This was our second visit to Lusty Beg Island. Our previous visit was in August 2009 when we stayed in the Courtyard Motel. This time we were here for a weekend break (my birthday) with friends and stayed in one of the Luxury Lodges. We had a very enjoyable weekend with just a few minor issues, detailed below.
Yes (the good points):
Friendly, helpful staff (reception, bar, restaurant). Good food (bar, restaurant). Comfy beds, plenty of living/relaxing space
No (the bad points):
Cobwebs in bedrooms and bathroom. I expected a certain amount of spiders etc as the lodges are surrounded by trees, but the ones on the inside should have been removed before we arrived rather than me having to remove them later
Heating was on a timer - Ok in summer, but in October longer times would have been better. Unfortunately, the manual override didn't appear to work
Hot/Cold taps not labelled in one of the bathrooms. Ok for us as we were an all-adult party but not good for families with children as the water was very hot
Outside lights not working. Could easily have been checked/fixed before we arrived
No logs for the wood burning stove. They were delivered when we asked, but it would have been nice if they had been there waiting for us arriving
Very basic catering equipment, not what I expected from a 5 star listing. E,g only 6 plates. Fair enough, there were 6 of us, but what about a couple of spare plates for bread/accompaniments? Another couple of pots, pans etc, also wouldn't have went amiss.
Maybe (the odd stuff):
There are an awful lot of rules and regulations posted on everything that isn't nailed down. I agree with Leicestershirebloke's review (July 2010) that is a bit of overkill. Too many signs/notices. Anyway most of these 'rules' can be found on the information leaflet given to visitors on arrival, or in the folder in the lodge. We're on holiday to enjoy ourselves, seeing so many do's and don'ts is a bit like Hi-De-Hi gone mad. Maybe the owners/managers could investigate the possibility of reducing the number of notices we have to read?
Would I recommend Lusty Beg Island? Yes
Would I go back to Lusty Beg Island? Yes, definitely
There is a lot of new self -catering accommodation in Fermanagh and Lusty Beg would need up its game to stay in the race. I have rated our stay 'average' because Tripadvisor doesn't have a 'good' option. On this visit I don't quite rate it as high enough for 'very good'. All the problems we encountered were minor ones, and easily fixed, however a little attention to detail before our arrival should have identified and sorted them. It would have made all the difference. On the whole, not bad at all, but could do better!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set in the heart of the Fermanagh Lakelands, Lusty Beg Island is a 75 acre exclusive paradise offering a spectacular location and the perfect place to unwind. With our self-catering holidays, you'll appreciate the little touches - like a hearty Fermanagh welcome, a range of onsite activities and a friendly team dedicated to your needs. Choose from our self-catering lodges and chalets, which are all designed to encourage a relaxed and leisurely stay. What you'll really love is the feeling that you are at a home away from home. Our Courtyard Bed and Breakfast rooms and lake-side cabins offer the perfect accommodation for a short break to Lusty Beg Island. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lusty Beg Island Hotel Boa Island