Friday, 23 May 2014

Waterways Ireland Loughfest Event

This year's Waterways Ireland Loughfest event will take place on Saturday 31 May 2014 at the Broadmeadow, Fermanagh Lakeland Forum, Enniskillen.
The annual extravaganza is a FREE event sponsored by Waterways Ireland and organised by Fermanagh District Council which promises thrills and spills for the whole family with a range of activities taking place in Lough Erne and the Broadmeadow throughout the day.

FREE programme of land-based entertainment and activities will take place on the Broadmeadow from 12 noon to 3.30pm with climbing walls, bouncy castles, high ropes course, face painting and much more!

A number of adrenaline fuelled wakeboarding and RNLI demonstrations will also take place on the water and various emergency services will be in attendance providing information and demonstrations.
At 4pm the Irish Coast Guard Sikorsky S-92 helicopter is scheduled to make a special landing at the event - a spectacle not to be missed!
FREE programme of 'Come and Try It' activity sessions for children will also take place throughout the day. Please note, registration for the 'Come and Try It' activity sessions is essential. 
'Come and Try It' Canoeing  Suitable for children aged 8 years old and over. Sessions last an hour and a half. Session times: 10am - 11.30am, 12noon - 1.30pm and 2pm - 3.30pm. Registration is essential. Please click here to download a registration form.
'Come and Try It' Angling  Suitable for children aged 8 years old and over. Sessions last one hour. Session times: 10.30am - 11.30am and 11.30am - 12.30pm. Pleaseclick here to download a registration form.
'Come and Try It' Wakeboarding  Suitable for children aged 8 years old and over. Sessions last an hour and a half. Session times: 10.30am - 12 noon, 11.30am - 1pm, 1pm - 2.30pm and 2pm - 3.30pm. Registration is essential. Please contact Samantha Crawford on 07 808 966 163 or email 
'Come and Try It' Kite Design  Suitable for children aged 5 years old and over. Sessions last one hour. Session times: 12.30pm - 1.30pm, 1.30pm - 2.30pm and 2.30pm - 3.30pm. Registration is essential. Please click here to download a registration form. Children will get to keep their kite which they design. 
All activities are FREE. If you require any additional information please contact Chris Elliott, Fermanagh District Council, 02866 325 050 or 

If you're planning a trip to Enniskillen for the Waterways Loughfest Event and need accomodation
Belmore Court & Motel offer something to suit everyone, from family rooms to executive suites  Click the link to check out all our special offers 

Sunday, 4 May 2014

High Five! Belmore Court celebrates 5th Birthday

Flying high five years on! Although operating for almost 25 years, the extended Belmore Court & Motel opened for business in 2009. The 30 room ‘Belmore Court’ extension continues to offer guests a choice of high quality 4 Star Guest Accommodation, at great value prices and is delighted to be celebrating its 5th Birthday!  The addition of 30 Superior and Executive rooms and suites in the heart of Enniskillen Town Centre was a welcome boost to Fermanagh’s growing tourism industry. 
The award winning reception team help celebrate 5 years in the new building

The 5th Birthday celebrations include an exclusive Birthday £55 per room/night Sale* where guests are invited to join the party and avail of a ‘May Birthday Stay’ for less! This exclusive rate is available for Sunday to Thursday short breaks in May – subject to availability.

Since its expansion Belmore Court & Motel continues to go from strength to strength with numerous improvements to facilities and additions to its swelling Awards cabinet; showcasing its commitment to delivering the best experience for every guest. 

Most recently Belmore Court & Motel where absolutely thrilled to be crowned ‘Hotel and Guesthouse Reception Team of the Year’ by the Northern Ireland Hotels Federation (NIHF) at a glittering awards ceremony on Wednesday 30th April 2014.  Reception Team team member, Angie McDaniel was also a finalist in the ‘Hotel and Guesthouse Receptionist of the Year’ Category. Belmore Court & Motel pride themselves in offering a warm Fermanagh welcome and this award is testament to the dedicated, friendly reception team.  

