The Ivanhoe Hotel began its existence back in the 1800s as a Spirit Grocers, known as the Halfway House - a well-known stopping-off point for travellers on their way from Belfast to Saintfield. The Inn was the first bar to allow women to drink unaccompanied by men!
Unusually the Inn has only ever had two owners - the Mallon Family who then sold to the present owners, the Maguire Family in 1980.
Needless to say, many changes have taken place in the intervening years and the old inn has been transformed into a thoroughly modern hotel to meet the demands of today's discerning guests with wi-fi throughout and every modern comfort in its stylish 29 bedrooms.
Recent refurbishments have transformed the Ivanhoe Grill and Bar, Reception area and Function rooms with beautiful pastel colours, bespoke lighting and furniture. However the Ivanhoe still manages to retain the homely ambience of an individual, family-run hotel, with many original features.
Just outside of Belfast city with the centre only 20 minutes’ drive away is the Ivanhoe Inn and Hotel which offers guests ample free on-site parking.
Each en suite bedroom is bright and decorated with modern furnishings. Rooms come with a TV and tea/coffee making facilities.
The Grill and Bar Restaurant offers a variety of meals and an excellent wine list. The 125-seater Lagan Suite can cater for groups such as conferences and wedding receptions and the Hotel's very popular Sunday Carvery. The Bracken Room is perfect for smaller family-gatherings and Christenings (up to 50 people.)Breakfast can be purchased in the Grill and Bar.
The Ivanhoe Inn benefits from 3 local golf courses, all within 20 minutes’ drive. Sailing is also an option on Strangford Lough at just 30 minutes by car, with other attractions such as the Castle Espie Wildfowl Reserve located on the shores of the lough.
Nearby Belfast attractions include the World Best Tourist Attraction of 2017 The Titanic Centre, Crumlin Road Gaol, Belfast's City Hall and The Ulster Museum at Botanic Gardens.
Slightly further afield is the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum with excellent displays of the island's history.
The popular seaside town of Newcastle and the gateway to the splendid Mourne Mountains is just 30 minutes drive from the hotel.
Tours to the North Coast including Giant's Causeway, can be arranged from the hotel.