Fermanagh Thatch Cottage

Upper Lough Erne, the Irish lakelands of Fermanagh
Guests: 5       Wifi: not available       Pets? Pets welcome (max. 1 dog), fee applies

Fermanagh Thatch Cottage

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Sweet thatched traditional Irish holiday cottage on the shores of a lake, it even has its own traditional gypsy caravan so sleeps 5 in total. One of the best preserved traditional cottages in Fermanagh or Northern Ireland.

'We felt as if we had, literally, stepped back in time into a chocolate box thatched cottage, with a Romany caravan attached, all restored with attention to historical detail but infused with the on-trend fashion for all things vintage'  Catherine Mack reviews for Irish Times. 

'I don't see how anyone could fail to be charmed ... pushing open the red door is like stepping between the pages of a country interiors magazine.' Sally Shalam, reviewing for the Guardian. 

'This is the ideal solution for the capricious: if you get tired of the pretty thatched cottage with its 1950s-style décor and fire, outside is a Romany caravan with a double bed, quilts and a stove.' Chosen by the Independent in their 'Six Best Romantic Rentals'

Two amazing places to stay for the price of one here on beautiful Lough Erne in Fermanagh, Ireland. Enjoy this beautiful Irish gypsy caravan, or sleep in the cute traditional cottage next to it - you get both, and a third of an acre of private garden. Heaven for watersports fans, or just chilling out in a peaceful area. A great place for families, or, as it is such a romantic place we think it would make for a really special Honeymoon. Stay year-round as the caravan has a stove, and the cottage enjoys both under-floor heating and a retro multifuel fireplace; breathe clean and curl up cosy. Easy walk (under half a mile) to a lovely, little-used shingle beach. This really is the perfect Irish gypsy caravan holiday - and with your own traditional Irish thatched cottage! 

Considering a two-centre holiday? You may want to stay at one of our other Irish cottages en route in Donegal. Or if driving over from the UK we have a number of beautiful properties near Fishguard in Wales.



latest review

We enjoyed our short break 'under the thatch' very much. However, we suggest that a sign post be put up at the end of the lane. Also, I appreciate you wanted a cooker in keeping with the old worldl...

Hazel B, November 2021

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£681 (based on 2 staying)
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£796 (based on 2 staying)
pets welcome (max. 1 dog)
bed layout
Master Double (ground floor), Double (ground floor), Single (ground floor)

facilities at Fermanagh Thatch Cottage

farm or rural location
open fire / woodburner
beach (within walking distance)
young children welcome

map - location

travel info

You can easily fly by lowcost carrier but we prefer the greener (and nicer) route by ferry with your own car. Ireland is such an amazing country, and you'll find so much to do and see 'en route'.

Note Aer Lingus often have deals as cheap as Ryanair/ Easyjet and fly to 15 UK airports

Fly to:

  • Belfast International via these departure airports & Easyjet (1 hr. 50 mins.)
  • Belfast City via these departure airports & Ryanair (2 hr.)
  • Donegal - flights to London City, Dublin, Glasgow with FlyBe (2hr 20 mins)
  • Knock via these departure airports & Ryanair (2.5 hr.)
  • Dublin via these departure airports & Ryanair (2 hr.)
  • Derry (Londonderry) via 6 UK airports & Ryanair (2 hr.)

Sail with either Stenaline or Irish Ferries to:

  • Belfast via Liverpool/ Stranraer (2 hr.)
  • Larne via Fleetwood (2 hr. 20 mins.)
  • Dublin via Holyhead/ Douglas (2 hr.)
  • Dun Laoghaire via Holyhead (2 hr. 20 mins.)
  • Rosslare via Fishguard/ Pembroke Dock (4 hr.)
    (Tip - ferries cheapest Mon>Thu)

in detail

Caravan: with double bed (note 6" narrower than standard, though Kingsize bed in the cottage) and stove

Cottage (with underfloor heating):

  • The Room: multifuel fireplace, radio
  • Double Bedroom - Kingsize vintage style bed
  • Single Bedroom
  • Kitchen: electric cooker, fridge, dishwasher
  • Bathroom: Roll-top bath

Garden: Large and secluded garden, but note not enclosed. However, dogs unlikely to gain access to sheep & the main road is distant.

local area

  • Geaglum beach & quay - just 0.5 mile
  • Inish Rath Island - just 0.5 mile to quay for boat
  • Knockninny marina (boat hire, cruises, good food) - 15 mins
  • Derrylin town (pubs, cafes, food etc) - 9 mins.
  • Flying lessons - choice of 6 local companies!
  • Marble Arch caves - 30 mins.

