Posts tagged Northern Ireland
Top five mini-moon destinations in Northern Ireland

Planning a beautiful autumn or winter wedding with careful consideration to Northern Ireland’s temperamental climate can be challenging enough for many brides and grooms, never mind the additional planning required for the ultimate honeymoon break befitting a newlywed couple!

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Our favourite chocolate-filled Festival is returning!

It’s safe to say we at Dufferin, alongside many other chocolate lovers and foodies, are extremely excited for the return of the Finnebrogue Artisan Hans Sloane Chocolate & Fine Food Festival taking place from 14th – 16th September.

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Explore iconic Game of Thrones sites in County Down

f you are a true Game of Thrones fan, we’re sure you among many others across the world are eagerly awaiting the next instalment of the series which isn’t due to hit screens until next year.

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Some ‘Eggscellent’ Easter activities in County Down

With the Easter holidays approaching, now is the time to plan in some fun-filled Easter activities for you and little ones, and if you’re fond of searching high and low for the elusive eggs in an Easter egg hunt and enjoy getting out and about in the fresh air, County Down will have something for you!

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Spending a long weekend at Strangford Lough

Strangford Lough, located just 30 minutes from the busy streets of Belfast, is one of the many beautiful hidden gems that Northern Ireland has to offer, and sits conveniently in Killyleagh’s back yard.

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2017 Wedding Cake Trends: Ask the Expert

In the world of weddings, more and more traditions are being left behind, but the wedding cake is here to stay! After all, who doesn’t like cake? Whilst some couples are opting for a more traditional tiered cake, others are choosing something a little more quirky for their big day. More fashion-forward designs and flavours are becoming on-trend including the marble look, floral designs, a ruffle effect and possibly the most popular type of design - personalised cakes.

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Top 6 Things to do with your family over the Summer Holidays

Stuck for ideas on keeping the family busy this summer?  We’re spoilt for choice this year with a wide range of events and attractions open to enjoy with the whole family this summer, whether you’re visiting our neck of the woods for a long weekend stay at Dufferin Coaching Inn, or if you’re lucky to call Northern Ireland home! Here are our top six must-visit attractions to add to your summer bucket list…

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Must-visit beaches to paddle on this summer

It’s June and summertime has officially begun! Time for school holidays, day trips and spending every moment possible outdoors as we soak up our few months of Northern Ireland’s sunny summer weather!

Northern Ireland has miles and miles of coastline featuring some outstanding beaches, stunning scenery and fascinating wildlife, and whether you’re a long-time resident or a weekend visitor to Northern Ireland, our beaches are popular among everyone on beautiful summer days.

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Hygge-lovers Andrew & Lauren celebrate their big day at Dufferin Hall

“I completely fell in love with Dufferin as soon as I stepped foot in it and knew it was the perfect venue for the cosy wedding I had envisaged,” says bride Lauren.

Newlyweds Andrew and Lauren Blair had a cosy and very personal wedding at Dufferin Hall last September after getting engaged on a romantic break in Iceland. The couple had been dating for two years before tying the knot and chose Dufferin Hall to gather together their nearest and dearest after a ceremony at a nearby church.

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A Fairy-tale wedding with personal touches for Grace and Matt Evans

Grace & Matt Evans got married in a lovely autumn wedding on Saturday 19th November and chose to have their special reception among their closest friends and family in Dufferin Hall.  Their romance budded while working in Tesco during university nearly 14 years ago, and they have since lived together in London and now Dublin.

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2016 Wedding Flower Trends: Dufferin Asks the Expert

Seen on centre pieces, in the bridal party’s hair, atop wedding cakes, and on the lapels of grooms and fathers of the bride, wedding flowers are an essential element to the big day. But what about the hands behind those fabulous floral arrangements? We caught up with leading County Down florist Gillian Mee from Flowers by Mee in Killyleagh to discover this season’s biggest floral trends, tips, and blossom inspirations.

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Meet Leontine Haines, Owner & Operator, Dufferin Coaching Inn & Hall

Say hello to Leontine Haines, the lady who has been welcoming guests to the Dufferin Coaching Inn and Hall for over 10 years.  Over a cup of tea in her cosy front room, Leontine shared her stories, inspirations, and secrets to the perfect Ulster Fry. 

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Pennywise Wedding Planning

Once engaged, it’s very easy to get swept away with the romance and ignore all logic, including sensible spending, in pursuit of your perfect wedding.  At Dufferin Coaching Inn & Hall we believe that you don’t need to splurge to achieve sparkle on your big day.

Here are a few tips on how organise a frugal fairy-tale:

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A taste of local Christmas

Christmas dinner is one of the most special meals of the year, but we spend most of the season rushing in a tizzy from supermarket to supermarket accumulating mass quantities of humdrum groceries to knock together the annual Christmas dinner.

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