Shola Coach House is a boutique bed and breakfast located in Portrush, Co. Antrim in the heart of the Giant’s Causeway. I was lucky enough to stay here last weekend and only realised upon arrival that it was voted second best B&B in the WORLD 2015 Travellers’ Choice Awards. It is a restored Coach House and is situated just outside Portrush in the countryside. Despite its secluded location it’s only a stones through away from everything there is to see, included the world famous Giant’s Causeway!
Due to work and torrential rain we arrived much later than expected on the Friday evening, pulling into the immaculate driveway at around 10:45pm. However, this was not a problem with Shola’s hospitable owners, Sharon and David, who made our stay just perfect. Making our way wearily to our room we couldn’t help but admire the exquisite décor. We opted to stay in the ‘Lavender’ room, with its large ensuite, king size bed and array of The Handmade Soap Co. products. There are several rooms to choose from which, from the Shola website, look just as luxurious!
The following morning we woke for breakfast. I opted for the full Ulster breakfast which was delicious and kept me going for the day! Buttermilk pancakes with maple syrup was my choice the following morning which were equally as good. Guests are greeted with afternoon tea on arrival but due to our late arrival I asked would it be possible to have it the following afternoon, once again this was not a problem! I just flicked Sharon a quick text saying what time we would be back from our travels. Sat by the open fire we delved into all the homemade treats on offer.
Sunday came around pretty quick and before we knew it, it was time to check out. Check out is at 10:30am which is quite early, but understandable, considering Sharon and David run Shola on their own. I couldn’t recommend Shola Coach House highly enough and for the service you receive it is definitely value for money. I would also suggest staying for a minimum of two nights if you are travelling from anywhere in Ireland south of Co. Kildare as it is quite a long trip. On route home we took the Causeway Coastal Route which was longer but undoubtedly picturesque.