After playing host to the G8 recently, Fermanagh is seen as the destination of choice for a luxury break. The stunning waterways and extensive shorelines offer vast areas of outstanding natural splendour and the accommodation, activities and adventures which compliment it, make this the ideal location for a fun filled summer staycation, relaxing weekend away or mid-week retreat.
Cruising on the lakes
What better way to see the beautiful views than to cruise through them on your very own luxury boat. Hire a cruiser and explore the clear waters at your own pace, you decide where to spend those lazy summer days whether on an island hopping adventure or moored up and enjoying lunch on the deck. The freedom of this holiday is what is sets it apart from your typical self catering break. Instead it combines the indulgent surrounds of a top hotel with a relaxed and slow paced living and all essential amenities close to hand. With over 700km of lakes and canals, Fermanagh is a top European destination for pleasure cruising.
The Lough Erne Resort
Host to the 2013 G8 summit, world leaders will converge on the stunning 5 star resort in June 2013. The award winning hotel and spa is set in the most stunning location, on its very own 600 acre peninsula with rooms offering panoramic views across Lough Erne and over the amazing 2 Championship golf courses, including ‘The Faldo’ course designed by golf legend Nick Faldo. Boasting 120 luxury rooms and suites, the hotel has several awarding winning restaurants for a mix of dining experiences, an authentic Thai spa and an aura of all round luxury. A fabulous place to spend a relaxing weekend away.
Stately grandeur in its finest form. This elegant neo-classical house is situated on the outskirts of Enniskillen town, set in extensive woodland and landscaped park land, the gentle slopes down to the Lough are perfect for summer picnics and long walks. guided tours of the house itself are available daily, where you can sample the luxury living the Earls of Belmore would have enjoyed in the 18th century. Explore the lavish rooms, of rich decoration, ornaments and furnishings, including the state bedroom specially prepared for George IV. A visit to Castle Coole is ideal for the history enthusiast, some family fun or romantic walks.
Marble Arch Caves
The Marble Arch Caves, Global Geo Park is one of the finest examples of show caves in Europe! An extensive underground network of rivers, waterfalls, winding chambers and passageways makes for an enthralling adventure. Tours begin with a boat trip along the cave’s waterways and once deep inside you will explore the naturally occurring stalactites and stalagmites, walking through the chambers and caverns with the assistance of qualified guides. The caves are the only UNESCO Geo-Park in Northern Ireland and make for an exciting summer exploration.
Located approximately 8 miles from Enniskillen the former home to the Earls of Enniskillen is surrounded by beautiful woodland, parkland and gardens. With fabulous views of the Benaughlin and the Cuilcagh Mountains, a walk through these grounds is highly recommended. Explore the walled gardens with summer blooms, the water mill and thatched summer house. For a unique accommodation idea, why not book a break in the National Trust holiday cottages on the estate for a truly grand and authentic Fermanagh flavoured stay.
Crom Castle and Estate
A romantic 19th century castle set amidst a vast 1900 acre estate, Crom Castle is full of character and exploring the estate is perfect for the nature lover and wildlife watcher! The Castle is privately owned by the Crichton family, Earls of Erne and is beautifully maintained by the National Trust. Set within the waterways of upper Lough Erne Crom’s ancient woodlands and stunning islands are home to many rare species protected within Northern Ireland. Extend your stay at Crom Castle with a break in the cosy self catering holiday cottages, the luxurious West Wing attached to the castle or on the estates’s campsite.
Set on its own Island accessible via Belle Isle bridge the Belle Isle castle, walled gardens and courtyard accommodation are set right on the waters edge. A romantic location perfect for fishing, weddings or taking a cookery course at the on site school. The tranquil island setting offers a relaxed and scenic holiday location, while the extensive on site facilities gives a home from home feel. A tennis court, croquet lawn, play area, boat hire and walking trails offer cater for those looking for activity and adventure from a break on the island.
Lusty Beg Island
This 75 acre private island, is situated in the heart of the Fermangh Lakelands. Lusty Beg is popular with water sport fans, wedding parties and those just looking for a relaxing time out. Great for girly weekends away, family activity holidays or a quiet couples retreat, this all round resort has something to satisfy everyone.
Killyhevlin Hotel and Health Club
The stunning four star resort of Killyhevlin Hotel and Health Club is located on the lovely Lough Erne, Enniskillen. This award winning family run hotel, offers outstanding accommodation with scenic views across the lough, gardens which slope gently down to the waters edge and boasts a superior health suite which includes spa, gym and pool. If you prefer the freedom of self catering, the Killyhevlin also offers 13 lakeside chalets ideal for summer picnics on the porch.
If you love nature trail strolls, woodland cycles, al fresco dining and summer camping then Castle Archdale is the place to be. The stunning parkland and campsite on the shores of Lower Lough Erne
Fine dining in the finest of locations. A paradise for fishing fanatic, the Watermill Restaurant on Kilmore Quay offers guests an exclusive opportunity to have their catch from the day cooked by top chefs and served to you on the waters edge, either inside the stunning surrounds or on board your own private boat. Arrive at the Watermill by car, boat, helicopter or waterplane! Hiring a cruiser for your Fermanagh break? Moor along one the Watermill’s five private jetties and savour the fabulous authentic local flavours and top quality dishes.
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