Culloden Estate & Spa, Belfast – 5 Star

Standing high on the slopes of the Holywood Hills, overlooking Belfast Lough and the County Antrim Coastline, is the magnificent Culloden Estate and Spa, the most prestigious luxury five star hotel in Northern Ireland.

Originally built as an official Palace for the Bishops of Down, the Culloden stands in 12 acres of beautiful secluded gardens and woodland. Palatial surroundings, fine antiques and the highest levels of personal service combine to give the Culloden a unique air of elegance.


Today the Culloden Estate and Spa is one of the finest and most distinguished 5 star hotels in Northern Ireland, but not everyone is aware that this majestic Gothic mansion is steeped in history!

The Culloden was built in 1876 by a Mr. William Auchinleck Robinson, JP and former MP. It took two and a half years to complete, and most of the stone came from Scotland by boat, arriving in the County Down fishing village of Portaferry and being brought to the site by horse and cart.

Mr Robinson carefully chose his site in Cultra within the townland of Craigavad, and only 6 miles from the centre of Belfast. He was conscious of the fact that its situation on the Eastern side of Belfast Lough had certain climatic advantages. The site benefited from the shelter of the Holywood Hills, and the cold North and North Easterly winds seemed to loose their strength as they crossed the expanse of the Lough before reaching Craigavad. Consequently the locality’s temperature was about 3 degrees higher than in Belfast!

Accommodations :

The Culloden Estate and Spa is a luxurious 5 star resort hotel in Belfast.  Originally a Bishops Palace, the hotel is traditionally elegant while providing every modern amenity expected by our guests.

Bright, spacious and individually decorated, each of the 105 bedrooms and suites in the Culloden Estate and Spa are comfortable and inviting. Our rooms are furnished with a King Koil beds, and luxurious bed-linen to ensure a good night’s sleep. After a restful night guests can wake up to wonderful views over the hotel gardens and down towards Belfast Lough.


Perfectly proportioned to meet the needs of the business traveller or leisure guest our Executive accommodation in hues of Moonstone Grey and Almond White offer large marble bathrooms, deep soaking tubs, power showers, comfortable lounge chairs, dedicated working area, large flat screen HD TV’s and the spectacularly comfortable King Coil Cloud beds.  The majority of these rooms provide a view of our fabulously manicured gardens or Belfast Lough.

Bed size and Occupancy:
Executive Single Room 1 x King Bed Occupancy 1 adult
Executive Twin Room 2 x Single Bed Occupancy 1-2 adult(s)
Executive Double Room 1 x King Bed Occupancy 1-2 adult(s)

Junior Suite

The Junior Suites of the Culloden Estate & Spa are individually appointed with some boasting high ceilings and feature cornicing, others in a more contemporary style. All Junior Suites have spectacular views of our manicured gardens or Belfast Lough. Each have large marble bathrooms, glass enclosed showers, deep soaking tubs and large flat screen HD TV’s. Our fantastically comfortable King Coil Cloud beds complete these wonderful areas within which to relax.

Bed size and Occupancy:
Junior Suite 1 x King Bed Occupancy 1-2 adult(s)

State Suite

Unwind in our spacious State Suites all over 550 sq ft and each one sumptuously appointed.  With views of the beautiful hotel gardens and many benefitting from exceptional views of Belfast Lough our State Suites are bright and airy and have either contemporary or traditional décor.  Created within each State Suite is a luxurious relaxation area with comfortable sofas. Many of our State Suites offer ample ways to entertain, with some boasting 55” HD TV’s, gas fires, or dining areas for up to 6 people, our State Suites can exceed your personal needs.

Bed size and Occupancy: 
State Suite 1 x King Bed Occupancy 1-2 adult(s)
Sheer Unadulterated Luxury

If it’s sheer unadulterated luxury you require, the magnificent Palace Suite is the choice for you. Boasting 935sq ft including a separate lounge, private dining area for eight guests and deluxe marble bathroom with his and her vanity units. This corner suite has dual aspect views overlooking the beautiful manicured gardens and Belfast Lough. If required the Palace Suite can also become a 2 bedroom suite.

Bed size and Occupancy: 
Palace Suite1 x King Bed Occupancy 1-2 adult(s)

 Dining :
Five Star Dining in Belfast

At the Culloden Estate and Spa we are passionate about serving delicious high quality food and therefore we only use the finest local produce, all carefully selected by our Head Chef, Paul McKnight.

Whether it is a Traditional Afternoon Tea, Lunch or fabulous fine dining, our staff will welcome you and wait on your every need whilst you relax and enjoy the exquisitely prepared and beautifully presented food at our fine dining restaurant in Belfast – five star hotel dining in Belfast at its best.

Welcome to the Cultra Inn

Enjoy the relaxed and welcoming atmosphere as you sit by the log fire, take in the stunning views and enjoy a drink or delicious meal with friends.

Located in the beautifully landscaped grounds of the Culloden Estate and Spa the Cultra Inn is one of County Down’s finest bars and restaurants. At the Cultra Inn we pride ourselves on our wholesome and exciting menu. Using only the freshest locally sourced ingredients, we create memorable dishes that showcase the best of local seasonal produce.

Dine in style in the Mitre Restaurant
Dine in Ultimate Style.

The Mitre Restaurant is one of the finest restaurants in Northern Ireland, run by top chef Paul McKnight. The décor is gothic grandeur, the food gourmet chic, while waiters ensure your glass never runs empty. Let us show you to your seat and we’ll show you how to dine in ultimate style.

Enjoy a luxurious Afternoon Tea in Belfast

A ceremony of delicious decorum for indulgent afternoons. There is no better place to enjoy a traditional Afternoon Tea in Belfast than in the luxurious 5 Star surroundings of the Culloden Estate and Spa

At the Culloden Estate and Spa we have perfected the art of Afternoon Tea. Served daily in the luxurious, surroundings of our Crozier Lounge guests can enjoy delicate pastries, scones and sandwiches served with the finest blended teas. Sit back in our magnificent hotel, unfold your napkins and feast upon local ingredients and local charm.

Crozier Lounge

The Crozier Lounge, the newest addition to the Culloden Estate and Spa and is the perfect location for our guests to relax in luxurious surroundings.

By day guests can sit by the fire and enjoy scones, morning coffee, cake of the day or sample the delicious lounge food. By evening the Crozier transforms into a pre and post area for guests to enjoy some exquisite cocktails, premium Wines and a range of fabulous Gins.

 Golf :

There are a wide range of other excellent courses within an easy drive of the Culloden Estate, such as royal Belfast and the stunning links of Ardglass , and if you wan t to play the # 1 course in the world Royal County Down , it is a short 1 hour drive.

Spa :

The Spa at the 5 star Culloden Estate and Spa, is Northern Ireland’s premier sanctuary for both body and mind. Here you will find an oasis of tranquillity where the ancient rituals of many cultures are fused with modern holistic remedies.

This luxurious Spa, which offers the ESPA range of products and therapies, has eight treatment suites, two pre and post treatment relaxation rooms, Zest Juice Bar, lounge area and access to all the other facilities of the Health Club.