DescriptionEast Ballabane is a traditional Manx farmhouse in a wonderful position overlooking the coast and farmland in the north of the Isle of Man, as well as the Ayres Nature Reserve. The area surrounding Ballabane is excellent for walking, cycling, and bird-watching. A site of major ecological significance, parts of the Ayres have been designated as an Area of Special Scientific Interest and as a National Nature Reserve.
The spacious house is beautifully furnished and has wooden floors and original feature fireplaces. There is a large sunny conservatory, and the farmhouse has an Aga type cooker. The large utility room houses the fridge-freezer, washer-drier and dishwasher. There are three attractive bedrooms one double, one twin and one single, a spacious bathroom with a roll-top bath plus a separate shower room with WC.
The whole property is furnished with carefully selected pieces, mainly old pine and antiques. It is truly a home from home.
The farmhouse is set in an enclosed courtyard, which is a real suntrap. It also provides plenty of space for parking. There is a garden in front of the property with a picnic bench and bbq area. You can also enjoy shared use of the large tree lined lawn that is ideal for games and more picnics!
There are wonderful beaches 5 minutes away in either direction, and there is also a golf course only 5 minutes away.
East Ballabane is the perfect spot for walking, bird-watching, cycling, painting, golfing, and for a peaceful family holiday.
Located next door is The Milking Parlour, a stunning barn conversion that sleeps 4.
Visit Isle of Man rating: 4 Star Gold Award
Lounge: Two sofas, chairs, TV, log burner.
Kitchen: Well equipped including Aga style cooker, kettle and toaster.
Utility room: Dishwasher, Fridge/Freezer, microwave, complete with washing machine and tumble dryer.
Dining Room: Dining table & six chairs (additional chairs in the conservatory/kitchen if needed).
Conservatory: Sofa, chairs and coffee table
Bedroom 1: Double bed, bedside cabinets, chest of drawers, wardrobe.
Bedroom 2: Twin bed, bedside cabinets, chest of drawers, dressing table.
Bedroom 3: Single bed, bedside cabinet, chest of drawers.
Bathroom:, Bath, with handheld shower, WC, 2 basins and vanity unit
Games room: Within the barn, shared with the other cottage containing table tennis, small snooker table and a varety of games!
Parking: Plenty of parking for 2 vehicles within the yard area.
Changeover Day: Flexible - arrival 4:00pm - departure 10:00am
Pets: 2 dogs welcome
Power & Heating: Oil central heating, Gas & Electricity included
Wifi: Free Wifi included
Bedding & Linen: Bed linen and towels provided.
Baby Equipment: High chair available on request.
Shop: 1.5 ml Pub: 1.5 ml Bus Stop: 0.7 ml
Damage: Important! We are committed to protecting our properties which is why we now take a £35 fee from each booking as a damage waiver. This is included in the price you pay and covers you for up to £500 worth of accidental damages to the property that could occur whilst you are staying.
FeaturesFree Wifi, Dishwasher, Washing Machine, Tumble Dryer, Cot Available, High Chair Available, Log burner, Private Parking , Linen Provided , DVD player, Pool Table, Pets accepted, Outdoor seating, Towels provided, Great for Staycations, Rural views
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Peter, Lymm wrote a review on 21st of September 2023
East Ballabane farmhouseComfortable stay in lovely surroundings. The house was clean and comfortable and well-provisioned. Lovely old farmhouse with many original features. The Aga-style range in the kitchen kept the house warm. Plenty of walks from the door to The Ayers - our dog enjoyed herself. Thank you
Sean, Bristol wrote a review on 29th of August 2023
2023 Manx VisitWe are four guys, stayed for a week. Negatives were the lack of a bbq and general need for a deep clean, one new mattress and some damp issues being addressed. Cottage is located six miles out of Ramsey in an idyllic setting. Parking is safe and there is ample for car and a number of motorcycles. A great supply of cutlery and crockery allows dining without issues and the aga type cooker and heating was good. For a family or group holiday we would recommend the property.
