£2.5m revamp sees Old Inn branch out with new luxury Treetop Spa

The new spa area at The Old Inn Crawfordsburn

LUXURY historic hotel The Old Inn Crawfordsburn will open a new outdoor spa for residents on December 1, following a £2.5 million investment by its owners Galgorm Collection.

Its new Treetop Spa offers guests forest views stretching out to the north Down coastline and will see the addition of a range of new experiences including a hydrotherapy pool, steam room, sauna, hot tubs and relax space set within its tranquil grounds, offering residents an enhanced hospitality experience.

Occupying a prominent 1.5-acre site in the heart of Crawfordsburn village, the iconic thatched-roof property is one of the UK and Ireland’s top hotels, and has a rich history dating back to 1614.

Since acquiring the property in April last year, Galgorm Collection has already invested more than £1 million on refurbishments, including revamping the 1614 bar and 120-seater restaurant, which offers diners a brand new menu that marries homely classics with modern dining, featuring French-inspired dishes, seafood and salads.

Galgorm Collection is also upgrading all 32 guest rooms as part of plans to revitalise and upgrade the historic destination, in line with its other properties.

Individually styled and luxuriously appointed, The Old Inn offers five room types - petite, carriage, highway, junior suite and suite – with some of its premier room offerings already refreshed.

The Old Inn Suite now boasts its own private balcony complete with outdoor hot tub overlooking the Treetop Spa whilst the first of its Junior Suites also completed a makeover to include bespoke finishing touches including a free-standing copper bath to complement the chic French-inspired furniture.

The property’s premier cottage accommodation set within the hotel’s grounds – and famed for being the honeymoon spot of world-famous local author C.S. Lewis – now comes complete with its own secluded outdoor hot tub for the ultimate tranquil forest bathing experience.

Plans to reimagine the hotel’s private dining space are also in progress, with refurbishment expected to be complete by early 2023.

Galgorm Collection managing director Colin Johnston said: “The Old Inn is one of Northern Ireland’s most historic hotels and we have carefully considered our refurbishment works to ensure we remain sympathetic to the property’s history and retain its much-loved charm whilst also giving it the ‘Galgorm’ treatment, bringing this in line with our other award-winning properties.

“After centuries of providing warm hospitality to guests and travellers, the time is right to further invest in this iconic property to expand its offering and widen its appeal to attract more local, national and international visitors.

“Galgorm Collection is focused on investing in the region to support tourism, jobs and the wider economy. We’re confident that The Old Inn’s new-look offering will deliver a new chapter of growth for us and for Northern Ireland.”

Charlotte McClean, manager at The Old Inn, added: “As we continue to progress our planned redevelopment works, I’m delighted to confirm that the new Treetop Spa will open to residents from December 1.

“This has been a long-awaited project and we’re already experiencing strong demand for bookings with guests eager to enjoy an exciting new outdoor spa offering within a stunning landscape.

“Located next to a breathtaking country park and picturesque coastline, The Old Inn is the perfect rural retreat for guests keen to relax and connect with nature.

“We’re also excited to welcome our wonderful neighbours, who are the lifeblood of the property, to enjoy a new-look offering, with new seasonal menus available in our restaurant and our cosy 1614 bar undergoing a refresh to also welcome dogs for the first time.

“It’s an exciting time for The Old Inn and we’re committed to providing a premier hospitality experience for all of our guests joining us from near and far.”