What our guests say about Crayfish Cottage

Crayfish Cottage is a sister cottage to Copperpot Cottage Portrush owned and run by The Millar family.

So far in 2023, we continue to be Airbnb Superhosts, VRBO Premier Hosts as well as Tripadvisor Traveller's Choice winners.

  • Crayfish cottage is a charming well stocked and appointed property set in a quiet neighbourhood. A short 5 minute stroll to the nearest beach (West Strand) and a 10 minute walk to Portrush town centre and its amenities. The cottage booking process was made very easy by host Nicci who communicates in a proficient manner responding promptly to queries. The property comfortably accommodates a family of 6 with the “secret garden” a lovely secluded external space. WiFi was good. Welcoming flowers very much appreciated. Lovely stay, highly recommended.

    — David McC, 17 May 2024
  • What a lovely cottage. So welcoming and comfortable. Great owners who made booking and arrival very easy. Rooms great, especially the kitchen area which had everything we needed for our weeks stay.
    Great location and easy walk into town.
    One small ‘irk’…….set of drawers in front bedroom would have been useful…..otherwise highly recommended!

    — Brian Duffy, 06 Apr 2024
  • A fantastic location and a beautiful cottage

    — Marc, 21 Jul 2023
  • Crayfish Cottage is perfectly located and within easy walking distance of central Portrush and the East and West Strands. It is a quaint cottage style home with all the necessary amenities for a stress-free relaxing stay. We are a retired couple and were joined by our son and daughter in law. There was plenty of space for all four of us to eat together or spread out and find a quiet spot to relax, with both a comfortable lounge and a quiet reading room upstairs. The beds are extremely comfortable and everyone slept well.
    Nicci and Jonny were great hosts and kept us well informed of check in options.
    We hope to return sometime soon.

    — David, 19 Jun 2023
  • Crayfish is a well appointed, bright and delightful cottage to enjoy a family holiday. Immaculately clean, it contains everything you need for a comfortable stay. All rooms are generous and spacious. Very relaxing having coffee in the secluded “secret” garden. The quiet cottage location is excellent. Walking distance to west and east strand beaches and Portrush town centre. Short driving distance to several beautiful Causeway Coast tourist spots. Nicci and Jonny were great hosts. Thoroughly recommend a stay in this cottage.

    — David McCrea, 16 May 2023
  • Lovely house, well stocked kitchen, very pleasant stay. Easy walk to Portrush beach.

    — Sinead, 09 May 2023
  • Thank you for a lovely stay. The cottage was the perfect place to rest and explore for our family. Appreciated the responsive hosts and personal touches

    — Vanessa, 01 May 2023
  • My wife, teenage sons and I had a fantastic stay at Crayfish Cottage in July, 2022.

    The property is a good size, well furnished and immaculate in presentation. It also contains all amenities you could possibly think of to have your holiday in a "home away from home".

    The beds are all incredibly comfortable, there's a plentiful supply of hot water and the heating (if needed) is very efficient. Having 2 separate living rooms (one downstairs, one upstairs) was a particular bonus for our teenagers, who enjoyed their own space.

    The location of the property is perfect: walkable to Portrush town centre in 15 minutes but far enough out not to be impacted by traffic; a 10 minute walk to the West Strand; and just off the main driving routes to the East, West and South.

    Highly recommended

    — Andrew , 26 Jul 2022
  • 7 - 21 August 2021

    We had a wonderful time staying at Crayfish Cottage, enjoying all that it and Portrush had to offer. The added bonus was its close proximity to our family, so it really was perfect for us. The cottage is charming and was spotlessly clean and beautifully furnished throughout. The hosts had thought of everything that we could possibly need and their attention to detail contributed to the cottage being a real home from home. The Reading Room was delightful and my sister-in-law and I hid ourselves away up there for tea and chats whenever we could. The Secret Garden was also a favourite, providing a lovely space to sit out and relax. The area itself has much to offer and we enjoyed so many activities: swimming, surfing, paddleboarding, cycling, Elementary Escape Rooms, Lake Kilrea Waterpark and Mount Stewart House to name a few. Communicating with Nicci was a pleasure from start to finish. We made our reservation during lockdown and she was so understanding about the need to be flexible and reassured me completely that our booking could be adapted whatever the situation. We wouldn't hesitate to recommend Crayfish Cottage and hope to return in the near future. Many thanks for a wonderful holiday.

    — Laura Marsh, 13 Feb 2022
  • What a beautiful place to say! We had a lovely 3 nights a crayfish cottage. Its deceptively spacious, all the essentials you need plus a really cosy home. We stayed late November and the house was all decked out for Christmas. Honestly didn't want to leave. Hosts lovely and very helpful.

    — Christina , 04 Dec 2021
  • We had such a lovely stay at Crayfish Cottage. Nicci was so approachable and accommodating. We thoroughly enjoyed her beautiful house - it was cosy and comfortable, with everything we needed. Our boys loved the board games and having the upstairs floor to themselves.
    Thank you so much ,
    Phil, Emma & boys🙂

    — Emma, 19 Nov 2021
  • Crayfish Cottage provided the perfect base for our first get away of 2021..perfect to relax in after a long day exploring the many beaches of the North Coast and equally ideal to catch some rays in the sun trap back garden whilst enjoying a book - there are plenty of interesting novels to pick from in the cottage. Excellent communication whilst booking. Thank you very much.

