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Landmark Northern Ireland resort hotel goes on the market

By John Mulgrew

A third generation Co Down hotel situated close to one of the world's top golf courses has gone on sale for £600,000.

The Avoca Hotel sits on the main promenade in the coastal town of Newcastle.

Its owner, Dorothy Bell, says she is selling up due to retirement, as her own children don't want to take the business on.

The 16-bedroom hotel includes a courtyard, lounge bars, bistro, kitchens with storage and toilet facilities on the ground floor.

And it sits less than a mile from the world famous Royal County Down golf course - which played host to the Irish Open in 2015.

The hotel has been in Ms Bell's family for three generations.

The town's promenade has recently benefited from a recent multi-million pound upgrade.

"It's the third generation. I haven't any family who are interested in taking (the hotel) over, I don't have an option, but just want to retire," she said.

"We have been in it since my grandfather's time.

"We have been here since around 1964 and we've just completed a couple of projects, put on a new roof, painted and decorated. There are a few other things I'd like to do.

"I'm now just waiting to see if there is any interest.

"We would get (golfers). We are only a small hotel and we would have a lot of repeat customers. We've had a few Canadian customers, coming over to play the golf course in somewhere that is close to the town centre."

According to a brochure from commercial property agent OKT, which is selling the property, the area is "backdropped by the stunning Mourne Mountains and close to the Royal County Down Golf Club, Tollymore Forest Park, Silent Valley and Murlough Nature Reserve".

The Royal County Down golf course was recently named the world's best in a poll by magazine Golf Digest.

Elsewhere, a number of other hotels have gone on the market this summer.

That includes the grand and opulent Carton House, located in Co Kildare, which is now on sale for £53m.

Carton House, part-owned by a family from Co Tyrone, was converted from a stately home into a 140-bedroom hotel with two championship golf courses.

From Real Madrid to the Irish rugby team and the 2017 British & Irish Lions, as well as Tiger Woods, the four-star resort in Maynooth became the hotel of choice for visiting teams.

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