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๐Ÿ“ธ Gracehill House 

James Stuart built Gracehill House in c.1775 and named it after his wife, Grace Lynd.  The house was originally surrounded by a large estate which has recently been developed into a golf course and popular restaurant.  The former entrance to the estate is now a public road lined with beech trees and is a popular tourist attraction known as ‘the Dark Hedges’.

The estate has a royal heritage dating back to the early 17th century. 
James I granted the land to a cousin who drowned on his way to Ireland before he could take possession of his new home. The estate then passed to his grandson, William Stuart, and remained in the Stuart family for many generations.

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Originally there was 150 beech trees planted. 

Several of them have been brought down by storms in recent years and just 86 currently remain.

The Dark Hedges Estate is sitting on 300 acres which is made up of a 18 Hole Golf Course, Gracehill House, The Pantry (Cafe), Visitor Car Park, Gift Shop & The Hedges Hotel.


16 bedroom hotel is combined with a large function room catering for 200 people, lounge, bar and restaurant.

open 7 days a week serving food from 12pm until 9pm.


DINNER MENU - 4pm until 9PM

CARVERY - 12pm until 5pm - AL A CARTE MENU AVAILABLE SUNDAY 12pm until 9pm

A favourite local ghost story features the grey lady, a spectre that glides along the Bregagh Road, sashaying between the gnarled trees. She vanishes from sight when she passes the last tree.

Whilst some local people believe she is the ghost of a maid from the nearby house who died in mysterious circumstances centuries ago, or perhaps the daughter of James Stuart, referred to in some genealogy lists as ‘Cross Peggy’, others believe that she is a lost spirit from an old, deserted graveyard that is thought to lie hidden in the fields nearby. On Halloween night, the forgotten graves are said to open and the Grey Lady is joined on her walk by the tormented souls of those who were buried beside her.

More recently The Dark Hedges avenue has been featured as the Kings Road in the famous HBO series, Game of Thrones®. A railway once passed under the bridge on the Bregagh Road; going from Ballymoney to Ballycastle; via Dervock, Stranocum, Gracehill and Capecastle
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In January 2016 the game of thrones filming location and 300 year old THE DARK HEDGES was hit hard by storm Gertrude with high winds ripping up 2 of the trees. A set of world class designers created images and made the trees into the 10 very famous Doors of Thrones.
The wood from these two felled trees was carved into 10 intricately designed pub doors, each one telling the story of an episode in Game of Thrones® Season 6. Each door is within reach of a different filming location, from Cairncastle to the Glens of Antrim, via the Dark Hedges and Cushendun Caves.
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 ๐˜ฟ๐™ค๐™š๐™จ ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™š ๐™ง๐™š๐™˜๐™ค๐™œ๐™ฃ๐™ž๐™จ๐™š ๐™ฉ๐™๐™ž๐™จ ๐™œ๐™ช๐™ฎ? ๐Ÿ“บ โฌ‡๏ธ 
Today we had the pleasure of having Joe Absolom in for lunch 
He previously acted as Matthew Rose in Eastenders. 
๐Ÿ“บ He also played the leading role in the 2002 British horror film Long Time Dead also Doc Martin, The Bill & Casualty. 
He also appeared as a criminal in the internet crime thriller Girl Number Nine and he won a celebrity version of TV show Total Wipeout.
Come along into Lannisters Lounge and get your photo taken with door of Thrones number 7!
We also have the Journey of Doors Passports which we will stamp for you โš”๏ธ



The Hedges Hotel,
139A Ballinlea Road,
Ballymoney BT53 8PX,
Northern Ireland





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