The Rabbit Hotel & Retreat

Hugh J. O’Boyle Ltd were entrusted by Galgorm Collection with the extensive refurbishment and remodelling contract for The Rabbit Hotel & Retreat.

Works were carried out in several stages, with Hugh J. O’Boyle Ltd contracted to deliver phases 2-5. These phases included the refurbishment, reordering, construction of extensions and a new build Spa to the hotel complex.

Phase 2 required the complete refurbishment of the wedding reception and function area including installation of a new, fully serviced kitchen, mechanical and electrical upgrades, installation of external balcony, bathrooms and redecoration of the venue. As can be seen in the accompanying photographs, a beautiful space to cater for such events.

In Phase 3, Hugh J. O’Boyle Ltd carried out the refurbishment of the ground floor reception/meeting rooms, reordering of the rooms and replacing of floor finishes and electrical works throughout, as instructed by their client’s design team.

The next stage – Phase 4 – involved the complete refurbishment of 24 bedrooms to ground, first and second floors. Works included demolitions, joinery, mechanical and electrical upgrade, new floor and ceiling finishes and complete redecoration of the bedrooms and installation of new ensuites.

Phase 5 was the largest element of the overall project, comprising the reordering of the basement including major structural alterations, construction of walls, joinery works, electrical and mechanical services, floor, wall and ceiling finishes and external private courtyards to deliver a further nine bedrooms for the hotel.

In conjunction with the above works, an extension was constructed to the hotel, providing changing facilities to service the Spa area.

“The Spa was a major undertaking requiring extensive ground remodelling,” said Declan McCormick, Managing Director for Hugh J. O’Boyle Ltd. “This enabled the construction of retaining structures to facilitate a roman bath, cabanas, saunas, hot tub, heated beach area, bars and relaxation areas to deliver a fully decorated, serviced and landscaped Spa area, which, in our opinion, is unique.”

Works were often invasive and had to be undertaken during the challenging pandemic period with its associated Covid-19 restrictions. Works also had to be handled very sensitively as the hotel and the general public emerged from these restrictions.

Commenting on the end result, Declan said, “The most satisfying aspect of the complete project was to take on board and fully deliver on the concepts and design intent of our client, channelled through the architect and project management team. 

“The Spa itself is a fantastic facility and Hugh J. O’Boyle Ltd is extremely proud to have been an integral part of the team that, despite numerous challenges from the pandemic and supply chain difficulties, were able to deliver alongside the design team and with the assistance of our loyal subcontractors. It was a privilege for us to work on this project.”


For the full article on this project, please see NI Builder Magazine issue 33-2 Apr-May below: