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Luxury in the Lakelands

Head west to the counties of Tyrone and Fermanagh where an adventure awaits. It’s a lush playground formed from drumlins and Lakelands with unexpected experiences around every corner. Its stunning scenery is dotted with stately homes and castles, with waterways and landscapes providing a stunning backdrop for diverse experiences and historical landmarks. Get out on the waterways and explore the islands and ancient ruins. Have a hands-on experience at the world-famous Belleek Pottery. Visiting Fermanagh and Tyrone, discover all that is unique and special about this part of Northern Ireland!

Day 1

Blessingbourne Estate

Enjoy a visit to the Lowry family home, award-winning Blessingbourne Estate. This is a beautiful historic 550-acre country estate, nestled in the heart of woodlands, lakes, and wildlife on the edge of the Clogher Valley. Blessingbourne is within walking distance of Fivemiletown village and close to the Fermanagh Lakelands. The estate is one of North West Ireland’s most tranquil and unique destinations. Guests are greeted by Lady Mary Montgomery who will entertain them with stories and tales of yesteryear.

Blessingbourne Estate Pet Friendly 5* Self Catering | Northern Ireland

Island Discovery - Erne Water Taxis

The best way to really see the Fermanagh Lakelands is from the water, and if your boat is captained by Barry Flanagan, you’ll see and hear so much more – from tales of island life, to the distinctive call of a moorhen. There is no set itinerary and countless possibilities. Starting from Enniskillen, Ireland’s only island town, Barry will choose your route, based on his knowledge of Lough Erne’s changing currents, seasons and the movements of wildlife. As you travel, he will show you secretive creatures such as kingfishers, and intrigue you with poignant stories of the now largely uninhabited islands, from the Bronze Age to the 1980s. For centuries, these islands were home to thriving communities making a living through farming and fishing; at the turn of the 20th century, there were around 500 residents.

Boat Tours | Lough Erne | County Fermanagh (ernewatertaxi.com)

Lough Erne Hotel

Winner of Hotel of the Year, Lough Erne Resort, is a luxurious 5-Star hotel in Enniskillen, the gateway to North West Ireland. Nestled on a 600 acre peninsula with spectacular views of the Fermanagh Lakelands and The Faldo Course, it’s clear to see why Lough Erne Resort is renowned as one of the finest 5 Star hotels Northern Ireland has to offer

Lough Erne Resort | 5 Star Hotel Northern Ireland | Hotels Enniskillen

Dinner in the Catalina Restaurant

Diners can enjoy a variety of unique experiences from elegant dining in The Catalina Restaurant awarded 3 AA Rosettes. Acclaimed Executive Head Chef Noel McMeel and his team have created menus, which showcase modern Irish cuisine at its finest, using the very best of local seasonal ingredients.

The Catalina Restaurant | Best Restaurants In Northern Ireland (lougherneresort.com)

Day 2

Marble Arch Caves

Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark – one of the first eight Geoparks in the world to be recognised by UNESCO when they launched their Geoparks initiative in 2001. Recognised as a region with a geological heritage of outstanding international significance, the Geopark offers a window into the area’s 895-million-year past. Marble Arch Caves are one the finest show caves in Europe. Visitors are guided through a fascinating natural underworld of rivers, waterfalls, winding passages, and lofty chambers while stunningly beautiful cave formations glisten all around.Marble Arch Caves – Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh, Northern Ireland

Florence Court

Beautiful 18th-century home set on a sustainable estate and gardens. Surrounded by lush parkland and thick woodland with Benaughlin Mountain rising in the background, Florence Court enjoys a majestic countryside setting in West Fermanagh. There is something for everyone to enjoy at this extensive and welcoming place. On a guided tour of the Georgian mansion, you can hear stories about the Cole family and their staff, who lived here for over 250 years. The gardens are home to the mother of all Irish yew trees, as well as the kitchen garden which is being restored to its 1930s character

Florence Court | National Trust

Finn Lough

Come back to nature at Finn Lough, your forest refuge from all the stresses and strains of modern life. ‘Finn’ means fair in Irish and Finn Lough is Fermanagh’s fair lake. Truly a place apart, this luxury hideaway lies deep among the ancient woodlands of Fermanagh, protected by the fair waters of the lough. It’s a wonderful place to slow down, relax and rediscover the joy in the simplicity of nature. From lakeside yoga to pedal kayaks, your experiences here are curated to bring you laidback bliss. So slow down, ditch the maps and explore – because around every corner are little pockets of pleasure just waiting to be savoured.

