Availability: All year
Accommodates: up to 26 guests
Ref No: FH01
A stunning Irish castle set on its own private island in the middle of Lough Erne. A place where dreams come true! Situated on the northern tip of Upper Lough Erne, this 470-acre estate is spread over eight picturesque islands. Inhabited since the 12th century, the estate today offers a wide range of attractive self-catering accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets. The property is owned by the Duke of Abercorn.
The castle comprises two interconncting wings which is perfect for family and other gatherings, vacations, intimate weddings, product launches and photographic shoots. The blend of ancient grandeur and modern amenities combine to provide the last word in comfort and ambiance. Fine antiques and fascinating art works grace the main reception rooms. The heart of the castle is the banqueting hall, a large atmospheric room recently restored to its former glory. An open fire sits opposite huge floor-to-ceiling windows bathing the room in natural light. Above, a minstrel's gallery uses natural acoustics to flood the room with traditional and classical music. Gourmets may have the opportunity to enroll in the on-site cookery school. Belle Isle Castle can only be booked in its entirety so you and your guests will have complete exclusivity.
The estate has been designated a Special Area of Conservation and the castle itself is a fantastic 17th Century Country House. The strong stone walls, huge solid wood doors and sculptural window surrounds are encased in a sea of ivy leaves and traditional planting. The sunken garden makes the perfect space for gatherings, impromptu or otherwise. Beyond the castle a lake view beckons you further into the estate, through grassy banks and wild flowering meadows past rope swings swaying from mature trees. A formal walled garden tempts your eye as you glance back towards the castle and wonder what lies behind that imposing door.
13 bedrooms, 13 bathrooms
Guests pass through a magnificent double-vaulted entrance hall into an elegant drawing room with an open fireplace. The grand hall, a banqueting room that seats 50, has its own minstrels' gallery. Imposing stone-flagged double vaulted entrance. Large, fully-fitted kitchen, with Aga and farmhouse table, inner hall and cloakroom.
First / second floors: Each of the 13 bedrooms is uniquely decorated with antique or handcrafted pine furniture. From the Ivy Room in The Hamilton Wing with its grand four poster bed and astonishing views over the Estate to the Sweet Pea Room with deluxe roll top bathroom suit, each is brimming with character & history, drawing you into a storybook fairy tale. What are you waiting for?
A number of self-catering cottages and apartments are scattered around the estate and may be booked independently or with the castle.
Belfast, 144km (90 miles)
Dublin, 177km (110 miles)
Shannon, 274km (170 miles)
Nearest town is Enniskillen, 13km (8 miles)
Amenities in the area:
Amenities in the grounds include all-weather hard tennis court (in the old walled garden), private coarse and pike fishing, shooting and stalking (advance notice required), boat hire to explore the lakes and islands, and walking in the surrounding countryside.
A wooden-built cruiser Trasna, accommodating up to 14 people, is available for hire with skipper, from June to September.
Attractions in the area are the town of Enniskillen, with its excellent range of shops and restaurants, the National Trust properties of Castle Coole, Florence Court and Crom. The magnificent beaches of County Donegal are approximately 45 minutes away, as is Belleek - home of the famous pottery. The Marble Arch Caves are 10 minutes by car. Golfers have many options including the champuionship course at Lough Erne Resort.
Prices may change depending on level of service required, number of guests and time of year when you are traveling. For your convenience the following rates are guide-lines only.
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