Neil, Grimsby wrote a review on 11th of August 2023
East Ballabane Farmhouse, Isle of ManWe love it here! Our 2nd stay in this lovely farmhouse, with delightful gardens, on the Isle of Man. We took our 3 grandchildren this time, (a bit of an adventure for the 2 boys on the ferry!) and spent time paddling on beaches with our Springer Spaniel, Milo. The farmhouse is a good size, and well furnished, homely and comfortable. Both bathrooms are a really good size. The gardens are just doggy heaven! It is in such a peaceful location, so nice to sit in the garden or the conservatory and listen to birds and not traffic! At the end of our week, we really wished that we were staying longer. Hope that we will return for a 3rd visit sometime in the future.
Angela, Manchester wrote a review on 22nd of July 2023
Our 20th Wedding Anniversary breakSet in an absolutely beautiful location, we thoroughly enjoyed our time here. Although could have been cleaner, we actually thought the cobwebs and flies were part of the farmhouse experience. The places that really mattered for cleanliness ie bathrooms were clean to satisfied standard. Plenty of fields to allow dogs to roam free. The only negative I have and that's being panickety is the cobbles, I appreciate it's part of the farmhouse but they are slippy when wet, and for the older guests this could be an issue. We would highly recommend this beautiful place and definitely will be back, infact already looked into booking next year, but couldn't see a ferry that's only thing that stopped us. Thank you so much for making our 20th Wedding Anniversary perfect in every way with this amazing stay. See you soon xXx
Helen, Castletown wrote a review on 12th of July 2023
Down North butThis was a staycation so a pure delight for us to be based in a different part of the Island. It felt like another world. Also I really enjoyed being in an old farmhouse with lots of original features and furniture. Sections of the Raad ny Foillan were completed plus a wonderful walk up Slieu Curn. Seals, gannets, hedgehogs and wallabies were an added bonus.
Daniel, Duravel wrote a review on 18th of May 2023
East BallabaneWe had a lovely relaxing week at East Ballabane. A beautiful traditional farmhouse with character and charm. Stunning views in a tranquil setting, lovely grounds to wander around and lots of wildlife to be seen.
Sarah, Castletown wrote a review on 26th of April 2023
HappinessWe have visited this property a few times now , and its our " go to place " to relax and recharge. Look forwards to going every year.
Mark, Leicester wrote a review on 23rd of April 2023
Another lovely week at East Ballabane.This was our second stay at East Ballabane,and we had another lovely stay.The accommodation suits us as a family with two young children and a dog very well .The farmhouse is comfortable and spacious,and retains a lot of character whilst having all the essentials needed - the games room is a bonus! The property is very warm in chilly weather,although the heat generated by the Aga may be problematic when it's warmer,especially in the third bedroom.One minor point - the DVD does not have a SCART lead so cannot be connected to the TV. The property is in a beautiful setting in a remote part of the Island,and would probably not be suitable for those without their own transport.If you have a car then it's only a short drive to the nearest town.For us,this remoteness is part of the attraction,as the unspoiled countryside and proximity to the sea make for a very relaxing holiday - about as far from the hustle and bustle of the city as you can get. Island Escapes are really helpful and even managed to save us some money on our ferry crossing.We love East Ballabane and hope to return again in the not too distant future.
Robert, Worcester wrote a review on 27th of February 2023
East Ballabane FarmhouseWhat a loverly property, plenty of space in and outside, our stay was in February and the house was always lovely and warm, will definitely be back.
Suzanne, Ramsey Isle Of Man wrote a review on 15th of January 2023
Xmas HolidayA beautiful country farmhouse to stay in for my family and myself, log burner, aga which cooked everything perfectly, dogs and grandchildren thoroughly enjoyed it too, it was even decorated for Xmas. Wonderful Xmas memories could not have been better.
Oliver, Alsager wrote a review on 23rd of October 2022
Amazing getawayA lovely, cozy cottage providing a great getaway for the three of us (me,wife and dog) Well kept, clean and perfect for a week away relaxing. Good location for seeing all the north has to offer and definitely recommend popping into Bride tea rooms! Massive thank you to the owners who made it so homely and comfortable.
