Bridge House, Belle Isle Estate self-cateringHere are two self-catering houses, right on the water’s edge and surrounded by woods. The Bridge House offers three bedroom accommodation while Cathcart’s Lodge has a two bedroom and two bathroom set-up. Both are on the waterside with easy access to purpose-built fishing stands and small boat mooring stages.

Whether you choose to stay on the shores of Lough Erne, beside rolling pastures, or tucked away in a peaceful walled garden, the Courtyard Apartments & Cottages offer a welcome retreat from the pressures of modern life, without sacrificing its comforts. Each self-catering residence feels like a home of your own, with warm country interiors and period details. There’s no new construction on Belle Isle’s 470-acre, environmentally protected estate—all the holiday accommodations are converted estate buildings.

Courtyard Apartments
Constructed in 1860 and now a listed building, the rustic, stone courtyard structure has been carefully converted into eight spacious apartments. Each is individually decorated with period furnishings and a wood-burning stove, sleeps two to six people, and has its own grassy area with a picnic table.

Coach House
Built in 1856, this handsome stone building with a bell tower and clock was used to house the coaches and horses of Belle Isle Castle. It has been converted into two spacious apartments, each with a wood-burning stove, patio with picnic table, and easy access to a woodland park with hidden paths and the peace of Lough Erne.

Belle Isle's three charming cottages are each uniquely and delightfully situated, either perched at the water's edge or nestled into a peaceful walled garden. These welcoming retreats offer unparalleled access to Lough Erne for anglers and nature lovers alike, as well as a sense of peace and quiet.

BRIDGE HOUSE Sleeps four. Originally built for the ferryman who rowed passengers to the island before the bridge was constructed, this cottage is surrounded by attractive woodlands and sits on the banks of the lake. Downstairs: kitchen, dining room, and drawing room. Upstairs: master bedroom with en suite bathroom, and bedroom with twin beds and en suite shower room. Outside: bait fridge, picnic table, barbecue grill, and mooring for small boats. This is an ideal house for the serious fisherman.

CATHCART'S LODGE Sleeps six. This bungalow has spectacular views of Lough Erne. Built in the 1960s, it was refurbished in 2006 and is popular with fishermen, who appreciate its easy water access. Two bedrooms, each with one double and one single bed and en suite bathroom. Outside: bait fridge, drying machine, picnic table, and barbecue grill

WALLED GARDEN COTTAGE Sleeps four. Nestled into the wall of Belle Isle's fruit and vegetable garden, this peaceful cottage was built more than two centuries ago for the estate's head gardener. It is now an extensively refurbished and cosy retreat in the heart of the property, with views of the fields, lake, and the garden's abundant flowers. Downstairs: kitchen, sitting room with dining area, bedroom with twin beds, and bathroom with bath and shower. Upstairs: bedroom with double bed, and bathroom with bath and shower. Outside: picnic table and barbecue grill.

Fish species in the surrounding waters are: bream, perch, roach and pike with salmon and trout an hour’s drive away on the River Mourne and Lough Melvin.

At the heart of Belle Isle's 470-acre estate, the 17th-century castle, once home to generations of nobles, welcomes groups of up to 14 guests. The structure has been extensively yet sensitively refurbished, with a full range of modern comforts enhancing the original period grandeur.
Among other activities are golf, eight courses within 30 miles radius, and tennis on the estate’s own courts. Numerous rambling paths, on designated scenic routes through the local countryside and visits to many ancients monastic sites. There are also three outstanding National Trust properties and the Ulster American Folk Park.
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