Strictly's Shirley Ballas first to check into TV's B&B By The Sea in Downhill

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B&B By The Sea is a new TV series set in a unique coastal hideaway on Downhill Beach – and the first guest checks in this Friday (November 25).

In episode one, Strictly Come Dancing’s Shirley Ballas is first to arrive at the Victorian guesthouse.

Despite the tranquil setting it won’t all be rest and relaxation for the famous faces checking in to reconnect with the sea and the coast.

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The stunning location overlooking Downhill Beach and nestled beneath Mussenden Temple is a place of calm and gives our guests a chance to explore their connections to the sea, acquiring new skills and a fresh perspective through a range of activities.

The B&B by the Sea at DownhillThe B&B by the Sea at Downhill
The B&B by the Sea at Downhill

Host Sharon McIlveen, gardener Mary Anne Farenden, driver Rory O’Kane - who has extensive knowledge of the local area - and Michelin-starred chef Alex Greene are on hand to welcome celebrity guests to the B&B.

Thinking she will be able to take a break from her hectic schedule, the Queen of Latin Shirley is quickly put to work on a pig farm in Bushmills and learns how to make pottery.

Novice cook Shirley also slips on her apron to help chef Alex whip up a delicious meal for guests using the best of local produce. On the menu is roasted pork belly and a boozy pudding to get everyone in the mood for dancing.

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In episode two, Dragons’ Den investor Deborah Meaden has a unique connection to the sea which makes this a very personal visit for the TV star who has never visited Northern Ireland - or cooked a meal - before.

This entire series will be available on the BBC iPlayer after the first episode airs on BBC One Northern Ireland at 7.30pm on Friday (November 25).

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