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Major regeneration project to boost tourism to Portaferry

Published on:  27 Jun 2006

Barholm, a Victorian house which provides self catering accommodation and conference facilities, today (Tuesday 27th June 2006), officially opened its doors after major renovation.

Funded by the International Fund for Ireland, Ards Borough Council and the Environment & Heritage Service, the house will provide a centre for economic, community and corporate activity on the shores of Strangford Lough.

The restoration project, which has been undertaken by Portaferry Regeneration Limited, includes new disabled friendly facilities, en suite facilities to both double and family rooms as well as a large conservatory overlooking the Lough for use as a dining room for guests and a tea room at weekends for the public.

Speaking on behalf of the International Fund for Ireland, Norman Houston, welcomed the completion of the project. He said. ”I am delighted that Barholm is now ready to be officially opened to the community. The restoration of the house will have a tremendous positive impact on tourism in Portaferry and should act as a stimulant for further economic development in the area.”

David Peacock, Chairman of Portaferry Regeneration Limited, said: “As one of Portaferry’s few listed houses, Barholm is a unique heritage feature of the area. The major £200,000 funding made available from our three donors has enabled us to completely transform and restore the house to provide an enhanced range of facilities as well as a number of new services which will be a major boost to Barholm’s business as well as attract more tourism to Portaferry.”

Famed for its relaxing setting and tranquil atmosphere, Barholm is open all year round and offers low cost accommodation to a wide range of guests including couples, families, divers, community/church groups and students.

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