Culloden Estate & Spa
Holyrood, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland
At a Glance
Fabulous position near Belfast but far enough away to enjoy peace and quiet
Gorgeous views over Belfast Lough
One of Northern Ireland's finest restaurants
Superb spa facilities
Great base for exploring the Antrim Coast
Best time to Visit
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It is very difficult to predict the weather in Ireland - in the summer from May to late September is generally seen as the most pleasant time to visit. Rainfall is difficult to predict - but Ireland does not receive as much as many are led to believe! In the winters, temperatures do fall, but there is nothing better than finding a remote pub with a roaring fire to sit beside after a long walk in the country.
To start planning your holiday to Culloden Estate & Spa
Culloden Estate & Spa is a luxurious five-star hotel situated above Belfast Lough in the Holywood Hills just outside the city. A peaceful base for exploring historic Belfast, Culloden Estate offers a fantastic spa, polished service and fabulous views.
Situated just outside the city of Belfast on the wooded shores of Belfast Lough, Culloden Estate & Spa is a five-star hotel that makes a luxurious and spectacular start or end to your vacation after flying into or out of Northern Ireland’s capital. Originally an episcopal residence for the Bishop of Down, Culloden Estate stands among twelve acres of secluded parkland and offers palatial surroundings, great facilities and slick but friendly service. Sheltered by the Holywood Hills, the micro-climate here often makes it feel noticeably warmer than in the city.
Each of Culloden Estate’s 105 guestrooms is a sanctuary of soothing classical elegance with goose feather duvets, Egyptian cotton sheets, comfortable sofas, glittering chandeliers, antiques, and fine wall paper. In-room amenities are excellent, and many rooms have separate sitting areas and magnificent views over the estate or Antrim coastline.
The award winning Mitre Restaurant is one of Northern Ireland’s finest. Contemporary Irish cuisine with a view is served, and you can also enjoy lighter fare in the bar, conservatory or lounge. After dinner, retire to the hotel’s inviting Cultra Inn and enjoy a pint of Guinness or a malt whiskey by the roaring log fire. The service is absolutely top-notch - friendly, discreet and attentive.
The spa and health club, complete with a swimming pool, Jacuzzi, marble steam room and fitness suite is also one of the country’s finest, and offers a wide choice of reviving and relaxing spa treatments, using the renowned ESPA range of natural therapies and products.
Located just ten minutes from central Belfast, Culloden Estate & Spa is ideally suited for exploring this now vibrant and optimistically forward-looking city filled with exciting restaurants, bars, clubs and cultural venues. Titanic Belfast is a must-visit museum, which not only tells the extraordinary story of the ‘ship that was unsinkable’ but also provides context with a superb interactive presentation of life in the historic ship-building yards and of Belfast in general, while a grim and sobering insight into political history can be gained with a visit to Crumlin Gaol, intrinsically linked to the development of modern Northern Ireland.
The 105 bedrooms and suites at Culloden Estate and Spa are inviting and cosy, each with a comfortable king size bed or twin beds and high quality linens to ensure a good night's sleep. All rooms are kitted out with plasma TVs, along with hairdryers, iron and ironing board, iPod docking station, robes and slippers, and all provide access to the internet.
Rooms range from Superior to Executive, the latter of which also have a spacious living area. For even more space and privacy then guests have a choice of Junior Suites, State Suites or the Palace Suite, all of which include access to the Health spa and a nightly turndown service. State suites all enjoy views of the hotel gardens and Belfast Lough can also be seen from many. The Palace Suite includes a complimentary drinks bar and has its own lounge and separate dining area, as well as a beautiful marble bathroom.
Whether enjoying afternoon tea, a hearty breakfast or fine dining in the evening, expect plenty of 'mmm' inducing flavours and a very pleasing to the eye menu comprising solely local produce. The Mitre Restaurant is run by Head chef Paul McKnight and lives up to its impressive reputation. Whatever your tastes they will be catered for; delicious vegetarian and inventive children's menus are available too.
Relax in the Crozier lounge, Culloden's most recent addition and a charming place in which to sit by the fire with a rich coffee, fruity cocktail or a fine wine from the extensive list.
The spa at Culloden is a true sanctuary, offering a host of treatments and remedies using luxurious ESPA products. Enjoy an energising juice from Zest juice bar, put your feet up in one of two relaxation rooms, take a soak in the crystal waters of the pool or indulge in a massage in one of eight treatment rooms. Exercise classes are offered to guests at the health club, and the fully equipped fitness suite is available for use.
Fans of the screen will find plenty of attractions during a stay at Culloden, with Belfast's famous Titanic building and a number of filming locations from the Game of Thrones TV show within easy reach. Walking tours, Segway tours and even a bungee jump from the building itself can be enjoyed.
For history enthusiasts there are several fascinating museums in the city centre, and sports and music fans will rejoice at the opportunity to enjoy a host of events at the Odyssey Arena, also home to a bowling alley and cinema.
Belfast & the Titanic
Completely transformed in recent years, Belfast is now an exciting city with beautifully restored Victorian architecture, a superb culinary scene and music-filled pubs. At the heart of it all, the Titanic Experience is a must-see exhibit.
The megaliths of Carrowmore near Sligo town are one of the greatest megalithic complexes of ancient Ireland. In this region you can visit the one of the great heartlands of megalithic culture in Western Europe.
The Magnificent Antrim Coast
Northern Ireland’s Antrim Coast is justifiably famous for the Giant’s Causeway, a wonderful coastline and some of the most beautiful and most varied scenery in Northern Ireland.
Location & directions
Holyrood, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland
Culloden Estate & Spa stands on the Holywood hills, overlooking Belfast Lough and the County Antrim coastline, just six miles from Belfast City Centre.
How to get there
Fly to Belfast International Airport, from where Culloden Estate & Spa is approximately 30 minutes by road.
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