New Boutique Hotel On The Antrim Coast

By Robert McHugh
New Boutique Hotel On The Antrim Coast

Black Rock Hotels has officially announced the opening of Gray’s at Bushmills, a new 17-bed boutique hotel on the Antrim coast, with the support of Ulster Bank.

The hospitality group, owned by entrepreneur Adrian Fullan, recently completed a refurbishment programme on the site which was formerly home to The Smugglers Inn.

One of the first decisions was a rebranding of the business to Gray’s at Bushmills, which Fullan says is in tribute to his late grandmother, Ellen Gray, who treasured the North Coast.

'New Chapter'

“I am delighted to begin this new venture with the support of Davina and the team at Ulster Bank," said Fullan.

"The bank recognised the value of what we’re proposing for the business and how our plans can be real economic drivers for the area.


"This is a significant new chapter for Black Rock Hotels as we expand our footprint and we’re looking forward to unlocking the full potential of the newly rebranded Gray’s at Bushmills.”

Giant’s Causeway

Gray’s at Bushmills offers 17 individually-styled rooms including double, triple and family rooms.

Its brasserie, led by executive head chef Simon Turner, uses locally-sourced produce.

The hotel is located only a short journey from UNESCO World Heritage site the Giant’s Causeway, Old Bushmills Whiskey Distillery and several prominent golf courses.

'Significant Contribution'

“We’re very pleased to help Adrian acquire this long-established business," said Davina Kerr, Ulster Bank senior relationship manager.

"Tourism is vitally important to the local economy in Northern Ireland and Adrian’s vision, along with his proven expertise in the hospitality industry, will no doubt make a significant contribution to the tourism offering in the area for domestic and international visitors alike.”