An historic coach house B&B in Portrush has been rated as five-star accommodation under Tourism NI’s Quality Assurance Grading Scheme.
The beautifully restored Shola Coach House, situated just a mile from Portrush town centre, dates back to 1860 and is steeped in local history.
The property oozes character and boasts four individually-styled bedrooms, including an enclosed garden room, sumptuous interiors and guest lounge.
Proprietors Sharon and David Schindler opened the business in 2013 after returning to Northern Ireland from New Zealand.
Their unique B&B was rated the second best in the world in TripAdvisor’s Travellers’ Choice Awards last year, and it also scooped the Best Serviced Accommodation award in the 2014 Northern Ireland Tourism Awards.
The couple provide a warm Northern Irish handshake at the door when guests arrive, there is a welcome pack in each bedroom, and the B&B also provides a taste of Northern Ireland with home-made bread baked from age-old recipes.
The five-star award indicates that the accommodation is of an ‘outstanding’ or ‘exceptional’ standard, and was awarded five stars following a mystery overnight assessment.
Tourism NI Chairman, Terence Brannigan said: “The Accommodation Grading Scheme is designed to provide visitors with information on the quality level of the accommodation they can expect, whilst assisting operators to maintain and continually improve the quality of their offering. The quality on offer at Shola Coach House is simply of the highest standard, and fully deserving of a five-star rating.”
The Quality Assurance Grading Scheme rigorously assess accommodation across a number of measures including hospitality and welcome, quality and condition of fixtures and fittings as well as the maintenance and presentation of the property.
Sharon Schindler said: “We are delighted to be recognised as a five-star B&B, and grateful to Tourism NI for its support. Our vision for Shola when we started operating was to be the best B&B in Northern Ireland and to treat our guests as we expect to be treated when we are on holiday. That vision has not changed, and we continue to aim to exceed customer expectations and to make our guests stay on the North Coast a memorable one.”
For more information or to book Shola Coach House please visit sholabandb.com or contact Sharon Schindler on 07565 427738.