A multi-million-pound investment to refurbish and restore the historic Belmont House Hotel in Banbridge has paid dividends for owners Walter and Jane Russell, having been granted four-star status by the Tourism Northern Ireland.
Walter Russell, owner Belmont House Hotel alongside Abigail Hasson and Harry Ringland (Management) with Paul Duffy, Deputy Lord Mayor of Armagh Banbridge and Craigavon.
Set in 9 acres of mature gardens in a former 19th century Georgian Linen House mansion, the Hotel has been lovingly restored with understated elegance by interior designer, Emma Johnston. The refurbishment sees all eight ensuite bedrooms redesigned using the finest fabrics in muted tones with stunning views and artwork by local artist, Janet Hunt. The period features in each room have been restored, and new modern bath suites have been added.
The newly refurbished dining rooms reflect the period elegance of the property, masterfully crafted to complement the original beauty of the Georgian mansion. The expansive event suites have been completely revamped and refurbished carried out by Phillip Rodgers Design catering for the wedding, family and corporate events market, ranging from small intimate gatherings to up to 300 guests’ banquet-style.
The high level of finish of this considered refurbishment easily positions this venue as one of the top luxury hotels in Northern Ireland.
The Russell Family have already built an excellent reputation in the local hospitality industry as owners of Harry’s Bar in Banbridge. Walter Russell, who bought the Belmont House Hotel three years ago, said: “The whole team is absolutely delighted to be awarded this Four-Star status.
“It recognises all the hard work and investment we have committed to developing the Belmont House Hotel into the ideal venue for both the corporate and leisure market.
“We have plans for further expansion to meet with increasing demand. This four-star award gives our guests confidence that they will enjoy excellent service, hospitality and luxury facilities with staff who will truly go the extra mile.
“We are a family-run hotel with an exceptional team, some of whom have been with the Belmont House Hotel for over 30 years, so when it came to refurbishment, we had a personal investment to get it right. We took our inspiration from the elegant architecture and proud Georgian history of this former 1800 mansion and Linen House.
“Using the finest fabrics, art and décor available anywhere in Ireland, we have sympathetically restored this important period building to its former glory while delivering standards and facilities to meet all the 21st-century requirements of our guests.”
Walter continued: “It’s not just about how the venue looks it’s also about the skills and attitude of the staff. We are proud to have a highly experienced team dedicated to making corporate events run smoothly and successfully. With further expansion, we hope to create more jobs and offer enhanced staff training for world-class service.”
Tourism Northern Ireland’s star grading scheme focuses on a range of key areas including the standard of the welcome and hospitality, cleanliness, standard of bedrooms, bathrooms and food. The number of stars awarded to a property following inspection indicates the standard visitors can expect of the property and in the case of Belmont House Hotel, it has been rated excellent.
Paul Duffy, Deputy Lord Mayor of Armagh Banbridge and Craigavon commented: “Walter and his team are to be congratulated on the finished result of the work completed and the new four-star status.
“The Belmont House Hotel has been a very popular venue in the town for many years, providing much needed jobs in the hospitality sector. This investment has completely transformed the place and puts the hotel in a different league. It is certain to attract clientele from all over Ireland and beyond.”
The Belmont House Hotel is located close to both Belfast and Dublin airports on the Rathfriland Road just off the A1 carriageway offering the perfect base for business and leisure travellers. With free parking, nine acres of mature private gardens, WI-FI and IT support, private conference and meeting facilities and excellent accommodation, The Hotel offers a level of opulence not seen anywhere else in Banbridge and the surrounding areas.