The Bushmills Inn has been sold to a firm run by Co Down property investor BJ Eastwood, it has emerged.
Wirefox, a Holywood-based investment company, acquired The Bushmills Inn Hotel and restaurant, through its Marram Hotel Partners entity. The property was acquired from owners Alan and Zoe Dunlop for an undisclosed sum.
The property will continue to operate in its current form with the existing team.
A former coaching inn, dating back to 1608, which in more recent years has been extensively restored and extended, this historic property is seen as one of Northern Ireland’s best-known tourism assets
Located on Dunluce Road in Bushmills, Co Antrim, the property is located within the Causeway Coast and Glens, an area of outstanding beauty just 2.5 miles from the Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland’s only UNESCO World Heritage site.
“We are delighted to welcome this fantastic team and impressive property to our growing portfolio of interests and look forward to acting as custodian of such an iconic asset in the months and years ahead,” Kathryn Robinson, investment director at Wirefox, said.
“The Bushmills Inn Hotel is one of Northern Ireland’s best-known luxury hotel destinations, renowned for its warm hospitality and award-winning restaurant. The hotel is in an enviable location and surrounded by many of Northern Ireland’s most important tourism assets.”
Previous owner Alan Dunlop, who has been managing director of The Bushmills Inn Hotel for more than three decades, said: “The Bushmills Inn Hotel has played an important role in Northern Ireland’s tourism development for generations and we’re proud of the role we have played in supporting its success and in creating value, jobs and economic wealth for the community and region.
“We’re really pleased that, at this juncture, we are transferring ownership to leading investment company Wirefox. We are delighted by the exciting, visionary plans it has for its future which will ensure it will remain a major tourism focal point for the region to be enjoyed by visitors for many years ahead.”