Preparing for our big day was not an easy feat. There was so much to organize and things to finish even days before our wedding. We were indeed, restless. But that didn’t stop us into having a quick vacation at Northern Ireland. In fact, it was the best time for a getaway to refresh our senses. After all, we want to look fresh and rejuvenated down the aisle. In other words, we needed a relaxing vacation. And that’s what we got from Culloden Estate and Spa in Northern Ireland.
Culloden Estate and Spa is located at the slopes of Holywood Hills which gives you an amazing view of Belfast Lough and County Antrim coastline. It was originally built for the Bishops of Down, but is now luring more tourists around the globe. That doesn’t come as a surprise because just by looking at the hotel’s facade, you can easily say that it’s luxurious. With guest bedrooms carefully designed, we already knew that Culloden Estate and Spa is worth the stay.
The prestigious hotel is just 5 miles away from the city, few minutes – drive to the airports and fantastic beaches. Without a doubt, it is a perfect place if you want to escape the busy city life but without going deep down into the woods.
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We stayed at the Dunlop Suite and I made a live video of it on Facebook. From there, you can see how massive the room is. We have a nice TV set and a king – sized bed. You see, I love big beds because it is so comfortable. The one from our suite didn’t fail me!
Now, I shall tell you more about the different rooms in Culloden Estate and Spa.
A perfect choice for business or leisure travelers. They have single and double occupancy rooms, depending on your needs. The entire room is sleek and you will definitely get the relaxation that you want. Most of the rooms will provide you a stunning view of the gardens or the Belfast Lough.
The rooms have high ceilings which make it appear even bigger. Their junior suites are more contemporary in design but still has that elegant feel. It can accommodate 2 adults which is perfect for couples or honeymooners.
If you want space, then the state suite can give you exactly what you wish for. The 550sq ft. rooms are carefully designed to meet any traveler’s expectation. It even has its own relaxation area just in case you want to rest for a bit. You can even have a simple dinner for 6 inside your own room.
If you think that the State Suite is still small for you, then opt for Palace Suites and enjoy the 935sq ft. space which even includes a separate lounge area. You can have a private dining for 8 people and enjoy the best views the property has to offer.
For the room inclusions, you can enjoy the following:
- Access to the Spa & Health Club facilities
- Plasma TV
- Bath with power shower
- Direct dial telephone
- Complimentary wifi access
- Bathrobes and slippers
- IPOD docking station
- In-room safety deposit box
- Welcome tray with Tea/Coffee making facilities
- Complimentary bottled water
- Ironing board and iron
- Luxury ESPA bathroom amenities
- 24 hour room service
- Turndown service
- Hastings duck
- Grooming kit and dental kit available on request
You will never get hungry when in Culloden Estate and Spa as they have a number of choices.
Cultra Inn is considered as one of the best bars and restaurants of County Down. You get to enjoy locally sourced products that will give you a true Irish dining experience. They even have dishes which are vegetarian and Gluten free. In fact, they have a menu tailored for kids. That means, everyone can enjoy eating at the Cultra Inn.
Do you want to dine in style? If you answered yes, then head to The Mitre. This is a fine restaurant run by the famous chef, Paul McKnight. You can be sure that your glasses will always be full as the waiters are there to fill it up. You might as well have the reservation in advance because a lot of people are always craving for The Mitre’s offerings. They have a wide selection from their menu and it would be impossible not to choose something that your taste palate desires for that day.
This lounge is relatively new but definitely something you shouldn’t miss. During the day, you can enjoy your coffee as you plan your trip around Northern Ireland. By night, you can sip some cocktails and meet new friends. This is also the venue for an Afternoon Tea. When you are in Northern Ireland, you must try this ceremony and just enjoy the cup of tea partnered with lovely pastries and other delicacies.
Private Dining Experience
If you want to have a small group get together or a reunion of some sort, this can be arranged at Culloden Estate. They can tailor fit the venue and the menu based on your preference.
Gardens can be so relaxing. The mere sight of the greens and amazing landscape can help you lessen your stress levels. At Culloden Estate and Spa, you get to have that amazing amenity. Almost all the rooms will give you a fantastic view of the gardens. In fact, you can have your regular fix of coffee at the terrace while savouring the view.
There are a lot of benefits when you go to a sauna. It can fade tension, it can relax your muscles and you will definitely feel more pumped up after your session. At Culloden Estate and Spa, they have a facility for your sauna needs which will make your stay even more rejuvenating.
The Fitness Center is spacious, ideal if you want to flex some muscles. It also has a bright environment that will waken up your senses. If you want to have a personal trainer, that can be arranged as well.
Spa and Wellness Center
If you want a massage, you don’t have to look further because The Spa at Culloden Estate has that for you. They have the experts and I bet you would automatically doze off after few minutes.
Indoor Pool / Jacuzzi
Care for a quick dip? There is an indoor pool and a Jacuzzi if you want to swim or just submerge yourself under water.
What’s good about Culloden Estate and Spa is that they have vast area for your parking needs. You don’t even have to reserve or to pay for it.
Meeting Facilities/ Business Center
Some people are used to mixing their business and leisure time. That’s actually possible at Culloden Estate and Spa because they have meeting facilities and business centers. You don’t have to drive down to the city for that.
If you are to check in at Culloden Estate and Spa, get ready to forget all your problems. I am telling you, this place is just amazing. It will help you get back on your feet by giving you the best room, best view and best spa treatments any traveler would like to have. As for the rooms, get the ones that will give you that magnificent view of the gardens, the Belfast Lough and the County Antrim coastline.
The staff of Culloden Estate and Spa were extremely nice. You would be greeted upon entering the hotel and it would be a breeze to check in. The guests will feel the warmth instantly and further information about the hotel will be explained to as you walk to your room.
Belfast City Center
It’s easy to go to the city center from Culloden Estate and Spa. In just few minutes of driving, you can reach Belfast.
If you think you need some sand between your toes, that shouldn’t be a problem as there is an endless beach which you can easily go to.
Do something a bit adventurous and go sailing with your friends.
If you want to be with nature, you can visit the nearby woodlands and be fascinated with tall trees and other greens.
Do you play golf? If yes, then you will enjoy staying at Culloden Estate and Spa as it is near different fine golf courses. Royal Belfast is one of those.
This is a great experience not just for you, but for the whole family as well. Do something far from your life in the hustle and bustle of the city.
Ulster Folk and Transport Museum
If you want to see the Irish life centuries ago, then you must visit this museum. This will enable you to appreciate the culture even more.
Looking for great souvenirs? The Holywood Town is just 5 minutes away from the hotel. I’m pretty sure you can get the best trinkets for yourself or for your loved ones.
For those who are craving for more landscapes, then Mount Stewart is your best bet. This is just 20 – minutes away from the property.
Note: Jonathan and I were invited guests of Culloden Estate and Spa. However, all opinions are our own.
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