While planning the wedding we knew there wouldn’t be a lot of time left for us to have a long honeymoon before moving to Dubai so we decided to have a mini-moon at the Manor House Hotel in the Fermanagh Lakelands. Rhys and I have stayed here before and this was actually going to be my third time visiting but we knew it was the perfect spot for us to get away for a few days and relax after a hectic few months.
We arrived at the Manor Hotel on a Tuesday afternoon just before check in so we had time for a cocktail at the Watergate Bar before heading up to our room. The bar is a place I really remember from our last visit here; low lighting, comfy lounge seating, quiet & cosy with a good cocktail selection. After our drinks we headed up to our room and the view took my breath away! We had a wall of ceiling to floor window looking out over the lake and instantly I knew the extra money we had paid for the Junior suite vs a standard double was definitely worth it. Then we spotted a bottle of champagne and chocolate dipped strawberries and a little card as we were celebrating our honeymoon there – how thoughtful!
On the first night we had a three course dinner at the Belleek restaurant (awarded two AA rosettes for culinary excellence). We got lucky here and had a table by the window so we could look out at the water again as the sun was setting and enjoy the view. The food was delicious and the staff were great, unfortunately we can’t remember the whole menu except from being very impressed. I had my first ever panacotta and I’m dying to try it again.
The next day we spent our time between the spa in the jacuzzi and hot tub, as well as a brief stay in the sauna to get ourselves ready for the Dubai weather! We both had a massage by Younique beauty which was a great way for us to relax even more after the wedding. We took a walk around the gardens and around the boats in the marina just enjoying the peace and tranquility.
On our second evening we had dinner in the Cellar Door Bistro and ended up sitting at the exact same table we’d sat at two years previously. Again we really enjoyed our food but were so full from a late lunch and dinner that we couldn’t have any dessert… until we got upstairs and decided it was time for an Irish Coffee and some pudding and so we ordered our first ever room service.
On both days we had breakfast included with our room rate and you eat in the Belleek restaurant so it’s nice to be by the water again. I think every time we’ve been here we’ve had the full Irish breakfast to set us up for the day, but there are also cereals, breads and fruits as well as other cooked breakfasts.
It’s safe to say we really enjoyed our trip back to the Manor and the location by the lake is just perfect. The staff are very welcoming and friendly. I felt like we were living a life of luxury for a few days and it was the perfect place to unwind after a busy few months. I would recommend the Manor to anyone for a special getaway and personally can’t wait to get back!
P.S. We initially booked a room on Booking.com without actually looking at the hotel website but when I went to their website I saw they had a much better offer for two nights in a junior suite with lake views that included dinner on one evening. So I cancelled through booking.com and made another reservation direct with the hotel… it just shows sometimes going direct can pay