Fodor's Expert Review The Londonderry Arms Hotel

20 Harbor Rd., Carnlough, Co. Antrim, BT44 0EU, Northern Ireland Fodor's Choice

What awaits at this lovely traditional inn are ivy-clad walls, gorgeous antiques, regional paintings, prints and maps, and lots of fresh flowers—all time-burnished accents well befitting an estate once inherited by Sir Winston Churchill. Located beside Carnlough harbor on the edge of a peaceful bay at the foot of Glencloy, the second of the beautiful nine glens of Antrim on the celebrated Causeway coastal route, this 18th-century hotel was built in 1848 as a coaching inn by the Marchioness of Londonderry. In 1921 Sir Winston, a great-grandson of the original owner, inherited the hotel which is now owned and run by the gregarious Denise O'Neill. Georgian furnishings and luxurious fabrics—we love the ultrachic French Nobilis wallpaper with its historic scenes on the ground and first floors—are immaculately kept. The spacious rooms, some with sea views, are tastefully furnished with Connemara-made furniture. The restaurant serves substantial, traditional Irish meals, as well as high tea and afternoon tea and lighter meals are available in the bar-bistro. The hotel runs a series of creative workshops—including painting and digital photography—and a very popular murder-mystery weekend.


  • fine historic vibe
  • cheerful staff
  • free newspapers


  • chattering birds in the ivy sometimes provide unscheduled early wake-up call
  • old-fashioned hotels (and creaky floorboards) aren't to everyone's taste


Near the beach


Phones: 028-2888–5255


35 rooms
Rate Includes: Some meals

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