Conveniently located, with Belfast nearby, it is a short transfer to get there from the city but you feel worlds away. Originally built as an official palace for the Bishop of Down, the appropriately palatial surroundings, fine antiques and the high levels of personal service are set in a beautiful 12 acre estate.
Upon arrival you’re immediately met with the grand exterior of this beautiful building with its sweeping views across the bay. Offering a sense of prestige and elegance, it’s hard not to be awe-inspired.
You might not be surprised to hear that this majestic gothic mansion is steeped in history. Built in 1876, the Culloden Estate took two years to complete, not least because many of the magnificent stones were brought over from Scotland. Each of the 105 guest bedrooms is exquisitely decorated and tastefully furnished, and the hotel proudly boasts its title as the most prestigious five star hotel in Northern Ireland. The luxury shines through and, as you’d expect, the service is the finest you can imagine.
The plush spa and health club are a sanctuary for both body and mind – as of course the best spas are. Using the renowned ESPA range of natural therapies and products, no detail is too small. Providing an oasis of tranquillity where the ancient rituals of a variety of cultures are fused with modern holistic remedies (as they say), it is the perfect antidote to the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
Despite its seemingly remote location, this five-star hotel is surprisingly easy to get to. With Belfast just 10 minutes away and the George Best Belfast City Airport a paltry five minutes away, your transfer couldn’t be easier. It’s convenience at its best. For the discerning golfer the Royal Belfast Golf Course is just a stone’s throw away, and nearby there is a wealth of attractions, including Titanic Belfast, where you can explore where the fated ship was created in this historic city.
The award-winning Mitre Restaurant is one of the finest restaurants in Northern Ireland. With breathtaking views over Belfast Lough, it serves modern Irish cuisine using the freshest local produce. The experience is set amongst gothic grandeur befitting the building, with gourmet fare at the ready. The waiters are always on hand to ensure your glass never runs dry, and there is a bar, conservatory and lounge for drinks, teas, and gossiping the night away. The Cultra Inn meanwhile, complete with log fires, is a cosy bar and restaurant nestled into the grounds of the estate. It’s perfect for a tasty lunch or pint on a cosy winter’s afternoon.
For anyone looking to to experience the grandeur of an old Irish estate, Culloden Estate and Spa is ideal. While the building, grounds and surrounding area are steeped in history, the hotel has been brought right up to date in tasteful style, to settle nicely into its surroundings. It’s the perfect setting for a wedding or a romantic break for two.
● Check out The Cultra Inn for its cosy feel with a log fire to help warm up after a brisk winter’s walk.
● Explore the surrounding area, specifically Titanic Belfast just 10 minutes from the hotel. It’s your chance to explore the ship from construction to collision and really understand the history.
● Many of the Games of Throne scenes where shot not far from the estate grounds and a private tour can be arranged. For any fans, it’s a must!
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