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Bernard Cameron said on Apr 27, 2015 2:14 PM

We had stayed in some great b&b's in Ireland & further afield,but I have too say the vandees in aghalee was the best..jean Paul & Noreen take a bow.great house,great people & great craic.we loved the being able to leave our car & JP leaving us too the venue & then returning for us .above & beyond,nothing too much trouble for either JP or Noreen .much appreciated guy's..but nothing had prepared us for the sumptuous breakfast,the attention too detail second too none.cereals,yoghurts,fruit juice,fresh fruit salad,sausages/bacon /eggs ,all cooked too perfection , thank you.not forgetting Noreen,s home baked banana bread ,so scrum my..so guys don't just take my word for an amazing stay ,why not give it a go yourselves.the best b&b I've ever stayed in...keep up the great work jean Paul/Noreen....

Rebecca & Manuel said on Nov 17, 2013 2:50 PM

It has taken me months to tick this off my list of 'things to do' but after the fabulous night we spent at the Vandees in early August this year I knew I was not going to forget to do this. We stayed very early during a 9 week trip to Europe but can say our night with Noreen and JP was definitely a highlight. All the other reviews are totally accurate when it comes to the quality of the accommodation and breakfast we were so fortunate to experience. But what impressed both of us the most was JP's very generous offer to take us to dinner at a local restaurant and to pick us up so we could both have a drink without worrying (or getting lost in the dark!!). We wished we had planned a longer stay (had we known how welcoming Noreen and JP were we would have) and we were both very sad to leave when we had to head to Dublin the next day. I can only hope we will get to return one day and enjoy some good 'craic' as Noreen put it. Thank you so much for your friendly welcome, wonderful stories and super comfortable stay!

David & Mary Keville Skerries, North Dublin said on Oct 7, 2013 1:04 AM

JP Thanks for your warm welcome & generosity when we visited your home & B&B Thanks especially for dropping us up to & collecting us ( at all hours ) from Riverdale Venue where a member of our family held wedding reception - great venue! Great to chat about football & all things eco & look forward to visiting you again for a longer stay & meeting Noreen

Grant and Catherine said on Sep 26, 2013 1:54 PM

We were invited to come and stay at this B&B with an, 'I really hope you like it as much as we did' recommendation. I defy anyone not to love it. The accommodation is top notch and I struggle to find memory of a better B&B that we have stayed in anywhere. Our hosts were what all hosts should be and then some, perfectly willing to go further than that extra mile. The rooms and the breakfast superb. There was nothing to ask for as they had thought of it all. As a result this stay is a bargain. The trip we took was whistle stop to say the least so when we return to Ireland for a slower paced event we would have to make a beeline to the Vandees as we would prefer to stay here and travel to the rest of the island than stay anywhere else. Thank you both for everything. Rather than leaving Ireland and just enjoying our stay, we left feeling like we had made some new friends. See you again.

Jane Taylor said on Jun 24, 2013 4:05 PM

I am writing this in England, longing to be back in the friendly warmth and amazing hospitality that made my stay in Northern Ireland into a truly special and unforgettable memory. Noreen and JP are truly beautiful people and their home became mine, only better! I wish them well. PS And in the words of Arnie, "I WILL be back!"

Brendan and Felicity Diamond (Edinburgh) said on Aug 27, 2012 9:04 PM

Noreen and JP. Many thanks for a wonderful weekend. Your house is great and your welcome and friendliness was superb. It is easily the best B&B that we have stayed in. The breakfast was as good as any 5 Star hotel. But what took us by surprise most was your generosity, patience and willing taxi service. If anybody is ever faced with a choice of where to stay in this part of Northern Ireland then they should look no further than VanDees.

Robin Andersen-Page said on Apr 22, 2012 9:55 AM

Yes probable the best B&B I have ever stayed in, JP and Noreen are wonderful hosts. The B&B is situated in a beautiful area of Northern Ireland, the house is decorated to the highest standard. My room was spaciause and very comfortable. The breakfast was everything I could wish for, staying at the Vandees was like being at home. My next visit to NI I would only stay with JP and Norren.