Terrence, Belper wrote a review on 23rd of September 2022
Beautiful old house in a peaceful location.Although in need of a little maintenance & repair this is a delightful 17th Century cottage in a rural setting. We enjoyed a short drive to nearby beach car parks and Ramsey with free parking using the parking disc provided. There is an excellent cafe at Bride with a big car park just down the hill which is open most days from 11am until 4pm. We had very good meals at the pub in Andreas and at the Mitre in Ramsey for Sunday lunch. The ice cream parlour at the market place in Ramsey is the best ever.
Stuart, Liverpool wrote a review on 1st of September 2022
Traditional quiet and cosy farmhouseFarmhouse located at the northern end of the island in Smeale, very quiet and conveniently located near to the point of Ayre but definitely need a car to get around. Well equipped for a self catering holiday and the game room is a real bonus if you have children. Cleanliness could definitely be better in particular the windows to which I ended up cleaning a number of them myself!
Jean, Craven Arms wrote a review on 15th of August 2022
Peaceful base for Island adventures.The house was a lovely home from home. It was in a beautiful, peaceful country location which was a perfect place to start and end our daily adventures. We felt we could allow the children to play safely without disturbing anybody The barn containing toys and the games and DVDs provided was a wonderful touch The Garden is amazing space wise. The house itself was all that we needed it to be. It was comfortable, spacious and we had enough choice room wise to suit varying needs throughout the day (ie Conservatory was bright and sunny, Sitting room was cosy and cooler). The Aga was a new experience but there were also other options. The Welcome pack was very welcome and made good use of. We were really glad we had opted to take the car as it was needed. Most days we drove into Ramsey (parking disk provided) then accessed the Islands wonderful transport system from there. The only downside to the whole experience was that one of the mattresses could do with changing or a topper. I solved the issue by using a blanket. We all thoroughly enjoyed our holiday and would recommend the Farmhouse to anyone wanting a country place to stay.
Louise, Nottingham wrote a review on 11th of July 2022
Family holidayWe had a great stay in the property, there was everything we needed here. The views to sea were lovely, it was quiet and peaceful.
Glynn, Bluntisham wrote a review on 20th of May 2022
What a lovely cottage!We had a great stay in a lovely farmhouse. "Home from Home". Everything provided we could wish for, all clean and tidy. The garden was much appreciated by our dog!!!!!. A little isolated perhaps in the north of the island, you certainly needed your own transport to get about but we appreciated the peace and quiet it gave us after a couple of difficult years. Would certainly stay here again.
Susan, Isle Of Man wrote a review on 10th of May 2022
Wonderfully peaceful place in the countryWe wanted a rural staycation for 5 adult family members at the opposite end of the Island from where we live and this was ideal. There was plenty of parking (we had 3 vehicles) and plenty of space in the house, which has the benefit of a cosy sitting room and a sunny conservatory. The large and wonderful gardens outside were great for eating outside, playing badminton and ball games and for our dog. The bluebells were beautiful in early May. Being in a flat area and on a quiet road, it was ideal for cycling, so we brought our bikes and went as far as Andreas, the Point of Ayre and the Ayres NNRs. The location also enabled a walk (2 miles) to the sea via a nearby path and a short drive to Ramsey and to Jurby (for the Motor Museum). For an old property it was remarkably clean. Some of the glasses and pans needed a wash before use, but there was no dust or spiders in the house. Comfort was great except that the single bedroom was far too hot (due to the heating system) and one of the twin beds needs a new mattress (springs poking up). Being supplied with two (good) towels and the welcome pack was much appreciated. We had booked a hot tub hire (in case of bad weather) which sat perfectly under the shelter. A great four day break.
Guest, Douglas wrote a review on 2nd of May 2022
Lovely farmhouse and gardens - brilliant place to reset your batteries.The farmhouse is in a great location, close to the national nature reserve. The gardens are beautiful and ideal for a family get together and dog friendly. We would definitely go back but think some of the equipment should be updated I.e. the little electric oven which wouldnt heat up and the single beds were rather uncomfortable.
