Belle Isle Castle and Private Island
Gather your favourite people to experience a life of historic luxury, in your very own fairytale castle and private island accommodation set by the sparkling Fermanagh water's edge.
For group holidays and celebrations with a unique, natural and seriously opulent difference, stay at 17th century Belle Isle Castle and begin your very own magical fairy story.
Belle Isle Estate, an Area of Special Scientific Interest and Special Area of Conservation, consists of seven islands, and extends to 400 acres, perfectly nestled in the tranquil waters of Lough Erne, County Fermanagh.
The Castle, situated at the heart of this island Estate, is a truly impressive sight to behold. Stunningly imposing and solid, the building features stone walls, heavy wooden doors and large sculpted windows that attract floods of natural light inside, all encased in ivy leaves and fresh greenery. The beautiful Lough Erne and a Sunken Garden greet you as you take a stroll through the grounds, an ideal place for you to hold court with your loved ones!
Imagine centuries of lives lived long ago as you enter your grandly renovated accommodation, sleeping up to 26 guests in 13 bedrooms. Belle Isle Castle once played host to generations of nobles, and in the present day you and your group are invited to enjoy just as much contemporary luxury, with an exquisite mix of antique furnishings alongside up-to-the-minute fixtures and fittings.
You'll find plenty of comfortable spaces inside the Castle to luxuriate in. A splendid, double-vaulted entrance hall sets the scene, leading you through to a welcoming drawing room that features a warming fireplace at its heart... the perfect spot to enjoy catching up over your favourite tipple! Floor-to-ceiling windows mean you won't miss out on a single moment of the very best rustic views you'll ever see, all from the comfort of your soft, cosy chair.
The heart of the Castle is home to the imposing Grand Hall, where you can enjoy a host of sumptuous banquets fit for ancient royalty, all lit from beautiful natural light by day and a soft glow from the open fire by night. The Minstrel's Gallery above is an impressive sight, filling your dining experiences with soothingly traditional melodies.
Take time over choosing your favourite bedroom, each one individually decorated and beautifully different from the last, located in the Abercorn and Hamilton Wings of the castle. Exposed oak beams and grand four-poster beds set the scene for endless, blissfully dreamy nights, complemented by individual flourishes of colour and comfort, and with fresh country views as far as the eye can see.
Each bedroom features an ensuite that's built for lavish indulgence, such as the Sweet Pea Room's deluxe roll-top bath...simply fill up with bubbles and relax!
If a Castle stay isn't quite your thing, Belle Isle also offers alternative accommodation that includes a selection of historic courtyard apartments, converted Coach House cottages and generously-spaced holiday cottages... so you're sure to find something that's just perfect for you and your loved ones.
Outside, the Estate beyond features serene grassy banks and sweet-scented wildflower meadows, set off by mature trees with gently whispering leaves. Start your break with a spot of shooting or fishing in the grounds, or why not reserve a boat for a cruise through the gentle waters of Lough Erne?
Known for its outstanding food and drink, the Lough Erne Food Trail, conducted through land and water, is essential for lovers of the finest fare, with the renowned Belle Isle School of Cookery more than worth a stop in your water taxi!
Discover a wealth of activities on the estate that will suit every taste, whether you prefer watersports or exhilarating land adventure. Choose from horseriding and golf to canoeing and kayaking, with lots more in between. Meanwhile, cyclists will be keen to explore the many trails available at nearby Blessingbourne.
There are plenty of shopping and dining venues in County Fermanagh itself, and how about a day trip to the world-famous Marble Arch Cave Geopark, or visiting the local National Trust properties?
For group celebrations that incorporate some of Ireland's finest natural wonders, all set off by regally historic accommodation to remember for a long time to come, you'll soon find a break spent at Belle Isle Castle is truly unsurpassed.
Things to note
Pets are permitted but must be well-behaved and controlled due to livestock roaming the grounds, weddings are arranged at Belle Isle, enquire for details.
Prices: Low season Abercorn Wing (10 guests) from £552 through to £792 high season, per night for entire wing on room only basis.
Hamilton Wing (16 guests) low season per night from £754 to high season £897 per night.
Entire Castle Hire (26 guests) low season from £1206 per night to £1589 in high season and from £7216 low season for 1 week to high season 1 week £8507.
Courtyards, Coach House & Cottages from low season £68 per night to £107 high season & 1 week low season from £375 to £772 high season.
Tried and tested
"We arrived late in the evening but reception had left keys and instructions to our cottage. The rooms were all of an excellent size and the entire cottage was spotless. The kitchen contained every utensil needed to prepare breakfast and the cleaning products were an extra bonus. The location was perfect for walks and the estate was beautiul to wander around. This was perfect for a family break, suitable for all ages."
"I was a guest at a friend's wedding here and it was the perfect location. Everybody under one roof for the weekend, beautiful themed bedrooms, a gorgeous and spacious kitchen perfect for drinks and a party the night before and after! Amazing scenery too!"
"A most wonderful weekend shared with amazing friends in the most beautiful of settings. The castle was beyond words and I can't wait until August to return with family to the cottages. Managed and catered for to the highest of standards. A very big thank you to Andrea, the co-ordinator who went over and beyond to meet our needs - and the catering team dinner was perfection ... Precious memories."
Region: Lisbellaw, Enniskillen
Cost (from): £68 per night
Minimum stay: 2 nights
Property ref: 375
FacilitiesLuxury castle accommodation for exclusive-hire for groups of up to 26 guests, plus a range of cottages and apartments sleeping between 2 and 8 guests, each with its own facilities and amenities. Please refer to the property's website for full details. Bedding & towels are included.
Onsite: fishing, tennis, croquet, clay pigeon shooting, canoeing, kayaking, sailing, banana boating, dinghy sailing, air rifle, archery, bubble soccer, combat corps, bushcraft, bike hire.
Offsite: Loughs, cookery school, horse & pony riding, golf, caves, shopping.
At a glance
- Luxuriously restored 17th century Castle accommodation for exclusive-hire groups of up to 26 people, situated on the Belle Isle Estate, County Fermanagh. Additional accommodation includes a selection of courtyard apartments, Coach Houses and cottages.
- The Castle features exceptional entertainment space that include a Grand Hall for banqueting, and a spacious lounge with an open fire.
- Easily accessed by land, sea and air, with water taxi and boat hire available for transportation around the Estate and the surrounding Lough Erne.
- There are extensive opportunities for activities, shopping and exploring on the Estate and beyond, including shooting and fishing in the grounds, walking, cycling and a wide range of outdoor pursuits.