The story of Postcard Property Lets started over a decade ago following several visits to France when we were smitten by the French countryside, the villages, the architecture, the markets, the history, the wine, the culture and the food. We fell in love with a lovingly restored, six hundred year old French village house with uninterrupted countryside views from each of it’s four terraces. Les Quatre Terrasses was born out of this investment primarily as we had other occupations and could not spend the time there that we would have wished.
The business that we established over ten years ago has now become a annual base for our many repeat guests, who stem from all over the world, America, Canada, Australia, Holland, Germany, Belgium and United Kingdom. Having since retired, we have split the house into two sections, enabling us to not only live and enjoy the French lifestyle but personally take care of our much valued guests. Some guests, however, are happy to take care of themselves and book the complete, five bedroomed, property where they entertain their families and friends. We are proud to have this authentic French village house as part of our Postcard Property portfolio.
About the same time we made our French property purchase we were already underway building our family home back in Northern Ireland. We acquired a piece of land in the Galgorm area of Co Antrim, a rural site, part surrounded and part sweeping countryside. We designed and built the house ourselves with the assistance of a much admired local architect to create what we believe is a unique property, with French influence, that matched the needs of our then work and family situation. We couldn’t have been happier with the end result, particularly the antique French terracotta floor, delivered from Marseille, the large open fireplace, now with wood burner, the thick walls, sliding sash, wooden windows and three sets of patio doors leading out to different terraces where we can at least dream of having some outdoor life and alfresco dining. This was the perfect base to live, socialise and relax.
Having since retired and, as a result spending more time in France we decided early 2018 to add this property to our Postcard Property Lets portfolio. It is early days but already Fallhead is attracting interest from those travelling to Northern Ireland to visit families, businessmen working in the area and those who are attending weddings at Galgorm Resort and Spa that is a ten minute walk, along a country lane, from the house. We look forward to growing this Co Antrim base property let..
Our third portfolio property, Ballintoy Beach Cottage, was acquired just over three years ago. It instantly became a hit with travellers coming from all over the world to stay in this magical location. The cottage is small, in comparison to the others, but it attracts attention that we could never have imagined was possible due to it’s secluded location above Hidden Beach, Ballintoy. Once again, it was never our intention to rent out the property, however, as it appeared it would not be occupied much of the year due to work commitments of our families as well as our personal trips abroad, we decided to give it a go.
Within one hour of the listing going ‘live’ we had our first booking. It not only is used by travellers or as a base for family gettogethers but it has been booked on three occasions by the locations company that provide services for HBO production Game of Thrones. I don’t want to give any secrets away but several of the major actors have rested here while waiting for their call on set. In 2018 we blocked out a few weeks to enable us install a new boiler and bathroom. We are delighted with the improvement in both terms of aesthetics and function and already receiving very positive feedback from repeat guests who, to be honest, are more interested in the view than they are the facility.
We have accidentally fallen into a business of holiday lets that we very much enjoy running. Our hands on approach keeps us in touch with our guests and Postcard Property Lets very much looks forward to welcoming you should you decide to stay in one of it’s unique properties in equally unique settings..