Belfast Telegraph

Northern Ireland town's first four-star hotel to open in time for golf's Open

The Salthouse is Ballycastle's second hotel but the first in the town with a four-star rating.
The Salthouse is Ballycastle's second hotel but the first in the town with a four-star rating.
Margaret Canning

By Margaret Canning

A new four-star hotel and spa is to open in the north coast town of Ballycastle in a £2.4m investment that will create 45 jobs.

The Salthouse will open its 24 bedrooms to the public in time for The Open golf tournament this July.

It has received funding of £245,000 from economic development agency Invest NI to support the venture.

Denis and Therese McHenry built the venue on the Dunamallaght Road.

It is next to seven self-catering chalets also operated by the McHenrys.

The Salthouse is Ballycastle's second hotel but the first in the town with a four-star rating.

Co-owner Denis McHenry said: "The construction of The Salthouse has been a significant investment.

"We hope the hotel will appeal to a wide range of visitors from the Republic of Ireland, Great Britain, Europe and the US.

"Golf tourism will, of course, be a major target market for us, so we are delighted to have the hotel ready and the official opening in advance of The Open.

"We will be opening for bookings in late June."

Support: Invest NI’s John Hood
Support: Invest NI’s John Hood

John Hood, Invest NI director of food, said the 45 new jobs would generate annual salaries of £900,000.

"This welcome investment is also the fourth hotel development progressing outside of Belfast with our assistance and is a positive example of Northern Ireland's Tourism strategy in action," he added.

Ballycastle's only other hotel is The Marine on the seafront.

Its owners, Claire Hunter and Colum McLornan, have completed a redevelopment in time for The Open.

The three-star venue has opened a separate beach house and has been booked out since the start of the year for the tournament at Royal Portrush.

The main premises now has 41 bedrooms, with seven new rooms and two sea-view suites added in recent times as part of an investment supported by First Trust Bank and Invest NI.

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