Ria en Louis Dobbelaer said on Jul 24, 2011 10:54 PM

We were warmly welcomed by Noreen and Jean Paul (the owners) and Snoopy (the dog). The owners are very friendly and hospitable. We got a very beautiful room with a bathroom. We were there seven days and the breakfast was very varied and delicious. The area and nature is beautiful and very quiet. Noreen and Jean Paul gave us many suggestions to do every day and we have seen much of Northern Ireland. We have a very good holiday and will certainly come back. Noreen and Jean Paul Thank you.

Johnny Rusk said on Apr 5, 2011 2:51 AM

My wife and I discovered this haven by good chance while on a touring holiday of Ireland. We had arrived in Larne from Scotland and just 30 minutes down the road came across the Vandees. We were delighted with the decor and ambience of this beautiful home and felt we were really somewhere quite special. Our hosts, Noreen and Jean-Paul were, warm, welcoming and very approachable. Nothing was too much trouble and we felt instantly relaxed and at home. Indeed, our return trip to Scotland was rescheduled to include an overnight stay with Noreen and Jean-Paul. We can thoroughly recommend The Vandees to future guests.

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What our guests have kindly wrote....(please see Trip Advisor/Booking.com for our latest reviews).

Kim & Charlie (OCT 19)

We are so grateful for your incredible hospitality!Your travel ideas made our trip full of the things we would never have seen.We so enjoyed your company!The nettles are helping with our dogs itching and chewing.The tea & scones at the Cliffs of Moher were delicious!We hope that our paths will cross again.We cannot wait for another visit to Ireland!


Mark,Julie,Seth& Iris(Sept 19)

The decor, peace and quiet, super breakfast and warm hosts made this an exceptional stay for our family.Iris and I enjoyed picking the blackberries in the garden!


Des & Ann (Sept 19).

Great B&B!Will recommend to all our cycling friends.


Dana& Cindy(USA)Aug19

You were so lovely.Thank you for opening your home to us and tipping us off to the real Ireland.We will be forever grateful!


Daniel,Laura & Family(Dundee,Scotland

It has been an amazing stay.Beautiful home and such a lovely couple.The breakfast was absolute perfection.We would love to stay again on our next visit.Thank you so much for everything.


Patrick & Maggie Tucker (Jan19)

Thank you for sharing your beautiful home with us!We had such an enjoyable time and look forward to a return visit in the future!


Chrandran & Heather (Essex&Banbridge Jan19)

Thank you for a wonderful time in every way!Excellent hospitality & fantastic food!See you again soon!


Kelly,Chris,Kyle & Sophie (England) Aug 18

We had a brilliant stay!Breakfast was delicious and Noreen & JP were great hosts!Thank you so much!


Matt,Tania,Alexi,Ali & Kat (England) Aug 18

Such a fantastic time here! A beautiful house and Noreen & JP are so friendly,helpful and have so many amazing stories!We truly loved our stay here!Thank you!


Bob& Sheila (Australia )Aug 18

We could write a letter about our experience...it was awesome!Thank you so much!


Colin & Alex (England)Jan17

We would like to thank you both for your kindness & generosity.We love your B&B and hope to stay another day.We wish you all the success and happiness life has.Love Molly the dog so much and immensely glad she is happy & safe.Thank you.


Kate Fox (Ireland)Oct 17

The best B&B we have ever stayed in!Wonderful hosts.


Paula & Mehail(Chile) Oct 17

This was one of the greatest experiences on our trips around the world!We were very pleased about your kindness & willingness with us.Jean-Paul we really appreciated your time with us and we don't know how to say thank you so many times.Noreen,we have no words to say how our experience at your home was so amazing and how to thank you for all the small things that you did for us!


