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Galgorm outdoor luxury accommodation expansion plans continue at pace

The expansion is continuing at pace for Galgorm Resort, Ballymena, with a planning application submitted in recent weeks for an additional eight self-catering Shepherd’s Huts.

The plans form part of a £10 million investment announced by Galgorm Collection in October last year, and marks the first phase of a £30 million project to further expand and enhance Resort and spa facilities by 2027.

Northern Ireland’s premier luxury hotel and spa is keen to retain the resort’s position as a world-class international tourism destination, having already invested £60 million since 2010.

Galgorm revealed nine Shepherd’s Huts in 2021, offering guests a wider range of accommodation options, and the latest plans will bring a total of 17 units providing a unique stay within the great outdoors.

Nestled deep within the newly created ‘Secret Meadow’, the one-bed huts are equipped with all mod cons including a feature stove and a mini kitchen with hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, kettle, toaster, and coffee machine for a cosy woodland retreat. Each hut comes with its own outdoor bath and fire pit on the terrace, perfect to experience the healing and restorative benefits of the surrounding forest.

The resort has also been expanding upon its existing Cottage Suites, with work commencing to add 23 new high spec one-bed cottages. Cleverly designed with everything guests need for a comfy stay, Cottage Suites are located within the serene grounds of the Resort and offer luxurious seclusion whilst in close proximity to the main Resort.

Plans are also in place to add five magical treetop hideaways set amidst the forest grounds, with the first opening expected in 2022.

Speaking in October, Colin Johnston, Galgorm Collection Managing Director, at the time said:

“There has been a real surge in demand for outdoor experiences and pursuits as staycationers and visitors alike seek a connection to nature and the great outdoors.

“We’re delighted to expand our offering in this space with the launch of a suite of unique accommodation types and a host of new outdoor pursuits at the Resort.

“From fishing and falconry to cycling, hiking, clay pigeon shooting, and horse riding, guests can now enjoy a stay with a difference but with the same luxury and premier hospitality that Galgorm is renowned for”.


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