In the picturesque outskirts of Randalstown, Antrim, a new luxury glamping destination, Cotters Park, has recently opened its doors, marking a significant shift for farmer James Alexander from traditional livestock farming to the burgeoning world of outdoor hospitality.
According to an article by Belfast Telegraph, James, along with his wife Ruth and father Nelson, has spent over four years meticulously planning and creating Cotters Park.
The site, which opened less than two months ago, has already garnered immediate success and rave reviews, positioning itself as a “hidden gem” in the realm of luxury outdoor accommodations.
James Alexander, known from his appearance on TV’s “Rare Breed,” shared the inspiration behind Cotters Park. “The farm has always been a place of tranquility for us. We spent many peaceful Sundays around the pond, which my father created, and it sparked the idea to share this serenity with others,” he said.
Cotters Park boasts a tranquil, fully-enclosed location with breathtaking views over Lough Beg and the lush countryside. The park features seven bespoke glamping units, each offering privacy, luxury, and stunning pond views.
These units are equipped with modern amenities like hot tubs, mood lighting, Wi-Fi, king-sized beds, and comfortable sofas, catering to both families seeking a nature retreat and couples looking for a romantic getaway.
James emphasized the effort that went into making each choice for the park, from hot tubs to cutlery, aiming to create a unique yet affordable luxury experience. “It’s all about providing a good experience for our guests, combining luxury with the simplicity of nature,” he added.
A significant aspect of Cotters Park is its commitment to wildlife and nature. The site encourages the settlement of birds and butterflies, with 30 purpose-built boxes and the planting of thousands of bulbs, including bluebells, snowdrops, and daffodils. “We want to bring nature closer to people, especially those coming from urban areas,” James explained.
The Lookout, a communal area located on an island in the middle of the pond, is another highlight of Cotters Park. This area is designed for social gatherings, small weddings, yoga retreats, and hen parties, offering stunning sunset views and equipped with games and a bar setup.
Since its opening, Cotters Park has been fully booked every weekend, with guests describing it as the “perfect getaway.” James expressed his satisfaction with the park’s success, stating, “We’re thrilled with the response and look forward to welcoming more guests to experience the unique blend of luxury and nature at Cotters Park.”
Cotters Park is not just a glamping site; it’s a testament to the Alexanders’ vision of luxury, nature, and community coming together to create an unforgettable experience.
For more information or to book a stay, visit www.cotterspark.com.
Featured image from Cotters Park