Crom Castle is located in the heart of the Ireland’s Lake District.
On the shores of Upper Lough Erne in County Fermanagh lies one of the most important nature conservation sites owned by the National Trust – Crom Estate. This 1,900 acre estate includes the largest surviving area of oak woodland in Northern Ireland and one of the most important and least spoilt freshwater habitats in the British Isles.
Hidden amongst the trees is Crom Castle, owned by the Crichton family, Earls of Erne, in what is known as Ireland’s Lake District!
The castle is split into two; the West Wing, sleeping 12 and then, for larger groups, into Lord Erne’s side of the castle, which sleeps an extra 4 guests when the whole castle is taken (subject to availability). From Lord and Lady Erne’s drawing room, you look out over the deer park and panoramic views of Old Crom Castle in the distance.
The West Wing is the Irish home of Lord Erne’s son, Viscount Crichton; it exudes all the charm of a personal residence, whilst offering the most modern facilities in line with its five star accreditation from the Northern Ireland Tourist Board. What is quite unique about this castle is the feeling that you are staying in someone's home as a personal guest, rather than an impersonal hotel or guest house.
The dining room is situated in the castle’s former billiard room. Beneath the spectacular barrel-vaulted ceiling, it is a relaxing area that would be the hub for guests in the West Wing. This is a very warm room with an oil-fired Aga cooker at one end and a very nice kitchen area with serving island. There is also another kitchen behind this room, offering a lot of space if you are taking this part of the castle on a self-catering basis.
Each of the six bedrooms is decorated in a different style – names such as Blue, Rose and Buff all have unique period features, and in the lovely Crichton Room you can also have a four poster bed. The rooms are on two floors, all offering views over the west part of the estate and tennis court.
With its own entrances and private terrace, the West Wing offers exceptional privacy and, with superb views of the beautiful County Fermanagh landscape from every window, this is an ideal retreat from today’s busy world where time starts to slow down.
You may have seen Crom Castle featured in the BBC series, Blandings, with Timothy Spall (The King's Speech; Harry Potter), David Walliams (Little Britain; Dinner for Schmucks), Mark Williams (Harry Potter; Stardust), and Jennifer Saunders (Absolutely Fabulous; French & Saunders), who stayed in the West Wing while the series was in production.
Jennifer Saunders tweeted: 'It's a small piece of heaven; in fact it's a rather big piece of heaven, and to be here for six weeks - I can think of a lot worse places to be filming.'
The castle is a popular location for weddings; both religious and civil ceremonies can be facilitated on site. All weddings are tailored made to suit the couple's requirements and the castle can accommodate 12 people in the West Wing and host up to 80 guests.
This castle works really well for multi-generational family stays, or for a few families getting together for a weekend away or a week's holiday. Noel Johnston heads up the team at the castle and will ensure your stay there is memorable and he also has a great knowledge of the castle, the estate and the local area. Noel’s family have been linked to the estate for over 250 years.
If you like nature, the wealth of wildlife at Crom is exemplified by the presence of two rare butterflies – the purple hair-streak and wood white, the elusive pine marten, eight species of native bats, wild deer and the largest heron in Ireland.
There are many fine old buildings which enhance the landscape, including the ruins of The Old Castle, Crichton Tower and Crom Church.
Crom is a castle that gives you great access to some of the most beautiful parts of Northern Ireland and across the border into Southern Ireland.
£3,500 for 3 nights for 12 people for self-catering accommodation.
£7,100 for 3 nights for 12 people, fully staffed and catered.
£9,100 for 1 night, based on 80 guests and 12 overnight guests.