If you're keen to avoid the chaos of airports this summer or are simply looking for somewhere unique to stay closer to home, allow us to introduce a new gem in Northern Ireland.
Located in the picturesque coastal town of Portrush in Co Antrim, the family-run Elephant Rock opened its doors in February of this year. Full of personality, sophistication and fun this 18-room boutique hotel is housed in a Victorian terrace house. It boast spectacular sea views and a stylish custom interior created by Adrian Bailie of Adrian Interior Furnishings.
There is a great attention to detail at Elephant Rock with bespoke fabrics and furnishing to be found throughout the hotel. Each bedroom's design is unique yet perfectly balanced and the rooms feature all the comforts you'd need, from 400 thread count Egyptian cotton linen, cotton towelling robes and slippers to coffee machines and flat screen televisions.
While worth a visit in its own right, Elephant Rock also serves as a great base from which to explore all that Northern Ireland has to offer, from beautiful Blue Flag beaches to world-famous tourists spots.
The hotel is close to the spectacular Giant’s Causeway - Northern Ireland’s only UNESCO World Heritage Site - the famous Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge, Dunluce Castle and the Old Bushmills Distillery. Golfing fans will be happy to hear that there are plenty of options in close proximity to the hotel including the renowned Royal Portrush Golf Club just a mere mile away.
Then, after a day at the beach, playing golf, or exploring the area what could be better than returning to a beautiful hotel to enjoy a cocktail and a great meal? Elephant Rock is home to an intimate, 30-seater restaurant with a modern seasonal menu showcasing the best local ingredients and two chic bars.
One is a relaxed speakeasy-style space full of art deco charm and an impressive cocktail menu while the other, Vi's, is vibrant and colourful with an outdoors–indoors vibe. The perfect spot in which to while away a sunny evening.
Whether you're planning a special occasion, a staycation, or simply a weekend getaway, Portrush's elegant Elephant Rock is the perfect location in which to restore body and mind.
Find out more and book a stay at Elephant Rock here. Or see below for your chance to win a two-night stay, with bed and breakfast. (T&Cs apply.)
Photography by Alexandra Barfoot of Alexandra Barfoot Photography