Romantic lakeside cottage
Cottage 51, County Fermanagh
Step inside this magical wee cottage, and you enter a different world where new surprises lurk around every corner. A delightful world of natural and recycled materials and honky-tonk pianos, nestled in a rural landscape of lakes, rivers and stone wall bridges.
A magical home that radiates eccentric charm
The small entrance lobby leads through to the airy double storey kitchen, which is the hub of the house. Terracotta floor, Belfast sink, and wood-burning stove make you feel instantly at home. Put the kettle on..
French doors open out onto a patio and fabulous views of Lough Scalban. You can soak away your blues in a classic Victorian free-standing roll-top bath before bed..
All rooms lead off the kitchen. We call the sitting room the Piano room, for obvious reasons. A large comfy sofa, armchair and TV if you need it, share this eclectic space with antique wood burning stove in an oak fireplace, books and Victorian memorabilia.
At the opposite side of the kitchen is the master bedroom - A romantic boudoir in cool cucumber colours with billowing taffeta curtains and a large Louis xvi double bed. Luxury 200 thread count Egyptian cotton sheets and feather down duvets and pillows, complete the story.
The panelled dining room, shrouded in a riot of roses, with hand-painted table, is a very special place to enjoy Chic dinners with panoramic views.
Underfoot is an artwork itself, devised from reassembled gym floor boards, and the shelves are stocked with books.
Stairs leading from the kitchen, take you up to the mezzanine bedroom with antique cast iron bed and eiderdown quilt.
The house and annex have oil fired central heating.
Linen and Towels are supplied.
The kitchen is all electric, with microwave and dishwasher.
Of course there is Stereo, TV and Video.
There is no Wi-Fi, you will need to bring a broad-band dongle or similar internet connection.
The washing machine/dryer are contained in an out-house.
If you have a particular requirement, be sure to tell us..
In the self contained annex adjacent to the cottage, there is a single bedroom and a double bedroom with ensuite bathroom. The style is rustic, vintage and eclectic, with half doors, stone walls, Belfast sink and enclosed double bed.
Out and About
This is an ideal touring base for exploring the Erne waterway, the Pullans, and North West Ireland. A Mecca for anglers and country walkers alike – there is so much to see and do...
Here are links to some of our favourite activities-
Divine atmosphere-so cosy
full of personal touches - interior design is the work of a genius! Love it. Thanks very much.
The cottage was exactly what we intended to get, a perfect hideaway in a beautiful landscape. We calmed down perfectly. Everything was in good condition, even the hot water supply; not self understood in an older romantic house. We really could not say what should be improved. The mail contact with Kyron was absolutely friendly and helpful. We will keep our Ireland trip in a long and warm remembrance.
Peter + Gabi, Berlin, August 2016
Great stuff, Absolutely loved the place. We will be using UIH again… ...and again! :)
Ed - October 2015
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About the Locality
Cottage 51 is located approx 4 km from the village of Belleek in County Fermanagh, which is one of the six counties in the province of Ulster.
Fermanagh sits between the Republican Counties of Donegal to the North, and Sligo to the South.
Belleek is the western-most village in the United Kingdom and Sits on the border between the UK and the republic. The world renowned Belleek Pottery was founded in 1857 by John Caldwell Bloomfield, who declared that any piece with the slightest flaw would be destroyed. The policy still survives today. Pieces are made in Parian porcelain which imitates marble.
The two Loughs of the Erne basin are connected by the River Erne which flows North-Westwards into the Atlantic at Ballyshannon. Lower Lough Erne is further North as it is furthest downstream.
The town of Enniskillen lies on the stretch between the two lakes. A canal, the Shannon-Erne Waterway, runs between the upper end of the River Shannon and the River Erne, and utilises sixteen locks. The lakes are home to a maze of Islands, the largest being Boa which is 8km long and contains notable pagan stone relics.
Killybegs is the largest fishing port in the Ireland. The town is famous for its tapestries and carpets, some of which were produced on the biggest carpet loom in the world at the Donegal Carpet Factory. The carpets, known as Donegals, are hand-knotted in the Turkish style.
Interestingly, Fermanagh escaped the potato blight during the Great Famine better than any other county, as the county had so many islands. The disease had difficulty travelling over water. Those Erne islands produced surprising amounts of potatoes (the staple diet on the island, from 1845–1849), whilst the mainland was largely starving in comparison.
During the second world war this area experienced a lot of airborne activity as sanctioned flying boats from Lough Erne in the UK flew missions out over the short Republican corridor into the Atlantic. It was a Catalina from Lough Erne that spotted the notorious German battleship Bismarck out in the Atlantic – and this led to her demise by the British Navy who had been in pursuit but had lost contact in heavy fog.
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How to get there - Car essential..
By Air: Flights to Dublin, Belfast, Donegal or Knock airports.
Dublin Airport - approx 3 hours from house.
Belfast Airport - approx 2 hours from house.
Donegal Airport - approx 1 and quarter hours from house.
Knock Airport – approx 1 and half hours from house.
Lower Lough Erne is a huge expanse of water, over five miles wide at its widest point and 18 miles in length. The lough is dotted with numerous islands, rocky outcrops and reaches depths of over 200 feet in places, making it ideal habitat for brown trout and large numbers of coarse fish species.
Upper Lough Erne, on the other hand is a maze of channels and islands with vast reed beds and ideal habitats for Pike.
Lough Erne Yacht Club is based in Gublusk Bay and hosts the Lough Erne Regatta, Ireland’s oldest event for racing under sail, with a lineage beyond 1820.
For Golfers, Donegal Golf Club at Murvagh is 19 km, Enniskillen Golf Club is 35 km and Castlehume Golf Club is 30 km away.
For walkers, the Creevy Shore Walk is a purpose built coastal footpath 10 miles in length running from Rossnowlagh through Creevy to the mouth of the Erne Estuary in Ballyshannon. It is situated 1km from The Wild Atlantic Way which is a 2,500km route from Malin Head, Co Donegal to Kinsale, Co Cork.
See the natural sea stacks known as the fairy bridges complete with their own “wishing chair” in Bundoran, the world renown surfing resort.
In 2011, for the third time in the competition’s history, the European Surfing Championships were held at this seaside town which boasts the natural amenities of world class reef and beach breaks as well as all the ancillary hospitality, catering and entertainment required for an event of this significance on the European calendar.
Photo Roo McCrudden
By Sea: Ferry crossings
From Liverpool to Dublin
Or twice a day from Troon in Ayshire to Larne
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has six sailings a day including a fast crossing, and is approx 3 hours drive from house
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