The Old Schoolhouse Inn
This family-run establishment is at the heart of some of the most scenic countryside in the UK, just a few minutes away from Strangford Lough. The area offers wonderful foraging opportunities for head chef Will Brown, who enjoys a high profile in Northern Ireland.
The bedrooms are all individually presented, and some have started to go through a refurbishment programme which has involved a changed of style, although other rooms, due to popular demand, are being refreshed but kept essentially as they are.
A hands-on approach from all the family in both kitchen and accommodation ensures hospitality is consistently good, and would be reason enough to visit without the food being such a strong attraction.
Pictured: Andrew Oxley, Head of AA Hotel Services; Avril Brown and Sharon Alhalab, The Old Schoolhouse Inn; Giovanna Grossi, AA Hotel Services
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