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Culloden Estate & Spa in Belfast, Ireland

Although it's just 6 miles east of Belfast's vibrant city center, Culloden Estate & Spa feels like a secluded country retreat. This Irish landmark was originally built as an official palace for the Bishop of Down, and is tucked into 12 acres of gardens and woodland. With their cozy country house furnishings, many guestrooms and suites gaze over the grounds toward Belfast Lough. Savor fresh Irish produce at Mitre Restaurant, and enjoy a convivial drink with fellow guests in the garden setting of the Cultra Inn. To soothe away the cares of modern life, Elysium Spa offers an indulgent selection of specialized treatments.

Right in your neighborhood, you'll discover a wealth of enticing activities, beginning with the Royal Belfast Golf Club. Offering privileged tee times to guests, this 18-hole parkland course, founded in 1881, is Ireland's oldest golf club. Also, right on your doorstep is the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum, a re-creation of a northern Irish village from a century ago, complete with transplanted historic houses, schools, churches and mills. Enriching your holiday even further are the boutiques and antique shops of Holywood, the seaside pleasures of Bangor and the bars, theaters and lively music scene of Belfast.

Location of Culloden Estate & Spa

Culloden Estate & Spa
Bangor Road Holywood
Belfast, Ireland

Nearest Airport: BHD

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TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 1 day ago

Words can hardly express the horrific experience of Sunday lunch earlier today at the Culloden Mitre restaurant. Firstly, after two telephone calls both to book and then confirm an 80th celebration Birthday Sunday lunch, they were under the impression that we were having afternoon tea, and had set a table accordingly. The table set up for us in the dining room seemed very makeshift- a rectangular table with a round table stuck on the end-that alone was so disappointing. The bar area was bright,cold and lacking atmosphere. Overall, the starters were bland and far from a five star dining experience. The main courses were laughable- the salmon was just edible, whilst the vegetables had been over-cooked, and hence were returned. A pizza ordered for a child in the party had to be returned as it was burnt. The replacement was entirely bland and apparently tasted like cardboard. Five Star??? Though included, I didn’t want dessert owing to the poor quality of the previous two courses. Yet another criticism was the lack of choice of desserts for children- all they were offering was ice cream & jelly! Hardly 5 star! Service? Incredibly slow and obsequious. And please stop calling us “folks”- try and be even slightly international! We weren’t at any stage offered a wine list. The birthday macaroon & cupcake was given to the wrong person, which caused offence, as she wasn’t 80! I would compare the Culloden to a three star hotel, I’m sure any three star hotel deserves much better. The restaurant manager firstly approached me and asked if I would like to go & talk to him about the bad experience during the middle of the lunch, to which I replied would be inappropriate! At the end of the lunch, it was arranged the the cost of the drinks, as well as 50% of the cost of the food would be deducted, with the option of paying nothing if we decided. I’m in shock at how bad this experience was, the service, decor of the dining room- so old fashioned and boring, as well as the atrocious quality of the food. I have brought several people to the Culloden over twenty years- none of whom have been impressed at all. Today was the worst experience of all. Pathetic.

Lynsey H

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 1 day ago

Just returned today from an amazing stay at this fabulous hotel. From the moment we arrived the friendliness and helpfulness of the staff was second to none. Claire on reception was so welcoming and friendly at check-in. Aaron the Concierge was straight over to assist us with our small overnight bag and give us a guided tour of the beauty and luxury that awaited us. Our room was amazing with beautiful decor, a large bathroom and overlooked the magnificent garden. As one of the Hastings Group their cloud beds are the most comfortable ever and ensured we had a good night's sleep. After spending some time in the spa, which was a lovely relaxing experience in beautiful surroundings, we had drinks in the Crozier bar before dinner. Sam was very attentive and provided excellent service and "a bit of banter" and was great with the other guests, giving it a lovely personal touch. Our dinner in the Mitre Restaurant was excellent, again the friendliness of the staff cannot go unmentioned, Zuzanna is lovely and made sure we had everything we needed. We could not complete our visit without of course calling in to the Cultra Inn where we were greeted with more smiles and chat by the lovely Helen. Wanting to make the most of the spa experience I went down again early this morning so we opted for breakfast to our room. The more than ample breakfast arrived exactly as requested and was again a very enjoyable meal. A completely enjoyable and relaxing experience from beginning to end, we will be back when the weather is a little warmer and we can explore the gardens and enjoy a meal or drink on the patio.

Tracey P

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 3 days ago

The culloden estate is just pure luxury...5 star all the way , the hotel, rooms and views are just stunning and also very remarkable is the staff, they all stood out because of their professionalism, friendliness and nothing was too much trouble. The kids had a great time in the swimming pool and they enjoyed watching netflix on the big tv in the bedroom. The changing rooms in the pool are lovely, very spacious and with wall mounted espa products...lovely. Food in all areas of the hotel is beautiful and there is a lovely, cosy relaxed atmosphere. I was there with my mum and 2 children for mothers day treat and the whole experience was lovely. One of the nicest hotels ive ever stayed in. Honestly cant wait to go back.

Claire M

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 5 days ago

Enjoyed a fabulous night away on mothers day. Stayed in the cavehill suite which overlooks belfast lough. The room and view was amazing. The grounds of the culloden were spectacular and we enjoyed a meal in the cultra inn. The staff in the culloden were what sold the experience for us, they were so friendly and helpful. Will definately be back

Cheryl M

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 1 week ago

I visited the Culloden on Friday 9th March with my sister. We had the most wonderful experience. I couldn’t have wished for more. The service seemed to be overseen by Sadie who was spectacular. She had the perfect balance of sincerity and professionalism. She was so friendly and charming and it was a total pleasure to be guided and welcomed by her. My sister is anticipating a difficult and dangerous medical treatment in the near future and our experience in the Culloden helped us to forget her challenges for a few hours. It was impossible not to be relaxed and happy. We were treated like Royalty. Nothing was too much trouble for Sadie. In fact, I visited with a work colleague who was retiring a month ago and had a similar experience under the supervision of Sadie. I think someone mentioned that Sadie hailed from Estonia. I suspect she has been trained in a Middle Eastern, seven star hotel! An experience beyond our dreams. Beth and Olivia were charming too, in fact everyone we encountered was so friendly.

590pepe - Belfast, United Kingdom

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