Hotel Review: The Culloden Estate & Spa, Belfast


Beautiful staircases, stunning surrounds and a shiny, pampering spa – discover an exquisite Irish escape at the prestigious Culloden Estate, Belfast 

The Venue


Located on the edge of the city, the prestigious Culloden Estate provides the best of both worlds: it’s only 10 minutes from Belfast’s hippest areas but it’s also set firmly on the outskirts, positioned against a tranquil backdrop of Belfast Lough and picturesque rolling hills.

Originally a grand mansion dating back to 1876, its five-star walls have welcomed many a famous face, attracting guests from across the globe with its floor-to-ceiling elegance and archaic charm. Beautiful staircases, intricate ceilings and a shiny, pampering spa await to be explored – as well as multiple foodie outlets.

The Food


Book the more formal Vespers for a suave bite of fine dining or opt for dinner at the quaint Cultra Inn, positioned at the bottom of the estate with a more colloquial dining experience and homely atmosphere. On warmer days, you’ll find its outside tables brimming with locals and residents alike.

Breakfast is served in Vespers: post-lockdown has turned traditional buffet breakfasts into a list of a la carte options, with a number of authentic Irish treats to be tried. Whisky-infused porridge, hearty wheaten scones and golden-hued omelettes all make excellent sustenance for a busy day ahead. Of course, there’s always the choice of breakfast in bed for those that put extra shuteye before cereal.

The Room


The Culloden Estate features 98 rooms and suites, but I recommend booking a State Suite for somewhere special to rest your head. Over 550sq. ft in size, these suites are equally spacious and luxurious; a haven of eloquent furnishings with large beds and neutral colour schemes.

Offering sweeping views across the gardens, many also face onto Belfast Lough – with 55” HD TVs, gas fires and dining areas for up to 6 people all adding to the space.

Little touches complete the five-star experience. Think wooden boxes revealing ample Nespresso, tea and coffee pods, as well as huggable robes, bottled mineral water and large bathrooms filled with exclusive ESPA products.

If you’re prone to a pampering session, you’ll especially love the bathroom’s huge mirrors, bathtub (complete with quirky plastic duck) and soothing rainforest shower.

The Amenities


2020 hasn’t been kind to many of us, but the Culloden Estate’s spa can help ease tension with the temptation of a soothing massage, dips in the Grecian-esque pool and range of signature treatments.

There’s also an on-site fitness centre for those looking to burn off a few calories: book ahead at reception due to COVID measures and workout your worries away.

Plus, if you’re looking for a spot of fresh air, guests can stop by the spa reception and pick up a complimentary bike for a zip around the estate on two wheels.

The Wordrobe Verdict


If you’re looking for a relaxing break this autumn, the Culloden Estate & Spa provides all the essentials needed to switch off and unwind in beautiful surroundings (without the pressure of too much traveling).

Put up your feet, order a gin and get ready to relax by one of the many fireplaces – cozy staycation escapes are calling. 

Make it happen
The Culloden Estate & Spa is approximately 35 minutes from Belfast International Airport, with flights departing daily. Room rates start from £200, visit hastingshotels.com to make a booking.

Words by Sophie Ritchie


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