Belfast Telegraph

Island and country park offering Erne heritage are expected to sell quickly

Lough Erne
Lough Erne

By Staff Reporter

A Co Fermanagh island and a country park with planning permission for up to 30 cottages are expected to sell fast as they enter the market for a second time with discounted prices.

Crehan Island, Derryad in Lisnaskea on Upper Lough Erne is a six-acre private scenic wooded island complete with a jetty, hut and a "free boat, engine and trailer". It comes with a price tag upwards of £79,750.

Home to a "wide variety of nature" with mountain scenery to the west and south and a sheltered bay on the south east shore, the island can provide a safe harbour for smaller sailing craft and a sheltered berth for a motor cruiser of up to 12 metres.

The island is also convenient to both Derryad and Geaglum Quays, Lisnaskea marina and boat club facilities, as well as the busy market town of Lisnaskea.

And Enniskillen is less than 18 miles by road via the A4 while Belfast and Dublin are 100 miles from the site.

Listed by agency Templeton Robinson, the Crehan island sale includes the use of an 18-foot safe classic angling boat, outboard engine and road trailer, in addition to three years' paid-up membership at the Lisnaskea Boat Club, Derryad.

Its history states that it was once part of the well-known Cavendish Butler family estates in south west Fermanagh, which included Lanesborough Lodge near Castle Saunderson, and the neighbouring island of Inish Rath, which is home to a Victorian mansion house built in the 1800s.

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Today Crehan is owned by the Fermanagh-based Inishfrehne Partnership.

It benefits from all relevant DARD foreshores leases, planning approval for the existing timber shed building and timber jetty, together with all other NIEA and DARD agreements in place. Crehan Island is currently being marketed and promoted locally, nationally and internationally by various sales platforms.

Meanwhile, the nearby Derryad Country Park is on the market with a price of £375,000 for developers interested in acquiring a piece of Erne heritage. The 22-acre site near Belturbet, Co Cavan has full planning for up to 30 cottages, a marina and lakeside restaurant.

The first house and roadways are already built, according to agents Eadie McFarlane and Mongomery Finlay.

Supported by the NITB with a five star eco green lakeside holiday setting in mind, Derryad represents an "exciting project" for prospective buyers.

Agents Templeton Robinson describe the sale as a "rare opportunity to acquire a once-in-a-lifetime site located on the eastern shores of Upper Lough Erne.

"With planning so difficult to achieve in this area, this really does offer an unique opportunity to acquire development of this type".

Belfast Telegraph