    — Clare Walls, 16 Jun 2021
  • We previously stayed at Copperpot Cottage which was fabulous so this time decided to try out Crayfish Cottage and we weren’t disappointed. It’s so cute and relaxing and very conveniently situated. The welcome pack is a nice touch - fresh milk, sourdough bread, flowers and the wood burner all laid up ready to go. We loved our stay and will be back no doubt .

    — Jan Woodland , 11 Feb 2020
  • The cottage is so charming! We would start our day with breakfast in the fragrant English garden, then head out to explore the sites , come back for dinner , watch movie in a cozy room ( or watch sunset on the beach!) and end the day with sleep on the comfiest bed and softest pillows ! Only after leaving this cottage and having to stay for remainder of our vacation in a different one i realized how much thought about guest's comfort did Millar family put into making this cottage available . From personally greeting us and showing around the house (few things were different from how it is in the States , so this was really helpful) and also letting us know what attractions are nearby, to having beds and pillows so comfy ( really appreciated after long day of sightseeing), to covering eastern bedroom window with heavy drapes so that early rising sun does not wake you 5am, to keeping lovely garden in the backyard that makes you feel like in fairy land, to even little things like USB outlets so we can change our electronics and having DVD player so we can unwind with a movie , and definitely Wi-fy was a big plus so that guests visiting for the first time like us can research all the places of interest and hours of operation and such. Cottage is very clean, has beautiful decor , kitchen has everything any family would need - we not for a moment fell any discomfort or that something was missing. Location of cottage is also perfect - so close to the beach and downtown , so it was really easy to just get out after dinner and go watch sunset on the beach. We had enough attractions to fill our 12 day visit and all were withing 15-45 minutes drive from Portrush .

    — Lilly K, 17 Jul 2018
  • Nicci and Jonny have 2 properties in Portrush and I’ve been privileged to stay in both. This one is (like the other one) absolutely delightful, it is beautifully furnished, cosy and has all you would need to make your stay comfortable. There’s always a warm welcome with fresh flowers and a few treats to get you started 😊 Highly recommended Will definitely be back! Jenny

    — Jenny S, 27 Feb 2018
  • Absolutely wonderful! Exceeded expectations ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    Our only regret is that we couldn’t stay longer. We had an amazing experience at Crayfish Cottage from our intial meeting with Jonny to checkout. We loved checking in after a long day of driving to a wood burning fire in the fireplace, a lovely home (pictures do not do it justice), fresh bread, milk in the fridge, and an assortment of toys and books for our littlest one. Seeing the smile on her face as she found the toy bin was priceless. There was plenty of room and kids were stoked to have fast wi-fi. Extras like babygates, high chair, toys, books, movies, crib, quality bath products, laundry detergent, and wood for the fire were MUCH appreciated. There is also so much to do in the area: dark hedges, dunluce castle, carrick a redde rope bridge, giant’s causeway. Highly recommend!!!!

    — Neri and family, Jacksonville, Florida, 23 Nov 2017
  • We had a lovely stay in the beautiful Crayfish Cottage. Great base to explore from and then come "home" - so comfortable and organised! Z loved the upstairs room and has made firm favourites with several of the books from "the big book box". We even managed to BBQ twice - splendid weather. Thank you very much.

    — Laurence C., 02 Jul 2017
  • Enjoyed our stay at Crayfish Cottage. Clean and comfortable and everything we needed for a lovely break. Loved the decor and all the nice quirky touches.

    — Dale S, 27 Jun 2017
  • Fabulous cottage, wonderful welcome, all the comforts of home. Wish we could stay longer! Thank you so much.

    — Gill, Lesley and Doug, 26 Jun 2017
  • We have had a most enjoyable stay at Crayfish Cottage. Nicci met us on arrival and was very welcoming. The cottage was clean and tidy with all mod cons. The boys loved their hideaway upstairs! We would definitely recommend to family and friends - hope to see you again!

    — Caroline & family, 18 Jun 2017
  • Our family needed a relaxing weekend getaway. We had planned to go to London but the plans fell through at the last minute and we booked Crayfish Cottage at very short notice. Nicci corresponded with me to arrange details and was most professional going out of her way to be helpful. . As promised, Jonny met us on arrival and was most welcoming, showing us around and explaining everything. The cupboards were full of basic food items like tea, coffee, hot choc, jams, pasta, etc. There was a freshly baked rustic loaf and milk in the fridge, wine on the table and a vase of fresh flowers. The cottage was immaculately clean and fresh and lovingly restored with all the original features for example the very unique doors and handles. The beds were so comfortable with Laura Ashley mattresses and silky white linen. There was bubble bath aptly named Relaxing and an abundance of fluffy towels. The house was warm and the neighbourhood peaceful. Upstairs there is a lovely little reading room / den with a basket of books and puzzles which my daughter loved. Jonny told us he was restoring a writing desk so that will be a wonderful addition to use next time. My teenage son was very happy with the wifi and television. The kitchen has lovely dishes, ample pots and pans and good cooking facilities. Outside there is a very private garden where we had breakfast the first morning. We were sad to leave. We would definitely recommend Crayfish Cottage and we will be back soon.

    — Helen C, 09 Jun 2017


  • 10 minute walk to East Strand Beach and Portrush harbour
  • 3 bedrooms (1 king, 1 double, 1 twin)
  • free WIFI
  • wood-burning stove
  • "secret" garden with bbq and patio
  • private off-road parking