Our Story

Set down a long private tree lined drive way is a beautifully restored secluded country house, surrounded by unspoilt open country side complete with 5 Luxury Bedrooms (4 ensuite) Sleeping up to 15 guests in comfort & style.....
 

In addition we offer the full refurbed “Gate-Lodge” formerly the home of “game-keeper” to the estate. Complete with 2 luxury bedrooms, it’s own treatment room & over-sized private hot tub, tucked away in the adjoining barn. Perfect for 2-6 guests.
 

This can be rented separately, for 2-6 guests or as part of a larger booking, giving a total occupancy of up to 21 guests across both properties.

The main house includes 2 Beauty Rooms, offering a full range of luxury Elemis treatments, including facials, massages, manicures, wraps, body scrubs. Your own fully equipped kitchen & A Mini Cinema room with a twist,
Plus

A separate play barn complete with cocktail bar (make your own killer cocktails)
& an exercise pole (killer fun) plus Karaoke (killer tunes)
plus our “truth or dare chair” (killer questions) as the saying goes…
“the craic will be deadly”…..


Enjoy Outside
in our totally private garden, complete with 2 Large over sized Hot Tubs, (plus another hot tub inside one of our cowsheds we promise you will love it) Also in the gardens is a Trampoline, Floating Sunbeds, Old fashioned Swing,

Plus Pizza Oven & BBQ are available

(these need to be pre-booked & there is a small charge for use)

The gardens offer stunning views & sun sets over the Sperrin Mountains & beyond, where you can sit & enjoy a relaxing breakfast or watch the sun go down over a cocktail…..

Please remember we are not licenced & are self-catering, so please feel free to bring your own beers, wines & spirits, we provide a full range of glassware, ice & cocktail blenders, so you don’t have to pay, silly hotel/nightclub prices. There also is a full working kitchen, so if you don’t want to order in, you can simply bring along snacks, light bites or indeed the whole side of a cow.

NB (please note you can only bring your own food & drink when booked in for over night accommodation, day guests are not permitted to bring food or beverages other than water or a birthday cake)

Once you arrive you have no need or desire to communicate with the outside world or leave.
Welcome to paradise on your doorstep
Only 15 Miles from Portrush, Portstewart, 12 Miles from Ballymena & Coleraine & less than an hour from Belfast. With major tourist attractions such as the Dark Hedges, Giant’s Causeway, Bushmill’s Distillery, Dunluce Castle & the Rope Bridge all on our doorstep. However once you arrive you feel like you are 100 Miles from everywhere

We would ask that you please take the time to read this section, as it answers our most commonly asked questions

Welcome to The Secret Escape, one of NI’s best kept secrets until NOW…..
We don’t give exact details until you have completed your booking as to exactly where we are…Why??
Because it’s exactly that “The Secret Escape”
However our pictures & reviews should leave you in no two minds as to how fantastic it really is.

We book up fast & we book up far in advance….The “House“is not reserved” until your deposit is paid in full & generally this means, that if you say you are going to book today & then pay your deposit a week later, you’re required date is often gone. Sounds obvious but you would be amazed at the number of guests who fail to understand a booking is not a booking until a deposit is paid.
Please note this is a large country house, so unless you, have booked & paid for "exclusive use of the house" you may well be sharing the house with other guests. We do however try to never book more than 2 parties (3 max) on any given night. Exclusive use of the house starts from just £499 early week. However it is important to note that unless you have booked exclusive use you may have to share. We find the majority of guests are both comfortable & happy to meet & make new friends.

Exclusive use of house commences from 6pm (There may be day guests prior to this time) Due to the rural location of the properties, we do not have wi-fi & cannot guarantee an electrical supply 24/7 (it goes off once or twice per year & no compensation is offered in this circumstances as this is beyond our control) like anywhere else in the world, especially N.I.

Booking Policy……

We require a £100 per guest (£50 at time of booking £50 4 weeks later) for exclusive over night use of the main house & £50 deposit per guest for the Gate-Lodge.

Sun - Thurs £499 for midweek exclusive
Fridays £900 for exclusive use
& Saturdays is £1500 for weekend exclusive use of house.

