The Rosspark Hotel in Kells, Ballymena is to be offered for sale following change in ownership, reports Shauna McCrudden
One of Northern Ireland’s most popular full-service hotels, the Rosspark Hotel, is for sale. This follows the announcement that hotel owner Keith Carmichael, a renowned figure in the hospitality industry, will be retiring.
Located on the outskirts of Ballymena and 20 miles from Belfast and the North Coast, the 39-bedroom modern property is set on a landscaped parkland side extending up to 10 acres. It was bought by the Carmichael Group in 1999 and since then, under the management of Keith Carmichael, has made significant investments of £3 million. Plus enhancements which have enabled the Rosspark to become an award-winning wedding venue.
Renowned for its high-quality service for weddings, the hotel features five conference/function suites, a stunning new Garden Lounge with a private bar and a state-of-the-art wedding pavilion to accommodate wedding ceremonies, civil partnerships and blessings. Along with the Therapy Rooms which are available to both hotel guests and the general public, and extensive landscaped gardens.
Concept plans have also been drawn up to provide a 38-bedroom extension to the property, 17 new 2-bedroom cottages and a new spa facility/swimming pool to enable further expansion of the hotel.
Keith Carmichael said, “I am very proud to see how the Rosspark has grown and developed over the last 24 years, whilst continuing to be a popular destination for families and friends to come together for special occasions. I have thoroughly enjoyed developing the hotel along with my family and the great team we have been fortunate to have working with us at the hotel.
“The time has now come for me to think about my retirement, start the process for this and enable the new owner to take the Rosspark to the next stage of its development.”
A unique opportunity
The Carmichael Group has been a prominent force within the hospitality industry for the last five decades purchasing, redeveloping, and running an impressive portfolio of bars restaurants and hotels in locations around Northern Ireland. These include Morrisons, the Tidy Doffer restaurant outside Hillsborough, The Stables in Groomsport and the Hillside in Hillsborough.
The group currently own several bars and restaurants in the Belfast and North Down area including the Bryansburn Inn, operated by Ian Carmichael. There are other bars and restaurants leased to tenants including Pug Uglys, The Groomsport Inn, The Stables, and The Esplanade, along with an extensive property portfolio.
The sale of the Rosspark Hotel is being handled by property consultant Gavin Weir, Principal, Avison Young in Belfast.
Gavin said, “This is a unique opportunity for someone to build on the great work that has been done over the last number of years at the Rosspark Hotel. Opportunities like this rarely become available on the open market.
“We anticipate a significant level of interest from locally based hotel groups as well as parties based in the UK and Republic of Ireland. They will see this as a chance to enter the Northern Ireland market and hit the ground running without the time delay and onerous costs that come with a new build project.” For further information on the Rosspark Hotel contact Gavin Weir at Avison Young on (+44) 2890 31 6121 or email@example.com
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