No train has passed this way for nearly sixty years and the tracks are gone, but this redundant small town terminal has been lovingly transformed into a spacious, stylish and luxurious contemporary home.
15 minutes from Enniskillen, Station House is perfectly placed for exploring the wonderful waterways and mythical landscapes of Ireland’s Lakeland County, whether by bike, car or boat.
The original Victorian stone building follows an East West linear axis, with sliding glazed doors spilling out onto the patio-platform, and a lawned garden stretching off into the distance.
A sweep of mahogany panels line the considerable reception lounge where railway passengers once lingered.
Bright and airy with enough of the original signage and architecture to remind us of its credentials, this is a perfect space to host a family gathering.
Through the original ticket office window, you can glimpse what is now a cosy study, with an open hearth.
Large Reception Room
The commodious drawing room lies through double doors across the ochre tinted hall from the old ticket office.
Wide doorways and sumptuous carpets contribute to the unique character of this home. An imposing log burning stove distributes warmth and contentment.
As befits a home of these proportions, it is endowed with ample sofas and occasional chairs to comfortably seat an extended family.
Stepping through from the drawing room, the mellow dining room can cheerfully entertain twelve. Mottled ceramic floor tiles follow around a dividing wall into the adjacent kitchen.
A complete parade of gleaming appliances await the earnest chef, from Aga and Belfast sink to induction hob, it’s all here.
Wineglasses, tableware, towels and linen, all attest to the emphasis the owners have given to detail. Colours throughout are bold yet passive, and the substantial lighting never intrusive. Architectural features of the railway era have been retained wherever possible.
French doors lead from the kitchen into the brilliant adjoining sunroom, where patio doors to the south facing platform invite al fresco dining.
• Twin Oven AGA range
• plus Electric Oven
• 4 ring electric induction hob
• Two Fridges
• Two Freezers
• Wine Cooler
• Coffee machine
• Two Toasters
• Washing machine
• Clothes Dryer
• 3 Double beds
• 4 single beds
• 2 childrens bunk beds
• 2 Hair dryers
• Good Wi-Fi Internet
• Good Mobile phone coverage
• 4 Flat screen TVs
• with Netflix
• DVD player
• Lots of Books
• Some DVD movies
• Children’s high chair
Four of the bedrooms are upstairs, each with its own fully tiled ensuite.
One of the two twin bedrooms actually accommodates four by virtue of a third bunk bed that children will love.
At the far extreme of the main reception, the mahogany theme continues into the Ladies Waiting Room now a self contained ensuite double bedroom with a magnificent carved bed.
Wide doorways and downstairs bedroom, ensure this is a wheelchair enabled dwelling.
The gap between the up and down platforms has been buried and lawned, but the fine wooden Great Northern Railway waiting room, and the original signal cabin at the east end of the station still remain.
A dining table and abundant chairs prepare this south facing terrace for some memorable meals.
This is a completely private garden which lends itself to croquet and football alike – and is just perfect for children.
There is of course ample parking for cars.
Here we have a perfect touring base for exploring the Erne waterway and North West Ireland. Ideal for anglers, canoeists and cyclists alike – there is so much to see and do.
The two Loughs of the Erne basin are connected by the River Erne which flows North-Westwards into the Atlantic at Ballyshannon. Lower Lough Erne is further North as it is furthest downstream.
The Counties capital town, Enniskillen, lies on the stretch between the two lakes, and is just 15 minutes drive away.
Both Samuel Beckett and Oscar Wilde attended Portora Royal School in Enniskillen, though not at the same time obviously.
Lower Lough Erne is a huge expanse of water, over five miles wide at its widest point and 18 miles in length. The lough is dotted with numerous islands, rocky outcrops and reaches depths of over 200 feet in places, making it ideal habitat for Brown Trout and large numbers of coarse fish species. Upper Lough Erne, on the other hand is a maze of channels and islands with vast reed beds and ideal habitats for Pike…
A canal, the Shannon-Erne Waterway, runs between the upper end of the River Shannon and the River Erne, and utilises sixteen locks. The lakes are home to a maze of Islands, the largest being Boa which is 8km long and contains notable pagan stone relics.
Belleek 30 minutes away, is the western-most village in the United Kingdom and Sits on the border between the UK and the republic.
The world renowned Belleek Pottery was founded in 1857 by John Caldwell Bloomfield, who declared that any piece with the slightest flaw would be destroyed. The policy still survives today. Pieces are made in Parian porcelain which imitates marble.
During the second world war this area experienced a lot of airborne activity as sanctioned flying boats from Lough Erne in the UK, flew missions out over the short Republican corridor into the Atlantic.
It was a Catalina from Lough Erne that spotted the notorious German battleship Bismarck out in the Atlantic – and this led to her demise by the British Navy who had been in pursuit but had lost contact in heavy fog.
Interestingly, Fermanagh escaped the potato blight during the Great Famine better than any other county, as the county had so many islands. The disease had difficulty traveling over water. Those Erne islands produced surprising amounts of potatoes (the staple diet on the island, from 1845–1849), whilst the mainland was largely starving in comparison.
By Air: Flights to Donegal, Belfast, Knock, Dublin or Shannon.
Belfast Airport – under 2 hours from house.
Donegal Airport – approx 2 hours from house.
Knock Airport – approx 2 hours from house.
Shannon Airport – under 4 hours from house.
Dublin Airport – under 3 hours from house.
Ferry crossings from Liverpool to Dublin or
twice a day from Troon in Ayshire to Larne.
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has six sailings a day including a fast crossing, and is approx 3 hours drive from house.
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