Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Lusty Beg Island, The Most Magical Staycation I've Ever Had.

This last weekend saw CherrySue and I hit the road for a long overdue road trip, and our destination was somewhere very special indeed. We were invited to Lusty Beg Island for some rest and relaxation - and boy, was it needed!

Lusty Beg (meaning small and fertile) is nestled in the Fermanagh Lakelands right beside her sister island Lusty Mor (large and fertile). Sue had told me about her previous trip to Lusty Beg Island which you can read about HERE. I knew I just had to go to experience the secluded island getaway for myself.

Access to the island is by ferry which operates on demand. Traffic delays caused by bus strikes and road works meant that we arrived much later than we had intended. We needn’t have worried as when we got there we made it in perfect time to catch the ferry returning to the island after dropping off some wedding guests to the main land.

If you were watching along on Snapchat you'll know I'm a scaredy cat when it comes to cars on water - dogs in the vicinity could hear the silent screams. To be fair, we were perfectly safe, the guys make this crossing all day, every day.

The restaurant was unfortunately closed, but the bar staff and offered us our choice of meal from the menu. It was a lovely gesture but we didn’t want to put them to too much bother, after much instance (akin to Mrs Doyle) that we could have anything, we asked for the easiest dish to make on the menu.

To my delight we were served tasty club sandwiches and bowls of chips, the sandwich was delicious with thick juicy bacon and succulent strips of chicken breast - hitting the spot perfectly.

I was also pleasantly surprised to discover we had a choice between a few gins(!!), and they even stocked my favourite Fever-Tree tonic water with elderflower!

We arrived under the cover of darkness so I didn’t get to see the whole island until Saturday morning, it really is spectacular, the island is 75 acres of secluded heaven. Even in overcast weather, it's a magical place; unlike any other I've visited. Sue was telling me how spectacular it is in the sunshine but all I could think was how cosy the log cabins would be in the depth of winter with log fires burning.

There's a vast array of activities to choose from on Lusty Beg: everything from a high octane thrill ride in a speed boat around the lake, to a Lazy Days VOYA seaweed bath. Both Sue and I chose a back massage and a facial, we then floated out of the spa a few hours later after making full use of the sauna, pool and outdoor hot tub.

The Tomahawk steak, priced at €50 for two
(that also fed a very hungry Heidi Peep with a literal Doggy Bag :))

As luck would have it lovely Emma from Fluff & Fripperies (one of our best bloggy pals) and her hilarious husband Mr. Fluff were also there, not only that, we were ALSO STAYING IN APARTMENTS THAT HAD ADJOINING DOORS! Cue lots of chats and laughs over a relaxing drink with good friends that went way into the wee hours and it did us all the world of good.

The staff in the restaurant had no issue amending our separate table bookings to a table for four at dinner. The food was locally sourced and extremely impressive - I’d highly recommend a Tomahawk Steak and a bottle of inky Chilean Malbec between two, my mouth is watering just writing that!

I was asked many times over the course of the weekend via social media if I’d recommend Lusty Beg for children, the answer is a resounding YES.

I’d love to take my children there as they’ve a few different choices of accommodation such as lakeside cabins, courtyard rooms, and also some self – catering options in lodges or chalets (depending on the size of your family).

While clay pigeon shooting, archery or off road driving may not be suitable for children; there’s a whole host of things that are suitable such as walking or cycling one of the nature walks on the island, playing in the playground or games room, swimming in the pool, or having a game of tennis on the tennis court.

You’ll also be spoiled for choice of things to do in the area should you choose to leave the island during your stay - cruising Lough Erne, horse riding, fishing, shopping, or a visit to the butterfly garden at Castle Archdale.

You’re sure to find something to keep your little ones entertained.

Lusty Beg currently have a couples offer on their site: 2 nights midweek for 2 people in a lakeside cabin, with a couples seaweed bath and full access to the pool, sauna, steam room, pool and outdoor hot tub for £225/€261.

Of course you could escape with a loved one but I'd highly recommend packing your sister into the car and enjoying a two day breather as we did. That or packing a whole group of pals and making an event of it. 

While we were invited guests on Lusty Beg
I was not asked for this review, nor was it expected. 
All views are my own and, as ever, a free weekend 
in a hotel would not sway my opinion. 

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