Looking to the future of Glenmona

A view of Glenmona House, Cushendun.

Glenmona House, the lovely old mansion nestled in the trees overlooking Cushendun beach, is looking to its future.

The National Trust’s new Project Officer in Cushendun is presently working on a strategic plan to ensure that the beautiful old house is given a new role within the village and becomes a key destination for visitors travelling the Causeway Coastal route.

Recently retired from her role as Director of Development Services in the old Moyle District Council, Esther Mulholland is looking forward to developing Glenmona House and grounds.

She explains:'Cushendun village, with its curious Cornish style architecture, is a real gem on the Causeway Coastal Route and still relatively undiscovered.

'Glenmona House and its grounds offer so many exciting possibilities for developing the tourist industry here and I hope to get the local community involved in that process.

'Over the past few months I have been carrying out research and talking with visitors, community groups and local businesses. I have now reported my preliminary findings to the National Trust.

'The most important thing in planning how the building and grounds will be used in the future will be to ensure that any activity is economically viable and sustainable.

'Then the big challenge will be to source the funding as substantial investment will be required to realise the vision of this new venture.'

Esther can be contacted by email at: esther.mulholland@nationaltrust.org.uk or you can call at Glenmona House any Wednesday.