Voted the world’s second best B&B by a well-known online travel forum, this 1860s converted coach house has placed N. Ireland well and truly on the global tourism scene. From the moment you arrive, globetrotting owners Sharon & David Schindler make you feel like their home is yours.
A natter over a cup of tea and home-baked breads in the Guest Lounge - the house’s oldest part - reveals the couple’s fascinating journey here via England and New Zealand. Though relative newcomers to the B&B scene, the Schindlers have found a natural fit for their effortless bonhomie and love of all things travel. It often takes time away from home to fully appreciate what’s on your doorstep. And what a doorstep!
And so to bed
When you finally tear yourself away from the open fire, original oak beams and snuggly sofas, your bedroom is a short ascent up the feature spiral staircase. Each of the four ensuite rooms is individually styled with art and fabrics,while rolltop baths, Irish handmade toiletries and garden views add to their unique vibe.
How do you like your eggs in the morning?
B&Bs don’t win international awards and acclaim purely on pillow talk. Which is why David and Sharon’s breakfast experience is as convivial as their welcome. The buffet ranges from Irish oatmeal porridge with a shot of whiskey from nearby Bushmills distillery to buttermilk pancake stack with fresh fruit and maple syrup. And traditionalists can fuel up for the day ahead with a classic Ulster Fry. A chat with fellow guests round the large communal table reveals a shared affection for this overnight experience.
And there’s more
Speaking of food, just up the road is Portrush’s belly busting Ramore Wine Bar where desserts are built for sharing, if you get our drift. Shola’s hosts will gladly drive you into town to experience this sugary phenomenon all for yourself. But, be ye warned, that extra spoonful may well render Shola’s delicious breakfast beyond reach.
Out and About
Where to begin? Shola’s position just a mile outside Portrush puts you at the heart of the Causeway Coastal Route and everything Game of Thrones. Whether it’s a medieval castle, miles of sandy beach or those fabled hexagonal stones, N. Ireland’s awe-inspiring scenery is all there for the taking. Many a golfer has stayed here when attempting to tame Royal Portrush’s famous links. And fans of that HBO fantasy blockbuster can spend the day exploring the Dark Hedges, Ballintoy Harbour and other nearby locations.