Culloden Estate and Spa

An oasis of tranquillity where ancient rituals are fused with modern holistic remedies.


Culloden Estate and Spa is set amid classical gardens on the wooded slopes of Northern Ireland's Holywood hills. The hotel, built in 1876, initially served as the estate of a wealthy member of the British Parliament. After decades as the official residence of the County Down bishopric, the property was opened to the public as a hotel in the 1960s, though it maintained its Scottish Baronial facade and 19th-century interiors. Surrounded by protected parkland, guest rooms and executive suites afford stunning views of the churning waters of Belfast Lough, Belfast's gateway to the Irish Sea.
Extensively renovated in 2005, the 15,000-square-foot (1,340 square meters) Spa at Culloden offers a range of luxury treatments using ESPA's world-famous products and techniques. Locally inspired signature treatments, a comprehensively equipped fitness suite, and a deck pool are designed to answer the requirements of the most discerning spa travelers. In addition, the hotel is situated adjacent to the famed Royal Belfast Golf Club, which was originally founded in 1881. Guests can enjoy close proximity to Belfast (the city center is just five miles away) as well as authentic Irish countryside amenities that include daily afternoon tea and a bistro pub.
**Please note the Spa will undergo refurbishment work from Monday 4th January for approximately 8 weeks.  This will only affect the Spa treatment area and not the thermal facilities or gym. During this time Spa treatments will take place in our luxurious superior bedrooms and a 10% discount will be offered off all services.**


The 15,000-square-foot (1,340 square meters) Spa at Culloden underwent a thorough renovation in 2005 that added five new treatment rooms (bringing the total to eight rooms) and two relaxation areas, in addition to expanding the refreshment and lounge areas. The resulting space is spacious and serene, with subdued lighting and a muted color scheme to promote meditation and personal reflection. Visitors begin their spa experience in the tranquil Dawn relaxation room and conclude it in the candlelit Dusk area, where they can languish on opulent relaxation beds.

Spa therapists use ESPA products and holistic therapies to address the individual needs of clients. The signature Celtic Recovery treatment reduces stress with an exclusive ESPA blend of essential oils applied in a full-body massage. A deep-cleansing facial completes the rejuvenating experience. Additional wellness-focused treatments include the ESPA Chakra Balancing with Hot Stones, a 110-minute service designed to stimulate the chakras through hot stone aromatherapy massage, and a series of body wraps formulated to address specific complaints, e.g. muscle tension and low energy. A suite of specialty men's offerings is also available.

The spacious fitness suite houses state-of-the-art cardiovascular and weight-training equipment as well as two exercise studios where classes such as spinning, yoga, and aerobics are held. A clear glass ceiling above the indoor leisure pool provides swimmers with natural light and unimpeded sky views. The pool is equipped with a contra-flow mechanism that simulates current for a more vigorous water-bound workout.






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Facilities & Amenities

Culloden's location in the Holywood hills allows its guests convenient access to both the strikingly beautiful Irish countryside and the nearby city of Belfast. The 12-acre grounds encompass numerous opportunities for nature walks and gentle hikes, from a stroll through immaculate gardens to a wind-blown walk along the shoreline of picturesque Belfast Lough. Inside, antique enthusiasts can gape at the hotel's stained-glass windows and Louis XV chandeliers, among other opulent 19th-century touches. Guests can also relax, fireside, in several neoclassical vaulted lounges.

Next door, the Royal Belfast Golf Club gives hotel guests privileged tee times on its highly praised parkland course. Deriving its name from the patronage of the British monarchy, the Club was first established in the 1880s and is widely credited with introducing golf to Ireland. Of special interest to golf enthusiasts is the 415-yard first hole, which rises to an infamously difficult green. In addition, the Blackwood Golf Centre, Helen's Bay, Bangor, and Clandeboye golf courses are within easy driving distance of the hotel.

The nearby village of Holywood teems with authentic Irish handicrafts and antiques. Adjacent to the property, the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum features more than 50 exhibits detailing the lifestyle and traditions of the region as well as illustrating how Northern Ireland has changed over time. Belfast is just a few minutes' drive or a quick train ride from the hotel, offering boutique shopping, cultural attractions, and historical sites.


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  • Robes Provided

  • Slippers Provided

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  • Steam Room

Culloden Estate and Spa Facilities & Amenities

Rooms & Dining

Culloden Estate and Spa offers 79 rooms and suites of various sizes, many of which afford views of Belfast Lough or the property's vibrant gardens. The lavish accommodations are in keeping with the hotel's general ambiance of Old World luxury. Rooms feature a color scheme with predominant shades of yellow as well as rich wood furnishings. A favorite among international celebrities, the huge Grand Palace Suite encompasses a deluxe marble bathroom, dining room, and lounge area.

The award-winning Mitre Restaurant serves elegant gourmet dishes prepared with fresh local produce. A piano player sends melodious notes wafting through the gothic dining room at dinner each evening. Hearty Irish breakfasts, casual snacks, and international dinner options can be savored within the space's wood-paneled walls and grass-green booths. Among the delicacies on the menu are spinach and pine nut ravioli, pan-fried monkfish, and rack of Mourne lamb with crushed root vegetables and baby leeks.

The hotel gardens envelop the Cultra Inn, a bistro/pub whose informal atmosphere invites guests to enjoy wholesome Irish fare or a drink with companions in front of roaring log fires.

The Zest Juice Bar within the spa caters to the nutrition-conscious with fresh salads, wraps, and fruit smoothies.


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