Belmore Court & Motel’s Housekeeping Team cleaned up at the annual NIHF Awards by winning the 'Under 90 Rooms' category, fending off stiff competition from Malmaison, Ten Square, Clandeboye Lodge Hotel and Galgorm Resort & Spa.

Belmore Court & Motel have also been shortlisted for the forthcoming Northern Ireland Tourism Awards (NITA) in two categories: ‘Serviced Accommodation of the year’ and ‘Customer Service Excellence’. The Awards are considered the ‘Oscars’ of the tourism sector in Northern Ireland will take place at the Ulster Hall Belfast on Thursday 29th May 2014.

With the growing importance of environmental issues and Green Tourism, Belmore Court & Motel was proud to be awarded the ‘Gold’ Green Tourism Award by NITB, demonstrating that the highest standards of sustainability are been adhered to.

As the first business in Northern Ireland to join Zero Carbon World, Belmore Court & Motel are meeting the needs of a new market of electric vehicle owners by giving them the option of an overnight charge. To promote this facility, users of the service have the opportunity to avail of a night’s free accommodation!
Commenting on the 5 year milestone, Owner Terry McCartney ,“We are proud to reach this company milestone in what has been a challenging, yet exciting time for Tourism. Fermanagh was showcased to the world as the host location for the 2013 G8 Summit and continues to develop as a tourist destination. At Belmore Court & Motel we are passionate about delivering the best experience for all our guests, whilst offering value for money. We continuously strive to improve the facilities and services available at Belmore Court & Motel. We would like to thank all our customers and dedicated staff for their continued support”.
Enjoy a Spring break to the beautiful Fermanagh Lakelands with a stay Northern Ireland’s only 4 Star Motel and avail of Belmore Court’s 5th Birthday offer which is available throughout May (Sun – Thurs).

*Offer subject to availability valid Sun – Thurs May 2014. Book Online or T: 028 6632 6633

Thursday, 1 May 2014

The Best of the Best in Northern Ireland Hotels and Guest Houses

The team at the Belmore Court and Motel, Enniskillen, won the title of Reception of the Year at this year’s Hotel & Guesthouse Receptionist of the Year gala awards ceremony. It was double delight of the team at the Belmore, who also won the housekeeping team of the year title in March. The Hotel & Guesthouse Receptionist of the Year competition is organised by the Northern Ireland Hotels Federation and is in its eleventh year. The award is supported by the Northern Ireland Tourist Board. Its aim is to highlight the importance of the role of the reception team, reward the best in class and highlight excellence in guest service.

Mandy Patrick (NIHF), Terry McCartney, Michelle McCaffrey, Carolyn Boyd (NITB), Angie McDaniel and Samantha Munton

Mandy Patrick, President of the Northern Ireland Hotels Federation said, “The Hotels Federation recognises that people are an integral part of our success. The hotel receptionist has a unique role to play and is the main point of contact for our guests. A major part of a hotel’s success rests with the people in this competition. Without their contribution we could not give the guest the excellent experience they are looking for.

The win by the Belmore Court and Motel is the first for Fermanagh and Terry McCartney, Managing Director of the property said, Our mission at Belmore Court and Motel is to make the guest the number one priority and all the team are dedicated to making this happen. I am extremely proud of everyone in the organisation now that our team holds the awards for both Best Housekeeping Team and Best Reception Team in Northern Ireland..”

A number of individual categories were also awarded on the evening. The title of Hotel & Guesthouse Receptionist of the Year 2014 went to Peter Reid of the Bushmills Inn. This is the first time in the competition’s history that there has been a male overall winner. The runner-up was Rachel Lennon from the Premier Inn Belfast City Centre with third place going to Chantelle McCallion of the City Hotel Derry.
The winner of the Most Promising Hotel & Guesthouse Receptionist of the Year was Lesley Woods from the Fitzwilliam Hotel, Belfast. The runner-up in this category was Tyler Stothard of the Best Western Plus White Horse Hotel.

