#stayNI : Killyhevlin hotel
On the shores of the beautiful Fermanagh lakes, the 40 year old Killyhevlin hotel brings a touch of cruise ship glamour to County Fermanagh.
The team at the recently refurbished hotel invited us along to try out their facilities, enjoy a Killyhevlin Massage, and feast on a four course meal in their restaurant.
Arriving mid afternoon, after the drive from Belfast, a pre booked massage was a much needed start to the Killyhevlin experience. The overnight luggage was literally thrown in the door of the lakeside suite before heading down to the spa for a 45 minute treatment. Later I’d realise that we’d been booked in to a beautiful corner suite overlooking the River Erne, with a separate lounge area, a huge bathroom with a spa bath and a huge very comfy bed, big enough for a party!
The Elemis Spa at the Killyhevlin is accessible through the entrance foyer of the health club. It’s a lovely oasis of calm with a team of therapists ready to relax your mind, body and soul. My 45 minute Killyhevlin Signature Aroma Massage was the perfect way to start a staycation. All wrapped up in a super comfortable treatment bed, and under a big luxurious duvet, the signature massage focuses on relieving tension in the back, back, face and scalp. Pure bliss…and at £45, its worth every £1 per minute.
Next stop was dinner. The hotel has two substantial restaurants on site, the Boathouse Grill and Kove, and they immediately reminded us of the style of restaurant you’d find on a modern cruise ship with glass panels, big comfy seats and coloured lighting; in my eyes, you can’t beat some coloured lights! Both restaurants enjoyed great views over the river from their extra large windows. Both restaurants were also very busy, and it was a Wednesday night!
Dinner tasted as delicious as the photos look below. But before the food arrived we were offered bread,
Waitress ‘Soda, wheaten or granary’
Me ‘Oh soda..it’s Norn iron after all’
Waitress ‘awk of course, there’s your wee butter as well!!’
It’s all about the wee in Norn Iron and it melts my wee heart to hear it, every time.
For starters I tried and adored the smoked chicken starter with baby cesar, bacon and parmesan. Mains were a 10oz steak with fries, and a deliciously creamy pasta dish with pancetta. Dessert was the totally tasty apple and blueberry crumble and custard. Yum!
The evening ended with a walk round the gardens and down to the public jetty on the River Erne. How cool to have your own public jetty where someone cruising the river and lakes in their boat can moor and pop up to the hotel for a bite to eat. Actually there was a guy moored earlier in the evening who was having his own wee BBQ party on the jetty.
The Killyhevlin is one of those lovely surprises of a hotel, where you arrive with no knowledge of it at all, but leave absolutely charmed by it and wanting to go back again some day to be charmed all over again. I was suitably impressed enough to go ahead and book a two night stay for my parents later in the year to give my mum a little treat for her 70th birthday.
If you’ve never been, and fancy staying somewhere where the staff are attentive, polite and a credit to the hotel, then Killyhevlin needs to be added to your to do list. Everyone says hello and takes every opportunity to make sure their guests were looked after. From the moment you arrive it’s Norn Iron hospitality at its loveliest.
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