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Fullerton Arms 

Hotel reveals 'coastal chic' look 



Ballintoy based The Fullerton Arms, run by husband and wife team Sean and Geraldine McLaughlin, has unveiled a £200k refurbishment programme which includes a complete refit of the hotel’s 10 bedrooms and bathrooms as well as creating 3 new jobs.  Featuring ‘coastal chic’ interiors and woodwork reflective of the original style when the hotel opened in 1897 combined with its award winning top quality hospitality offering; The Fullerton Arms is set to provide visitors with a luxurious and welcoming experience on the Causeway Coast.


The new look bedrooms and bathrooms were created by well-known North Coast based interior designer Jude Burrows.  Inspired by the hotel’s coastal setting and surrounding landscapes  the rooms feature local handmade furniture, soft furnishings and king coil beds mixed with the simplicity and cosiness of a Scandinavian style to create a special, decadent, indulgent and welcoming ambience. As part of the ongoing refurbishment programme the hotel plans to develop purpose built dog friendly bedrooms. Plans will be revealed later this year.

Since they acquired the hotel in 2016 and with many years’ combined experience in the hotel and hospitality industry Sean and Geraldine McLaughlin have already made their mark. Highlights to date include; Ireland’s only Moulerie (mussel bar), a dog friendly restaurant and awards including; Top 100 hospitality business, Taste of Ulster as well as regional winners, 2 years in a row, for ‘DogBuddy’ from the Dog-Friendly Pub Awards. The hotel is only a short distance from the National Trust’s Carrick-A Rede Rope Bridge as well as the many film locations featured in the HBO series Game of Thrones (GoT). The hotel is host to Door of Throne No 6 which is one of 10 doors carved from trees from the nearby world famous Dark Hedges and also includes a themed GoT banqueting room with a replica iron throne.


Looking forward to welcoming visitors to the new look hotel rooms, Sean McLaughlin commented;

“ Since we took over the hotel in 2016 Geraldine, myself and the team have been committed to developing a unique hospitality experience along the Causeway Coastal Route. This was very much our aim for the bedrooms refurbishment. Working with local interior designer Jude Burrows we believe that, along with our location, access to key attractions and top quality food and drink offering, we have developed a fantastic high quality hospitality experience which will surprise and delight all our visitors. Whilst we are ideal for those traveling independently or in small groups our focus will be to continue to work with all our partners in tourism along the Causeway Coast and across Northern Ireland to ensure that we deliver the best possible hospitality and tourism product to encourage and grow new and existing visitor markets to our part of the world.”

Interior designer for The Fullerton Arms refurbishment programme, Jude Burrows said;

“Working with Sean and Geraldine McLaughlin on the refurbishment of the bedrooms at The Fullerton Arms has been a fantastic experience. Our aim for the new look bedrooms and bathrooms was to root the hotel in the landscape. I always think a successful interior should flow with the view out the window. I also wanted the interiors to feel like a breath-taking surprise; an unexpected slice of luxury which is welcoming and inviting and I think we have achieved that with this chic new look. It’s cosy, warm and inviting – everything a visitor could want from a hotel experience located on one of the most scenic coastlines in Northern Ireland.”

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