January 27, 2017 1012

With the January blues slowly disappearing that can only mean one thing; Valentines Day is just around the corner!

If you’re like the rest of us, the most romantic day of the year can creep up before we’ve even had a chance to catch our breath in the New Year. This usually leads to some unfortunate presents and, if we’re not careful, the odd fight and night on the sofa…

With that in mind we thought we’d steer you well away from some of the worst suggestions we’ve ever heard for Valentines Day 2017!

Gym Membership

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It’s safe to say that New Year resolutions are pretty hard to stick to. If, over the first six weeks of the year, you’ve noticed your partner slip with their “New Year New Me” promises we highly recommend you don’t choose Valentines Day as the moment to remind them!

Gym memberships are great but almost never as presents. Stick to something less critical…

 

Scratch Cards

If you’ve had a busy start to the year Valentines Day might not be top of your to-do list but avoid those last minute panic purchases at all costs. Especially if you look down to see your hands stuffing a scratch card into a hastily written card!

Many of us enjoy a little flutter on the races, football or lottery but £5 and £10 scratch cards have no place in a fun Valentines Day. Trust us!

Haribo Ring

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If you’ve chosen Valentines Day as the day to pop the big question good for you!

We couldn’t be more excited but let’s leave the “funny” jokes for a less serious, life-defining moment, eh? Haribo gummy rings are brilliant when you’ve got a sweet tooth. Less so when your partner is expecting something big, sparkly and expensive.

 

Housework Products

Chances are you don’t like housework. Who really wants to wash the dishes or do the ironing when there are Netflix series to be binged and beautiful walks around our country to be had?

It’s also highly likely that your partner feels exactly the same way so presenting them with some Mr Muscle or new tea towels is unlikely to create the right kind of sparks…

Supermarket Brand Beer

Sometimes there’s nothing better than sharing a drink with your partner. Sitting back, relaxing and toasting another great year together can be the perfect end to a great Valentines Day.

Less so if all you’ve splurged out on is 12p cans of supermarket lager. Blow the cobwebs off that wallet or purse!

Still Struggling?

Hopefully these words of friendly warning will guide you in the right direction but, if you’re still searching for inspiration, why not treat your loved one to a night on the beautiful north coast of Northern Ireland?

When we fall down nature takes over and there’s nothing more breathtaking than the Causeway Coast in all her natural glory. Add to that the possibility of a romantic stroll on the beach, our fully stocked boutique gin bar and fresh, tasty local food and you’ve got a winner!

For more information on our bespoke Valentines Day 2017 offers just click here.



January 10, 2017 291

With all the wedding venues to view, menus to consider and guests to invite, making wedding arrangements can seem like a bit of a chore. But if you break it down into a few key points, you can easily plan your special day. We hope, becuase you’re reading this, you’ve already found the perfect venue!

However in the rush of excitement of planning, small details can be overlooked or forgotten. So if you’ve recently got engaged or are planning to pick your venue, keep in mind some of the points below.

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Location

Choosing the right location is essential to a successful wedding reception. But what makes a locaiton ‘right’ for you?

Many couples have to consider the travel time for family and friends alongside the desire to celebrate in a beautiful location. You might also wishto consider where the venue is in relation to when you want to get married as resorts can be particularly busy during peak holiday seasons. Likewise, rural venues might be harder to get to during the winter months.

Size

It might seem like a no-brainer but many wedding venues simply only cater to small or large groups. So keep that in mind if you’re somewhere in-between. You might find the perfect spot only to realise they focus on huge weddings and overcharge for your more intimate gathering.

Menu

Your Wedding meal will be a key focal point during the days’ proceedings. You’ll want to make it enjoyable and suitable for everyone. This usually means you’ll need to consider vegetarian and gluten-free options, alongside any other guest dietary requirements, as well as menus for any children attending.

Another consideration is whether alcohol or other refreshments are included in wedding menu packages. Which brings us conveniently on to our next point…

Bar Facilities

You and your guests may or may not want to drink alcohol on the big day. Either way refreshments will be needed and it’s useful to confirm if your proposed wedding venue has a suitable license.

After that you might want to consider the drinks on offer. For some, a good winelist is important. A special gin bar or maybe even a whiskey room lend a particular appeal.

Equipment

This might seem like paranoia but depending on the type of venue you’re viewing, it’s worth double-checking basic details. Ensure that standard equipment like chairs, tables and a PA system for entertainment are included in the cost. The worst thing you could do is make an assumption only to realise the worst when you arrive.

Similarly, if babies or young children are attending you may need highchairs. Also think about any of your guests who use wheelchairs or mobility scooters. Some wedding venues don’t have vital accessible toilets or accessible ramps.

Costs

The final point will be the costs involved in hiring the venue for the day. You’ll probably decide on an initial budget and will be aware of this throughout. The trick when choosing a wedding venue is to set a budget and stick to it.

At Magherabuoy House Hotel we offer 30 years experience hosting beautiful weddings in our converted 19th century Gentleman’s residence here on the incredible north coast of Northern Ireland.

Our Hotel is perfect for weddings from 10 to 300 guests. So whether you’re having an intimate celebration or a massive party you’ll be able to enjoy all our amenities. This includes great food, excellent bar facilities that include a boutique gin bar. All Hotel guests can use free WiFi and free on-site car parking.

If you have any queries don’t hesitate to contact us via clicking here.



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There’s something special about a road trip and luckily, here in Northern Ireland, we have one of the best around. The Causeway Coastal Route is like a touring playground with 120 miles of twists and turns waiting for you. Add to that the sleepy villages, panoramic views and breathtaking natural formations and you’ll start to realize just how good we’ve got it here on the north coast.

Journey Along the Edge

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Imagine driving along the edge of the country with the entirety of the island of Ireland on one side and nothing but crashing waves and sea on the other. The Causeway Coastal Route places you right on the coast with nothing but uninterrupted views and fresh sea air for company.

See

Northern Ireland is a small country and the north coast is just one tiny part. Some might see that as a negative but we see it as the opposite because there’s something great to see around every corner.

Starting in Belfast you can journey towards The Gobbins, just outside Larne. This latest addition to the route literally lets you scale cliff faces and walk along just feet above the sea. After that make your way towards the heart of the Glens of Antrim – Carnlough, Waterfoot, Cushendun and Cushendall. Each little village has its own character, history and stories to tell. It’s up to you to find out!

Beautiful beaches including White Park Bay, Ballintoy (with the nearby Ballintoy Harbour recently used as a Game of Thrones filming location) and White Rocks wait further up the road. After that you’ll see the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, The Giant’s Causeway, the jewel in the Coastal Route crown, and Dunluce Castle.

As you begin to make your way towards Limavady and Derry/Londonderry you’ll see one of Northern Ireland’s most iconic sites, Mussenden Temple. Who would’ve thought a former library could be so dramatic?

Do 

We don’t just spend our days looking; we get stuck in and get our hands dirty. There’s nowhere better than the Causeway Coastal Route when it comes to “doing”!

There’s the International North West 200, held annually right on the coast, award winning golf courses including Royal Portrush, soon to be home to The Open in 2019, and incredible dining options around every corner.

Stop in to Kiwi’s Brew Bar in Portrush for some of the best local Northern Irish craft beers around. Eat at Upstairs at Joes’ in Cushendall in the shadow of the nearby Lurig Mountain.

The list is endless but it all starts with a set of keys, four wheels and good company!

Live

There’s no better way to experience the Causeway Coastal Route and the north coast of Northern Ireland than by actually doing it and if you’re staying, we’ve got the perfect room ready for you.

Contact us here for more information or call 028 7082 3507