About the Property
Unique Self catering heritage experience, Co Antrim
The Drum Gatelodge is a unique and pretty two storey gatelodge. It was built at the end of a long avenue of beech trees at the western edge of the Ballylough Estate in 1800. It is situated on a quiet country road – and its rustic setting makes it an ideal romantic retreat from the stresses of everyday life. The property has underfloor heating with gas fired central heating.
We think you’ll love
- Plodding around this cosy gatelodge while the underfloor heating keeps your toes warm.
- The peace and tranquillity of this Countryside location.
- Spotting hares, rabbits and other wildlife just outside your door.
- Visiting nearby Giants Causeway and all of the attractions of the beautiful north Antrim coast.
- 1 Double Bedroom
- Gas Fired Central Heating
- Peat Burning Stove in Sitting Room
- Underfloor Heating
- Electric Oven
- Towels and Linens Provided
- Travel cot/crib for infants (under 2 years), on request
- Iron & Ironing Board
- Cooking Utensils and Equipment
- 1 Bathroom with Bath Tub
- Sitting Room
- Garden and Garden Furniture
- Patio area
- Countryside setting
- Radio/CD Player
- Car Parking
Things you should know
Guests to not have access to the private estate.
Please note: Irish Landmark properties that welcome a pet may not have secure enclosures. It is vital that you supervise your pet during your stay.
Archdeacon Traill, whose family still own the estate, built the Drum Gatelodge (also known as Ballylough West Lodge) at the end of a long avenue of beech trees at the western entrance to the Ballylough Estate in 1800. The Lodge was tiny, with two rooms linked by a stone staircase. It was a dwelling with no running water, an outside two-holer and you pumped your own water from the well on the opposite side of the avenue. It was always lived in by estate workers, but there are no records of the occupants prior to 1898 when Lizzie Taggart and her husband came to live there. Both of the Taggarts were employed on the estate, he as a farm labourer, and she as the 'hen girl' looking after the geese, ducks and hens.
Mr. Taggart died sometime between 1910-1920 leaving Lizzie with a family of two daughters, named Elizabeth and Martha, and a son called Joseph. Elizabeth married a Mr. Callaghan and went to live in nearby Castlecatt, where they had a family of four sons and a daughter. Martha moved to Cloughmills and married Mr. White, a farmer. Robbie (Robert), one of her children, was sent back to be reared by his grandmother at the lodge. He was sent to the local school at Ballylough, became a bus driver, and lived at the lodge with his grandmother until her death in 1962. Robbie then came to live in Bushmills, where he set up a small business in the Main Street, and died in his 70s.
Lizzie's son, Joseph, joined the Army at the outbreak of the First World War served in France, and married on his return. He was employed by local farmers and latterly worked with a local coal delivery firm. Joseph had two children, Joseph and Margaret. Joseph (junior) worked locally in Coleraine until the outbreak of the World War Two when he joined the Army. He was stationed in Scotland where he met and married a local girl. He is still living in Scotland after 63 years - he and his wife are now in their mid 80s. Margaret worked in local factories as a seamstress, married Edward Crawford and had a family of four.
Lizzie Taggart herself was quite a character, Mrs. Shanks (who lived nearby as a child) has vivid recollections of her from as far back as the 1940's:
" My childhood was spent on a farm just along the road away from Bushmills, and I remember Mrs. Taggart and Robbie, her grandson, and their quaint home. We children spent the first few years of our school life (under the beady eye of Mrs Briggs!) at the wee two teacher school at Castlecatt. We had permission to take a short cut through the estate, and as we always walked to school, this saved some time and shoe leather. We passed right by the lodge twice a day and often saw and chatted to Mrs. Taggart. We knew that her name was Lizzie, but to us children, she was always Mrs. Taggart.
We were in no hurry on that homeward journey - we'd dawdle among the trees, pick the odd wild flower or play tag around the trees near the Lodge. Mrs. Taggart might have been feeding hens or carrying in water from the well, as we passed. Although kindly, Mrs. Taggart was fairly outspoken, and voiced her opinion when the occasion demanded it. My brother James and I, being the youngest, usually walked home together, and we still laugh about the time when he left me behind among the trees while he ran off without me. I was crying, so I was escorted into the Lodge with soothing noises and some tit bit or other, and James was sent off with her opinions ringing in his ears and no goodies!"
Lizzie's tenancy was from 1898 to 1962, and reports of her housekeeping show the great changes in domestic habits throughout her married life, as well as resourcefulness in bringing up a family in such a small space
She cooked on an open peat fire with a crook and hooks and a griddle, and made soda bread and potato cakes daily.
HEALTH AND SAFETY:
Our buildings were made to the standards of earlier times – and sometimes without the intention that they should be lived in. Consequently, you may encounter features that reflect their particular character but that deserve due care and attention, particularly by the young, elderly, less mobile or visually impaired. Examples of these are steps worn with age, uneven surfaces, low ceilings and beams, unexpected drops or changes in level, and by modern standards low or absent lighting. In all cases we have sought to make a sensible compromise between due regard for safety and the careful retention of the fabric of each building, which makes it an interesting place to stay. We ask you to appreciate and use the building with this understanding. If you have any queries about the property you are interested in and would like more clarification please contact Irish Landmark at email@example.com.
Arrival and Departure Time?
Unless otherwise agreed with the House Manager the earliest time at which you can check in is 4.00p.m. Guests may NOT take over the property any time later then 9.00pm. Guests are requested to vacate the property by 10.00am at the latest on the day of departure.
