Culloden Estate and Spa

About Culloden Estate and Spa

Standing high on the slopes of the Holywood Hills, overlooking Belfast Lough and the County Antrim Coastline, is the magnificent Culloden Estate and Spa, the most prestigious luxury five star hotel in Northern Ireland.

The Culloden was built in 1876 by a Mr. William Auchinleck Robinson, JP and former MP. It took two and a half years to complete, and most of the stone came from Scotland by boat, arriving in the County Down fishing village of Portaferry and being brought to the site by horse and cart.

Mr Robinson carefully chose his site in Cultra within the townland of Craigavad, and only 6 miles from the centre of Belfast. He was conscious of the fact that its situation on the Eastern side of Belfast Lough had certain climatic advantages. The site benefited from the shelter of the Holywood Hills, and the cold North and North Easterly winds seemed to loose their strength as they crossed the expanse of the Lough before reaching Craigavad. Consequently the locality’s temperature was about 3 degrees higher than in Belfast!

Originally built as an official Palace for the Bishops of Down, the Culloden stands in 12 acres of beautiful secluded gardens and woodland. Palatial surroundings, fine antiques and the highest levels of personal service combine to give the Culloden a unique air of elegance.

Bright, spacious and individually decorated, each of the 105 bedrooms and suites in the Culloden Estate and Spa are comfortable and inviting. Our rooms are furnished with King Koil beds, and luxurious bed-linen to ensure a good night’s sleep. After a restful night guests can wake up to wonderful views over the hotel gardens and down towards Belfast Lough.

The Mitre Restaurant is one of the finest restaurants in Northern Ireland, run by top chef Paul McKnight. The décor is gothic grandeur, the food gourmet chic, while waiters ensure your glass never runs empty.

The Spa at the 5 star Culloden Estate and Spa, is Northern Ireland’s premier sanctuary for both body and mind. Here you will find an oasis of tranquillity where the ancient rituals of many cultures are fused with modern holistic remedies.

  • Classic (3/4*)
  • >50 rooms
  • Pool
  • Plunge pool
  • Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Spa
  • Family rooms available
  • Ideal for families
  • Ideal for couples
  • Ideal for walking
  • Ideal for fly drives



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