June 29, 2022
The Rabbit Hotel & Retreat – Stylish and homely
For those discerning travellers planning a romantic getaway, a much-needed spa escape or a memorable staycation, The Rabbit Hotel & Retreat is an idyllic, laidback, lakeside space. Oozing character, it offers sumptuous yet comfortable accommodation, fine dining, a stylish bar and a mood-enhancing outdoor spa.
Situated within the bustling, affluent village of Templepatrick in Co. Antrim, The Rabbit Hotel & Retreat opened on 18th June 2021. The property is the newest venue to the Galgorm Collection, which comprises of Galgorm the multi-award-winning spa resort in Ballymena, Café Parisien in Belfast city centre, Fratelli Restaurants (Belfast & on-site at Galgorm) and the stylish Castle Kitchen + Bar at Galgorm Golf Course.
A gateway to the city, Northern Ireland’s latest luxury hotel is located just 20 minutes from Belfast City centre and 10 minutes from Belfast International Airport.
After a £10 million investment and dramatic refurbishment, The Rabbit is the quirky, ‘finger on the pulse’ little sister of Galgorm. Expect the friendly, quality of service and creature comforts you’ve come to appreciate at Galgorm, now housed within elegant and eclectic surroundings, with playful designs and artefacts to delight along the way!
Fusing modern living with country life and weaving past and present into the décor, fabrics and fittings, the hotel comprises 33 unique bedrooms in four different stylish room types. Each is home to seriously comfy beds and scandi-inspired, retro designs. Opt for room type – Luxe, Comfy, Snug (some with indulgent outdoor hot tubs) with spacious Attic rooms in the eves retaining much historic character with original pitched ceilings and exposed beams.
All bedrooms feature a Nespresso Machine for the morning pick-me-up, a Dyson Hairdryer for those GHD’s and a Marshall amp for that all-important ‘getting ready’ playlist. Not to mention fluffy robes & flip-flops for a trip to the spa – The Relaxation Burrow.
Grab a bite – Noon & Nite
Following an extensive £2.5m refurbishment, The Rabbit Restaurant & Hunters Bar, seats up to x 180 guests, with a large outdoor terrace for alfresco dining also. With sustainability at the heart of its ethos, The Rabbit Restaurant showcases the benefits of responsible horticulture through the championing of local produce. Guests will experience fresh, innovative and seasonally led dishes with a warm welcome, all brought together in a beautifully designed space.
The Hunters Bar is a stylish, bold space, making it the ideal place for relaxing, drinking and socialising. Like something straight out of The Great Gatsby, friendly bartenders tending the glistening bronze bar will offer an extensive menu of creative cocktails & wine lists full of surprises. Live entertainment provides the vibe for Friday & Saturday nights from 10 pm until late.
Weddings at The Loft
Perhaps the show-stopper – The Loft, an iconic wedding venue for Northern Ireland. This exclusive-use venue located at the new hotel offers an environment of unabridged luxury. On arrival ascend an elegant staircase beneath a most decadent chandelier, where wedding guests are immediately met with a beautiful and dramatic bar, positioned opposite large marble dining tables decorated with an abundance of lush flowers, foliage, candles and candelabras.
Guests may dine family-style under the impressive, high vaulted ceilings, decorated with twinkling feature chandeliers, with the top table occupying centre stage and a grand fireplace as the backdrop. Tucked behind the fireplace, is a spacious outdoor terrace that overlooks a stunning lake beyond. Beneath the pergola and festoon lighting is a comfortable lounge area equipped with an outdoor fireplace which leads to a picture-perfect staircase down to the lakeside garden, ideal for a stylish drinks reception.
With a ‘One Wedding A Day’ policy, The Loft is available for up to 140 close family and friends.
Events at The rabbit
The Rabbit Hotel & Retreat also offers a range of event spaces from cosy corners to WOW venues that anyone would jump at the invitation! There are varied, private and open spaces for every occasion. Choose from The Garden Room, The Lounge or The Fern Room.
The Rabbit Hotel & Retreat offers a hub and a communal space for corporates seeking flexible workspace, scaling start-ups, hot deskers and local freelancers alike. With a relaxed country chic vibe, cosy corners are ideal to conduct informal meetings, for private entertaining, there are intimate and elegant dining rooms, versatile conference spaces and the dramatic Loft for gala dinners and awards.
Private event spaces can accommodate from 15 to 150 guests, with ample parking available, complimentary WiFi and a selection of bedroom types. Delegate packages, and food and drinks menus – ranging from cocktails and snacks to four-course dinners – can be created by the events team, bespoke for each requirement.
The Spa – Relaxation Burrow
For those discerning travellers planning a much-needed spa escape or a memorable staycation, The Rabbit Hotel & Retreat is a brand new idyllic, laidback, lakeside space. Situated within the bustling, affluent village of Templepatrick in Co. Antrim, the property is the newest venue to the Galgorm Collection, which comprises Galgorm the multi-award-winning spa resort in Ballymena, Parisien in Belfast city centre, Fratelli Restaurants (Belfast & on-site at Galgorm) and the stylish Castle Kitchen + Bar at Galgorm Golf Course.
Exuding a mix of sophisticated luxury and Bohemian glam, The Spa boasts an array of luxurious facilities for you to enjoy whilst you stay at The Rabbit Hotel & Retreat. Detox in the aroma steam room, soak in the hot tub and Swedish sauna, experience outdoor bathing in the show-stopping Roman bath and enjoy halotherapy in the salt chamber. Delight over your favourite drink at The Bar; or if you’re here to rejuvenate, laze lakeside on the cosy heated loungers and enjoy some ‘me time’ in the relaxing cabanas.
Overnight accommodation prices start from £180 per room based on two people sharing, B&B basis.
A: The Rabbit Hotel & Retreat, 882 Antrim Rd, Templepatrick, Ballyclare BT39 0AH
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