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2014 Award Winners HOST OF THE YEAR 2014


Bob Isles, Whitepark House, Ballintoy, Co Antrim


Bob Isles

We should never be complacent about how others see us, but each time a visitor satisfaction survey is published the results are the same, with Ireland’s wonderful scenery (still impressive, despite our best efforts over the last decade) and the warmth and friendliness of the people coming up trumps every time. There was certainly some slippage in the boom years, when visitors were not always welcomed by people who knew the area they were visiting, and staff in the larger establishments were often too busy to give the individual attention that makes a stay memorable - and we are still encountering far too many examples of unwelcoming staff and offhand, uninterested service. But when it is right, Irish hospitality really is unique.

You have only to look at our Host of the Year beaming out of the Welcome page on his website to know that a visit to his pretty old house will be wonderful. There he is at the front door, in a striped apron with a tea towel over his arm - and, on a super aerial shot showing the nearby beach, he’s jotted a handwritten greeting. How could you not want to book in here - immediately!

If you do, you’ll find that it’s for real: your chatty and well-informed host welcomes you to the cosy sitting room and plies you with home-made pastries and bottomless cups of perfect tea before showing you to one of the gorgeous and thoughtfully designed bedrooms, all of which have lots of exotic touches and terrific bathrooms.

This man is an exceptional host, giving guests plenty of space to relax yet ensuring they never want for anything - and with apparently unlimited local knowledge of the area, attractions and restaurants to help you enjoy your stay. A treasure indeed


Whitepark House

Ballintoy, Co. Antrim
B&B
Whitepark House - B&B Ballintoy County Antrim Northern Ireland
100%
7 votes
2 euro Denotes genuine Irish food culture, ie special Irish food products/companies/producers, and highlights the best places to shop for regional and artisan foods; the selection excludes obvious 'non-Irish' elements regardless of quality, eg ethnic restaurants and specialists in coffee, wine and other drinks, unless relevant to local production or history. Eat & Stay establishments are chosen for their commitment to showcasing local produce and Irish hospitality. Highly Recommended as a Special Place to Stay Outstanding Location, building or atmosphere Previous Georgina Campbell Guides Award Winner The "Best of the Best" - Only the very best establishments across various categories have been chosen for this accolade
Tucked away in a sylvan setting, well back from the road and with stunning views of Whitepark Bay, Bob and Siobhan Isles's pretty old house as a path down to a beautiful beach just across the road.  Bob, a chatty and well-informed host, welcome ...


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