It's fair to say that we didn't exactly constitute the typical house guests, when our extended family landed at the old Station House in Irvinestown.
My grandfather had in fact been the Station Master many years ago and we were there to celebrate the birthday of an Aunt who had been born there. Included in the party were two family members who had clear memories of the years they had lived there and the characters in the local community.
Clearly, the house had a lot to live up to - but it easily surpassed expectations. The spacious dwelling has been sympathetically restored - to the extent that the former residents were delighted to rediscover their old haunts - but always with an eye on modern comforts. The result is an incredibly spacious and luxurious setting, which easily swallowed what amounted to around four distinct family groups. The bedrooms are cosy and comfortable with stylish en suite bathrooms. The kitchen and dining area is vast and well equipped - whether you want to cook full meals for a crowd, or simply devour the fish and chips from the local chippy! There is a selection of living/sitting rooms with plenty of space for large groups to sit and chat or for more intimate groups to chinwag.
The decommissioning of the Station is now a matter of history, but the platform edges survive (with the area between them filled and grassed over) and the far platform waiting area and signal box are still evident and speak to generations past. All in all, it is an evocative mix of days past and modern comfort.
Irvinestown itself is a small town, with the basics well catered for, although it would be tempting to simply stay in the comfort of the Station House! For those who prefer to venture out, Enniskillen is not far away, and the local countryside would probably suit cyclists or walkers.
Overall, there is nothing bad to say about the Station House. Highly recommended.
We stayed here recently for 3 nights. House is fabulous has all facilities. Jane and Floyd were great. Delicious scones on arrival.Super kitchen
Fits 13 adults comfortably. Four living rooms an extra bonus.
Locals were very friendly esp Central Bar!
Loved the fact they have kept all the old signage and rooms.
We rented this property for the Christmas week along with grandmother and a family of friends - 12 in total. From the outset, all went smoothly - Jane was wonderfully straightforward from the booking stage, helped us with logistics (sourcing the turkey, local walks...) and, along with Floyd, was the perfect hostess 'sur place'. The location was excellent for what we wanted - nature in abundance, good easy walking trails, access to Eire, local bars and shops (even for last minute christmas presents !). We felt really welcome wherever we went.
The house itself is superb - plenty of space on both floors. Beautifully decorated throughout with comfy sofas for watching a film or playing games, fully fitted and kitted out kitchen (the Aga makes for perfect cooked breakfasts), very comfy beds and the best quilts I have had for ages. Like another reviewer, I would like to keep this house as "our little secret", but Jane and Floyd's work in the wonderful stylish renovation deserves recognition.
For winter months, a coat rack of some sort would be a useful addition but I hope to come back in the summer for long evenings enjoying the outside space and barbecue - Diane?
Many thanks Jane and Floyd - au revoir !
7 of us stayed at the house which was the most comfortable well equipped holiday rental we have ever stayed in. 4 different sitting rooms, two with wood burners and one a sun room opening onto the garden meant there was space for everyone to be quiet or noisy.The grounds with the old waiting room and signal box are fantastic. The beautifully equipped kitchen was a joy to cook in and meant we didn't need to eat out and coped with 5 women all cooking different dishes at the same time.
Ensuites to each bedroom and very comfy beds, excellent WiFi and smart TVS for Olympics viewing all added to the pleasure of the week.
Our hosts Jane and Floyd have provided a very special place and we will definitely be back!