Sarah, Castletown wrote a review on 2nd of May 2022
Comfortable, cosy and relaxingVery enjoyable,always feel so relaxed here.Everything supplied that you can possibly imagine.5 *
Colin, Leeds wrote a review on 18th of April 2022
A lovely, relaxing traditional cottageA lovely, comfortable cottage with everything needed for a gorgeous stay on the island for our family and dog. The welcome pack was very welcome after our journey. The cottage is in a gorgeous, quiet location with super grounds and sea view in the peaceful North of the Island. Great for walking, beach visiting and bird spotting. We wouldn't hesitate to recommend East Ballabane.
Andrew, Manchester wrote a review on 5th of April 2022
HeavenWhere to start.. The location was fantastic. The gardens and grounds lovely, and dog proof too. The house was just perfect - both the layout, size, choice of rooms and decor. Apparently there was a games rooms too although I never got around to looking in there, too much to do! I've stayed in many places before but this one was the closest to perfect I've ever been to. I cannot wait to return! The only constructive feedback I can bring is that the television has a fault - the colours are all tinged blue for some reason so sadly needs fixing / replacing.
Amanda, Santon wrote a review on 27th of February 2022
A lovely staycationWe absolutely loved our half term staycation. Seals at point of ayre, bowling in Ramsey and family time around the dining table playing games were the highlights. Memories made in the fresh air x x x
Helen, Northampton wrote a review on 19th of February 2022
East BallabaneWe had a lovely stay on the Isle of Man. The house was spacious, but homely, the groceries were a lovely welcome. We did find quite a lot of cobwebs, probably to be expected in an older property. The beds were comfortable and there were lovely views out to sea. The garden was beautiful with snowdrops and crocuses and the children enjoyed the games barn. We did miss the dvd player, we'd brought some old favourites with us for when the days got colder and darker. It was disappointing that one didn't appear after we'd contacted the owners. Overall, we had a relaxing and cosy time and enjoyed visiting places further north in the island than we have on previous visits.
Rob , Worcester wrote a review on 7th of February 2022
Wonderful farmhouseWow! What a great place. Such a cozy place, great wood burner. Dogs loved it too. Welcome package was lovely. Would love to visit again.
Courtnee, Onchan wrote a review on 25th of October 2021
Dogs loved it!Great value for money, surprised as more spacious than expected. Chose location due to dog allowances and they absolutely loved it and didnt want to leave. Would definitely come again maybe as a group next time. Thank you!
David, Syston wrote a review on 23rd of October 2021
Autumn at East BallabaneLovely traditional, spacious farmhouse in a quiet area of the Isle of Man. Games room and large garden are an added bonus.
Geoffrey, Wallasey wrote a review on 8th of October 2021
Spacious and tranquilEverything generally very good/excellent but slightly let down by cooking arrangements. Not everyone is familiar with cooking on an Aga and the alternative cooking facilities are inconveniently situated and inadequate. Sporadic wifi.
Guest, Peel wrote a review on 15th of September 2021
Overall very good and would visit againThe farmhouse was lovely. It was very hot due to the Aga having to be on all the time. The beds were also not very comfy, changing these would be a recommendation. A good clean of the conservatory is a must as there are a lot of flies and generally the frame work required a clean. The shower in the bathroom also could do with a clean, due to black mould the grouting also looked dirty and not white. We did thoroughly enjoy our break and would go back but these are just a few of the recommendations to make it even better.
Angela, Isle Of Man wrote a review on 22nd of August 2021
comfortable and relaxingA lovely place to completely relax with the family and our dog was welcomed too. No worries about having a baby or a dog completely safe for the dog to wander around the garden. He loved it too.
Caron, Union Mills wrote a review on 17th of August 2021
Home away from homeThe welcoming little touches of a loaf of bread on the dining room table, milk and cheese in the fridge were so lovely and made us feel very cared for upon arrival. The cottage was spotlessly clean and we loved the farmhouse homely decor. The warm conservatory became our spot for hours of knitting, reading aloud to the kids and playing board games into the evenings. The barn games room was an absolute haven when it began to rain - kids were out of the house but still under cover. Lovely gardens for them to also explore, run races and play imaginary games, with some nice herbs to include in your cooking! Theyve thought of everything their guests may need. The owner, Claire, was incredibly helpful and friendly. We spent lots of time riding bikes through the Ayres Nature Reserve and walking along the massive stretch of beach. It seems to be warmer and sunnier up there as when we got back to Douglas it was definitely a few degrees cooler. Well be booking again soon!
