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Co. Down's Montalto Estate To Serve As New Tourist Attraction

By Dave Simpson
Co. Down's Montalto Estate To Serve As New Tourist Attraction

Montalto Estate, a 400 acre private estate located in rural Co. Down located minutes from the centre of Ballynahinch, is getting ready to open to visitors for the first time in its history. Owned by the Wilson family, the new visitor attraction represents a major private investment creating up to 30 new full and part time jobs in the tourism sector as well as the employment of 40 construction jobs.

The Wilson family, well known for running a range of successful Northern Ireland businesses, purchased Montalto Estate in 1995. Following a major renovation of the entire estate, they developed an exclusive luxury venue for business and corporate clients. In 2012 this expanded to include the award-winning wedding venue – The Carriage Rooms at Montalto. Their on-going business development strategy identified an opportunity to support the sustainability of the Estate through the provision of a unique tourism offering. This features the opening up of the estate to the public by providing a visitor experience aimed at reconnecting with nature through the estate’s beautiful surroundings.

Reconnect With Nature

Montalto Estate aims to reconnect visitors with nature through access to a range of gardens, walks and trails.

The Montalto Estate visitor experience will include; public access to the estate’s gardens; walks and trails including the Lake Walk, the Garden Walk and the Woodland Trail; a purpose built centre; a 120 seat café; and a shop that will offer a mix of estate produce, local craft products and many other uniquely designed items.

Montalto Estate will open to the public in the autumn. Opening hours are Wednesday - Sunday, 10am - 4pm.

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