Kerr's Corner

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Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Around and About

Fermanagh Break – just the tonic

AFTER deciding to visit the Marble Arch Caves and the National Trust’s Florence Court, what better a location for a one night stay than the Customs House Country Inn in Belcoo, right on the doorstep of both our intended visits.

Consisting of nine rooms (all en-suite) with most having a spectacular view over Lough McNean, the Customs House Country Inn provided us with a warm welcome and top-notch accommodation.

The Brassiere Menu was well varied and the roast half duck, cooked to perfection and served with a gorgeous rich plum sauce must be recommended. The atmosphere in the lounge was warm and friendly and kids are welcomed with plenty of colouring books and crayons at hand.
The full Irish breakfast the following morning was as expected, superb. The Inn also has an adjoining restaurant Fiddlesticks and live entertainment at the weekends.
Customs House County Inn, Main Street, Belcoo, Co. Fermanagh. Tel: (028) 6638 6285. E-mail: info@customshouseinn.com Website: www.customshouseinn.com

IT’S BEEN ten years since I visited the Marble Arch Caves and it was certainly an experience to do so again. Definitely one of Europe’s finest show caves, a young and enthusiastic guide gave us a great tour. The tour, which is partly by boat, lasts 75 minutes and is simply breathtaking. My seven year old really enjoyed it, imagining himself to be on an Indiana Jones style adventure.
Check out the website on: www.marblearchcaves.net

THE following day, after a relaxing stay at the Customs House County Inn, we visited Florence Court. The house and grounds have been in the possession of the National Trust since 1953. After a devastating fire in 1955 the house has thankfully been restored to its former glory.
The house was built by the 1st Lord Mount Florence between 1756 and 1764, being situated amongst the mountains and forests of west Fermanagh. The vast gardens are an absolute delight to explore and a holiday cottage on the grounds is available for accommodation all year round. With a Tearoom and gift shop and events from March to September, Florence Court offers a great family day out.

For more information, contact Florence Court (028) 6634 8249 or visit the website http://www.ntni.org.uk/

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