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ANBC Mayor pays tribute to staff at award-winning Rabbit Hotel & Retreat

Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey Alderman Stephen Ross, Lynsey Gordon, General Manager of the Rabbit Hotel & Retreat and Colin Johnston, MD of Galgorm Collection pictured with staff in the hotel’s Relaxation Burrow spa area.

Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey Alderman Stephen Ross has visited the Rabbit Hotel & Retreat to congratulate staff, after the venue was named ‘Northern Ireland Hotel of the Year’ at the prestigious AA Hospitality Awards 2022.


The Templepatrick venue was the only one in NI to be recognised at the glittering ceremony at Grosvenor House in London, hosted by TV presenter Gabby Logan, which celebrates the UK’s top hotels, restaurants and bars across 26 categories.


Having opened its doors in the summer of 2020, the 33-bedroom boutique hotel and spa has been dramatically transformed to include a £2 million Relaxation Burrow spa area, boasting unique attractions including a Swedish sauna, an aromatherapy steam room, halotherapy salt chamber, Roman inspired bath and even a heated lakeside beach, complete with a Lake Bar.


The Relaxation Burrow, coupled with the hotel’s unique banqueting suite and stunning wedding venue - The Loft - has seen the Rabbit quickly gain a reputation as a laid-back and luxurious location.


Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey Alderman Stephen Ross pictured in The Loft at the Rabbit Hotel & Retreat with General Manager Lynsey Gordon and Colin Johnston, MD of Galgorm Collection.

Alderman Ross said:

“I am thrilled that the Rabbit Hotel & Retreat has been recognised for offering a top-class hospitality experience in the Borough, beating off stiff competition from other venues across Northern Ireland. I know how much hard work has gone in to the extensive redevelopment of this location and it has certainly paid off.


“With its stunning and unique lakeside location, its close proximity to Belfast and also to Belfast international Airport, the hotel is ideally placed to offer an outstanding experience to guests. Well done to all the team at the Rabbit Hotel on their success.”


The Council continues to work closely with the hotel as one of the Borough’s leading hospitality venues.


Lynsey Gordon, General Manager at The Rabbit Hotel & Retreat said she was “proud and honoured” by the recognition at the AA Hospitality Awards 2022.


She added: “This is a fantastic endorsement of all the hard work that has gone into the extensive redevelopment at The Rabbit Hotel & Retreat. 


“This award reinforces our unwavering commitment to delivering an outstanding experience and recognises our team's talents, dedication and efforts. We are incredibly grateful to all our guests for their support and we look forward to creating many more memory-making moments at The Rabbit Hotel & Retreat.” 

The Rabbit Hotel & Retreat is part of Galgorm Collection and the sister hotel to the globally renowned and award-winning Galgorm.

Located in Templepatrick in Co Antrim, the former Templeton Hotel was acquired by Galgorm Collection in 2018 in a £10 million investment and now offers stylish accommodation, a luxury outdoor spa and lakeside walk, an onsite bar and restaurant and an exclusive-use events space for weddings and conferences.

The Rabbit Hotel & Retreat has been included in numerous prestigious listings including the Irish Independent’s #Indo50 Top 50 Hotels to visit on the island of Ireland.


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