Ardtara House

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After a long first day in Northern Ireland, we checked into Ardtara House, the first of the hotels we were to stay in during our short break. On the outskirts of Upperlands in County Derry. The village, located between the Antrim coast and Lough Neagh, used to be a mill town producing linen. Ardtara House is a Victorian house set in 8 acres of woodland that was the residence of the Clark family who owned the linen mill which was established in 1736. There’s still a working mill in the village  today.

We had a large bedroom at the front of the house on the first floor. It was furnished and decorated in a traditional style but had all the modern amenities and a view over the front lawn.

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We had a very nice meal in the restaurant the fist evening. According to the hotel website the restaurant isn’t open Monday and Tuesday but it seems that this isn’t the case during the summer. That was good news as we didn’t fancy having to drive out to find somewhere to eat after a long day.

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The hotel was very comfortable and the staff were extremely nice and helpful. The food – dinner, bar meals and breakfast – was of a very high standard. The only criticism was that service could be a little too “relaxed” at times. But overall a very enjoyable stay

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