Landsdowne Holdings acquires Bennet House Hotel

The new owners, Landsdowne Holdings Limited, are a locally-based company which will refurbish the four-storey Victorian property and then continue to run it as a hotel

Bennet House hotel, located on the Portrush seafront in County Antrim,  has been acquired by Landsdowne Holdings for an undisclosed price.

The new owners said they plan to refurbish the four-storey Victorian property and then continue to run it as a hotel.

Bennet House was previously a RBL Break Centre, providing respite holidays for military veterans. It was brought to the market at an individual price of £525,000 as part of a portfolio of four properties, after the legion decided to close its break centre hotels around the UK in order to provide greater resources for its increasing casework.

Robert Smithson, senior surveyor in the Hotels Agency team at global company Colliers, who acted on behalf of RBL together with his colleague Ian Duddy in the Belfast office of Colliers, said: “With its prominent location on the seafront at Portrush and superb views of the North Atlantic Ocean, Bennet House is an ideal hotel for the growing numbers of holidaymakers choosing to have a ‘staycation’ in the UK.”

Bennet House currently comprises 15 en-suite letting bedrooms and extensive public areas which have been furnished to a high quality, including a dining room; lounge; atrium; activities room; roof terrace; salon; guest laundry room and games room.

A spokesperson for Landsdowne Holdings Limited, added: “Re-opening in Summer 2021 as Elephant Rock, we will be offering a boutique hotel experience, with beautifully appointed guest rooms, a stunning speakeasy-style cocktail lounge, and a casual street-food dining concept.

“With the expected increase in the demand for staycations, we aim to provide that much needed post-lockdown escape, where guests can unwind and enjoy the many things that our beautiful north coast has to offer.”

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