Montalto is an enchanting estate set in magnificent, natural surroundings in Ballynahinch, County Down. The visitor offering includes captivating trails and gardens, a unique eating environment and a distinctive retail element.
A stunning new visitor centre, shop and café was built at the prestigious Montalto Estate. The privately owned Estate opened to the public in 2018 and has developed into a flagship tourist destination. The project was a finalist in the Tourism and Leisure category of the RICS Awards Northern Ireland.
Traditional paving was required for an enchanting estate.
Montalto is an enchanting estate set in magnificent, natural surroundings. The visitor offering includes captivating trails and gardens, a unique eating environment and a distinctive retail element.
“We designed the visitor centre, restaurant and shop based around a 19th century courtyard. It comprises of two buildings – one containing the visitor centre and shop and another which houses the 120-seater restaurant,” Colin McCabe from John J O’Connell Architects commented.
The new centre is an extremely exciting development for Montalto Estate and will not only preserve its heritage, but will also ensure its long term future as an important landmark and visitor destination within County Down.
“External landscaping of the split-level site features grass, fruit trees, gravel and two types of Tobermore paving – Tegula concrete cobbles, and Retro block paving patterned outside the restaurant,” Colin McCabe from John O’Connell Architects commented.
Tegula is the perfect paving choice for period properties like Montalto Estate. It provides an antique appearance which evokes timeless style and elegance.
Retro block paving has a cobbled traditional feel. Using Tobermore’s innovative aging system to produce an authentic weathered appearance, Retro block paving adds character and charm to Montalto Estate.
"Since the scheme was completed, the estate has seen an increase both in visitor numbers and a rise in those joining their membership programme, as well as many favourable comments from the general public."