Dufferin Coaching Inn
Leontine Haines runs a delightful destination in her lovely, early 19th-century coaching house, in pretty Killyleagh. Part of the Dufferin was formerly a bank but, unlike most Irish banks, Ms Haines actually knows how to run a business properly and professionally. The rooms and bathrooms are beautifully appointed, the towels are fluffy, the Bircher muesli at breakfast is as scrumptious as all the other home-made ingredients that comprise the feast that starts the day.
Many guests choose to eat next door at the friendly Dufferin Arms, or at Balloo House where the brilliant Danny Millar cooks up a storm. But staying at the Dufferin also means you are close to The Poacher’s Pocket, also run by Danny Millar, and you are not too far from Will Brown’s The Old Schoolhouse Inn at Castle Espie. Striking southwards from Dufferin will let you explore Dundrum and its lovely restaurants, whilst wine buffs should not miss a visit to Jim Nicholson’s stunning wine shop in nearby Crossgar. All told, the Dufferin Coaching Inn is the ideal location to stay in order to explore one of the most beautiful parts of Ireland.
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