Kai & Jasmin(Germany) Aug 17

We had such a lovely stay & will never forget your extraordinary breakfasts, & exceptional travel advice every morning!!Thank you so much!


Judith & Walter(Germany) Aug 17

We enjoyed the stay in your home very much!!Thank you for your hospitality,your friendliness, your excellent food!!...your advice...It was great!


Maike & Ferdinand(Germany)Aug 17

Thank you for a wonderful stay at your beautiful B&B.We enjoyed it a lot discovering Northern Ireland with your very good insider- advice!You are both lovely people..


Robin& Gail Sproule July 17

Thank you so much for a wonderful stay.Superb in every way!


Anne-Marie& Martin(Scotland) Jan 17

Thank you for a wonderful stay in your beautiful house.It really was an oasis of tranquility after two hectic weeks of travelling and funeral.From the warm welcome,cups of tea,glass of wine(and sloe gin!).The perfect breakfast,fascinating conversation to swans flying overhead ,you both exude Irish & Dutch hospitality.We were totally spoilt.The Vandees is the perfect place to reflect and unwind.With very best wishes...and of course on our return,I had my nettle tea!


Nicola from Italy (Nov 16)

We spent two wonderful days at The Vandees.Noreen & Jean-Paul were fantastic hosts.They gave use useful advice and made our stay excellent.The atmosphere was great and we felt like home.Hope we'll be back soon. Brilliant Breakfast!


Christine& Sima (Oct 16)

A wonderful stay at this amazing B&B.We were very well looked after-food amazing!Thank you for your warm welcome and gracious hospitality.A gem of a place to tell others about.


Bebhinn& Joe(Oct 16)

We had a lovely stay and it was so refreshing to meet such a lovely couple who are so passionate about both north& south of the border.The cooking was delicious especially the banana bread.Thank you both so much!


Toos,Mirjam,Ingrid & Stijn(Holland)( Oct 16)

We stayed for a few days at The Vandees.It was an unforgettable weekend,especially the stories.the advice and all the wonderful cooking Noreen!We will never forget out tour leader JP!


Lynsey& Ryan Connolly(June 15)

Thank you so much for your hospitality and kindness during our stay.We very much appreciated your great service(dropping us off at Riverdale Barn).We wish you every success in the future!Ps.I purchased the ingredients to make that delicious banana bread-hope it tastes as good as yours!


Iain & Sarah Doolan from Doncaster,England.(May 15)

'There are no words to describe our stay,the closest are 'Absolutely amazing!'Fantastic breakfasts,so welcoming and friendly.We will be returning to hear more stories from Jean-Paul! Thanks so much.'


Ellie & Colin from Parma,Italy(Apr 15)

'It was a spectacular stay!Thank you for your hospitality and your Game of Thrones suggestions!!'


Claire& Ben from Belfast(Apr 15)

'Thank you so much for an amazing time.We'll definitely be back sometime...'


Matthew Little from Belfast(Feb 15)

Thanks so much for a great few weeks in Aghalee.You made me feel right at home!Thoroughly enjoyed staying in your beautiful house!


Lea O'Brien from Wexford(Jan 15)

Thank you for a warm welcome and having us in your beautiful home.From beginning to end a lovely experience.We will be back to explore again.


Stuart&Carrie Taylor (Ballycastle)6th Apr 13(Facebook comment)

My husband and I stayed at The Vandees last night and I have to say....absolutely superb!The house is incredible,beautiful finishing touches....even a hot water bottle for the bed.Honestly didn't want to leave and now we're thinking of an excuse to go back!5 star all the way....and if you ask me an absolute bargain.


Trevor Lever & Brian Nicholson(Yorkshire)

"What a wonderful place!This has got to be one of the best night's B&B we have ever experienced.The house is extraordinarily beautiful.The accommodation and food superb and we cannot praise too highly the overwhelming hospitality of our hosts,Noreen & JP.