Andrew , Ramsey wrote a review on 4th of August 2021
Characterful farmhouse comfortable and tranquilThe farmhouse is lovely, full of old character and very comfortable. Tranquil location with views to countryside, sea and across to Scotland. Great sunsets. Plenty of room for a family with serperate living room, dining room and conservatory. and two bathrooms We did not need the third bedroom but if you do you may find it very hot - this needs addressing. Great garden for chidren and dogs and sitting/eating outside. Really relaxing. John and his island escapes team were very helpful, Thank you.
Liz, Main Road Colby wrote a review on 28th of July 2021
StaycationVery welcome break on a quiet road within reach of the coast in a lovely setting and perfect weather.
Guest, Colby wrote a review on 26th of July 2021
Lovely staycationWe really enjoyed our stay. The farmhouse is lovely. Loved the added extras of bread, milk and eggs being left for us. All local produce as well! Plenty of room for a family of 5 and our dog loved exploring the large garden. The only negatives we have are that the mattresses and master bed could do with an update. Also, the single bedroom was so unbearably hot. The radiator can not be turned off as its required for the AGA. We had to move the mattress from the bed into the master bedroom as my daughter just couldnt sleep in the heat. Wasnt ideal but it didnt ruin our staycation, we still loved the house.
Lisa, Timperley wrote a review on 25th of June 2021
My son and I went with our dogs and were delighted to find so much space for the pooches!As usual I was too busy to read all of the blurb, so just booked the farm house going off the pictures and we were delighted to find what the place had to offer! We had a paddock for the dogs and they loved it, the beds were nice and comfy and the bath was huge with nice hot water, the place was very clean and tidy and spacious. The tv was large and easy to operate, the area cooked a lovely chicken roast dinner, I just threw it in and checked it a while later and decided it needed another ten minutes and it was perfect. I had a look inside the other cottage , this was gorgeous, modern whilst ours was gorgeous traditional. Nice comfy couches and warm. I got my head round the washing machine easily and then hung out the washing to dry outside , but the birds from the trees above used the washing as their loo haha, so ended up using the maiden in the conservatory next, so be warned, it was dried in no time . The gardens were kept well and the whole place was very pretty with lovely paintwork around windows and barn doors etc. The barn has a games room , great for the kids. When you drive toward the property you will see a lovely iron gate painted green on the right hand side so dont miss it . That is if you approach from the church, take the road that runs down the left hand side of the church and its one straight road from there green gate on the right. They left us some supplies and lots of bathroom products and many towels , bedding was nice and crisp and clean. They work hard to provide a lovely place for us to stay. Very pleased and will return again . Thanks very much
Roz, Isle Of Man wrote a review on 13th of May 2021
Fantastic pet-friendly farmhouseWe decided to experience our first staycation in the IOM and picked the perfect accommodation and location. The farmhouse had everything we could need and our dog had the best time. A few things could be updated or cleaned a little better in readiness for new guests, but at the same time we were comfortable and wanted to stay for longer. The yard and garden are fenced in and gated so no chance of dogs escaping. We highly recommend and will definitely return. Much appreciated welcome pack too.
Sam, Colby wrote a review on 11th of May 2021
Staycation number 4This ten day staycation at east ballabane farmhouse is our FOURTH in just over a year. We absolutely love the place. It is full of antiquities a truly old farmhouse with AGA cooker, roll top bath, three bedrooms two bathrooms fantastic conservatory, two log fires, the list goes on. It is dog friendly and Has a dog safe front garden with small adjoining field. Barn in courtyard has the loft converted into kids playroom with small pool table. Everything you need is here,books,games. Its warm and cosy and loads of room for a family. Free WiFi.
Jean, Port St Mary wrote a review on 10th of May 2021
The place to stay for a relaxing breakBrilliant staycation, amazing views and even the weather was beautiful. Fully equipped to meet every need, and comfortable as well.
