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Marlagh Lodge

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Country House

2 euro A selection of establishments outside the standard categories that should enhance the discerning travellers experience of Ireland 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 The "Best of the Best" - Only the very best establishments across various categories have been chosen for this accolade
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Marlagh Lodge
71, Moorfields Rd., Ballymena Co Antrim , BT42 3BU
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Robert and Rachel Thompson took on this neglected early Victorian house on the edge of Ballymena in 2003 and then painstakingly restored it to make an unusual and very comfortable haven for guests
  • Equestrian (nearby)
  • Fishing (coarse nearby)
  • Fishing (Fly Fishing nearby)
  • Garden Visits (nearby)
  • Golf nearby
  • Hunting/Shooting (nearby)
  • Breaks - Short
  • Breaks - Special Interest
  • No Smoking Establishment
  • Wedding Venue
  • Contemporary Irish
  • Atmospheric
  • Coeliac Friendly
  • Formal
  • Romantic
  • Vegetarian Friendly (always at least 1 starter & 1 main course)

Marlagh Lodge

Robert and Rachel Thompson took on this neglected early Victorian house on the edge of Ballymena in 2003 and then painstakingly restored it to make an unusual and very comfortable haven for guests and, although close to the main road, the result is truly impressive.


Originally built as the Dower House for the O'Hara family of nearby Crebilly House, the Lodge is a classic of its era, double fronted with spacious, high-ceilinged reception rooms on either side of the entrance hall, and bedrooms which have lent themselves remarkably well to the architectural gymnastics needed to provide en-suite bathrooms in an old house.


The three rooms - The Blue Room, The Chintz Room and The Print Room - are all large and comfortably furnished with interesting antiques, but otherwise very different.


Robert and Rachel not only provide an excellent breakfast but also offer dinner for residents - and non-residents are welcome too, by reservation. The repertoire is quite extensive, and a 6-course menu uses local and artisan produce in some unusual ways; special gourmet evenings are sometimes held, with wine paired with each course.


Marlagh Lodge is within easy reach of the main airports and ferry ports, and all the attractions of the north Antrim coast.

Banqueting (20). Rooms 3 (2 en-suite, 1 with private bathroom, all no smoking); B&B £45 pps, no ss. Children welcome (under 3s free in parents' room, cot available, free of charge). No pets. D Mon-Sat, 8pm (book by noon); non-residents welcome on Fri-Sat by reservations; Set D £32.50; wines from about £15. Golf, equestrian & fishing all nearby. "Closed occasionally," and D Sun; please ring ahead off-season. MasterCard, Visa, Switch. abbreviations
Last Updated: 11-06-2013
Author: Georgina Campbell

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On A36, 1km (0.6 m) from Larne Road roundabout and visible from the road.

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