Last weekend was pretty amazing. If you know me, you know I love a good adventure. I also love going away with my other half, so I was pretty delighted to combine the two when Lusty Beg invited us down to Boa Island in Co. Fermanagh for a weekend couples ‘staycation’.
LOCATION & ACCOMMODATION: Situated on a 75 acre private island surrounded by oak & and ash forestry on Lough Erne, Lusty Beg (Little Lodge as Gaeilge) is accessible only by a small ferry. If your looking for a weekend getaway, you can’t get much more ‘getaway’ then getting shipped over to an exclusive private island! It took us about 2 hours to get there from Belfast and google maps took us all the way there with no problems. Onto Accommodation, we were blown away when we drove down to our cabin, totally gorgeous and right out of an alaskan dream perched right on the lake. This self catered cabin is one of a few different types on accommodation available on Lusty Beg, you check out the others here on their website. Our massive cabin which was admittedly way to big for us two (but we aren’t complaining!) sleeps 6-8 people if you include the big sofas and two bathrooms. I could imagine it being so fun for a family or a group of friends! The cabin was tastefully decorated without any clutter but I did find the living-area to be my favourite & most ‘homely’ with it’s comfy furniture and stove fireplace(it also has central heating). If I was being really nit-picky the only thing I did notice was that some parts of the furtniture in the bedroom were starting to show signs of wear but other then that the cabins were really well maintained! As it’s self catered it included a big state of the art kitchen with every thing you would need including a dishwasher & washing machine, and to be honest once I saw it I just wanted to move in permanently! Our bedroom had a balcony that also opened out onto the lake and it was a joy to just lie-in and watch the wildlife outside in such a beautiful & peaceful landscape. Also thumbs up for sleep quality!
THINGS TO DO: For such a tightly knit area, there is A LOT going on at Lusty Beg! It has this lively buzz about it, a contrast to the quiet cabin which I love. Extending out from the main reception theres a breakfast room, restaurant, pub (which has a great irish pub vibe), reception/ conference rooms and a spa. Idiotically we forgot to bring our swim gear so I’m kicking myself that I didn’t get a chance to check out the spa’s pool. You can also arrive at the island as a day-visitor and would highly reccommend checking out the restaurant on date night or even for a family Sunday meal. There’s also a ton of activities which all really appealed to me like off-road driving, 2-person kayaking, and cycling(the bikes are complimentary) but with the time we had we decided on archery and after lunch, clay pigeon shooting – both of which we thoroughly enjoyed and even had great craic with our instructor! I love that it’s a place where you can dial up the relaxation or adventure depending on what your in the mood for. Lusty Beg is my kind of spot!
FOOD: We tried out all of the dining options available at Lusty Beg and were thoroughly satisfied and well & truly stuffed by the end of the weekend. Breakfast was good offering a self-service style set-up with everything you need for a typical fry-up including potato bread which I’m still wrapping my head around here in the north. There was bread & fresh scones, tropical sliced fruit as well as cereal options with the cutest selection of toppings like hazelnuts & dried cranberries. Lunch was in the bar area and was not surprisingly really good with a wide variety to choose from. Candle-lit dinner was our favourite though, a smaller but well chosen menu I delighted in every bite (you can get 2-course for just over £20). I tried the sirloin steak and champ with peppercorn sauce which was just as delicious as the spinach & sundried tomato tagliatelle I had the following evening, finished off with a lovely piece of chocolate fudge cake (because duuhh!).
OVERALL THOUGHTS: I think Lusty Beg is well deserving of it’s 4 stars and would highly reccommend it. It’s already a famous spot for weddings with it’s gorgeous landscapes and activities for corporate team building but it’s also perfect for a couples stay or even a ‘glamping’ trip away with the girls. I would say avail of the cheaper rates you might find during the week if you have some holidays left! There’s definitely something for everyone at Lusty Beg and I can’t wait to return. I’ll leave you with our last picture taken on halloween under the beautiful moon on the lake below. If you’d like to see more of what we got up-to follow us around Lusty Beg in my latest youtube vlog here.
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Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored review but the stay was kindly gifted.