Stacy Hamill decided to set up accommodation which offers the flexibility for families, groups and budget-conscious travellers who prefer to cook for themselves if they wish to, and come and go as they please in a home-from-home environment.
Husband and wife team, Stacey and Jamie Hamill, saw the potential to convert a disused 200 year old stone building into a new tourism venture at the family home on the Collin Road, just outside Ballyclare. With stunning views over Collin Mount, the old dwelling provided the ideal opportunity to create 4 self-catering properties. Stacey saw a gap in the market for self-catering accommodation for visitors to the area, including business tourists seeking long-term accommodation.
The project received £50,000 to help with the build and pay for the required fixtures and fittings. The stone building was transformed from a derelict shell which had housed evacuees in the Second World War into high quality accommodation for the tourist and business market. The cottages include a double room unit, a 3-bed unit and a 2-bed unit, catering for a wide variety of needs within commuting distance of Ballymena and Belfast. Visitors can also enjoy a range of local activities from golf to country walks and fishing.
“Funding from GROW helped to turn our idea into reality. As a result of the interest and enquiries we have already received, we now intend to add spa facilities to make this a more attractive facility for customers.”