The Galgorm Collection is preparing to open its latest venture, The Old Inn, Crawfordsburn from Friday 3rd September.

The Galgorm Collection purchased the luxury hotel earlier this year. The reopening follows a £1m investment to upgrade the premises.

Occupying a 1.5-acre site in the heart of Crawfordsburn village, the property is located adjacent to Crawfordsburn Country Park. It has a history dating back to 1614 and links to local author C.S. Lewis.

Guests and visitors can enjoy the new-look 1614 Bar whilst the refurbished 120-seater Old Inn restaurant offers diners a brand new menu that marries classics with modern dining, featuring French-inspired dishes, seafood and salads. The restaurant also incorporates a large outdoor patio providing a front row view of Crawfordsburn Country Park.

Plans are currently under way to upgrade each of the hotel’s 32 individually-styled bedrooms, with junior suites incorporating bespoke finishing touches including a free-standing copper bath whilst the larger suite boasts its own private balcony complete with hot tub. The exclusive Cottage accommodation situated in the grounds of The Old Inn will also come complete with its own secluded outdoor hot tub.

The development of a brand-new Tree Top Spa, featuring a variety of attractions including a vitality pool, two hot tubs, steam room and sauna and forest view relax space are also progressing. Additionally, plans to reimagine the hotel’s two wedding spaces are due to be revealed in the coming months, with refurbishment expected to be complete by early 2023.

The announcement comes as the hotel revealed its new brand assets which includes a fresh new logo and website – theoldinn.com – which is now open for bookings.

Colin Johnston, Galgorm Collection Managing Director, said: “The Old Inn is one of Northern Ireland’s most historic hotels and our refurbishment works have been carefully considered to retain the property’s charm whilst updating the offering and experience for a new generation. We’ve significantly invested in remodelling the bar and restaurant area, upgrading room specifications and constructing a brand new outdoor spa area which will open in the new year.”

The acquisition of The Old Inn adds to the group’s suite of hospitality assets, which includes the Galgorm Spa & Golf Resort, the 3AA Rosette River Room Restaurant, Gillies Bar & Grill Restaurant and Fratelli’s. The group also operates Castle Kitchen & Bar at Galgorm Castle Golf Club in Ballymena.

In June, the group opened its accommodation offering at The Rabbit Hotel & Retreat, located in Templepatrick at the site of the former Templeton Hotel, as part of a £10m investment.

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