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Multi-Million Pound Investment Planned to Redevelop Cushendall Hotel

By 4 September 2023Company Updates

Planning permission has been officially lodged with Causeway Cast and Glens Borough Council for the redevelopment of the former Glens / Thornlea Hotel in Cushendall, Co. Antrim by Z Property Development.

Z Property Group has lodged official plans to redevelop, revive and run the hotel, which has lain dormant since 2016.

Plans propose an extension to the hotel’s existing footprint to boast 39 bedrooms, 200-person function room, spa facilities, bar and standalone brasserie restaurant. The hotel’s rich history and surrounding culture will form a focal point for the hotel.

The redevelopment process alone reflects a multi-million-pound investment into the Co. Antrim village from Z Property, while the finished hotel is expected to bring 40-50 new jobs to the area.

Cushendall has been served by this hotel for over a century and was a major social hub for the Glens of Antrim and beyond.

Being such a well-beloved landmark for locals, Z Property has undertaken extensive consultation with locals and community groups alike, with an overwhelmingly positive response both in person and online.

Scott Kennedy, Z Property’s Managing Director said, “Z Property are delighted to formerly present our plans for the renovation of this landmark hotel.

“We are very aware of the special place the former Thornlea Hotel has in the hearts of locals and take the responsibility of its renovation seriously, with extensive community consultation continuing to inform every stage of the project.

“The team at Z will not only be renovating but running the hotel upon its completion. We’ve made great contacts throughout the Glens of Antrim and look forward to working alongside locals to further contribute to Cushendall’s vibrant community and beyond.”

Local representatives have praised new hotels coming to the north coast, predicting increased and prolonged tourist spending beyond the Giant’s Causeway and into the greater Causeway Coast and Glens area.

New hotels in the area are also expected to ease local housing concerns by reducing demand for holiday lets which has contributed to a 13% rise in house prices in Causeway Coast and Glens Council since 2022.

Planning was lodged with Causeway Coast and Glens Council on 1st August 2023, under LA01/2023/0848/F and can be viewed on Northern Ireland Public Register (

For further updates on The Cushendall Inn, formerly the Thornlea / Glens of Antrim hotel, follow along on Z Property’s Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn.