£3million Upgrade For Hillyard House

Hillyard House in Castlewellan gets a major £3 million investment to upgrade its accommodation and facilities.

Hillyard House in Castlewellan gets a major £3 million investment.

A revamped guest house is re-opening its doors in Castlewellan.

Following a redevelopment it has been transformed it into a four-star licensed Guest Inn.

Hillyard House, on the edge of Castlewellan Forest Park, has received a £3million investment to fully refurbish the property’s 20 en-suite guest bedrooms.

It will also set up a new licensed restaurant and create a new bar. The business will also focus on long-term environmental sustainability.

In an effort to reduce the green footprint of their ‘REFLECT’ Framework, Hillyard Hospitality wanted to reduce using carbons whilst ensuring a high-quality guest experience.

Hillyard Hospitality refurbishment gets warm welcome with natural gas: Hillyard House General Manager Cormac Cushnan is pictured alongside Lachlan Nally, Industrial & Commercial Sales Manager at Phoenix Natural

Therefore, Hillyard House will be moving to natural gas. This offers considerable carbon savings and is a convenient fuel to work with.

Hillyard Owners Welcome Environmental Benefits.

Owners Martin O’Higgins and Seamus Devlin said: “We have close links to Castlewellan Forest Park and other areas of outstanding natural beauty.

“We also have a responsibility to the local community. We have worked there for many years. Ensuring Hillyard House works in an environmentally responsible manner is very important to us.

“Making the move to natural gas became a priority for us as it produces less carbon than any other fossil fuels.”

General Manager, Cormac Cushnan said: “It has added to our carbon savings and positive environmental impact.

“And he removal of our oil tanks helps us to use space better within the property to a 90-seater restaurant and bar.

“We hope this will add significant value to the guest experience and allow us to offer something unique within the local area.”

Cormac added: “With many people opting for staycations and short-stays locally, we believe there is a huge opportunity for anyone looking to experience the rich beauty of Castlewellan and its surrounding areas.

“The Hillyard team are ofing an inviting escape through making the wee things count and we are delighted to be partnered with Phoenix Natural Gas to make this a reality.”

Phoenix Natural Gas has supported businesses across East Down in making the move to natural gas as part of its £60 million pound network extension investment. 

Phoenix Gas Delighted To Work With Hillyard House

Lachlan Nally, Industrial & Commercial Sales Manager at Phoenix Natural Gas says: “We are delighted to be working with clients such as Hillyard Hospitality. They are providing an effective, reliable and lower carbon heating solution for their business. It doesn’t compromise on the customer experience.

“Traditionally, businesses have moved to natural gas for convenience reasons, such as instant heat and hot water.

“But increasingly the efficiency and environmental benefits are becoming more important as businesses look at how to fuel their future.

“We’re delighted that the extension of the natural gas network to East Down has enabled Hillyard House to reduce their carbon emissions.

“And we look forward to welcoming more businesses to natural gas in the months and years ahead.”

Phoenix Natural Gas began work on the extension of its natural gas network to 13 towns across East Down in 2016, providing access to natural gas for a further 28,000 properties.

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