A £25 deposit is required for “Day Guests”

Please note no booking is secured until a deposit has been received

This is non-refundable & the date is not changeable

This is paid via, pay-pal or bank-transfer

All bookings are changeable up to 30 days in advance (ie you can add numbers or upgrade the package, however please remember, all deposits are non-refundable or transferable should numbers be reduced) After this point no further changes, can be made & the party organiser is responsible for the balance in full upon arrival.

(All new bookings within 7 days require payment in full in advance)

The Balance for all other groups can be paid monthly (as a group) in advance or in cash on arrival. Please note we do not as yet take card payment at this location & if you choose to pay on arrival, it is strictly cash.

We would suggest that if you are un-certain of numbers, that you book for less & add more at later date if required, however it is worth noting, that we cannot always accommodate additional numbers at a later date, clearly we will do our very best to do so. Extra guests can be added up to 72 hours in advance of the date of arrival, subject to availability.

External guests are not permitted to visit with out prior notification (even that aunt who just lives around the corner, who popped over to say hello) & any additional guests discovered in the premises or grounds, are subject to a min additional charge of £100 per guest. Apologies if this seems obvious or indeed harsh, however we occasionally have challenging guests & would ask every one to take the time to read & acknowledge our terms & conditions.

We appreciate that un-foreseen circumstance happen, how-ever we are a small start up business our policy has to be strict & therefor the party organiser is fully responsible & accountable for all final payments, irrespective of numbers or circumstance. (including illness & death)

By paying a deposit, this indicates that you as the party organiser have read & acknowledge, that you accept responsibility for all final payments in full, irrespective of circumstance.

Check in policy

Could we please ask, that you arrive promptly at the agreed time & that all of the party are ready for treatment’s one hour after agreed arrival time, unless we have specifically agreed other wise. Unfortunately folks here in N.I. tend to run on several different time zones & we charge £25 per therapist for treatments starting late or reduce the treatment times to coincide with the team’s agreed working hours.

Most of our ladies (like many of you) are working mums & we are frequently having to ask them to stay on beyond their scheduled finishing times, resulting in them often having to pay additional child care, which is simply not fair. We can generally work around any check in time, however when guests turn up as they have done recently anywhere between 30 minutes & indeed in one case 4 hours late, we have had no option but to introduce, a new check in policy. We would ask that you leave in plenty of time & arrive promptly.

A £200 (cash) security is payable upon arrival for The House & £100 for the Gate-Lodge (£300 if booking both) , along with full balance, please note these are paid in cash as we do not take credit card at this location at this time. You will have been sent the balance in advance, so please ensure that you have the correct amount. . Please note check in cannot be completed, with out balance & security deposit paid in full. Security deposit will be returned at check out, assuming the property internally & externally (including the hot tub & hot tub area) is left in the same condition as presented upon arrival.

NB No security deposit is not required for day time guests only overnight, however the same charge’s will be applied for any damages, including leaving the hot tub & surrounding area in an un-usable state. As party organiser you are responsible for any & all additional charges.

What can you expect…

Complete privacy apart from maybe the odd cow.
How ever please note that the area’s around the Escape are working farms & can occasionally lead to the smells & noise’s associated with the countryside
The house has 4 en-suite bedrooms, one family room with adjacent large family bathroom, with full-size bath & walk-in double shower. We can accommodate further guests, in the Cinema room (king sized bed) Accommodating up to 15 guests in total if required. There is also a TV room with the majority of main channel’s including kids & music. We do not offer Wi-fi as we encourage our guests to relax & forget about the out-side world.However 3G/4G is generally good through out the building.

In addition we provide fluffy robe’s, ample towels, hair dryer & of course bed linen. With cot’s & high chairs available up on request. The outside area is safe & secure for children of all ages.
We consider taking small house trained pets at the Gate-Lodge, however as we are still part of a working farm; So please do not turn up with a pet no matter how small, unless you have agreed confirmation in advance.

The hot tubs in the garden, comfortably seats up to 16 guests (max 8 guests per hot tub at any one time & are private. The 3rd Hot Tub seat’s 7 guests & is located in one of our cow sheds. (Please remember The hot tub is a machine & as such from time to time, may break down, just like us. On the very rare occasion that this may happen, we will give you as much notice as possible & of course a full refund on the hot tub) (NB refund on hot tub only) The hot tub is suitable all year round & sits a constant 38-40 degrees….So even in the snow you lie out kick back & enjoy. We ask that you do not smoke or bring glass or food into the hot tub. This will result in the security deposit be with held in full, as we provide a variety of plastic glasses suitable for cocktails, beers, wines & of course prosecco & champagne.

