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New self-catering accommodation opens in Lisburn City Centre
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New self-catering accommodation opens in Lisburn City Centre

September 10, 2018

Following an information evening held by Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council to entice prospective accommodation providers in the Lisburn Castlereagh area, a new self-catering accommodation provider has renovated the family home in Lisburn City Centre.

The information evening, run in conjunction with Tourism NI, highlighted the growing need to increase the number of providers in the Council area.

Marion Hull, of Marnie’s Holiday Homes NI, hearing about the information evening got in touch with the Council regarding the opening of her family home.  She said: “Coming towards the finish of the renovation I had no idea what I wanted to do with the property except that I knew I always wanted it to stay in the family.  As I thought over my ideas, I noticed the local council promoting tourism and the need of holiday accommodation to coincide with the opening of the official residence of the Queen in Northern Ireland - Hillsborough Castle. So being only 2.7 miles down the road on the local bus route I decided this would be the perfect solution.”

Upon receiving Tourism NI approval, Marion continued with her plans and has now opened the one bedroom bungalow as a Self-Catering Accommodation, Rose Cottage.

Alderman William Leathem, Chairman of the Council’s Development Committee, visited Rose Cottage to welcome Marion and officially open the accommodation to the public.  He said: “I am delighted that Marion has had the opportunity to utilise her family home with the support of the Council and I hope that, in the future, this will be a beneficial venture. We hope that her example will show others how easy it is to open similar properties and that the Lisburn Castlereagh area will flourish in the accommodation sector, prevailing from the growth in tourism in years to come.”

There is a significant projected growth in the tourism industry in the coming years due to the planned investments by the Council for the Public Realm Scheme in Hillsborough and the reopening and further development of Hillsborough Castle under the new management of Historic Royal Palaces.