TripAdvisor awarded the Dufferin Coaching Inn a 2014 Certicate of Excellence Award. This is awarded to the top 10 percent of businesses listed for outstanding hospitality that have received praise and recognition in reviews by TripAdvisor travellers.

TripAdvisor also awarded the Dufferin Coaching Inn a 2012, 2013 & 2014 Travellers' Choice Award as one of the Top 25 Hotels in the United Kingdom.

In December 2010 The Dufferin Coaching Inn was invited to be included in the 100 best Places to stay in Ireland 2011 and has been included in 2012 and 2013.

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'A great new arrival, the Dufferin Coaching Inn is handsome, professional, polished and pretty'

'Leontine Haines has gotten all the details right in this lovely coaching house in pretty Killyleagh, part of which was formerly a bank. Unlike most Irish banks, however, Leontine knows how to run a business properly: no short selling here! The rooms and bathrooms are beautifully appointed, the towels fluffy, the Bircher muesli at breakfast is scrumptious as all the other homemade ingredients that comprise the feast that starts the day'


Since 1988, Fodor's Travel has been awarding The Fodor's Choice distinction to only the very best establishments around the world. Every year, Fodor's writers experience, examine and evaluate thousands of establishments in their travels across the globe with 15% only of those establishments visited awarded Fodor's Choice designation by Fodor's editors.

'The Dufferin Coaching Inn, Killyleagh, County Down, Northern Ireland has been recognized as a 2011 Fodor's Choice selection. This distinction represents a remarkable achievement and recognizes the Dufferin Coaching Inn as a leader in its field for service, quality, and value in the 2011 year'

Guest Testimonials

"My husband Gareth and I just had our wedding reception at the Dufferin Coaching Inn. It was an absolutely perfect evening. Leontine, the owner, was the most helpful, creative and accommodating person throughout the entire process. Our circumstances are slightly different than the average Bride and Groom in the sense that we had been married for just over year by the time we had our reception and also that we live in Canada. This was our opportunity to finally celebrate our marriage with all of our friends and family in Northern Ireland! Planning a party from Canada is no simple feat. Leontine met with, emailed and had telephone conversations with both ourselves and my mother-in-law in Northern Ireland. She ensured our every concern was answered and every request was fulfilled, suggesting little tweaks to our ideas to enhance our experience. Having a reception around the Christmas holidays AND trying to plan from Canada, we were concerned about who to have cater for us. Leontine led us straight to Posh Nosh who turned out to be fantastic and the food was incredible. Leontine’s close working relationship with Posh Nosh made the evening flow beautifully. The atmosphere created by the beautiful décor, amazed our guests with the newly refurbished grand entrance giving the venue a high class look. It was warm, inviting, classy and comfortable all at the same time! Was a fantastic venue that we would highly recommend to anyone planning a wedding party or any event for that matter! Thank you Leontine and the staff of Posh Nosh for making our long-awaited celebration such a special night! We also stayed the night in the Inn the night of the wedding party and the rooms were wonderfully comfortable and well stocked. Breakfast was beautiful and made any way you wanted. Perfect end to a perfect night!"
Gareth, Canada, Dec 2014

"If you're planning a trip to, or through Killyleagh, County Down anytime soon, do yourself a big favour and stop off at the Dufferin Coaching Inn on High Street. I've just spent a weekend there and can confirm that the warmth of the welcome, the cosy comfort of the room accommodation and the quality and quantity of the home-cooked breakfast are undiminished since my last visit a year ago. The Dufferin Coaching Inn really is a home-from-home with wi-fi access. Keep up the excellent work Leontyne - and I look forward to staying there again when I next visit Killyleagh."
Mr. Allan Matthews

"A lovely warm welcome, spotless accommodation, delicious breakfasts and a hostess with a great sense of humour. This is a wonderful place to stay in a warm and welcoming village. Highly recommend it here."
Mr. David Roberts

