Ballygally Castle

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Coast Rd, Larne BT40 2QZ Coast Rd, Larne BT40 2QZ Directions
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Sitting tall atop the Causeway Coastal Route, the grand Ballygally Castle overlooks the Bay’s golden stretch of sand. The Castle boasts almost 400 years of varied history, having been originally built in the 17th century. Serving as a place of refuge for Protestants during the Civil Wars, the building has passed through different families before being turned into a hotel during the 1950s. The Ballygally Castle sits between Belfast and The Giants Causeway, providing guests with a number of options for day trips. Closer to the hotel, guests may opt to take a leisurely beach stroll, or take a wander around Carnfunnock Country Park, with its mixed woodland, wooden sculptures and outdoor adventure playground. There are also a number of golf courses nearby for enthusiasts to practise their puts and swings, the nearest being Cairndhu Golf Club. With over 50 rooms placing comfort at the forefront of their design, visitors are spoilt for choice. Superior rooms, deluxe rooms and suites scattered around the castle, as well as the more modern building beside it. Located in one of the castle’s turrets, the ‘ghost room’ is said to be haunted by the ghost of Lady Isabella Shaw, the former lady of the castle. Brave guests will be taken on a tour of the room. Historic features abound at The Garden Restaurant, set within the castle walls. Traditional roasts and afternoon tea take place throughout the week, while private dining is available in the medieval dungeon. More casual dining takes place in the Lounge, where bar snacks can be enjoyed alongside open fires and panoramic views out to sea.

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Waitress at breakfast excellent
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Setting, staff & breakfast
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Beautiful location, very nice decor, clean rooms, etc.
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Setting and fabulous breakfast
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Disappointed as the "cream tea" included in the Groupon could not have been served to us when we arrived at 7.30pm. We were told we had to make a reservation for the next day which we duly did getting the feeling that it was something special... Turns out it was tea and a standard scone with cream! Felt so let down as no table was reserved ... We saw a reserved table with a table cloth but guy wasn't sure why we'd been asked to make a booking. Told we could just sit at any of the empty tables :( We were led to believe during the whole process that this part was something different. Guy brought us standard tea pot, standard cups and saucers... Whilst the people beside us were treated like royalty we had a second rate experience. I understand that they had paid for "high tea" but why could we not have been served this the night before as we had asked? I'm sure it was because the hotel wanted us to pay for dinner as this can be the only reasoning? Due to this 2nd visit being such a let down we will not be back :(
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Loved everything. Accommodation, food, location all great.
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I loved everything about Ballygally Castle, the rooms were big and stylish, the location stunning with a sea view, the food was gorgeous for both dinner and breakfast and the garden and grounds were just beautiful!!
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Would recommend hotel anytime. Excellent hotrl with pleasant helpful staff. Good breakfast and lovely rooms.
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Lovely hotel helpful staff
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