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A SALE WITH A DIFFERENCE - Michael Flatley danced his heart out, Alan Shearer celebrated his birthday, Sir Nick Faldo has promised to return as the experience was mighty, Nathan Carter is a regular and has shot two videos for his songs, Fr Brian D'Arcy loves to visit as there is always joy and a warm ambiance ......... where else would you see such craic, high profile celebrities and an unique business opportunity when the global environment is more compatible to mankind?
As one visiting clergyman put it: ' If Heaven is like this, I'd die anytime '.
Many of the top names, past and present, in Irish Show Business have performed in The Ceili House - one of Big Tom's last gigs was hosted by Tom & Catherine - a selection of other performers include the likes of Nathan Carter, Pat McManus ( Mamma's Boy's ) along with Jim McGrath, Hugo Duncan, Gene Stewart, The Tumbling Paddies, John Farry, Johnny Gallagher of Boxty fame.
Ceili is an Irish and Scottish word meaning social gathering / social visit. The Ceili House concept was dreamt up by current owners Tom & Catherine McGowan in 2003 as a hobby. Their dream of having a ceili house turned into a reality and they have attracted patrons for weddings, parties, business and family functions from all arts and parts of the world.
The business model is simple; licensed restaurant open to business for private parties or functions upon request. Not available to the general public to call unannounced.
Indeed, The Ceili House must be right up there if someone selected a listing of ' Ireland's most unique restaurants '.
The Ceili House concept in simple terms can be summed up as basically a hobby which has developed into a business.
Lady of the House, Catherine is the widely acclaimed cook and offers a varied menu of homemade food which is always highly complimented.
The global attraction is embodied by the magnificent memorabilia displays which create eclectic surroundings and one of the world's famous race horses, Red Rum keeps a careful eye on proceedings. The vast majority of the much heralded displays have been donated.
Set at the front of a quarry, and extending to circa 2 acres in the Fermanagh Lakeland heartlands the property has a waterfall and stream during the wetter parts of the year. There is an abundance of room to expand the business capacity in terms of function rooms, add accommodation such as log cabins, glamping cabins or bubble domes. What about a large garden centre with a DIY section to complement the tea /coffee house.................. the corporate hospitability market is another prime possibility to focus on and engage. There are endless possibilities.
The Ceili House is just off the A46 Enniskillen to Donegal Road, less than ten minutes to the county town of Enniskillen and a few minutes' drive to the 5 Star Lough Erne Golf Resort and it's two Championship Golf Courses. There are many notable tourist attractions on the doorstep and there is a gaping opportunity to engage the tourism industry offering pre arranged bus trips and tours to call to The Ceili House for tea / coffee / scones or lunch, for example. There is lots of room on the circa 2 acre site for parking.
Along with The Ceili House there is a domestic three bedroom detached house. Details and pictures to follow.
Tom and Catherine have decided that it's a suitable time to pass the baton to new owners and allow someone else to enjoy the and take The Ceili House tradition and experience to the next level.
DOMESTIC DWELLING Three bedroom bungalow ( Potted description ). Entering the property from the rear / side aspect - utility area measures 8ft x 8.7 - tiled floor, sink facility and the oil fired boiler is located therein.
Kitchen / Dining: 24.6 x 11.8 Spacious room with a good range of units, feature ceiling beams, recess lights, oil fired Rayburn heats the water for the property.
Conservatory: 11.6 x 6.4 Wooden floor, rear access. Sitting room: 16.6 x 12.7 Good size room with an open fire and carpet
floor covering. Built in storage cloaks cupboard off hallway. Shelved Hot Press off corridor.
Bedroom : 13.6 x 11.1 ( Front ) Double built in units. Carpet floor coverings. Bedroom 2: 10.5 x 9.5 ( Front ) Built in unit with dressing table. Carpet floor covering. Bedroom 3: 13.7 x 13.2 ( Rear ) Good size bedroom with carpet floor covering.
Bathroom: 11.4 x 8.5. Lovely presentation with modern suite. Tiled floors and walls.
THE CEILI HOUSE is constructed on two floors. There is an abundance of parking space in the former quarry.
On the upper floor there is a decking area which is partially covered, measures 31.5 x 19.5 and doubles up as a smoking area. World famous racehorse, Red Rum is always available for that memorable picture to treasure and a bog oak tree from Co Fermanagh which is reputed to be older that the pyramids of Egypt attracts considerable attention. The bathroom facilities are in close proximity - Ladies: 18.6 x 11.6. Gents: 11.7 x 7.8
Moving in a left to right direction the next room is fondly known as the ' Jute Box Room ' which measures 23.8 x 7.8. This room is adorned with memorabilia from a wide ranging global perspective.
The Function Room / Lounge Bar is spacious and measures 33ft x 30ft. Full bar facilities including draft Guinness and beers. To the right of the bar there is a serving hatch from a room just off the kitchen. This serving room / store measures 21.7 x 6.4 and is kitted with fridges, stainless steel shelving, bain-marie and slow cookers. The function room is the point where bands and entertainers perform.
The dining area is also sizeable and measures 30.6 x 20.5. A special couch has been designated for the bride and groom to sit during a wedding meal. Part of the floor is wood to facilitate a dancing area.
Heating for the function room and the dining area is provided by two multi burning stoves and an electric Thermo Air system.
To the rear of the function and dining rooms is the kitchen and food preparation area. This room measures 21.7 x 9.5 and is fully kitted with food freezers, fridges, ice freezers, sinks, electric cooking facilities, dish washer, high pressure mains water heater. The kitchen enjoys a Food Hygiene Rating 5 from Fermanagh Omagh District Council.
There is a special unit for chilling wines and beers.
The GROUND FLOOR can be accessed by stairs from the upper level or alternatively from the private car parking to the rear of the property. The covered entrance area measuring 26ft x 12ft feature two large paintings of Devenish Round Tower and a traditional Irish cottage.
Moving right to left is another Lounge and The Rock Bar ( 49.3 x 31.7 ) with full bar facilities. The name derives from the fact that part of the bar is hewn into the rock and it's the perfect natural cellar for the Guinness and beer barrels. Two of the many features include the store with a wide range of memorabilia including two authentic Titanic Port Holes and a functioning Queen Victoria Organ. An 18 man ( or woman ) rowing boat has been turned into a full length table. The Rock Bar is serviced by a kitchen with a serving hatch and storage area measuring 25.4 x 20.6. Kitchen is kitted with a 6 ring gas cooker, industrial hot plate, double chipper, hot and cold water preparation facilities plus a range of fridges. Rear access is provided.
The final room is referred to as The Marquee ( 33.7 x 16ft ). Once again this room offers up space for the private party or function and is double glazed. The Ceili House car is an attractive feature and also very popular for the picture to recall your visit to the unique Ceile House experience.
Externally, the former quarry with its own pond at the rear is a significant asset and is ripe for development by discerning purchasers. Off - Road 4 x 4 and archery events have been very successful. Wouldn't it be a magnificent setting to host a Vintage Car Run - tea & scones on arrival and dinner on return in the evening?
ALL ENQUIRIES to sole selling agent, Sean Treacy, Fermanagh Lakeland Properties.
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