Is there a TV?
No, but there is a radio, board games, cards and plenty of books.
Is there WiFi?
No, at our properties you have an opportunity to experience the best of a former way of life: beautiful architecture, fascinating history and a peaceful relaxed ambiance, without modern electronic distractions, where you decide the pace of your holiday.
Can I bring a dog?
Yes. Check the Irish Landmark T&Cs re bringing dogs to Irish Landmark properties. This property is only suitable for one dog.
Is linen supplied?
Yes – the bed is prepared and ready for your arrival.
Is there an open fire?
No. However there is a stove in the sitting room. There is a limited amount of fuel left for the fire (where applicable) so guests may want to bring more for the duration of their stay. Please contact the local House Manager for more information on what type of fuel is used at your chosen property
Can I bring more than one dog?
This property is only suitable for one dog.
Can I light a fire?
Yes. You can light the peat briquette burning stove in the sitting room.
Do you supply fuel for the fire?
Irish Landmark Trust supply enough fuel for one night only. Guests will be advised where to purchase fuel for the fire locally.
Do I need a car to get here?
It would be preferable to have a car as otherwise it will be difficult to get to shops, etc.
How do I get the keys?
When you complete your booking, you will receive an email giving you information about arranging access on your arrival date.
Can I arrive early?
Only by special arrangement with the bookings office and agreement of the local House Manager. A charge is made if you are requesting a morning arrival, as this means we cannot take a booking for the night before your arrival date.
What is the latest departure time?
10.00am. The House Manager will discuss arrangements for your departure on the day you arrive.
How far to the nearest town?
About 5 mins drive back to Bushmills.
Is there a caterer who will come in to cook meals?
We do not know of anyone who can go in to cook meals at this property.
Is it suitable for children?
This is a small property that only sleeps 2 people. However a travel cot can be provided on request for babies.
Is it suitable for older people?
This property is not suitable for anyone with mobility issues. The bedroom is reached by a narrow winding staircase.
Does it have facilities for disabled people?
Is it suitable for a wheelchair?
Is there central heating?
There is gas central heating with radiators throughout the house.
Is the cooker electric or gas?
There is an electric cooker
Is there a shower?
Yes - there is a shower over bath in the single bathroom.
How many bathrooms?
Do you supply towels and bed linen?
Yes. The beds will be made up on your arrival and you will be provided with a bath towel and guest towel according to the number of beds in the property.
Can I get to the house by public transport?
Yes. You would get a train or bus to Coleraine and a local bus to Bushmills. A taxi could take you onwards from there to the gatelodge. However, you would need a car to get to local shops, etc.
Where is the nearest train station?
What type of heating is in the house?
Gas central heating.
Can I book for just one night?
What is your minimum booking period?
Irish Landmark Trust have a 2 night stay minimum at all of our properties. Some Special Dates will have restrictions on arrival and departure date which will effect the minimum number of nights.
Is there a garden at the house?
Yes. There is a lawned area.
Is there outdoor furniture.
Yes, a table and chairs are provided.
How many cars can I bring to the house?
Is there parking on site?
HOW TO BOOK AN IRISH LANDMARK HOLIDAY :
It is possible to reserve dates online at www.irishlandmark.com but bookings are not confirmed until a confirmation email is received from the bookings desk.
Your booking must be for holiday purposes only. Irish Landmark reserve the right to refuse hire for purposes other than holiday accommodation. When you make a booking, you accept full responsibility for all persons who will use or visit the property during the period booked. When you book, you agree to indemnify us against all loss and damage arising directly or indirectly to the property and its contents from any deliberate or negligent act or omission by yourself, or any person accompanying you.
CONTRACT OF HIRE:
The hiring contract shall be between the Hirer and Irish Landmark and made subject to these Booking Conditions . The Contract of Hire is not effective until Irish Landmark dispatches to the Hirer written confirmation of a booking.
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Great Escape to the Countryside
“Spent Easter weekend of 2022 in this gem of a house. It was a real treat and a great place to get away from wi-fi/ TV and other distractions in life. The house was spotless, cozy, warm, and ticked all other boxes. The turf burning stove got lit every night, more for effect that heat. I would suggest it to any one. It is located about 1.5K from the main road to Bushmills village and another 2 K to the Bushmills village. It is located on a quiet county back road that runs through beautiful fields with some local cows in the distance. Meet with Brenda at one point when she kindly dropped by and it was a pleasure to meet her. The kitchen has everything one needs including a French press for your morning coffee. Kitchen is snug but perfect for 2 people. The bed is a five foot wide bed and very comfortable. FYI: Mobile phone coverage is adequate for phone calls but not much else for those who don’t want to disconnect from technology.” (ASaunders)
A short break in the Drum
“Quirky, comfortable and cosy. This is a property which has been imaginatively extended and furnished, but has lost none of its original charm and character.The Drum part of the accommodation is furnished with some lovely period pieces and the peat burner adds to the atmosphere. It’s located on a very quiet road within easy striking distance of many of the Antrim coast attractions. All in all ideally suited for two people.” (HRichards)
Brenda Mc Clarty
Brenda Mc Clarty is the House Manager at the Drum Gatelodge. Brenda loves to welcome guests and tell them about the best things to do in the local area.
- Giant’s Causeway (15 mins drive)
- Dark Hedges – ‘Game of Thrones’ location (25 mins drive)
- Bushmills Distillery – world’s oldest distillery (5 mins drive)
- Royal Portrush Golf Course (20 mins drive)