Belfast Telegraph

£1.54m luxury Fermanagh estate on market in six lots

By Rachel Martin

A Co Fermanagh country house and marina set on the edge of the county’s scenic lough have hit the market for a combined £1.54m. Available as six separate lots, luxury estate Knockninny Country House includes a Victorian style house, private marina, self catering holiday home, boat workshop, two boatyards and a building site.

Recently, the seven-bedroom house has been run as a luxury licensed four-star hotel, bar, restaurant and wedding venue which has been listed in the Georgina Campbell Guide since 2012.

Current owner Gail Clarke told the Belfast Telegraph: “I first fell in love with this house in 2004 and spent two years renovating it and extending it.

“This was the very first hotel on Lough Erne and was built by the porters of Belle Isle in the late 19th century. The hotel is very popular for romantic breaks and with visitors from the south.”

Its lawns lead up to the Upper Lough Erne high water mark and several rooms in the house include views of the lough.

Lots also include a building site previously granted planning permission.

It’s been suggested the site could have scope to become self-catering accommodation.

The business is currently operating seasonally, open from Easter until October, with rooms selling for more than £130 a night.

And a converted two-storey boathouse also up for sale, offers four rooms currently used for self-catering accommodation.

It also offers lake views and includes an outdoor storeroom as well as a private terrace, stone-built barbecue and a paved and gravelled car parking area to each side.

Other exciting lots include a boatyard and private slipway as well as a boat workshop and yard.

And the sixth lot includes a private marina with floating pontoons with berthage for around 40 boats.

Estate agent Walter McFarland said the property would be of interest to a wide range of buyers.

He said: “You’ll get many people who will be interested in the house for what it is, a magnificent country home as well as others who will want to continue to run it as a business. The business currently only operates seasonally so there is the opportunity to build on the business too.

“The marina will appeal to those interested in boating as well as investors. It provides around 40 berths. Berths typically can fetch between £1,000 to £2,000 in rent a year.

“The main lot is the house, it’s suitable for a number of uses and will either make a magnificent home for someone or a profitable business in an area popular with tourists.

“This is a truly rare opportunity to purchase a beautiful, landmark lakeside property which you may have admired many times from a passing boat or while enjoying a meal or drink there.

“The property is ideally located on the Erne system for the approach to Shannon-Erne waterway and just off the main Enniskillen-Dublin Road.”

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