Lionel, Douglas wrote a review on 4th of January 2021
Everything was excellent, lovely house and grounds in beautiful surroundings.Everything was excellent, lovely house in a traditional farmhouse style and grounds in beautiful surroundings.
Sam, Colby wrote a review on 27th of December 2020
CHRISTMAS BREAKThird stay at Ballabane, its beginning g to feel like home from home. We requested a Christmas tree and we had a lovely big tree with lights in the conservatory, holly and decorations all around. Thank you for making it so Christmassy. We suggested the owner might replace the tiny television And it has been replaced by a large screen one. The welcome pack was best ever, eggs,bread, milk. Ballabane provides everything you could want for a cosy staycation. Beautiful stonebuilt thick walled farmhouse, log burners, roll top bath, two en suite bedrooms and a single bedroom. We have had a lovely Christmas, thank you. We will be back for a fourth stay.
Tracey, Isle Of Man wrote a review on 30th of November 2020
Winter BreakFantastic farmhouse - so cosy and well laid out. Perfect for a break away with the dogs. Amazing walks on the doorstep and lovely conservatory to relax in on wetter days. Lots of places to go for food round about if you don't fancy cooking.
Becky, Ballasalla wrote a review on 12th of October 2020
East BallaneThe cottage was so lovely, the cozy fire and bath were amazing, perfect for a winter night in. The garden was also amazing for our dog, she loved it. Will definitely be back!
Trevor, Port St Mary wrote a review on 28th of September 2020
Five days down NorthThe farm house was a joy to stay in. We were blessed with good weather and had some lovely walks in the surrounding countryside. We would come again .
Sam, Colby wrote a review on 27th of September 2020
StaycationThis is our second if 3 visits this year. Everything was great apart from the small tv. Welcome pack was fabulous, gear big bath towels everything you could possibly need. Love the house, love the garden. Peaceful comfortable holiday and dogs love it too.
Kate, Douglas wrote a review on 10th of September 2020
Charming farmhouseWe had a great stay here and found it so relaxing being somewhere this remote. Even though wed only travelled from Douglas it felt like a real holiday. The house is comfortable and well equipped yet retains all the features of a traditional farmhouse. Our children particularly enjoyed their time in the play barn, and we enjoyed the table tennis. The extensive grounds, behind secure gates, were ideal for our dog - he didnt want to leave!
Margaret, Douglas wrote a review on 4th of September 2020
Staycation at Ballabane FarmhouseThis cottage is a Little gem if you like old style, The wood burners When lit warm the cottage up so quick And made it so cosy. We booked the farmhouse and the milking parlour Together so we had all of the farm to ourselves, there is also a games barn which is great for all.
Laura, Douglas wrote a review on 22nd of August 2020
More seals than humansA great sized property for 5 people. Beautiful views, nice owners, very quiet and extremely close to the Ayres.
Andrew, Colby wrote a review on 1st of August 2020
Lovely week spent as a familyThe farmhouse was clean and comfortable with a quirky layout! The welcome gift on arrival was much appreciated. All amenities and attractions in the North within easy reach by car. The barn with pool table and table tennis was enjoyed by our teenagers, and there were plenty of toys for younger children also.
Sam, Colby wrote a review on 25th of July 2020
Our staycationFarmhouse was excellent every possible need addressed. Warm comforting and very quiet with excellent garden for dogs. We absolutely loved our stay and would definitely go again. Box of chocolates waiting for us but have suggested they leave some milk for hot drink on arrival. Tea and coffee there and it is quite a haul to nearest shop. We would recommend East Ballabane Farmhouse midway between the Point and Smeale on the jurby road it is a real country retreat filled with quirky and antique memorabilia. Big rooms superb conservatory and the cream on top for me a working aga. I would love to be there at Christmas, two working log burners. Beautiful old cottage.
Guest, Douglas wrote a review on 21st of July 2020
Beautiful farmhouse in a great locationOur stay at Ballabane farmhouse has been amazing! Great location for exploring beaches and beautiful grounds to relax in the sun. Looking forward to staying again!