FinnLough – Finn Lough

Forest Barn

Forest Barn is a beautiful airy space serving dining options throughout the day. It offers casual, fresh fare that incorporates seasonal produce from our polytunnel and the very best of local ingredients. Our flavours are seasonal. Our experiences are authentic and original. Like the sound of the water lapping at the shore, the flavours of Finn Lough reconnect your thoughts to nature – to a calm sense of pleasure.

FinnLough – Dining at Finn Lough

Day 3

Belleek Pottery

On a tour of Ireland’s oldest working pottery, the phrase ‘look but don’t touch’ doesn’t always apply. Each piece of Belleek Pottery passes through 16 different artisans’ hands, and yours are set to become the 17th pair, as the highly skilled staff guide you through every step of their process. Arriving at the pottery on the tranquil banks of the River Erne in County Fermanagh, visitors are invited to ring the bell which first called people to work in 1857. Generation after generation of locals have learned a trade here, keeping heritage alive and creating Belleek’s distinctive and often intricate Parian china. None more detailed than the International Centrepiece in the foyer, a true labour of love which won the Paris Exhibition in 1900. Today, around 100,000 pieces are produced every year and shipped off around the world.

Belleek Pottery Visitor’s Centre | Belleek

Crom Castle

Lying on the beautiful shores of tranquil Upper Lough Erne, amongst an archipelago of wooded islands and woodlands, Crom Castle is a romantic 19th century Victorian castle set in a 1900-acre estate, one of Northern Ireland’s most important conservation areas. You get two castles for the price of one at this magnificent estate: a handsome 19th century neo-Tudor mansion and the original plantation ruins. The outstanding beauty and tranquillity of this setting with its wonderful wildlife and nature makes it a perfect retreat for all. The estate is meticulously kept and looked after by the National Trust, making it a wonderful place to discover and explore. Enjoy long woodland walks or hire a rowing boat to get up close with the wonderfully picturesque Gad Island. Crom Castle is privately owned by the Crichton family, Earls of Erne. The west wing radiates a warm and welcoming atmosphere, where guests can feel that they are staying in someone’s home rather than an impersonal hotel or guest house.

Crom Castle, Exclusive Use Castle Accommodation, Enniskillen, Northern Ireland (celticcastles.com)

Colebrooke Park

Colebrooke Park in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland is first and foremost a family home, the seat of Viscount & Viscountess Brookeborough and one of the region’s most important and historic stately homes. It is exclusive, discreet and offers a taste of a unique lifestyle which guests may experience whilst staying in an Irish Stately Home. Standing on the banks of the Colebrooke River, fishing, clay pigeon shooting, archery and other outdoor activities are available for guests’ enjoyment. For those who may wish to enjoy a less energetic stay, there are long riverside and shrub garden walks and there are purpose built ‘hides’ for watching the abundant wildlife in this remarkable haven. These include deer, otters, mink, buzzards, kingfishers, and many others.

Stately Home & Country Estate in Northern Ireland (colebrooke.info) 

Belleek Restaurant

Belleek Restaurant is a relaxed fine Dining restaurant in Manor House Country Hotel where the ornate interior high ceilings, fabulous wall cornicing detail and stunning views of Lough Erne exude a tranquil and inviting ambience. A family-owned property that combines old world charm with modern hotel luxury and a warm Fermanagh welcome to give this Fermanagh hotel a charming country house ambience.