"Perfect Wedding Venue... We chose the Dufferin Coaching Inn, Killyleagh for our son and daughter in law's wedding party as it is unique and has real character. The room was perfect, 80 guests seated for food and plenty of room for dancing. The bar and snug are accessed directly off the dance floor providing somewhere to take a breather and chat. Recently refurbished it now provides the perfect entrance with subtle colours and lighting to impress arriving guests. The whole atmosphere created by candles and fairy lights was just what we needed for a great party. Leontine, owner of Dufferin Coaching Inn, was so helpful and her relaxed style made preparations easy to arrange. All 7 bedrooms were used by our party and were excellent - large rooms with original features including wooden shutters behind full length curtains. Breakfast was great. We had people from all over Northern Ireland, Britain and further afield coming to join us and everyone raved about finding somewhere so different with history to it. Would highly recommend this venue for a party and overnight stay. Stayed December 2014."
Susan Newtownards

"Kevin Tribute.. First class hospitality and comfort. Upon arrival we were greeted enthusiastically by Leontine and treated like friends of old, and this continued throughout our stay. Our rooms were comfortable and spacious each with a sitting room and en suite bathroom. My four poster bed was so comfortable I was rather loathe to leave to go home! Breakfast each morning was excellent with a vast choice of homemade breads, muesli and traditional ulster fry. Would I stay again? Absolutely without a moments thought. Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends."
Kevin Leicester

"It's all in the details... Probably one of the best stays in a hotel I've ever experienced. Warm and welcoming experience who endeavour to make sure you have everything you need. The rooms are, clean, spacious and come with plenty of personality, However, it was the detailing that really impressed me. From dressing gowns in the cupboards to electric blankets in the beds it was really a 5 star experience. Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends."
Tripadvisor Review Cardiff

"Visited this beautiful place for a wedding just last night. What a gorgeous venue! Beautifully presented with friendly, helpful staff catering to our every need. Absolutely lovely food served accompanied by ever-flowing drinks and great atmosphere. The inn has a lovely charm and character and the rooms are timelessly decorated and beautifully kept. Dinner and breakfast were both beautiful! A special thanks to Leontine for ensuring we were all well looked after. The staff were friendly and helpful from start to finish and everyone had a wonderful time!"
Lisa Bangor

"Arrived in killyleagh.on street parking used. Welcomed to.the inn on a brilliant family occasion. Such a welcome.hot cider on a freezing cold wet day. Felt at home right away. Called from bar to take seats as bride and groom were ready for their entrance. Corker of soup. .squash with spice.mmmmmn. Beef on mash with accompany of juliette parsnips & carrots. Prosecio for toasts. Red or white chardony for meal .desert was little tarts with custard. Entertainment. THE HARD CHARGERS. Excellent day at excellent venue! Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends."
Darrierob UK

"Fantastic best breakfast so far."
Chloe USA

"A truly wonderful place to stay, super room, super food and super hospitality."
Claire and John UK

"Merci beaucuop, warm friendly welcome, harmony, comfort, and pampering - reluctant to move on."
Laura and Fabrice France

"We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Dufferin Coaching Inn. You have a fine place with the most comfortable bed we found on our trip."
Ann and Chuck Hot Springs Arkansas USA

"Food and Room excellent. All staff most friendly and ready for a jest we met some wonderful people in the pub next door we chatted about jazz and famous piano players. Meetings like this make for a great holiday and also make great memories."
Ken and Irene Nottingham

"The place to switch off! Most enjoyable superb!!"
Ron and Suzy Cleveland

"This was everything we thought it would be. Our room was gorgeous, our bed so very comfortable. The village is lovely, friendly people, loads to do. Fantastic breakfasts."
Jacqui and Neil New Zealand

"The Dufferin Coaching Inn was the friendliest and most comfortable place we have been. Loved the fluffy towels and all the little touches. It was the highlight of our trip. Thanks for your hospitality."
Mauyd and Patrick Miami USA

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