Culloden Estate & Spa
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... Also, they had the Olympic court and net from the London 2012 Olympics set up, but we unfortunately didn't get to play on this court.
Aside from volleyball, we had a lot of fun in Belfast. We went to a Christmas market one night for a little while, and went to a 70s-themed club full of middle aged people the first night. The night of the conclusion of the tournament, there was an awards dinner and ...
... full so we sprinted to the end of the train. We split up and forced ourselves onto two sides of the train when the one girl offered her seat so we could all sit together. It was nice to just sit back and relax. I heard some music and thought that it was nice that the train had it piped in. Then the next song was techno and I found that it was coming from the young adults next to us. We ...
... We also learnt about the violence that followed and the eventual peace-settlement that saw Northern Ireland remain part of the UK while the remainder of the island became the Republic we know.
The lead up to and violence between the Provisional IRA and the British Army of the 1970s was also interesting. The main problem seems to be that the conflicting sides (Protestant loyalists that want to remain part of Britain ...
... from the P.O. So we went upstairs to the dining area, and had a meal, and some dessert. Then we headed back to the hotel, and the girls got ready and went out on the town for the evening. We gave them instructions to call us when they got back in, no matter what time, and sent them on their way. The young concierge, Phillip, was going to give them some recommendations on where to go.
So Kaaren and I just took an evening to relax, and catch up on ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsCulloden Estate & Spa Holywood
We stayed at the Culloden Estate in May of 2012. We are a family of 5 with two young children and an infant. We stayed in one of the family rooms. The room included one king bed and one single bed. Not ideal for a family with more than one child. The room was comfortably arranged and the beds were soft with down duvets. The bathroom was a bit tight with an elevated bathtub, again, not ideal for young children. Unfortunately, we stayed during a heat wave and our room was roasting hot. The family rooms are located in the addition built onto the original castle. It was not equipped with air conditioning so needless to say it was very uncomfortable. We had a garden view room so the afternoon sun soaked our room. Even with the curtains closed and two fans (graciously provided by the staff) it was hot at night and difficult to sleep.
The family room we were provided with was on the second floor of the addition. It was not convenient to get to with a stroller. From the main building you take an elevator or stairs then down another hallway. The addition does not have an elevator so up another two flights of stairs to the room. The last day of our stay we discovered a door from the dining room (in the main building) that opened up directly onto our second floor. It would have been very useful to know of this passage so we could have avoided all the stairs.
Regardless of the logistical difficulties and hot room, the hotel was very nice. It delivers an excellent full breakfast every morning. The gardens and surrounding grounds are lush and beautiful. We enjoyed walking the grounds and letting the children stretch their feet. The staff was courteous and helpful. It is within walking distance to the small downtown but make sure to take your walking shoes.
I would recommend the Culloden, especially to guests without children. If you do take children ask for a room that is easily accessible for strollers.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.