Fodor's Expert Review Lough Erne Resort

Belleek Rd., 5 km (3 miles) north of Enniskillen, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh, BT93 7ED, Northern Ireland Fodor's Choice

Set between two serene lakes on the small island of Ely, the manicured lawns of the Lough Erne Resort, with its backdrop of shimmering Castle Hume Lough, is a special property with a country-house feel in a mix of reconstituted sandstone and Danish timber. The lodges guarantee privacy, while the handsome guest rooms have an appealing warmth. The headliner is the 18-hole Faldo Course, (also known as the Lough Erne course), designed by the touring pro Nick Faldo, but a Thai spa and pool are among the other delights. Diners can enjoy the elegant Catalina restaurant where a standout dish is the seared Lisdergan lamb rump with fermented black garlic, confit leek, port jus and a kefir purée garnish. Golfers can choose from two 18-hole championship courses. The acclaimed Lough Erne course comes with five sets of tee boxes and can be played to suit any standard. But bear in mind that since you're in Fermanagh water comes into the equation, and while it may offer outstanding views, it also guards some greens. Visitors can explore the enchanting Collop Walk, a pathway that weaves around the golf course through woodlands, lakes, and greenery.

PROS

  • binoculars in rooms for bird-watching
  • velour slippers and bathrobe
  • luxury Irish bed linen
  • Egyptian-cotton towels
  • handsome rooms with great amenities
  • Thai spa and pool
  • two championship golf courses

CONS

  • luxury comes at a steep price
  • lines at busy breakfast times
  • no loungers for swimming pool users
  • service slow at busy times

QUICK FACTS

Resort
Romantic
Sophisticated
Countryside
$$$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 028-6632–3230

HOTEL DETAILS

120 rooms
Rate Includes: Free breakfast

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