Visited with a degree of trepeditation following he refurbishment which we had followed with interest. Well can confirm they've done a lovely job and the old castle looks fresh and clean but the character has been retained and there's some lovely art including travel posters from the 50s and 60s and a lovely JW Carey watercolour in reception. Seating as other reviewers have mentioned is a bit haphazard and despite the great picture windows there are not a great deal of seating areas with sea views which is a shame. We came for lunch. Fish and chips. Service was friendly and food certainly came up to scratch. In hindsight would have appreciated some introduction to the refurbishment and some descriptions from the many staff present. They could maybe make more of this wonderful asset. However, worth a stop. Next time we hope to stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on the scenic Antrim coast only 26 miles from Belfast and close to Larne, the Ballygally Castle faces the sandy beaches of Ballygally Bay. The Castle dates back to 1625 and is the only 17th Century building still used as a residence in Northern Ireland today. This enchanting hotel is full of character and charm. The many original castle features and antique furnishings also give the hotel a unique welcoming atmosphere. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ballygally Castle Hotel Ballygally
- Castle Hotel Ballygally
- Ballygally Castle Northern Ireland