Fine Dining Restaurant Fermanagh | Belleek Restaurant l Manor House Co (manorhousecountryhotel.com)

Day 4

Belleek Pottery

On a tour of Ireland’s oldest working pottery, the phrase ‘look but don’t touch’ doesn’t always apply. Each piece of Belleek Pottery passes through 16 different artisans’ hands, and yours are set to become the 17th pair, as the highly skilled staff guide you through every step of their process. Arriving at the pottery on the tranquil banks of the River Erne in County Fermanagh, visitors are invited to ring the bell which first called people to work in 1857. Generation after generation of locals have learned a trade here, keeping heritage alive and creating Belleek’s distinctive and often intricate Parian china. None more detailed than the International Centrepiece in the foyer, a true labour of love which won the Paris Exhibition in 1900. Today, around 100,000 pieces are produced every year and shipped off around the world.

Belleek Pottery Visitor’s Centre | Belleek

Crom Castle

Lying on the beautiful shores of tranquil Upper Lough Erne, amongst an archipelago of wooded islands and woodlands, Crom Castle is a romantic 19th century Victorian castle set in a 1900-acre estate, one of Northern Ireland’s most important conservation areas. You get two castles for the price of one at this magnificent estate: a handsome 19th century neo-Tudor mansion and the original plantation ruins. The outstanding beauty and tranquillity of this setting with its wonderful wildlife and nature makes it a perfect retreat for all. The estate is meticulously kept and looked after by the National Trust, making it a wonderful place to discover and explore. Enjoy long woodland walks or hire a rowing boat to get up close with the wonderfully picturesque Gad Island. Crom Castle is privately owned by the Crichton family, Earls of Erne. The west wing radiates a warm and welcoming atmosphere, where guests can feel that they are staying in someone’s home rather than an impersonal hotel or guest house.

Crom Castle, Exclusive Use Castle Accommodation, Enniskillen, Northern Ireland (celticcastles.com)

Colebrooke Park

Colebrooke Park in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland is first and foremost a family home, the seat of Viscount & Viscountess Brookeborough and one of the region’s most important and historic stately homes. It is exclusive, discreet and offers a taste of a unique lifestyle which guests may experience whilst staying in an Irish Stately Home. Standing on the banks of the Colebrooke River, fishing, clay pigeon shooting, archery and other outdoor activities are available for guests’ enjoyment. For those who may wish to enjoy a less energetic stay, there are long riverside and shrub garden walks and there are purpose built ‘hides’ for watching the abundant wildlife in this remarkable haven. These include deer, otters, mink, buzzards, kingfishers, and many others.

Stately Home & Country Estate in Northern Ireland (colebrooke.info) 

Belleek Restaurant

Belleek Restaurant is a relaxed fine Dining restaurant in Manor House Country Hotel where the ornate interior high ceilings, fabulous wall cornicing detail and stunning views of Lough Erne exude a tranquil and inviting ambience. A family-owned property that combines old world charm with modern hotel luxury and a warm Fermanagh welcome to give this Fermanagh hotel a charming country house ambience.

Fine Dining Restaurant Fermanagh | Belleek Restaurant l Manor House Co (manorhousecountryhotel.com)

Day 5

Belleek Pottery

On a tour of Ireland’s oldest working pottery, the phrase ‘look but don’t touch’ doesn’t always apply. Each piece of Belleek Pottery passes through 16 different artisans’ hands, and yours are set to become the 17th pair, as the highly skilled staff guide you through every step of their process. Arriving at the pottery on the tranquil banks of the River Erne in County Fermanagh, visitors are invited to ring the bell which first called people to work in 1857. Generation after generation of locals have learned a trade here, keeping heritage alive and creating Belleek’s distinctive and often intricate Parian china. None more detailed than the International Centrepiece in the foyer, a true labour of love which won the Paris Exhibition in 1900. Today, around 100,000 pieces are produced every year and shipped off around the world.

