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£1,200-a-week Northern Ireland holiday home lands coveted four-star rating

Deborah Avery (left), Tourism NI, with Jenny Crozier of Kingfisher Lodge
Deborah Avery (left), Tourism NI, with Jenny Crozier of Kingfisher Lodge
The spacious interior of the lodge
Margaret Canning

By Margaret Canning

A luxury holiday home in Co Fermanagh, with its own private jetty for your speedboat and a price tag of £1,200 for a week's stay, has been awarded four stars by Tourism NI.

Jenny Crozier, the owner of Kingfisher Lodge on Boa Island, said the rating reflected the property's beautiful views of the Fermanagh lakes - as well as extras including the jetty and the welcome basket prepared for guests.

While Jenny has a full-time job, her husband Dougie works full-time looking after the lodge and getting it ready for guests.

That includes preparing welcome baskets, typically featuring a bottle of Prosecco or wine, as well as foodstuffs like free-range eggs, cheese and ham, usually from suppliers in the area.

The family, who live in Enniskillen, use the Erne property themselves when it's not rented out to others.

But Jenny said that, apart from a few days in August, it's fully booked for the summer.

Winter time can be quieter but the house did attract bookings for occasions such as Halloween and New Year's Eve, she said.

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It can house 10 guests across four bedrooms, with a usual cost of £250 to stay for a night and £1,200 for a full week.

But it's understood prices on booking sites such as Airbnb and TripAdvisor can vary.

Deborah Avery, senior quality advisor at Tourism NI, said: "Kingfisher Lodge is central to the tourism offering in the area.

"The property is a shining example of quality and this four-star rating now gives it a great springboard to draw even more visitors into Co Fermanagh. I commend Jenny for her strong commitment to quality, customer service and the delivery of exceptionally high standards to her guests."

Jenny said: "To me, it's your own place of tranquillity and chill-out zone. We love it."

She said there is also plenty of wildlife in the area, such as otters - and even deer. The customer base tends to be extended families and large numbers of Americans and Germans.

Jenny said of the location: "It's absolutely fantastic as, really, it's the best of both worlds.

"You have Omagh and Enniskillen, and you're also a short drive from the beaches of Donegal. We thoroughly enjoy running the lodge and love to go that bit further for guests."

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