Themed Bed & Breakfast - Willowbank House
Property Name: Willowbank House
When absorbing the breathtaking views from the elevated situation of Willowbank House you will truly feel like ‘king of the castle’!! Look around and it feels like the entire county of Fermanagh is laid out before you. From the Cuilcagh and Belmore Islands to Castle Coole and the Marble Arch Caves. You even have your own ‘moat’, in the form of the meandering Erne waterway, which sweeps around just below Willowbank, locally known as the Bellevue Ring. Just to add to the beauty of this place the only passing traffic is the easy hum of the odd passing Cruiser on the water, hard to believe that the lively town of Enniskillen, is a mere 3 miles away.
Though not a battlement in sight, this purpose built retreat is carefully tended to by Joan and Tom Foster, and every visitor is royally treated. With 5 beautifully refurbished rooms, it appears nothing has been overlooked in considering the comforts of their guests. In fact why not get Tom to take you on one of his wonderful boat trips to see the lough after which your room was named!!
From Florencecourt House to Fishing the Erne, from Golf to Genealogy, from Hillwalking to Horseriding, there is something in the area for everyone staying at Willowbank House and Joan and Tom will ensure that you are well informed no matter what your pursuit.
The real icing on the cake at Willowbank House is the food!! Joan Foster has a wonderful partnership with her warm white Aga, and because Tom reaps the benefits of this, he is quite willing to share his dear wife with a ‘significant other’!!! Having grown up on a farm, Joan learned the art of true home cooking from her mother and in later life got a great opportunity to practice her skills on her three strapping sons and a hungry husband!! Having attended a few courses at the nearby Belle Isle Cookery School and The Organic Centre at Rossinver, Joan loves nothing more than starting some creative cooking by taking only the finest natural ingredients and mixing them until ready to hand over to her partner the Aga, who completes the process, slowly and with love. Wheaten breads, marmalade, scones, pancakes with lemon sauce, mmmm, even live yoghurt is made from a ‘live culture’ on the dear Aga and fresh fruit added later. Joan is also very fortunate in her location where she can source the finest ingredients from which to work; Fermanagh Honey, Tickety Moo ice cream which comes from a farm where visitors can watch the cows being milked and the ice cream being made; and the Organic Centre, though in Co Leitrim it is just 20 miles away. Probably, her most famous supplier is Pat O’Doherty, the organic butcher in Enniskillen, renowned for selling the ‘Fermanagh black bacon’, which is nitrate free and cured using an ancient method over a 3 month period. Inhale, can’t you just smell the waft of slowly sizzling bacon on the Aga!!
Made plans for the day ahead, best let them know that you’ll be a bit late. Enjoy your post breakfast coffee on the patio off the dining room and enjoy the views. You never know, if you loiter a while, there’s bound to be another culinary work of art in process between Joan and her Aga!!