A set of three tree-top forest lodges, set within the Binevenagh Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the North Coast, came online for booking and sold out in the first weekend.
Bookings were open for holiday stays at 'Burrenmore Nest' on Friday 1 October at 1pm, but - by Monday - had completely sold out all dates within the first booking period, up to 7 December 2021.
Set within the Downhill Forest estate, each lodge stands tall on stilts, with floor to ceiling windows offering panoramic views into the forest. Designed as a peaceful retreat, each lodge also offers guests a private outdoor whirlpool bath, a private balcony, use of communal firepit, BBQ and a host of high-end features.
The Burrenmore Nest lodges represent some of the best of Northern Irish design, build and technology. The style of the build is unique in the UK and Ireland, drawing inspiration from Scandinavia, but designed specifically for the site by local architect Maddie Stewart and garden-room experts, Escapod Ltd, based in Magherafelt. All nights were sold direct through Northern Ireland-based online booking platform 'GlampManager'.
"In design, build, finishing, interior design and even the online booking platform - these lodges represent top quality Northern Irish talent coming together to deliver a world-class place to stay" said Hal Sutton, Site Manager at Burrenmore Nest.
Hal commented: "We hope that these new lodges will provide a boost to the Binevenagh economy and support tourism interest in our area. Whether it is forest, sea, sweeping beaches or the Binevenagh mountain, there are so many things for our guests to enjoy in the area – or perhaps they may just cosy up in the tub, or read a book in the lodge, with nothing but the forest around them."
Local Councillor Michelle Knight-McQuillan said "The Binevenagh tourism community and the council are working to grow the tourism economy and to help people become aware of the beauty of the Binevenagh AONB. These new forest lodges provide a fantastic new asset for the area and will bring new visitors to come and enjoy all that we have to offer here."
Reflecting on the launch weekend, Hal said "We couldn't believe the demand for stays with us when we put the booking link up on our website. After all the hardship of COVID-19 and being locked-down, I think people really want to get away to nature and have their escape to the forest. People can rest and recover with us and they can be close to nature, but they don’t have to sacrifice on comfort and luxury finishes."