Ex-Merchant Hotel manager buys guesthouse and glamping site
A former general manager at one of Northern Ireland's most luxurious hotels has snapped up a well-known guesthouse and glamping site in Co Donegal.
Ex-Merchant Hotel employee Adrian McLaughlin, wife Alison and two other Northern Ireland businesspeople bought Corcreggan Mill in Dunfanaghy.
Mr McLaughlin, who most recently worked as general manager of the Carton House Hotel in Co Kildare, was joined in the purchase by Ciaran Sheehan, a director of Clarendon Executive, and Siubhan O'Connor, a senior manager at PwC in Belfast.
Mr McLaughlin said there was a growing market for alternatives to traditional accommodation.
"People want something that will bring them closer to nature, and we are able to combine that with a beautiful location," he added.
Mr McLaughlin accepted that other features, such as the venue's wine list, wood-fired pizza and gourmet fish and chips served in the wine loft, were a nod to the finer things in life.
Facilities include Millhouse Lodge and apartments, camping and glamping sites, a converted trawler and a converted railway carriage.
Mr McLaughlin said an on-site chicken coop would supply fresh eggs. Families will also be encouraged to cook together in the "glamping kitchen".
Mr Sheehan described the purchase as a "long-term investment".