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Luxury hotel proposed for prime coastal site 05.02.08

INISHOWEN could be set for a jobs boost if plans go ahead for a new multi-million euro boutique hotel with panoramic views over the Atlantic.
A consortium is understood to be in early-stage talks to convert the former Pollan Beach Hotel into one of the best places to stay in the North West.
The Pollan Beach Hotel, Ballyliffin, which closed last year. The consortium is believed to be connected to the one behind the luxury Ballyliffin Lodge and Spa. The family-run Pollan Beach Hotel closed last year when one of its owners experienced ill health. The site is one of the best in Ireland with fantastic views over the Atlantic waves and the world-famous Ballyliffin Golf Course.
While there has been no comment as yet from the consortium believed to be behind the proposals, InishowenNews.com understands the plans are at an early and delicate stage. Ballyliffin is one of Donegal's busiest tourist locations due to the award-winning golf course and other major attractions such as Doagh Famine Village. The famine museum which converts to a winter wonderland for children at Christmas had a whopping 50,000 visitors in 2007.
Proprietor Pat Doherty yesterday said while he did not know the details about plans for the former Pollan Beach Hotel, he said another luxury hotel would be a welcome addition to the area's tourism product.
"We've got great feedback about the Ballyliffin Lodge and Spa and people who have stayed there have told us they would come back and stay there again.
"People these days expect a very high standard of accommodation at a competitive price and that's what the Lodge offers. Hopefully, any new hotel for Ballyliffin would provide the same value," said Mr. Doherty.
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