Galgorm Collection has announced that Northern Ireland’s newest luxury hotel, The Rabbit Hotel & Retreat, will open this summer following delays due to the pandemic lockdown.

The £10m investment will create an additional 26 hospitality jobs, taking Galgorm’s total workforce to almost 100 team members.

The 33-bedroom boutique hotel and spa will open on 18th June and follows the purchase and transformation in 2018 of the former Templeton Hotel in Templepatrick, Co. Antrim.

Extensive refurbishment work has been undertaken to upgrade the hotel’s 33 guestrooms which come equipped with all the latest mod cons.

Additionally, a £2m outdoor spa area offers guests a lakeside tranquil space for relaxation, with attractions including Swedish saunas, aromatherapy steam room, halotherapy salt chamber and Roman inspired baths and hot tubs. Exclusive to The Rabbit is a lakeside beach complete with heated sand, a Lake Bar, sunken lounge and cabanas.

Galgorm Collection Managing Director, Colin Johnston, said: “After more than 18 months of extensive redevelopment and a challenging year for the hospitality industry we’re thrilled to throw open our doors and welcome guests to enjoy this unmatched new experience.

“Not only does this represent a significant investment in the local economy and cements our longstanding commitment to support and grow our tourism industry, but it comes with 26 new hospitality roles which we are currently recruiting for.”

Following an £2.5m refurbishment, The Rabbit Restaurant and Hunter’s Bar first opened to diners in July 2020, seating up to 180 guests and boasting a large outdoor terrace for al fresco dining. Internally, the restaurant is home to an extensive wine cellar.

In addition to the accommodation, spa and bar and restaurant offering, The Rabbit Hotel & Retreat has also opened the doors to its brand-new banqueting suite and wedding venue The Loft.

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