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Tourism NI’s Newly Graded Properties

Posted by Tourism NI

Published December 17, 2020


While 2020 has been an extraordinarily difficult year for tourism businesses, the launch of official figures for 2019 showed that tourism was a £1bn industry, and give us hope that the industry can rebuild.

Showing a bright spot on the horizon, three local businesses in Donaghmore, Portrush and Benone recently registered for Tourism NI’s Quality Grading Scheme, each achieving a four star award. They are The Lower House Rooms in Donaghmore, The Harbour in Portrush and Benone Getaways Glamping Village in Benone.

The Lower House Rooms, Donaghmore

Ciaran & Vicki McCausland moved home from London to run The Lower House Bar in Ciaran’s hometown of Donaghmore. As a rural pub, their priority was to retain the pub’s role in the village but they could also see the demand for something more. So as part of the renovation they added seven 4* bedrooms, each with a dedicated lounge and kitchen area.

For more information, visit: The Lower House Rooms website.

The Harbour, Portrush

The Harbour is the latest venture from Nicola Neill at Blackrock House B&B. This time, she has turned her sights to self-catering, refurbishing a beautiful apartment in a Georgian Grade II listed building, with views over Portrush Harbour.

For more information, visit: Discover NI website.

Benone Getaways Glamping Village

Louise Conn and her family have provided tourism accommodation in the heart of Benone for a number of years. Her new offering is Benone Getaways Glamping Village, two minutes from Benone’s Blue Flag Beach. The glamping pods have been finished to a high standard and now sit comfortably in Northern Ireland’s growing portfolio of unique accommodation.

For more information, visit: Golden Sands Getaways website.

Samantha Corr, Interim Quality & Standards Manager at Tourism Northern Ireland commented: “We are delighted to welcome three new properties to the Quality Grading Scheme at Tourism NI. Each of the business owners already work in the tourism and hospitality industry and have set their sights on expansion, so it is encouraging to see that they remain confident about the future of the industry. Each has taken the time to invest in their business, which will help us provide a rich experience for visitors from home and abroad. Congratulations to each of them for their hard work and commitment to achieving these high standards.”


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