We have stayed at the Culloden a number of times, and even though we actually only live in Bangor, about 7 miles away we can't help coming back time and time again as with all the space around the estate you can't help be feel you could be anywhere. It also means we can leave our young daughter with family and can still be close if we need to rush home for any thing.
We arrived up on Saturday morning and left our bags with the concierge as our room wasn't quite ready, and then decided to get the train (train station is at the edge of the estate about a 2 minute walk from reception) to Belfast for some shopping. On our return we were given our keys to the Pregaer Suite and when we got to the room our bags where already there.
The room itself was large and spacious, with a panoramic view across the gardens and towards Belfast Lough and beyond. Extremely comfortable and clean.
We spent the evening reading, drinking and relaxing in the hotel lobby, and ordered delicious food from the bar menu. We were aware there was a Halloween ball on in the hotel, and the thought had crossed our mind that there may have been some disruption and carryon, and a bit of a footfall through the lobby but, you would not have even known that the ball was going on (not really sure if this was a good thing or not as we quite enjoy people watching!).
On the Sunday morning we went down to get breakfast which we had both been looking forward too, and it never disappoints, and then checked out and sat and had a couple of drink in the lobby bar again infront or a warm open fire before heading home later in the afternoon. We had brought swimming outfits with us, and had even intended to make use of the spa but were so comfortable and relaxed in the hotel bar we felt we didn't need to bother, and will maybe take advantage next time.
We are staying again at the Culloden on the 28th December for a friends wedding, and had such a lovely weekend here last weekend, we are thinking of maybe staying another night to give ourselves more time to make use of the hotels other facilities.
As I mentioned before we live close to the hotel, and in fact I drive past it every day on the way to work, but once you arrive you could nearly be anywhere in the world. Fantastic hotel, and I could not recommend it enough!!
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In response to your TripAdvisor review, I wish to thank you for taking the time to leave your comments for others.
I was delighted to learn that you had found the Culloden Estate and Spa to be a “fantastic hotel”. Within the Hastings Hotels Group one of our vision and values is “Passionate commitment to excellent service” this is about making sure every guest has a very special experience, something which my team and I are committed to. We do not want to meet your expectations we want to exceed them every time.
I would like to thank you once again for your comments; We look forward to welcoming you back to the Culloden Estate and Spa on the 28th December 2012.
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