The cottage is a semi-detached 2 story traditional white cottage which was built out of local basalt stone in 1939 and was the home of a local Dunseverick fisherman and his family for many years. The adjoining cottage was home to his brother, also a fisherman, and sister.
We bought the cottages in 1995 and after a full refurbishment they were approved by the Tourist Board and became holiday cottages.
We loved coming to Dunseverick for holidays and in 2019 we retired to “198”.
The cottage has 2 double bedrooms upstairs with a lounge, dining room , bathroom and kitchen downstairs.
It is equipped with oil fired central heating. An open fire in the living room adds a warm and cosy atmosphere.
The bathroom has wash hand basin, toilet, power shower over bath and shaver point.
The kitchen comprises cooker, microwave, fridge with freezer compartment, washing machine and all cooking equipment.
A TV and DVD/CD player are provided as well as a selection of books and games. There is wifi available.
A welcome tray will greet you on arrival and for your convenience there will be a starter pack of toilet roll and kitchen roll. Small items such as pepper, salt, tea bags, sugar, washing up materials will usually be present.
Coal, logs and firelighters are provided in cooler months. Heat, electricity, bed linen and tea towels are included in the rent.
The cottage has its own private garden at the rear and parking for 2 cars. There are garden chairs and a picnic table.
The cottage is well maintained and we pride ourselves on our reputation for cleanliness and attention to detail which is reflected in the number of visitors who return year after year.
We are often asked why the cottages are called Al Norte Holiday Cottages and what does the name mean?
"Al Norte" is Spanish for "To the North" and you can't get more northerly than Dunseverick on the Causway coast!
The Spanish name recalls the events surrounding the Girona, a galleon of the Spanish Armada, which was shipwrecked off the Causeway coast in 1588. Some of the treasures that the Girona was carrying have been retrieved and are currently on view in the Belfast Museum.
The ruins of Dunseverick Castle, Dunseverick comes from the Ancient Irish name Dun Sobhairce and means "Fort of Sobhairce".
The fort was founded by Sobhairce, who in the year AM 3668, with his brother Cearmna Finn, assumed jointly the sovereignty of Ireland. By an arrangement the island was divided and Sobhairce ruled the country north from Drogheda to Limerick with his seat at Dunseverick.
The area around Dunseverick was later to become known as the Kingdom of Dalriada. St Patrick visited and blessed Dunseverick; also the well which is close to the rock, and is still known as Patrick's well.