Arthur's, a new guesthouse in Royal Hillsborough, has officially opened to guests.
Expanding the hospitality business further with Ulster Bank support, its owners have also unveiled a new ground floor café, marking the completion of a major six-figure investment in the Georgian property.
Owned by husband and wife duo Lynne and Jonathan McCabe, Arthur's is a 12-bed guesthouse that blends the contemporary with the traditional, with each of its rooms being infused with interior design complemented by period features that draw inspiration from the original architectural characteristics of the property.
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In a bid to enhance guests' experiences, Arthur's has completed the fitout of its café fronting Main Street in the Co. Down village.
A project several years in the making, the Georgian property that is home to Arthur's was purchased in 2018 and underwent refurbishment to preserve and showcase its period features.
During this time, Lynne McCabe studied interior design and oversaw the styling of the property and its suites.
The McCabes have been welcoming guests to their family home, Lisnacurran House, since June 2011. In 2019, they opened Ralph's guesthouse in Moira. Arthur's is their third venture.
Lynne McCabe said, "Being born and raised on a traditional Ulster farm, we appreciate good, homely cooking and this something we want to share with our guests. For Jonathan and I, the food and drink experience at Arthur's is as important as the accommodation. They complement one another and serve to create a truly memorable stay. We're very thankful to the team at Ulster Bank for backing this vision for the business and for providing us with the support and expertise needed to make this new venture a success."
She added, "Every room is testament to our appreciation for beautiful architecture. The styling shows how comfort can blend perfectly with history, antiques and some charm without ever compromising on the modern amenities that we've all come to expect from a luxury night away."
Ulster Bank business development manager Derick Wilson said, "Lynne and Jonathan are long-term customers of the bank whose energy and constant pursuit of excellence in every aspect of their business is to be admired. From Lisnacurran House in Dromore to Ralph's in Moira and now Arthur's of Hillsborough, we're pleased to have provided funding that has allowed them to create a very strong portfolio of high-value assets that stimulate local tourism, encourage visitor spend and secure important employment opportunities in the hospitality sector."
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