Plush 14m hotel planned for Rostrevor.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Plush 14m hotel planned for Rostrevor. thumbnail The view from the hotel site off the Greenpark Road.

ROSTREVOR residents are being given the opportunity to air their views on a 100-bed hotel proposed for the village.

Miceal Tinnelly of Shoreside Developments is holding a public meeting this Thursday (25 May) to give people a chance to see plans for the hotel and give their feedback.

Successful local businessman, Mr Tinnelly owns the 35-acre site on Greenpark Road where he is proposing to build the hotel. An equestrian centre is currently on the site.

He is hoping council will grant permission for the 100-bed Seven Hills Hotel and Spa when planning permission is applied for in the near future.

Outline planning permission was granted for a 50-bed hotel on the site in 2008, however, Mr Tinnelly says a 50-bed facility is no longer suitable.

"If the hotel was constructed with 50 beds, and say there were only 10 beds taken, if a bus load of people landed and wanted to stay, there would be no room for them. That is why I am now proposing a 100-bed four star hotel, which will target the upper end of the tourism industry. " A hotel of this magnitude is something that Rostrevor and the surrounding area needs to bolster tourism says Mr Tinnelly.

The Outlook was given a tour of the site last week and noted that the hotel would be located at the end of a sweeping driveway at the foot of the Mourne Mountains.

The views from the proposed hotel not only look over the scenic village of Rostrevor but also Carlingford Lough.

Mr Tinnelly has proposed that the multi-purpose luxury resort, which he says will be of four star standard, will comprise of 100 ensuite bedrooms, two function rooms, two lounge/bars, one restaurant, a top quality spa centre, fitness suite and gym, and a range of outdoor pursuits in the locality.

Mr Tinnelly currently owns and operates an equestrian centre on the site and says this will be relocated to another area within the 35-acre site to facilitate the proposed hotel development.

"A hotel is badly needed in the area. I have so much information from the tourism board which agrees with that." As well as seeking funding from banks and private investors, Mr Tinnelly is hoping to secure "grant assistance from Invest NI towards planned marketing, training, management development and IT development costs in the hotel over the five-year period of the financial projections".

"What we need now are investors. The full amount does not have to be put in as we are hoping to get money from other avenues but we are looking for investors." It is anticipated that the hotel would cost 14m.

"Due to the size of the proposal, we need to hold a pre-consultation meeting with residents before we can apply for planning permission.

"The meeting will be held in the Presbyterian Hall in Rostrevor on Thursday between 4pm and 7pm.

"It is just for us to let people know what is going to happen and for them to give us any feedback," said Mr Tinnelly


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