9 Dunluce Rd
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Bushmills, Co. Antrim
Northern Ireland BT57 8QG
Tel. 028 2073 3000
Fax. 028 2073 2048
Email: Bushmills Inn
Web: Bushmills Inn
Golf Hotel of the Year 2003; Historic Hotels of Europe, Best Loved Hotels of the World; Irelandís Blue Book
Northern Ireland Tourist Board 4 star rating
I left the Bushmills Inn under protestóI didnít want to go, but there were no rooms available for a second night. The inn is warm, cozy, historic, friendly, comfortable, and all the other positive adjectives you can think of. Itís simply great in its ambience, its people, its rooms, and its food.
The oldest part of the inn was built in 1608 as a coaching inn, but the main part of the hotel dates from the 1820s. As with many old hotels it fell into decline and was a boarding house, private home, bicycle factory, and chicken house. In 1987 the present owner undertook its refurbishment and redevelopment.
Features that give this hotel its special character were retained in the remodeling: an oak beamed 17th century loft, a fireplace snug, Victorian gaslights (in the bar), and a turf fire located in the flag-stoned floored old kitchen. White-washed and pine walls add to the cozy feel. The round tower entrance off the courtyard dates from the 17th century and was a storage place for hay. Of course thereís a secret room; enjoy the hunt.
This is one place you wonít mind staying if Irelandís infamous wet weather is on tap. Just snuggle down in an easy chair in one of the hotelís comfy little nooks with a book, many of which are on offer.
The large bedrooms are spacious and individually designed with comfort in mind from the excellent mattresses to soft leather sofas and chairs in the sitting areas. Fully equipped with modern conveniences they still radiate old world charm. Bathrooms are ensuite and offer upmarket amenities. The Inn added a new wing along the riverís edge in 2006. These rooms are modern, have a sitting area and a small dressing room.
Dinner in the award winning ďTaste of UlsterĒ restaurant (in the original wine cellar and stables) is a real treat. Irish cuisine brought up to date offers the freshest of ingredients imaginatively prepared. Non-residents are welcome, but reservations are encouraged. Breakfast consists of a buffet plus ordering off the menu and includes all the usual plus a few extras.
Bushmills is a favourite haunt of golfers what with the championship Royal Portrush course, not to mention 8 others, nearby. But if you are not a golfer there is still plenty to interest you in the area. In the village itself is Bushmillís whiskey distillery, the worldís oldest. The causeway coast with its Giantís Causeway, Carrick-a-rede rope bridge, Whitepark Bay beach, and Downhill estate and Mussenden temple are all a stoneís throw away. And donít miss ruined Dunluce castle, teetering on a cliff edge.
This hotel is so popular it can be booked months ahead, especially during golfing season. Make your reservations early.