Good Hotel Guide Review
‘There is a magnificent view over Belfast lough’ from Conor and Bernie McClelland’s Victorian merchant’s house in large gardens close to Holywood Golf Club. It was from this lough that the Titanic sailed for Southampton in 1912. Hence Conor’s occasional Titanic Menu, a recreation of dinner served to first-class passengers. ‘Not for those who prefer understatement or minimalism in food and decor, Rayanne House offers a wholehearted, endearing combination of old-fashioned lavishness and contemporary standards.’ ‘A riot of stained glass, chintz, porcelain and cushions in public rooms prepares guests for the colourful and comfortable bedrooms’, each with a ‘luxurious bathroom’. The Rory McIlroy Room has a golf-themed bathroom with grass-effect floor tiles, one of McIlroy’s clubs repurposed as a grab bar. This is really a B&B (there are good brasseries nearby), but roughly twice a month, guests can sign up for a multi-course evening meal, either the Titanic menu, or a fresh seasonal menu. Book well ahead; dates on the website. An ‘astonishingly varied and delicious breakfast menu’ includes chilled porridge with raspberry purée, home-made pork and prune sausages.
60 Demesne Road
00 353 28 9042 5859
10. 1, on ground floor, suitable for disabled.
all year, 'limited service' Christmas/New Year.
2 lounges, dining room, free Wi-Fi, conference facilities, 1-acre grounds, public rooms wheelchair accessible, adapted toilet.
light jazz in dining room.
all ages welcomed.
Amex, MC, Visa.
per room B&B single £100–£120, double £140–£160, family £160–£165. Dinner, 9-course tasting menu £65 (10% service added).