Self Catering Breaks

A free self catering break at Pine or Birch Cottage is the perfect choice for some private quality time together with your family. Located next door to each other, within a tranquil development near Coleraine, these cosy self-catering cottages offer exhausted families who are coming to terms with a cancer diagnosis the chance to get away from it all.


Who can stay at our self-catering cottages?

Self-catering breaks are available to:

  • Families whose child (0-24) has been diagnosed with cancer*
  • Families where a parent has been diagnosed with cancer
  • Young adults (18-25) who have been diagnosed with cancer
  • Bereaved families

*Families from ROI can be referred through the Social Work Team at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin.

Family Friendly Facilities

The Cottages sleep a family of 5 and have a range of facilities to meet your needs including:

  • 2 bedrooms * Bed linen provided
  • Living room
  • Kitchen/dining area
  • Dishwasher and washing machine
  • Bathroom with bath and shower
  • Shared family friendly garden with barbeque
  • Free internet access
  • Travel cots and high chairs

Explore The Surrounding Area

The Cottages are situated on the banks of the River Bann in the North Coast of Antrim, home to some of the most breath-taking scenery Northern Ireland has to offer including:

  • World famous Giants Causeway
  • Golden sands of Portstewart Strand
  • Famous Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge
  • Exhilarating cliff path at The Gobbins
  • Ireland’s oldest working distillery Bushmills
  • Seaside resort of Portrush

Our self catering Cottages are a short five mile drive from Coleraine town centre with access to numerous family friendly restaurants, play parks, a cinema and leisure centre. If you would prefer a cosy night in there are plenty of books, games, toys and DVD’s available in the cottages.

Contacting The Cottages

To contact The Cottages, please call Cancer Fund for Children on 0044 28 9080 5599 or email


Pine/Birch Cottage
233 Loughan Road
BT52 1UD


Your Stories

  • “Daisy Lodge became our sanctuary, our retreat away from hospital, our resting place, our safe place. I think my standout memory was seeing Zara laughing with the other children. When Zara was diagnosed with cancer, it was like a part of her disappeared. I just remember her sitting in front of the fire at Daisy Lodge and just smiling. She found her spirit again. She remembered who she was.”

    Nola Harrison
    Nola Harrison Mum of Zara Barnett who was diagnosed with Cancer aged 11.
  • As a family we really enjoyed our stay in this tranquil place.  It was a time to recharge our batteries after a very stressful time.  The break at Pine Cottage meant more than others may appreciate.  It is an essential service that to me is as important as all the medical assistance we have received.

    Stephen (Dad)