After an extremely busy few weeks, I couldn’t wait to get down to Fermanagh last weekend to spend the night at a cottage at Belle Isle Estate in Lisbellaw.
Belle Isle is a 470-acre estate at Lough Erne, and includes Belle Isle Castle, which is a 17th Century country house. The drive up over the water makes you feel like you’re in for something special.
We arrived at about 3.30pm on Saturday and checked out our home for the night- one of the restored coach houses. The stone building we were staying in (with a bell and clock tower) was built in 1856 to house the castle’s coaches and horses. It has now been converted into two cottages, each sleeping four people.
We were in Coach House 2 which has a living room, kitchen/ dining area and a WC downstairs, and a double bedroom, twin bedroom and a bathroom upstairs. The cottages are dog-friendly so we were able to take our wee Jack Russell with us, who was very happy to sleep in front of the warmth of the fire that night.
After settling into the cottage, we made our way around the grounds to explore the Estate and Lough Erne. It was great to see the Castle itself (having seen many pictures) right by the water’s edge. Thankfully the rain stayed away and we enjoyed walking around the woodland and countryside.
After a short trip to Enniskillen for dinner, we made our way back to the cottage for the night, enjoying the bottle of wine that was left for us, as well as the roaring wood-burning fire.
It was great to sit back and enjoy the quiet surroundings. After a comfortable sleep that night, we made a cooked breakfast in the kitchen, which was equipped with all the utensils we needed.
Sometimes it’s nice to get away and not pack too much into your trip apart from relaxing and eating! Loved our time in Belle Isle; a nice, peaceful spot!
Belle Isle Castle