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Ballydugan Mill
Ranked #3 of 10 Downpatrick B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
london
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3 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“our wedding at the mill”
Reviewed January 16, 2013

From lisa - " What an experience at the Mill at Ballyduggan for our wedding. It truely could not have been better. The staff were amazing from start of organisation to the end of the day in fact into the next day after the wedding. They made us laugh and took care of all our needs. I felt like they said Yes to everything. The place is so warm and inviting, rustic and wonderful. It was super to be able to have our guests stay over and enjoy breakfast and lunch with us the following day. The food was the best I have had in a resturant in a long time that includes london restaurants and international travel, so expect pure deliciousness from the Mill. The staff however top it all off.. they made the day so special and were so accomodating with everything. My mum has advanced alzhiemers and is restricted to home however the staff made her very comfortable and she was able to attend the wedding and stay over night in the beautiful bedrooms and have sing songs for her at the grand fireplace the next day... you really cant beat that. I was delighted with my entire experience at the Mill. I totally recommend you to have this experience for whatever event you plan. "

From Gaea "I agree with everything Lisa says , it was truley a beautiful day from start to finish. Maureen was amazing, even helping us with pre ceremony tears. The staff could not do enough for us and all our our guests commented on the beauty of the venue and how smoothly the day went if your planning a civil partnership, wedding or any type of celebration do it at the mill ! "

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Swansea, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 13, 2013 via mobile

My son took pictures of the mill when he and his fiancé saw the the building for the first time. We didn't see it ourselves until the day before the wedding and it was then that we realised the photos didn't do the venue justice. It was stunning.

The venue was booked originally for the reception and evening party, however due to circumstances the wedding service was held there too. The ground floor was beautifully set up and the service held in front of a roaring fire. After the service finished whilst a few photographs were taken outside the staff quickly laid out tables and chairs and served coffee and biscuits whilst more photos were taken.

The menu for the reception was not the Mills standard offering but tailored to the request of the bride and groom with special meals for the children (and at least 1 adult). Nothing was too much trouble to make the day exactly the way that the bride and groom wanted it.

The party in the evening was also excellent.

Maureen was ever present making the day run smoothly and an excellent day was had by all.

Many of the guests stayed the night in the Mill's accommodation and were served an excellent breakfast before we all departed on the Sunday morning.

Overall I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the Mill for any event.

Stayed November 2012
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Killinchy, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 13, 2013

We were all impressed with the food and the atmosphere at Ballybougan Mill. However, we had a few concerns. We did not like the mention it when we were there but one member of our party who had ordered steak found two hairs in her main course and I also found a hair in my starter. We understood that this could have just been bad luck on our part so we did not want to make it into an issue. Another concern which we had was the lady who served us at the table. When she thought we hadn't booked a table she was rather rude to us, and then when serving us at the table, although she was notably friendlier, she actually said [--] in conversation. We were all rather taken aback.



Up the stairs is beautiful, but perhaps it was bad timing again on our part as we thought it was rather dirty. My sister leaned against the bar and her hand stuck to it, we also noticed how dirty the windows were and it was hard to see out through a number of them. We were also concerned as there would be small children attending, about the wires we could see hanging loose in the dining area. For £1000 room hire we did not expect to see these things. I was concerned that this was not a fair representation of Ballydougan Mill, so looked up reviews, many of which voicing the same issues as we had.



We realise that all these concerns could be fixed but because of the reasons above we all decided that perhaps, contrary to our initial thoughts, this is not the best place we could choose for our special day.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed January 2, 2013

Just cannot say enough about the MIll And all it's staff. We got married at the mill on the 12/12/12 and from the moment we booked it, Maureen and Noel could not do enough for us. Maureen is an absolute gem who actually made me feel totally relaxed coming up to the day as she gave straight advice in relation to food etc. We all stayed overnight and the rooms were very spacious and absolutely in keeping with the Mill, the apartments located across the courtyard were perfect for families, so quiet and peaceful and knowing that it is only your friends and family going to be there was perfect. My uncle who is in a wheelchair was catered for as the whole mill is very easy to get around as there is a lift and also a room that the wheelchair could easily get in through, so all in all my guests were delighted.
The food was fantastic so thank you Andy and to get up early the next morning for our honeymoon and have breakfast served to us at 8am was really appreciated.
All I can say is if you are considering a venue for your wedding, there is no where else you should go, only the MIll at Ballydugan. The location is stunning, the rooms are beautifully appointed and in keeping with the feel of the mill, you know from being in the mill that Noel and his family love this place and it is clear why. Maureen we appreciated everything you did for us and enjoyed your company also, thank you for an amazing day, without you it would not have been possible. Xxx

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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N.Ireland
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Reviewed December 16, 2012

We recently attended a wedding at the Ballydugan Mill. We never expected it to be such a great location for a wedding. There were around 50 of us and it had everything you would want all int he one location. Traditional and charming place. My only critisim would be that they did not have enough food for the evening buffet, the last 5 people didnt get any food and they ran out of Guinness. :-(

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
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Level 1 Contributor
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Reviewed December 9, 2012 via mobile

Attended a wedding there last night .
First time at the ballydugan mill , great hotel in a beautiful part of the world. Service was special , both Noel and Maureen rocked.
Very well priced for a hotel , and served a great home cooked full breakfast in the morning , topped of a great stay .

  • Stayed December 2012
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Newtownabbey, United Kingdom
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Reviewed December 4, 2012

Our daughter was getting married and viewed the mill as an alternative to the clinical roll-in roll-out hotel style reception. Upon seeing the mill it was hard not to accept that this was THE place.
Details were given and sample menu received. However menu did not suit but Maureen stated that our requested menu would be fine. Day of the wedding went like clockwork, Maureen keeping everything ticking over. Meal was fantastic, and surpassed all our expectations, staff were superb, very very polite, and very helpful,( I dont think there is a big turn around of staff as it appeared that everyone loved being there). Maureen took control of the mic for introductions and speeches, and kept the whole thing very light hearted.

The fact that you hire the location for the day, making it totally yours is a huge bonus, as the ceremony was held on the ground floor, reception held on the second floor, and evening entertainment on the third, with rooms either on the next few floors or the Granary across the courtyard.

Spectacular location, quirky rooms and atmosphere, superb staff, with a special mention for Maureen and Chef Andy

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Ballydugan Mill
Address: Drumcullen Road, Downpatrick, Northern Ireland
Location: United Kingdom > Northern Ireland > County Down > Downpatrick
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Ranked #3 of 10 B&Bs / Inns in Downpatrick
Number of rooms: 36
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Ballydugan Mill Downpatrick, Northern Ireland

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