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  • Writer's pictureMichelle Weir (Local Democracy Reporter)

Plans for major extension at The Rabbit in County Antrim

Colin Johnston, Galgorm Collection Managing Directo, pictured outside The Rabbit, County Antrim, and (left) the Roman Spa located at the hotel.

Colin Johnston, Galgorm Collection Managing Directo, pictured outside The Rabbit, and (left) the Roman Spa located at the hotel.


A planning application has been submitted to Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council for a 50-bedroom extension at The Rabbit Hotel and Retreat, in Templepatrick.


A proposal has been lodged for construction of a new bedroom block, spa facilities, parking and landscaping at the Antrim Road establishment.


The 33-bedroom hotel opened in June 2021 following a £10m investment and refurbishment.



Elevations of the proposed new extension.

Elevations of the proposed new extension.


Previously, it was known at The Templeton Hotel.

Currently, there are approximately 75 staff members and expected to increase to 95 when the extension is completed, a document submitted to the borough council’s planning department says.


The Rabbit Hotel and Retreat is part of the Galgorm Collection which includes the Galgorm Resort and Spa outside Ballymena.



An application has been lodged with Mid and East Antrim Borough Council for new accommodation comprising a two-bedroom “golfer’s cottage” and car parking at the Galgorm Resort and Spa.


The council has also received an application for four “tourist accommodation cabins” at the Fenaghy Road location in Galgorm and for an extension to the hotel’s external dome-shaped restaurant.



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