Four forest tourist accommodation lodges are due to launch this July, after the Causeway Coast and Glens Borough council granted planning permission for the conversion of an abandoned brownfield site into a premier forest retreat. Construction is currently underway.
Situated near the tourist hotspots of Mussenden Temple, Benone beach and Binevenagh Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), Burrenmore Nest is set within the forest off Burrenmore Road in the historic Downhill Estate grounds. With three of the four luxury lodges perched on stilts, guests can expect to enjoy panoramic views of the forest through floor-to-ceiling windows, as well as a private hot tub, comfy king-size bed, crackling firepit, BBQs and outstanding doorstep walks.
Nick Maxwell, who is leading the project, said: “Lockdown has shown us all how much people value and need nature, so our vision is to create an immersive forest experience which allows our guests to enjoy the benefits of the forest and beauty of the area, escaping and bathing in nature, without sacrificing luxury.”
Councillor Michelle Knight-McQuillan said: “This is a unique and very welcome project, which will completely transform an area of derelict land in the Burrenmore Forest and will ultimately enable more people to visit and appreciate the incredible beauty we have around Castlerock and the wider Binevenagh AONB.”
Until now, the site was a derelict sunken water reservoir, which was decommissioned more than 30 years ago.
Burrenmore Nest is expected to open to the public in July 2021.