Belleek Pottery Visitor’s Centre | Belleek

Crom Castle

Lying on the beautiful shores of tranquil Upper Lough Erne, amongst an archipelago of wooded islands and woodlands, Crom Castle is a romantic 19th century Victorian castle set in a 1900-acre estate, one of Northern Ireland’s most important conservation areas. You get two castles for the price of one at this magnificent estate: a handsome 19th century neo-Tudor mansion and the original plantation ruins. The outstanding beauty and tranquillity of this setting with its wonderful wildlife and nature makes it a perfect retreat for all. The estate is meticulously kept and looked after by the National Trust, making it a wonderful place to discover and explore. Enjoy long woodland walks or hire a rowing boat to get up close with the wonderfully picturesque Gad Island. Crom Castle is privately owned by the Crichton family, Earls of Erne. The west wing radiates a warm and welcoming atmosphere, where guests can feel that they are staying in someone’s home rather than an impersonal hotel or guest house.

Crom Castle, Exclusive Use Castle Accommodation, Enniskillen, Northern Ireland (celticcastles.com)

Colebrooke Park

Colebrooke Park in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland is first and foremost a family home, the seat of Viscount & Viscountess Brookeborough and one of the region’s most important and historic stately homes. It is exclusive, discreet and offers a taste of a unique lifestyle which guests may experience whilst staying in an Irish Stately Home. Standing on the banks of the Colebrooke River, fishing, clay pigeon shooting, archery and other outdoor activities are available for guests’ enjoyment. For those who may wish to enjoy a less energetic stay, there are long riverside and shrub garden walks and there are purpose built ‘hides’ for watching the abundant wildlife in this remarkable haven. These include deer, otters, mink, buzzards, kingfishers, and many others.

Stately Home & Country Estate in Northern Ireland (colebrooke.info) 

Belleek Restaurant

Belleek Restaurant is a relaxed fine Dining restaurant in Manor House Country Hotel where the ornate interior high ceilings, fabulous wall cornicing detail and stunning views of Lough Erne exude a tranquil and inviting ambience. A family-owned property that combines old world charm with modern hotel luxury and a warm Fermanagh welcome to give this Fermanagh hotel a charming country house ambience.

Fine Dining Restaurant Fermanagh | Belleek Restaurant l Manor House Co (manorhousecountryhotel.com)

Day 6

Belleek Pottery

On a tour of Ireland’s oldest working pottery, the phrase ‘look but don’t touch’ doesn’t always apply. Each piece of Belleek Pottery passes through 16 different artisans’ hands, and yours are set to become the 17th pair, as the highly skilled staff guide you through every step of their process. Arriving at the pottery on the tranquil banks of the River Erne in County Fermanagh, visitors are invited to ring the bell which first called people to work in 1857. Generation after generation of locals have learned a trade here, keeping heritage alive and creating Belleek’s distinctive and often intricate Parian china. None more detailed than the International Centrepiece in the foyer, a true labour of love which won the Paris Exhibition in 1900. Today, around 100,000 pieces are produced every year and shipped off around the world.

Belleek Pottery Visitor’s Centre | Belleek

Crom Castle

Lying on the beautiful shores of tranquil Upper Lough Erne, amongst an archipelago of wooded islands and woodlands, Crom Castle is a romantic 19th century Victorian castle set in a 1900-acre estate, one of Northern Ireland’s most important conservation areas. You get two castles for the price of one at this magnificent estate: a handsome 19th century neo-Tudor mansion and the original plantation ruins. The outstanding beauty and tranquillity of this setting with its wonderful wildlife and nature makes it a perfect retreat for all. The estate is meticulously kept and looked after by the National Trust, making it a wonderful place to discover and explore. Enjoy long woodland walks or hire a rowing boat to get up close with the wonderfully picturesque Gad Island. Crom Castle is privately owned by the Crichton family, Earls of Erne. The west wing radiates a warm and welcoming atmosphere, where guests can feel that they are staying in someone’s home rather than an impersonal hotel or guest house.