It is advised that you use the hot tub for a maximum of 45 minutes at any one time & allow at least an hour before returning to the hot tub. We will endeavor to ensure the hot tub is for sole use of you & your guests during your stay. You will be shown that the hot tub is perfectly clean on arrival & both the hot tub & surrounding area, are subject to inspection prior to check out. Any damage, litter or contamination of the water, (no matter how small) will result in an additional £200 service charge being added to your final bill. If the following guest/guests are unable to use the hot tub, as a result of your lack of consideration, the £200 plus the full cost of their visit will be added to you bill.

This is NON NEGOTIABLE & the lead guest (ie the person who made the booking) is fully accountable for any & all final settlements. This includes broken glass around the hot tub & surrounding area, general rubbish & debris including cigarette buts & burns. Ash trays are provided please use If the guest following you are unable to use the hot tub for any reason; There is an additional charge that covers all costs of their return stay at the property. Please do not exceed the maximum number of guests in each hot tub, 8 in the garden, 7 in the internal ones; especially If booking a large party occupying both properties, as previously this has resulted in damage, where by the guests had to pay several £1000 pounds for the repair of a hot tub.

There is strictly NO GLASS…SMOKING OR FOOD Permitted in or around the hot tub area. Guests abusing these rules will be asked to leave the property & pay the minimum charge of £200 There are no exceptions

Strictly no entry to the hot tub for all of the following reasons:

Pregnancy/Blood Pressure or under doctor’s care/advice

(please seek your doctors advice & sign declaration before entering the hot tub for any of the above)

For a minimum of 2 hours after treatments, as the oils used will soil the water & eradicate the benefits to your skin. If you are wearing fake tan or shimmer, even if only on legs or arms, this will soil the water

If you have or are recovering from a verukka unless your foot is completely clear you may not enter the hot tub, should you do we will immediately empty the hot tub & a min charge of £200-max £500 will be levied. Pregnancy (please seek your doctors is you think/know you are pregnant)

If you are under 16, (without express permission, from both the owners & parent/guardian)

If you are under the influence of Drugs or alcohol

Please show consideration for fellow guests late at night & keep noise to a reasonable level , Strictly no amplified music after 10.30 & no use of the external area’s after 11.30
 

& please take care whilst entering & exiting the hot tubs, as we accept no liabilities, for injury trips or falls

Please note the pool cover must be firmly & securely in place at ALL TIME’S when not in use & temperature controls or water jets must not be manually adjusted under any circumstances
 

If at check out we are unable to use the hot tub (for any reason) on the same OR following day.

Then the £200 charge applies, plus all additional cost for following guests.

If you are uncertain of how to operate or correctly remove or replace the hot tub cover, please ask a member of the team to assist.

The hot tub is a fantastic addition to your stay, however, they are very expensive to purchase, maintain & run; So please show the same respect & courtesy to following guests that you would desire & expect yourself. We want you to enjoy the benefits & privacy of the hot-tub & thank you in advance for your co-operation.

Our Spa services are on site & we can cater for most beauty treatments & requests, our specialties are massage & make-up application, including spray tan. We only use the very best products available & can tailor a package to suit your particular needs. Treatments are available to both guests & nonguests, indeed many of our client's first experience of Beauty at the Secret Escape comes after a stay in the Escape. Bookings for Treatments generally need to be made 7 days in advance, occasionally we can accommodate requests at shorter notice
 

Apologies if this seems obvious or indeed harsh, however, we occasionally have challenging guests & would ask everyone to take the time to read & acknowledge our terms & conditions. We are a small start-up business & not a large hotel or spa group, with millions in the bank; we do our utmost to give individual service to each & every guest Our therapists, house staff & myself will do all within our powers to give you a stay to enjoy & remember.

It is our hope that every guest will become an ambassador for The Secret Escape & return with partners, friends & family. As such we rely on these compliance's & would expect the same respect & courtesy’s that we extend to you. I would hope our reviews here on Facebook, reflect the very high standards we deliver. We look forward to welcoming you as a guest & saying “until next time” as a friend, when you leave.