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customer reviews for Fermanagh Thatch Cottage

We enjoyed our short break 'under the thatch' very much. However, we suggest that a sign post be put up at the end of the lane. Also, I appreciate you wanted a cooker in keeping with the old worldly atmosphere but the slowness of the rings to heat up was a bug bearer!

- Hazel B,
November 2021

We had a wonderful holiday in this beautiful, romantic cottage. The caravan a lovely addition which our children adored and even a harmonica which has become a daily treat to hear my boy playing! He named the cottage the rainbow cottage because it is such a magical place. The surrounding lakes are stunning for relaxing, taking a boat out or swimming in. Thank you so much for another excellent holiday in an idyllic part of the world. X

- Lucinda eason ,
August 2021

Had a lovely time, the cottage and caravan are so cute. Very tranquil and plenty to do, we loved canoeing round Crom Castle.

- Andrew O,
August 2021

Our family had such a lovely stay in this unique cottage. It is so quaint and cosy and the gypsy caravan was a real hit with the children. It is a really peaceful spot surrounded by fields and wild flowers. We spent a day paddle boarding at the local quay and a day in Enniskillen and Devonish Island. We really hope to be back some day soon.

- Morag S,
July 2021

We had a wonderful break. The cottage is lovely and cosy, and is set in perfectly tranquil surroundings. We had a great time exploring some of Fermanagh's sites (Florence Court and Marble Arch Caves), as well as exploring the local area.

- Jonathan S,
May 2021

We booked this for our wedding anniversary! This is our 4th time visiting this cottage and we have had a wonderful time as always. It is a beautiful and tranquil and served as a much needed getaway from busy everyday life.Thank you for a lovely stay and we look forward to coming back again soon!

- Stephen D,
May 2021

My wife and I are just home from our stay at the cottage. It was our 14yr anniversary and we had a wonderful trip. The cottage and wagon were truly magical, it was like stepping back in time and a real escape from the hustle and bustle of our hectic lives. We would love to come back.

- Joe W,
November 2020

Second time in Geaglum cottage and it never disappoints, it really is a blissful time away from busy life and the perfect place to unwind. It’s a warm cozy and very comfortable place to be. Some reviews feel it needs a tv or tv dvd but that defeats its purpose. I love that it doesn’t have WiFi a tv and has limited phone reception. Light the fire, chat, connect, cook ,go for beautiful walks and just really relax. I wish I was sitting beside it’s fire right now Xxx

- Adrian stewart ,
January 2020

This is a simple but beautiful cottage in a peaceful location. The cottage was very clean on our arrival and the cake was very welcome! There are many beautiful places to visit nearby - the Crom Estate is a must.

- Alan S,
September 2019

Beautiful cottage in a little known corner of Northern Ireland (by us at least). The cottage is delightful with very quirky interiors and the gypsy caravan is a real winner

- David H,
December 2018

Great wee spot to get away to, house and caravan were nice and cosy. Plenty to explore locally and derrylin had enough in the shops to keep us going. Garden could do with some attention as it was quite overgrown but apart from that everyone enjoyed it

- Simon L,
May 2018

Beautiful cottage. Children loved the gypsy caravan and enjoyed cycling the quiet roads surrounding the cottage. Lots to do in the local area for children and adults.

- Susan M,
August 2016

Very quirky place. Loved the caravan and a great base for travelling to Sligo and Donegal

- Julie G,
July 2016

Absolutely amazing wee get a way, glorious surroundings and could enduldge yourself sitting around the fire like good old times

- Tony B,
August 2015

Cosy and quirky! The perfect spot for an early spring break.

- R ditchburn ,
May 2015

As we had booked before we new exactly what we wanted and it didnt disappoint... great place... love it.

- David H,
May 2015

"We loved the cottage and caravan - it was more than we could imagine - such a delightful place. We loved all the little touches - great crockery, radio, egg cups... do we need to go on? In short we REALLY enjoyed ourselves!" Nic, Michael & Anne Geard - New South Wales, Australia

July 2014

"Cottage so beautiful - we were enchanted, and very taken with the caravan. It's wonderful that you've saved this place." - Alison & Tom Williams, stayed in September.

July 2014

"A beautiful cottage, we've had a wonderful time. Lovely location, friendly people...so cosy and warm, loved it! Many cosy nights in front of the fire." - David, Caroline, Cynthia, Gareth & Jessica from the Rhondda, stayed in August.

July 2014