Belfast Telegraph

Historic north coast house converted into luxury B&B as owners plan for wedding venue

Tom McMaster (left) with Paul Reid, business development manager at Ulster Bank
Tom McMaster (left) with Paul Reid, business development manager at Ulster Bank
Margaret Canning

By Margaret Canning

A historic home on the main road to the north coast has been converted into a bed and breakfast in a £500,000 investment.

Altahammond House, one mile outside Whitehead, looks out onto the Irish Sea and Belfast Lough.

The 19th century building was put on the market in 2017 and was sold last year.

Its new owners have also converted a separate dwelling on the site into Mallard Cottage, a holiday rental.

Tom and Heather McMaster have invested £500,000 in the purchase and transformation of the property, with the support of Ulster Bank.

The couple also own McMaster Home Farm Meats, as well as catering company McMaster Country Kitchen.

They have now applied for planning permission to extend the property to include a new activity centre and barn wedding reception venue, which they hope will take bookings from spring next year.

Mr McMaster said: An important part of our business ventures is to ensure the sustainability of each by creating synergy between everything we do.

"I'm a farmer by trade. The family farm supplies our butcher shop in Whitehead with our own grass-fed beef and lamb.

"We then ventured into the outside catering arena, which has taken us to all manner of venues across Northern Ireland to cater for weddings - all using our own produce.

"Now, we're delighted to open the period Altahammond House as a luxury B&B and to develop it further as a new wedding venue set against a scenic estate and gardens with stunning coastal views."

Paul Reid, Ulster Bank business development manager, said: "We're very pleased to support Tom and Heather to purchase and renovate Altahammond House and reposition it as a luxury B&B and wedding venue.

"Its enhanced facilities and high-end accommodation are significant additions to the local tourism and hospitality offering.

"The B&B's opening comes at an opportune time to maximise on the opportunities presented by the increasing levels of positive tourism to the area, from the growing appeal of The Gobbins cliff path to the Whitehead Railway Museum and more."

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