Irish hotel forced to close will reopen as chic boutique


A hotel in County Down, Northern Ireland that closed abruptly in October 2015 is to reopen this month with a well-known local family at the helm.

The Portferry Hotel is scheduled to launch in mid-February, and will see business owners Cahal and Mary Athurs, who family run a butchers, Dumigan’s Bar and The Ferry Grill in the town, take control of the new venture.

The Portaferry Hotel closed abruptly in October 2015, and a statement at the time said it was forced to close due to poor trading.

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The Arthurs, who have over 50 years experience running hospitality businesses, now believe that the reopening of the Portaferry Hotel is ‘central to the prosperity of the town’.

The couple are aiming to create a boutique hotel that will be built on a family-focused ethos.

Cahal Arthurs said: “Our vision is that the Portaferry Hotel will be a family-focused business and a hub for the community and an exciting new option for people visiting the area. We want to create a destination hospitality offering that will attract visitors to the town, whilst also giving local people access to quality food and service on their doorstep."

The hotel will also focus on a quality food offering, with plans to develop a bar menu and affordable Sunday lunches.

James Sinton, director of North Down Leisure, property landlord said: “The Arthurs bring great local knowledge, along with a proven track record in running businesses in the town. We wish them every success in developing their vision for the business and look forward to the hotel opening to the public in the coming weeks.”