Northern Ireland is sometimes an afterthought when people think about the UK, but this beautiful part of the country offers some great hotels that combine luxury with a traditional Irish welcome. In this blog, we’re going to look at some of the best hotels Northern Ireland has to offer.
Bishops Gate Hotel – Derry
Built in 1889, the Bishop’s Gate Hotel is a stunning Edwardian building set within the historic city walls of Derry’s Cathedral quarter and is a perfect place for discovering the culture of the city. The fully restored hotel is full of stylish appointments and luxurious facilities. The hotel’s thirty guestrooms and two suites are all individually designed with décor that is sympathetic to the hotel’s Edwardian heritage whilst including modern features like en-suite bathrooms, flat-screen TVs and Wi-Fi. The Wig Champagne bar has an original fireplace and offers drinks, cocktails and dining until 7 pm. The culinary centrepiece of the hotel is the Gown Restaurant with evening service starting at 5 pm. The menu is seasonally inspired and features dishes that change daily.
Culloden Estate and Spa – Hollywood
Situated in the Hollywood hills overlooking Belfast Lough and the Antrim Coast, the Culloden Estate was originally built as a place for the Bishops of Down. Standing in 12 acres of secluded gardens and sprawling woodlands it’s got a rural retreat feel but is only 10 minutes from the centre of Belfast. With 105 bedrooms and suites, the hotel’s accommodation is bright and spacious and is decorated using a mixture of traditional features and modern luxury. The Crozier Lounge offers coffees, light meals and a huge selection of cocktail, premium wines and spirits. The Gothic-styled Mitre Restaurant uses locally sourced ingredients and Culloden’s very own herb garden. It offers full a la carte menus as well as four and seven-course taster menus. In the grounds of the estate, the Cultra Inn offers a more informal dining experience by an open log fire. The estate’s spa offers treatments, relaxation rooms a heated swimming pool and a fitness club.
Newforge House – Co Armagh
This elegant Georgian Country House is set in its own gardens has been family owned by the Mathers family for six generations. Each of the hotel’s six rooms is named after the maiden names of the six generations of the family and feature original features and antique furniture as well as modern facilities like en-suite bathrooms. Dining at Newforge is taken care of by head chef and owner John Mathers, who uses fruit from the estate’s orchard for desserts, chutneys and preserves as well as eggs from the resident chickens. The focus is on local produce, including using local butcher meat from nearby Lurgan. Their Ulster Fry breakfast has to be eaten to be believed. The drinks list includes local craft beers and ciders alongside Shirtcross, the local gin from Downpatrick. The hotel makes their own gin and vodka infusions using their home-grown fruits including raspberries, blackberries, damsons and sloe to create unique fruity drinks.
Hopefully, this blog will have inspired you to make some choices on luxury accommodation in Northern Ireland. If you’re looking to book accommodation you could save a little on luxury by visiting Groupon.