“ Address: 69 Main Street / Ballymoney / BT53 6AN / Ireland / Tel: 028 2766 9927 „
We have visited the Manor 3x, and stayed there twice. On our first visit we stopped in ( unexpectedly) with 16 children and 4 adults for lunch. Now some of these children are very picky about what they eat, so everyone had to get something different. The cafe is rather small, but our lunch was prepared quickly and we didnt get one complaint from the children. On the two later occasions we stayed for one night, and then for two nights.
When you first enter the Manor Hotel there is the cafe on the left which is very pleasantly decorated and provides great food at reasonable prices with excellent service as well. On the right is a beautiful little country pub, where the locals take pains to make all feel welcome, and again the service is excellent.
The Guest rooms are located on the 2nd and 3rd floors and are very well kept up with a lovely home like decor. Everything was spotlessly clean ( at least on arrival and the cleaning service kept the common areas clean despite a rather messy group of teens we brought with us).
On the first two visits I was unaware of a large night club to the back of the building, but a few of the adults went in and listened to music there are the third trip. Because a bit of noise drifts up from the club, you might consider a third floor room if visiting with young children.
The standard prices are quite reasonable £25 per night bed and breakfast. They do give discounts for groups. What really stands out about this place though is how child friendly it is and how thoughtful the staff are. Are on visit my son was under 1 year old and looking something to eat about 8:30 at night. We went down to see if the kitchen was open, but it was not. The woman asked what he wanted though and I said toast and she went in and made hime some, offering to get toast anytime he wanted for the visit. He also had toast with lunch and dinner and we were never charged ( He was in a real toast stage).
Another kind act was by the security/ doormen. The teenagers in our group had made friends with locals and wanted to sit outside at night. The doormen said not to worry, they could keep an eye on them the whole time as their cameras showed the outside as well. The patience showed by staff wiith so many teens was wonderful. I really couldn't reccomend this place highly enough but it would certainly be my first choice of a place to stay in this part of the country, although I have stayed in much more costly hotels nearby.
What to do in Ballymoney:
Ballymoney was home to the famous motorbike racer Joey Dunlop. A memorial to him, and the Joey Dunlop Leisure Centre are located almost just across the road from the Manor. I cant give a great deal of information on the leisure centre as I didnt go, but the kids said the swimmers there was brilliant and it was very reasonably priced. The leisure centre also contains a three story pirate themed indoor play area.
Other places to visit would include Leslie Hill Open Farm, Finvoy Fun Farm and Movanagher Fish Farm.
Ballymoney is famous for fishing, including several salmon runs. Permits are required so i would reccomend you contact Ballymoney Tourist Information Office on 028 2766 0227 for information on permits and fishing seasons, as salmon can only be caught at certain times of the year. Alternatively, there are a few local bait and tackle shops that cans sell you short term permits. Alternatively, Leck game shoot offers a number of fishing and hunting packages to holiday makers, all tackle included. There are also two golf clubs nearby, a livery stable, canoeing ( although I believe this is only for experienced canoeists) go karting and tennis.
Ballymoney is also a convenient, quiet and much less expensive place to stay and visit Portrush, the Giants Causeway and even Londonderry. In fact this was our main reason for staying there, we used this as a base to explore this section of the country.