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Mussenden Temple

by admin on May 9, 2012

in Activities, Day Trips, Uncategorized

Commissioned by Earl Bishop Frederick Hervey in 1783, the Mussenden Temple remains one of the most iconic structures in Northern Ireland. The ‘Temple’ was built as a library for the Bishop and named in honour of his cousin Mrs Freidswide (Bruce) Mussenden who was a close friend. Mrs Mussenden died very young in 1785 the […]


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Days like these…

by admin on March 25, 2012

in Activities

And the sun shone bright and hot (relatively) all day, on a weekend! March weather can be almost anything, it is truly lovely to get days like these and the pink cheeks to prove it. Wonderful to see so many families and people of all ages enjoying the sunshine. And a beautiful end to a […]


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Bishops Gate Gardens in early Spring

by admin on February 24, 2012

in Activities, Day Trips

The gardens at the Bishop’s Gate of Downhill Demense are a much photographed part of the Estate. They are currently undergoing significant work, but we enjoyed a wonderful rambling walk this afternoon in the late winter afternoon light and I thought I would share some photos of perhaps less documented details of the Black Glen […]


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Downhill Beach Video

by admin on January 16, 2012

in Celebrations, Day Trips, Uncategorized

Something pretty to remind us all that spring is coming! We’re going to start a new page on the blog with guests beach images, if you have any favourites we’d love to see them! In the meantime enjoy this short… the music is from a locally recorded album made by traditional musicians all from the […]


William and I are a big fan of Roger’s special evenings, hope to see you there! Two dates coming up! Saturday the 29th of October and Sat. the 5th of November Here is what Roger from Cruoses has to say: Owen Campbell (Australia) will appear at Crusoes on Saturday 29th October 2011 at 8pm It […]


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Castlerock Information Centre now open!

by admin on July 5, 2011

in Events

Actor James Nesbitt visits family home village of Castlerock to officially open Castlerock’s new Information Centre across from Castlerock train station. The centre is the result of years of dedicated work by the Castlerock Community Association in an ongoing regeneration project for the village. James Nesbitt’s family home remains in the village. The actor and […]