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Daniel O'Donnell and Majella's B&B road trip heads to Northern Ireland for final episode

Published 26/11/2015

Daniel and Majella on their first TV B&B Road Trip
Daniel and Majella on their first TV B&B Road Trip
Light-hearted stuff: Daniel and Majella
Tea break: Daniel and Majella

As Daniel and Majella come to the end of the road, their final stop sees them take in the sights of Northern Ireland.

The hugely successful UTV series concludes on Monday, when the O'Donnells visit Joan and Tom Foster - owners of Willowbank B&B in Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh.

Viewers in Northern Ireland have given Daniel their undivided attention each week, with the programme regularly beating EastEnders in the viewing figures.

Willowbank's tranquil setting with unspoilt views of the lake from nearly every room in the house and Joan’s superb homemade treats including potato farls, hash browns, scones, and compote make the B&B a special experience for guests.

"They were such a fantastic couple, easy going with a great sense of humour," said Mrs Foster, "It was a great experience, we enjoyed every bit of it."

Daniel and Majella find their sea legs as they kayak around Enniskillen, taking in the breathtaking scenery before their final road trip to Abbeydene House in Newtownabbey, Co Antrim.

Owned by Tim and Ethy Clifford, Abbeydene is a Victorian mansion overlooking Belfast Lough which the couple bought in 2003. With their children reared, Tim and Ethy were ‘rattling around the empty house’ until the property bubble burst and they decided to open the B&B business seven years ago.

Abbeydene is no ordinary B&B however. It's a haven for musicians and music lovers with the entire house covered in musical paraphernalia, including a life size statue of Elvis, two juke boxes, a gramophone, instruments and an endless collection of records, CDs and DVDs.

Tim is a rock ‘n’ roll and Blues fan, while Ethy loves country music. They have all of Daniel’s albums, most of them on vinyl.

“I had heard his music but didn’t know what it would be like to meet him but he and Majella are a delightful couple” said Tim.

Daniel and Majella enjoy a house party with Tim’s friends from the Rock ‘N’ Roll club before settling into the hot tub in the back garden to toast a great road trip.

One last time the couple get behind the wheel to take the ferry back home to Donegal.

Majella O’Donnell said: "We really enjoyed it, it was lovely. I felt that we really did reach the heart of Ireland. When you’re in cities all the time, the old Irish ways can get lost, but I feel that we really did reach the heart of Ireland, so in that respect, it was really good.”

Daniel added: “The fact that we got to interact with so many different people was, for me, the best part. It was lovely to see Ireland and travel Ireland. I have travelled Ireland umpteen times, but not with that eye that’s enjoying it when you’re just trying to get somewhere. Ireland has so much to offer – whether you’re by the coast or inland.”

Speaking about their B&B hosts throughout the series, Daniel said: “As well as it being a business for them, I think their heart and soul is in it. They’re really passionate and they want to make the stay for those people that are there, as good as it can be. For me, who would travel outside Ireland a lot, that’s a lovely thing. I certainly would have no qualms about recommending them. The enthusiasm and the interest they have in what they do is terrific.”

Daniel and Majella’s B&B Road Trip concludes on Monday at 8pm on UTV.

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