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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Ballygally Castle Hotel Ballygally
- Castle Hotel Ballygally
- Ballygally Castle Northern Ireland