Perched at the end of half a mile of golden sand – waves lapping nearby, seabirds overhead… and the heart-stopping view to Rathlin Island and Scotland is all yours. Bath Lodge is a characterful, well-loved family house with its ramble of level changes, corners, crannies and a comfortable mix of furniture. Nothing is too posh: bring the children, their friends and all the gear without fear for the ancient floorboards or colourful rugs. The grown-ups will grab the deep-seated, view-filled sitting room; the big downstairs family room doubles as a fine playroom, the lawns are great for games, the walled garden for sheltered peace. Originally five 18th-century miners’ cottages whose tiny attics were thrown up to create lofty ceilings, it has old bones and the essential modernities. In the large kitchen/breakfast room the grand Aga is centre stage, with a separate scullery for washing up. Bedrooms have the same old-style comfort of mixed antiques and good beds. Rabbits crop the clifftop of the wild garden in peace, yet the town is just behind you. Brilliant for a family holiday.