Resorts & Retreats Awards 2020 Page 21 LUX 2020 Resorts and Retreats Awards Nestled in 100 acres of farmland and 49 acres of stunning woodland and gardens, Loughbrickland Courtyard provides its guests with a luxurious rural getaway near County Down and County Armagh. Located near Banbridge, Loughbrickland Courtyard sits at the heart of the Loughbrickland estate and behind historic Loughbrickland House and has been owned by the Whyte family since 1704. Once a crumbling set of outbuildings, Loughbrickland Courtyard now boasts a beautifully refurbished coach house, which consists of two luxury self-catering holiday homes. Named after local townlands, Coolnacran offers three ensuite bedrooms and Lisnagade offers two ensuite bedrooms, with both units providing a spacious living room and fully equipped kitchen. Loughbrickland Courtyard is perfectly situated to offer its guests a sense of rural calm and tranquillity, but is also in reach of some wonderful attractions such as the cathedral city of Armagh, the spectacular Mourne Mountains and the Titanic Museum in Belfast. What sets this unique establishment apart is the personal service each guest receives. Manager Evelyn Robb is on hand to greet every guest in person and is always available should they need any assistance during their stay. Guests receive a welcome basket on their arrival containing tea and coffee, milk and juice, and home-made breads, preserves Located just outside Loughbrickland village near Banbridge in County Down, Northern Ireland, Loughbrickland Courtyard offers luxury self-catering holiday rental accommodation, ideal for couples, families and group bookings. Having been recognised in this year’s Resorts and Retreats Awards, we profile this stunning establishment and speak to Owner, Jean Whyte, to find out more. Loughbrickland Courtyard Best Self-Catering Accommodation 2020 – County Down and cakes and can also experience a personal tour of Loughbrickland House which can be arranged through Evelyn with Jean As a small business in a small community staff at Loughbrickland Courtyard are recruited locally and usually through personal recommendations, and each team member embraces a positive and friendly outlook, a professional approach and is above all reliable. As a family-friendly establishment, staff are always on hand to assist guests and can make provisions where needed for smaller children and older guests. With a customer centered approach, Loughbrickland Courtyard is always keen to receive feedback from guests, whether that’s with a short insert in their visitor book or by posting a review on TripAdvisor. Despite its recent success, it’s been a difficult year for Loughbrickland Courtyard with the Covid-19 pandemic causing widespread cancellations. However,Jean and Evelyn have used this time as an opportunity to take a more in-depth look at their facilities and have introduced some significant upgrades and enhancements to the establishment. Jean is also keen to continue the expansion within the courtyard with the magnificent stone barn, which is in excellent repair and is currently looking at ideas on how to best utilise this building. All in all, this remarkable establishment has a bright future ahead of it, Loughbrickland Courtyard will continue to remain dedicated to its guests by providing a luxury home-from- home experience and an exceptional and personal service. Company: Loughbrickland Courtyard Web: