Let's get this out of the way...the house is more than 120 years old. The floors creak, the doors rattle, the windows are single glazed.......and I DON'T CARE! If you demand 21st century building standards there's a perfectly good Premier Inn in Coleraine.
We stayed in here on 6th and 7th September (Room 8) celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary and the experience was simply outstanding. It is difficult to say whether the staff or the food were the highlight but I'll plump for the staff who were friendly, efficient and keen to ensure we had a great stay. I'll single out the lovely Valerie who seemed ever present and indeed has clocked up more than 20 years here.
Our room was bright and comfortable and the bathroom huge and well appointed. We booked the gourmet package and it lived up to its name. Afternoon tea was relaxed, flavoursome and interesting....potato bread chips....who knew? The six course tasting menu on Saturday night was exemplary. I don't as a habit eat tomatoes but I came close to asking for seconds of the heritage tomatoes - simple food done really well. The star of the show for us both was the lightly smoked venison. If the venison achieved 5 stars the jus it was served with got six!
This is a dowager of country house hotels, handsome, dignified and more than a match for her peers regardless of the occasional creaking joint or draft of escaping wind.