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Marlagh Lodge
Ranked #2 of 15 Ballymena B&B and Inns
Midlands, UK
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21 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Superb hospitality”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2014 via mobile

Booked a room as I was working in the area, wasn't really prepared for what was to follow being more used to traditional hotels.

On arrival I was greeted by Robert, a superb host, who showed me to my room which was generously sized, well equipped and comfortable.

Robert asked if I'd like tea or coffee and it was served in the drawing room, again a room which was charming and full of the sense that one really was in a country house in bygone days.

The coffee was served, it was a large caffetiere

Brimful of character and charm

Stayed February 2014, travelled on business
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    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
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Dublin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2014

I stayed here over the Christmas holidays and I had a wonderful stay! It's a beautiful period house and a roaring open fire, home made tea and biscuits welcomed me. The bedroom was gorgeous and I had one of the best night's sleeps for years. The breakfast was delicious with home made breads, jams and stewed plums.
The location is ideal for exploring the Giants Causeway etc. This part of the country is truly fastastic and the people of this region and warm and friendly

The welcome you receive here will make you want to return to Marlagh Lodge again and again.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2014

Rather than a Xmas lunch, we opted for afternoon tea at Marlagh Lodge and we definitely made the right choice. The tearoom is round the back of the house and on the way there we were greeted with a very large and vocal cockerel and his two lady hens. Even that was a treat! The tearoom is very much in keeping with the period of the house. We were seated at a lovely table for four with pristine tablecloth and set with fine china and delicate cutlery. Firstly we were served a plate of fresh fruit with a strawberry compote but the highlight for me was the small glass of ginger wine! This proved a hit with all four of us! This was followed by a plentiful supply of delicate freshly made sandwiches and tea and coffee. The sandwiches came with a nice mixture of Xmas goodies, mince pies, shortbread etc, again all home baked. We thought that was it but this was followed by a further cake stand of little meringues, apples creams, etc. We all agreed that this was a very worthwhile experience and one that we like to repeat in the not too distant future. My only criticism was the location of the toilet which we had to access from the back yard. However, I would certainly recommend afternoon tea at Marlagh Lodge.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2013 via mobile

Have been for afternoon tea and lunch.
The food is outstanding with great staff and atmosphere. Food is very different and you can tell it is made from scratch in the kitchen. The afternoon tea is brilliant and so well priced! So much nicer than Belfast Castle afternoon tea.
The owner and cook come out and say hello was is lovely.
The china used is mis matched and it adds such character and atmosphere.
The whole event is an experience!

Stayed December 2013
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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2013

Marlagh Lodge is a stunning and lovingly restored home. I stayed one night whilst travelling for work and wish I could have stayed longer. My room was cosy and comfortable with a wonderful en-suite shower room. Breakfast was delicious and warming; the poached plums were a delight. Robert was a great host, providing advice about local eateries and being mindful of the varying needs of guests.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2013

Well where do I even begin with Marlagh Lodge?! My husband has stayed here for business as he works all over Belfast and I decided to have a weekend in Belfast as I have never been. My first night he surprised me with a stay at Marlagh Lodge and OH WOW! We stayed in the Blue Room, 4 poster bed, free standing bath and the most beautiful decor. The owner Robert is very lovely and his attention to detail is remarkable! Coffee in the drawing and breakfast in the tea rooms (Bushmills Whiskey Porridge and pancakes with maple syrup!) are just some of the finishing touches. This listed building still has the original servants bells and is like being part of the Downtown Abbey cast. I extremely enjoyed my stay at Marlagh Lodge and it will most definitely NOT be mine or my husbands last stay. Totally unique and fabulous stay everyone needs to experience.

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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Burnham on Sea
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2013

Marlagh Lodge is one of the best places we have every stayed in. Very welcoming, extremely comfortable and the breakfast was the best ever! Plus entertainment from the four cats and the cockerel and hens. The location is excellent. Highly recommended.

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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Marlagh Lodge

Property: Marlagh Lodge
Address: 71 Moorfields Road, Ballymena BT42 3BU, Northern Ireland
Region: United Kingdom > Northern Ireland > County Antrim > Ballymena
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 15 B&Bs / Inns in Ballymena
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Marlagh Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This historic country home provides elegant accommodation in the heart of County Antrim. Whatever the reason for your visit, on holiday or on business, Marlagh Lodge combines the best of the old - elegant antiques, the finest bedlinen, lots of books and interesting objets - with all the requirements of the 21st Century guest - great bathrooms, direct dial telephones and wi-fi access throughout the house. Marlagh Lodge is located just three miles from the centre of Ballymena with its excellent transport links to the whole province and is only a short drive from both Belfast International Airport and Belfast City Airport and the ferry ports of Belfast and Larne. The stunning North Antrim coast is only a short drive away. ... more   less 
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