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Ballygally Castle
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Ballygally
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northern ireland
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“lovely little gem......”
Reviewed 8 April 2012

stayed for the weekend ... room was ready early when we unlocked the door it was omg look at the size of the bed so cool... then looked out the window room with a sea view loved it...the castle is spooky and very cold but lovely to see the ghost room and climb the castle steps..the river restaurant meal was fab havent had such a good meal in a long time with great table service...best hotel i have ever stayed in....

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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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N Ireland
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Reviewed 7 April 2012

I went to Ballygally Castle hotel on a hen night. We had a private room for about 20 of us and the food was excellent ,,,,clean plates.! The staff were friendly and helpful and I had a great night.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with friends
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 April 2012

Look no further than the Ballygally Castle Hotel on the Antrim Coast, just 5 minutes from
Larne centre. Not only is it the oldest inhabited castle in Northern Ireland, it also boasts
a fantastic menu in the River Restaurant, pub-style food in the bar/lounge, glorious
afternoon teas, an amazing Sunday lunch served carvery style … and all in this fabulous
setting of a castle overlooking the waves of the Antrim coast.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with family
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Derry, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 29 March 2012

Stayed here for our wedding anniversary last November. Arrived on a cold evening around 7PM and got a warm welcome at reception.

I'd booked an executive room and it was very nice: spacious, well furnished and with a huge bed. Bathroom was clean. Walls were a bit thin though, and we could hear our neighbours quite clearly.

There was a wedding on in the function room, but there were still plenty of staff about. Lovely fire in the bar so we sat and had a nice drink before dinner.

We had booked dinner as part of the overall stay, so we had a smaller menu to choose from. Still very nice. A decent Ribeye steak, although I wasn't too keen on the pate starter. Dining room is very dramatic with suits of armour etc and a piano player. Service was great - very friendly.

Breakfast was excellent. We came down at the same time as a lot of the wedding guests, but it was still relaxed and there was plenty of food.

This hotel has the feeling of an independent, even though it is part of a group. It has its own character and not everything is spanking new and shiny, but you feel like you are staying somewhere different.

The only slight downside was the fact that I could hear our neighbours, but that was just a minor point. Overall, it was a great stay.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 19 March 2012

The welcome was warm when we arrived. Nothing was too much trouble whilst we were there - indeed the chef was happy to make me a meal if I wanted something off menu.

The room was clean & spacious too unlike the Slieve Donnard which had stuffed us into possibly their oldest room!

There was plenty of material around promoting northern ireland & the local food. Even though I now live here, I felt proud of the heritage & the way it was presented to the visitors. A real credit to Northern Ireland tourism & we'll definitely be back!

  • Stayed March 2012
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Reviewed 18 March 2012

The hotel along with the staff was second to none. everyone including Paul, Stephen and Norma could not be more helpful or friendly. The rooms were very tasteful and clean and the food in the restaraunt was exceptional. Well worth a visit !!!

  • Stayed March 2012
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Reviewed 15 March 2012

We stayed at the Ballygally Castle as a short break from a business trip to Northern Ireland. It was a good choice in terms of location with many beautiful glens to explore in Antrim, however, the general atmosphere was that the hotel exists for the benefit of locals (weddings etc., perhaps the occasional relative from overseas, and not for tourists).

It was more or less impossible to get a reservation to eat dinner at the restaurant (although the fish and chips, once obtained, were excellent), and the sense of being unwelcomed was compounded when, turned away from the Ballygally restuarant we walked to the local pub and were told that we were 5 minutes too late to order food (no exceptions).

The staff at reception also contributed to creating the sense that we were "guests" only in the most commercial sense of the term. Overall, the impression was that no request was too much to ask.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Ballygally Castle

Property: Ballygally Castle
Address: 274 Coast Road, Ballygally BT40 2QZ, Northern Ireland
Region: United Kingdom > Northern Ireland > County Antrim > Ballygally
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Ballygally
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Ballygally Castle 4*
Number of rooms: 54
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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