Podcast. Holly chats to Crom Castle’s infamous John Crichton, the 7th Earl of Erne about all the wonderful experiences to be had during a stay at his historic Private Castle and Estate on the shores of Upper Lough Erne in Northern Ireland.
Sleeps: 22 Bedrooms: 12 Bathrooms: 11
Type: Celebration, Family, Seclusion, Corporate
Features & Activities: Boating, fishing, tennis, rural
Location: Within 2 hours of Dublin & Belfast International airport
Those looking for: A castle experience, time to recharge or celebrate.
Crom Castle is a 19th century fairytale castle built circa 1840 and designed by the famous architect Blore who was responsible for parts of Buckingham Palace.
It sits in 1900 acres of beautiful protected parkland in an extremely romantic setting overlooking Lough Erne. Steeped in history and playing host to Aristocrats, diplomats, dignitaries and members of the Royal Family, Crom Castle is a beautiful and welcoming building with its imposing towers and battlements making their mark on this historic pile of stone.
1. A hosted Gala Dinner with Lord Erne.
2.Visit Crichton Tower on Gad Island.
3. Fishing for brown trout with an expert ghillie.
4. Experience exhilarating deep sea fishing on the Donegal coast.
5. A private tour of Castle Coole.
Crom Castle accommodates up to 22 people exclusively. Impeccably decorated with a stunning State Dining Room and Grand Drawing room.
With four double bedrooms, two state double bedrooms, four twin rooms and 2 single bedrooms, Crom Castle provides the perfect base for extended families or groups to stay as a guest of Lord Erne.
The Irish family home of Lord Erne exudes the charm of a private residence and is a perfect setting for a celebration.
Lord Erne has exceptional chefs ready to prepare locally sourced cuisine for wonderful gala dinners through to traditional Irish breakfasts and sumptuous picnics.
Crom Castle’s beautiful rolling parkland and waters of Lough Erne with a myriad of islands, create a perfect location to explore.
Explore: Boating on the inland waterways, 17th century formal gardens, Crichton Tower on Gad Island
Inspire: Cooking classes, guided tours of Florence Court or Castle Coole
Challenge: Deep sea fishing, golfing, tennis
The Crom Castle Experience with the 7th Earl of Erne
Whether you are a couple, a small group of friends or a large group up to sixteen people maximum, you can come and stay for a chosen period of time as if Lord Erne was having his own house party. You are his guests and a chance to spend quality time with him and enjoy warm and comfortable hospitality.
You will be warmly welcomed by Lord Erne in time for Afternoon Tea served in the Grand Drawing Room by Lord Erne’s personal staff whilst your luggage is brought up to one of the many comfortable and warmly decorated bedrooms and unpacked for you. The bedrooms range from large state bedrooms to generous doubles to twins, all with ensuite bathrooms.
After you have settled in relaxed and freshened up , cocktails will be served in The Grand Drawing Room before a delicious five course dinner prepared by the castle’s chef in The Oak Panelled Dining Room hosted as usual by Lord Erne.
Every evening after dinner, you can relax with your host and get to know the history of his family and life growing up in castle as a boy to now head of the family.
When you retire to bed at your own convenience, you will fall into a very comfortable bed which will have been turned down for you, hot water bottle and curtains drawn all in a traditional country house fashion.
Your first full day like any morning will start off with a traditional full Irish breakfast served in The Victorian Conservatory or State Dining Room before the day’s plans start to unfold.
Each day will be different and apart from meal times, your stay is carefully planned with your group from a very exclusive list of things that you might want to experience. A guided walk of the beautiful Crom Estate with your host or perhaps a boat ride on Lough Erne where you will see the estate and buildings from the water. There will be also during your stay, a guided tour of the house with his Lordship.
During your stay, The Earl may very well take you to tea nearby with his cousins who have a particularly beautiful garden. There could be a private visit to Castle Coole and a tour of this exceptional Georgian House by the current Earl of Belmore himself followed by a trip into the market town and Fermanagh’s capital, Enniskillen. Here you will visit Blake’s Bar, one of the oldest Irish pubs in Ireland where you can have a proper pint of Guinness followed by a delicious lunch downstairs.
Florence Court House, another beautiful historical building connected with The Earls of Erne is also on the agenda for a visit. Other suggestions could be a trip to the famous Belleek Pottery factory or some of you may wish to play a few rounds of golf at the five star Lough Erne Golf Resort. You may just want to go to the wonderful Colebrooke Spa for a massage or other treatment.
There will be wonderful down time at Crom Castle for you during your stay where you can do exactly what you want and just experience the comfort and hospitality of our home rather than a hotel. Check your emails, read a book in the library or the daily newspapers and if you want coffee or a drink, you only have to ask the staff who will only be too happy to help you. If you don’t want to do an excursion that is completely fine with us and you can stay at home and relax.
"One of the many highlights of our Ireland Educational Trip was without doubt our overnight at Crom Castle, owned by Lord Erne. Our first view of the castle was from our helicopter as we landed on their backyard. Truly a very special property and I recommend a full buyout for special gatherings of friends and families. So many activities can be enjoyed like boating, fishing, walks and hikes or reading a great book in one of the many sun-lit rooms. The highlight of our stay was being able to meet Lord Erne and his beautiful wife, and immerse ourselves with wonderful stories over drinks and dinner. Very seldom do you feel so at home in a castle and we did"
Ginny Caragol, Executive Director, Valerie Wilson Travel
"Lord Erne is a great family friend and will make any stay truly memorable and special"
The Fife Arms
Sunday Times Hotel of the Year 2019, the Fife Arms is a Victorian Coaching Inn that has been imaginatively restored in a resolutely Victorian style with a unique charm and is located in the historic Scottish village of Braemar amidst the majestic landscape of the Cairngorms National Park. As a fascinating passion project from international art dealers Hauser & Wirth, there are over 12,000 pieces of artworks and antiques here, and interior designer Russell Sage, working in collaboration with local historians, ensured that every square centimetre of the hotel evokes the traditions and customs of the Scottish Highlands.
Rooms : 46 Bedrooms and Suites Type : Couples, Active Outdoors, Art, Royal
Podcast. Holly chats to Catherine Fitzgerald about all the experiences to be had while staying at her family’s Private Castle and Estate in Ireland.
Sleeps: 22 Bedrooms: 15+ Ensuite Bathrooms: 15 Dining for up to 85 people
Type: Celebration, Family, Seclusion, Corporate
Features & Activities: Boating, fishing, tennis, golf, rural
Location: Co Limerick., Ireland. 55 minute drive from Shannon International Airport. 90 minutes from Cork Airport and 2 hours 30 from Dublin Airport
Those looking for: A castle experience, time to recharge or celebrate.
The Merrion Hotel
The Merrion is undoubtedly one of the best hotels in Dublin. The facade represents the elegant Georgian architecture for which Dublin is so famous making this hotel a true piece of Dublin’s history. Situated just minutes from St Stephen’s Green and Merrion Square, staying here you could no be better located to explore the city. The hotel’s interiors reflect the authentic, historic exterior as it comes complete with two period gardens designed to reflect and replicate the atmosphere of the 18th century. The hotel also has a strong reputation for dining as its restaurant is the only one in the entire country to hold two Michelin stars.
Rooms : 145 Bedrooms and Suites Type : Couples, Family, City Breaks
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