Last week saw the commencement of the first stage of heritage restoration works at Dobbins Inn in Carrickfergus. Dobbins has been in the capable hands of the Fallis family for soon to be 40 years. Over this time it has seen many soft refurbishments and internal renovations. However this is the first time work has been taken on the exterior of the building.
Dobbins Inn is renowned throughout Ireland and beyond for its rich history stretching back to the 13th century, with the grand Elizabethan fireplace still standing at hotel reception along with the original 16th Century, ‘Priest’s Hole’.
The works to the front of the building will see the current plaster stripped back to the original stonework, once re rendered it is hoped that it can be restored to that of the castle which stood on the grounds back in the 14th Century
The restoration is being supported by Mid and East Antrim Borough Council and the Historic Environment Department, as well as a local Consultancy firm to oversee the project.
The works were officially launched at an Open Evening on the 1st March in the hotel’s Landings Restaurant which was attended by key partners from local government and the hospitality and tourism sectors as the hotel looks forward to a busy 2018.
Speaking about the developments Kirsty Fallis commented, “the family are delighted to have the backing of local council and the community. Already the town has been buzzing about what will be found behind the walls. Whatever the outcome Dobbins will continue to offer their unique history and hospitality and look forward to another 40 years.”
The start of March also sees the complete renovation of another of the hotel’s 15 bedrooms with further renovations planned for later in 2018.