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             Visitors give the Thumbs up for Rural Cottages
             22nd December 2004

             Today Rural Cottage Holidays celebrated the launch of its new brochure in Belfast at its fourth
             annual awards ceremony. Guests from across Northern Ireland attended a seasonal event at
             St Anne’s Court where the winners of the 2004 Rural Cottage Holidays Awards were
             announced.

             This year, two cottages in Co Antrim tied for the overall winner of Rural Cottage of the Year.
             They were Beachview Cottage in Cushendun and Fallowvee Cottage at Waterfoot.

             It was a double win for Fallowvee, with joint Host of the Year award going to Anne-Marie
             McDonnell, whilst Hector McDonnell of Glenarm’s Rectory Cottage shared the Host of the
             Year honours. Winners in four regional categories were also announced:

             Presenting the awards, which are based on feedback gathered from individual customer
             questionnaires, Alan Clarke, Northern Ireland Tourist Board Chief Executive said, “I am
             delighted to reward those flying the flag for tourism in the beauty spots of rural Northern
             Ireland. The Rural Cottage Holidays product presents the best of Northern Ireland, enticing
             the visitor to experience the authentic country lifestyle in comfort, with a genuine and sincere
             welcome from the hosts. The excellent feedback from our visitors reinforces the attention to
             quality standards so important in this industry”.

             END

             Editor’s Notes

             For further information contact Malachy Finnegan, NITB Press Office, Tel: 028 9044 1644, E-
             mail: m.finnegan@nitb.com.

             2004 Rural Cottage Holidays Award Winners
              Rural Cottage of the Year Joint winners
              Beachview cottage
              Fallowvee cottage

             Host of the Year Joint winners
              Anne-Marie McDonnell
              Hector McDonnell

             Regional Awards
             Co Down
              Barr Hall Barns, Portaferry

             Fermanagh
              Lakelands Blessingbourne Estate, Fivemiletown

             Glens of Antrim Joint winners
              Beachview Cottage, Cushendun
              Fallowvee Cottage, Waterfoot

             Sperrins
              Drumard Cottage, Stewartstown




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             Rural Cottage Holidays Limited was formed in 1993 as a wholly owned subsidiary of the
             Northern Ireland Tourist Board with EU funding. Its principal objectives are to develop rural
             tourism in Northern Ireland, and to stimulate the rural economy of Northern Ireland.




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