Absolutely top quality in every aspect!Cannot wait to return and bring our wives to share the experience..

This was a "wow" experience..."


Paul & Carol (Galway)

"What an unusual,beautiful and immaculate house.The welcome and hospitality could not have been bettered and the breakfasts-for a foodie like me-are to be cherished.A stay here is one to be repeated-again and again.We'll be back..."


Michael &Alison Nugent-Dubai 5/9/11

Jp& Noreen,you both played a significant part in making for a very special weekend with great friends.You treated us as you would like to be treated and that's rare to find these days..We will remember you as the ultimate hosts.You are both creating experiences and great memories.Thank you Jp for the bikes and tyre inflation "Dutch style" and Noreen for telling us Moira was 3 miles away when it was 5!! There will always be a welcome in Dubai.... Many thanks


Caroline& Mark Stewart-Montrose 5/9/11

Thank you for welcoming us so warmly into your home.That's what it felt like-staying in a really lovely home with good friends.Your hospitality goes way beyond anything we've experienced anywhere else.The food,drinks music and chat have all been fab.I can't add any more superlatives-you've been great hosts and your company was very relaxed and enjoyable.Hope we get a chance to see you again soon,thanks for everything-great memories!


Sheelin Davies,Sunninghill,Ascot,Berks.-1/9/11

What can I say?Thank you so much for such a great weekend-we came over for a wedding in Aghalee.The hospitality from Jp&Noreen has been above and beyond the call of duty.You are both excellent hosts and nothing is too much trouble.Thank you.I look forward to listening to the CD...


John & Sarah Kaznowski -Dubai 4/9/11

Absolutely fantastic!Jp&Noreen are the most hospitable hosts!We had a great time &thoroughly enjoyed your company,the food was excellent,the room and bed so comfortable and again the hosts excellent,like staying with old friends.Thanks again...


Kathryn and Jim Clements -Leeds,England.21/8/11

Noreen +Jp,you have made our first visit to N.Ireland the most memorable holiday we have ever had.From the moment we were greeted by you both,your warm smiles and welcomed into your home we feel like we have known you always.Thank you for telling us so much about your beautiful country and taking the time to show us so much.Your home is fantastic!!the food WOW!wonderful sausages!The little personal touches made us feel very special that we will be forever reminded of our time here.We have laughed so much and will look forward to our next visit and 2nd round of the quiz!!Thank you again,until next time ,take care and goodbye beautiful Aghalee..."


Laura Poole -Leeds,England.21/8/11

"Thank you Noreen and Jp for making my visit to N.Ireland a wonderful experience!Arrived as a guest and left as a friend!Will look forward to my next visit.."


Keith +Frie Martin-Meganck. -Moutreal-du-Gers,France

"Thank you so much for a lovely,comfortable place to rest after the stresses of competition days.I think we've made some new friends,so lets keep in touch!"


Sally and Richard Bell-London 25/8/11

"What a lovely place to stay!Thank you so much for the warmth of your welcome,the 5*breakfasts and Irish coffee!We will definitely be recommending you to friends and family-just sorry we couldn't have stayed longer.Great to have a good chat with you.Thank you for sharing your lovely house with us"


Darren Carson - Belfast 8/6/11

"Had a fantastic break to the 'sticks' with Noreen and JP,plenty of relaxation,food,drink and craic!Will miss the full breakfast and even the porridge.Must come to visit again!"

"A hidden gem.Unique,quirky and probably one of the most hospitable B&B's we have ever stayed in.Breakfast was first class.We'll spread the good news but not too loudly!!Best kept a secret!Thanks.Very memorable"

Steve & Diane Risk....Scotland 21/7/11

"A hidden gem.Unique,quirky and probably one of the most hospitable B&B's we have ever stayed in.Breakfast was first class.We'll spread the good news but not too loudly!!Best kept a secret!Thanks.Very memorable"

Steve & Diane Risk....Scotland 21/7/11