We recently chatted to Jasper McKeag, owner of The Old Bushmills Barn, about why you should check out his fantastic new accommodation, which is due to open this summer.
So Jasper, what exactly is The Old Bushmills Barn?
Originating in 1745, it is a Grade A listed Georgian Barn restored to create luxury tourist accommodation. It’s situated in the historical town of Bushmills, a booming destination for the explorer tourist.
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Can you tell us how The Old Bushmills Barn came about?
Growing up on the stunning Causeway Coast, in Bushmills, I was determined to live my life here. I worked at the world-renowned 5* Hotel Gleneagles whilst studying at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh, where I gained an honours degree in International Hospitality and Tourism Management. Shortly after the opportunity of putting my new skills into action presented itself. To my delight it just so happened to be in my childhood town, the magnificent Bushmills.
The actual building was tough but the concept of having a luxury historical building to accommodate people from all walks of life was a no-brainer. After a bit of planning our ideas were in place and it was time to implement. This unique restoration was completed in 2020. Guests of the Barn now have four bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms, a fireplace area, two lounges, a kitchen, a garden and a balcony with garden views.
Being able to provide tourists with an unmatched place to stay on the Causeway Coast is a dream come true. We are in the perfect location to explore:
- The Giants Causeway
- Dunluce Castle
- Royal Portrush Golf Club
- The Dark Hedges
- Mussenden Temple
- Game of Thrones locations
- The Old Bushmills Distillery
Thanks to all these incredible visitor attractions any tourist who enjoys a bit of adventure is hugely satisfied, making my job an easy one!
What does The Old Bushmills Barn offer to walkers and hikers?
Well as mentioned, it has to be location. Many walking trails start in Bushmills. Being into hiking myself I actually have a few favourites of my own and provide guests with printed versions of these when they stay. From the Barn, one way will lead you to The Giants Causeway, along the tram line via Runkerry Beach. The other will take you to Dunluce Castle where you can expect a breath-taking backdrop to the cliff edge path. If you own a camera or a camera phone, I would recommend bringing it!
Secondly, any hiker will know the feeling of accomplishment in the post-hike shower. People deserve to do it in luxury.
After that you can either get cosy in front of the fireplace, have a sun downer on the balcony, or have a BBQ in the garden.
Lastly, after a long day comes the evening meal. If you’ve explored the North Coast the short 400-yard hike into the centre of Bushmills should be a doddle. Here you can find three award-winning restaurants. Due to the short distance from The Old Bushmills Barn, enjoying a drink or two with your meal is possible. It may be rude not to try a Bushmills Whiskey while staying in Bushmills, too!
What’s your favourite thing about the Barn?
I’d say being so close to the town centre yet so far removed from the rush of everyday life is my favourite. Also, I always love being able to play a bit of tennis on holiday, and the barn has a brilliant court.
Why should people choose to book your accommodation?
The Old Bushmills Barn is a self-awarded Hikers Haven. It’s a real treat for the lucky few. Minor research will allow you to unlock the beauty of the area. Whether you’re a hiker, photographer, explorer, or just simply a human, this is a truly impressive place to stay. Despite our rich history it is a rarity to stay in a historical building in Northern Ireland. I often say to our American guests “Welcome to the Barn – believe it or not it is actually older than your country!”
How should people book your accommodation?
The best way is to just book directly through our website.
You can also find us on Instagram, I am always just a phonecall away on +447514820634.
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