
Most bedrooms use shared bathrooms on the landings. Room allocation is on a first come first served basis.
Writers need to book for a minimum of 3 nights.

This is an open event

Any writer who feels they would benefit from working in this setting is welcome to book a place.
We will ask all participants for a short written comment on their experience in Downhill which we then have permission to use in any way we choose.

open fire at Downhill Beachhouse Northern Ireland

Come sit by our fire and listen to the sea roar outside

As the inscription around the Mussenden Temple above use reads “Suave, mari magno turbantibus aequora ventis e terra magnum alterius spectare laborem.” “Tis pleasant, safely to behold from shore / The troubled sailor, and hear the tempests roar.”

Reservations can be made by phone or via email. Deposit of 50% is required.

Free Bursary to be won!

Everyone who expresses interest in coming by joining the event on the Facebook Page will be entered into a draw for a free 3 nights stay during the writer’s weeks!

We look forward to welcoming you to the Downhill Beachhouse.

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