Owned by a surfer, designed by an artist.
Sara O’Neill and Al Mennie’s house is a boho-chic coastal retreat filled with both focal and talking points. And now the pair are inviting others to come and make themselves at home as the Portrush property can be booked for a stay via Airbnb.
A Mecca for lovers of the great outdoors – sightseers, surfers, cyclists, motor cyclists, golfers, walkers, film location visitors – the four bedroom home is the perfect spot to get away from it all.
Creative Sara has got the balance of the décor perfectly right and the three storey house is as warm and welcoming as it is stylish. Vintage finds, collected treasures and Sara’s own artwork can be found throughout. Where possible the couple have used natural and locally sourced materials to give an authentic, lived-in feel.
On the ground floor is the large open plan kitchen, dining and snug area with its chesterfield, large country style table, coffee station and a black limestone floor which extends all the way from the front door to the back of the rear garden.
The middle floor enjoys distant sea views has double doors to a balcony, a wood burner and solid reclaimed wooden flooring from the Guinness factory in Dublin.
Sara said: “For years there was no fireplace in the house, it was just an empty space. Once we installed the stove it really became the focal point of the first floor. Guests seem to sit for hours in this room relaxing or working on their laptops. Some sit with the balcony doors open with it lit and others close themselves in and batten down the hatches for the evening. We like to gather driftwood to add to the log pile so often we have a pile of random bits of wood we gather from the shore in the garage for you to use and sometimes we have fresh turf too that Al literally takes from the ground on road trips and brings back for the fire.”
The rear garden with its fruit trees, herbs, flowers, seating areas and chimnea feels very much an extension of the house and its south facing position makes it perfect for enjoying the better weather.
Less than a mile from the beach and town with its numerous coffee shops and restaurants the property is perfectly situated to enjoy nearby visitor attractions such as Game of Thrones’ set locations, Dunluce Castle and the Giant’s Causeway.
And for those that can’t bear to leave their four-legged friends behind the property is also dog friendly and has been given the paw of approval by the couple’s own golden retriever, Blyton.
“Dogs were always gonna be welcome here,” laughed Sara. “We had to think long and hard about humans but decided that well behaved dogs could bring their very well behaved humans!”
To book The Surfer’s House visit: https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/36556803?s=67&shared_item_type=1&virality_entry_point=1