Crom Castle, Exclusive Use Castle Accommodation, Enniskillen, Northern Ireland (celticcastles.com)

Colebrooke Park

Colebrooke Park in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland is first and foremost a family home, the seat of Viscount & Viscountess Brookeborough and one of the region’s most important and historic stately homes. It is exclusive, discreet and offers a taste of a unique lifestyle which guests may experience whilst staying in an Irish Stately Home. Standing on the banks of the Colebrooke River, fishing, clay pigeon shooting, archery and other outdoor activities are available for guests’ enjoyment. For those who may wish to enjoy a less energetic stay, there are long riverside and shrub garden walks and there are purpose built ‘hides’ for watching the abundant wildlife in this remarkable haven. These include deer, otters, mink, buzzards, kingfishers, and many others.

Stately Home & Country Estate in Northern Ireland (colebrooke.info) 

Belleek Restaurant

Belleek Restaurant is a relaxed fine Dining restaurant in Manor House Country Hotel where the ornate interior high ceilings, fabulous wall cornicing detail and stunning views of Lough Erne exude a tranquil and inviting ambience. A family-owned property that combines old world charm with modern hotel luxury and a warm Fermanagh welcome to give this Fermanagh hotel a charming country house ambience.

Fine Dining Restaurant Fermanagh | Belleek Restaurant l Manor House Co (manorhousecountryhotel.com)

Day 7

Belleek Pottery

On a tour of Ireland’s oldest working pottery, the phrase ‘look but don’t touch’ doesn’t always apply. Each piece of Belleek Pottery passes through 16 different artisans’ hands, and yours are set to become the 17th pair, as the highly skilled staff guide you through every step of their process. Arriving at the pottery on the tranquil banks of the River Erne in County Fermanagh, visitors are invited to ring the bell which first called people to work in 1857. Generation after generation of locals have learned a trade here, keeping heritage alive and creating Belleek’s distinctive and often intricate Parian china. None more detailed than the International Centrepiece in the foyer, a true labour of love which won the Paris Exhibition in 1900. Today, around 100,000 pieces are produced every year and shipped off around the world.

Belleek Pottery Visitor’s Centre | Belleek

Crom Castle

Lying on the beautiful shores of tranquil Upper Lough Erne, amongst an archipelago of wooded islands and woodlands, Crom Castle is a romantic 19th century Victorian castle set in a 1900-acre estate, one of Northern Ireland’s most important conservation areas. You get two castles for the price of one at this magnificent estate: a handsome 19th century neo-Tudor mansion and the original plantation ruins. The outstanding beauty and tranquillity of this setting with its wonderful wildlife and nature makes it a perfect retreat for all. The estate is meticulously kept and looked after by the National Trust, making it a wonderful place to discover and explore. Enjoy long woodland walks or hire a rowing boat to get up close with the wonderfully picturesque Gad Island. Crom Castle is privately owned by the Crichton family, Earls of Erne. The west wing radiates a warm and welcoming atmosphere, where guests can feel that they are staying in someone’s home rather than an impersonal hotel or guest house.

Crom Castle, Exclusive Use Castle Accommodation, Enniskillen, Northern Ireland (celticcastles.com)

Colebrooke Park

Colebrooke Park in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland is first and foremost a family home, the seat of Viscount & Viscountess Brookeborough and one of the region’s most important and historic stately homes. It is exclusive, discreet and offers a taste of a unique lifestyle which guests may experience whilst staying in an Irish Stately Home. Standing on the banks of the Colebrooke River, fishing, clay pigeon shooting, archery and other outdoor activities are available for guests’ enjoyment. For those who may wish to enjoy a less energetic stay, there are long riverside and shrub garden walks and there are purpose built ‘hides’ for watching the abundant wildlife in this remarkable haven. These include deer, otters, mink, buzzards, kingfishers, and many others.

Stately Home & Country Estate in Northern Ireland (colebrooke.info) 

Belleek Restaurant

Belleek Restaurant is a relaxed fine Dining restaurant in Manor House Country Hotel where the ornate interior high ceilings, fabulous wall cornicing detail and stunning views of Lough Erne exude a tranquil and inviting ambience. A family-owned property that combines old world charm with modern hotel luxury and a warm Fermanagh welcome to give this Fermanagh hotel a charming country house ambience.

Fine Dining Restaurant Fermanagh | Belleek Restaurant l Manor House Co (manorhousecountryhotel.com)

 

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