Writer’s Weeks at Downhill Beachhouse

Friday, January 29th – Friday February 12th 2016

writing desk in front of window Downhill Beachhouse Northern Ireland

Can you imagine yourself here?

Once again 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.
This is an open format opportunity designed to create a peaceful space for writers to work.
Guests have full use of the self-catering kitchen, tea and coffee all day, and an open fire in the evenings.
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.
The minimum booking is three 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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Extreme Weather on the North Coast

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High tide line at Downhill Beach County Londonderry Northern Ireland 10 December 2014
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Mention of Downhill Beachhouse on ITV’s Good Morning Show by Money Saving Expert!

July 21, 2014 Events

Thank you to #MartinLewis from #MoneySavingExpert and ITV Good Morning show for this mention of #DownhillBeachhouse this morning! When the show was researched our standard private double rooms were £21 per person (based on double occupancy), they are £23 per person during the current high season, however for the rest of the month for any […]

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Game of Thrones film location Northern Ireland Downhill Beach under Mussenden Temple burning of the seven

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Its been a beautiful spring-like day here in Downhill, and we are more than ready to see it! We reopened at the beginning of the month after significant painting work in the house during January. The Downhill beach was full of life all day as people took advantage of the weather to reacquaint themselves with […]

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Thumbnail image for Northern Ireland Peace Camp 2012 on Downhill beach and Mussenden Temple

Northern Ireland Peace Camp 2012 on Downhill beach and Mussenden Temple

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On the nights of the 19th-22nd of July on the Downhill Beach in front of the hostel and in the Mussenden Temple something very special is happening! As stated by the London 2012 Festival official site : “Inspired by the Olympic Truce, whose roots date back to Ancient Greece, renowned director Deborah Warner and actor […]

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Giant’s Causeway at sunset

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Thumbnail image for 200th Birthday Party for the Martello Tower at Magilligan Point on Saturday 7th of July 2012

200th Birthday Party for the Martello Tower at Magilligan Point on Saturday 7th of July 2012

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