UTV’s Pamela Ballantine compered proceedings at the awards dinner, which was held in the Best Western Plus White Horse Hotel on Wednesday 30th April 2014. The NIHF was joined on the evening by supporters, the Northern Ireland Tourist Board, Derry City Council, Diageo and Frost Couture for a glamorous evening in the Maiden City.


Notes for Editors

Hotel & Guesthouse Reception of the Year sponsored by the Northern Ireland Tourist Board
Runner-up: Benedicts Hotel, Belfast
Third Place: City Hotel Derry
Recognising the achievements of the whole reception team.

Hotel & Guesthouse Receptionist of the Year
Winner: Peter Reid, Bushmills Hotel
Runner-up: Rachel Lennon, Premier Inn Belfast
Third Place: Chantelle McCallion, City Hotel Derry

Most Promising Hotel & Guesthouse Receptionist of the Year
Winner: Lesley Woods, Fitzwilliam Hotel, Belfast
Runner-up: Tyler Stothard, Best Western Plus WhiteHorse Hotel
Recognising those in the role for less than one year.

The Northern Ireland Hotels Federation successfully re-launched the competition in 2004. The event has been very well received within the sector and currently recognises excellence in three distinct categories.

The competition aims to recognise the attributes and skills of the reception function and has been reinstated after consultation with the sector and keen interest from the hotel trade. The competition also seeks to recognise international standards and competitiveness within the hospitality sector.

This award previously ran for over 20 years and was recognised as a leading accolade within the hospitality sector. The last ten years have seen the award receive significant attention from the public, press and industry including applications from over 95 hopeful contestants this year.

More Information
For further information please contact Janice Gault, Chief Executive, Northern Ireland Hotels Federation:
Tel: 028 9077 6635   Mobile: 07799711960  Email:

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Fun for all the family at Forthill 'Picnic in the Park'

 Pack your picnic basket and make your way to Forthill Park in Enniskillen this Easter Monday for family fun and entertainment.

Picnic in the Park, a free event organised by Fermanagh County Museum, takes place on Easter Monday, 21 April from 12pm to 2pm. 

The historic Park provides the perfect setting for a picnic and will play host to an afternoon of children's games, face painting, balloon-shaping, live music, play-park and much more on April 21. There will also be an Easter egg trail and real Easter chicks.

The spectacular bandstand will come alive with music from Cathy Mc Govern, who will provide a musical treat throughout the afternoon.  

The RSPB, Butterfly Conservation and Conservation Volunteers will be on hand with puzzles and games and The Enniskillen Hotel will provide lemonade for children. 

Encouraging people to make their way to Forthill Park on Easter Monday, Catherine Scott, Fermanagh County Museum, said:

"We hope the sun shines on April 21 and that people make their way to this historic garden in the heart of Enniskillen.

Forthill is a beautiful park and a perfect place for our Easter event.  The day is a great opportunity for families to get outdoors and enjoy this beautiful open space.

Admission is free, as are all of the activities."

The Forthill Promenade and Pleasure Park has always been a space for public use.

After the Plantation, Forthill Park was called "Commons Hill" or "Cow Hill," where Enniskilleners could graze their cattle and animals. It was also known as Camomile Hill, where in 1689, the Governor of Enniskillen, Gustavus Hamilton, ordered a fort of sods to be raised in Enniskillen; hence the name 'Forthill'.

In 1836 the area was enclosed, planted with trees, and transformed into a promenade and pleasure ground. 

After the Crimean War a captured Russian Gun was brought to the south bastion of the Forthill.  It fired a salute to the first train arriving in the town in 1857 and broke the windows in Belmore Street.

By the 1880s the park had become overgrown and little used. Thomas Plunkett, Chairman of the town commissioners, supervised the landscaping of the park and on 7 August 1891 the Forthill Pleasure ground officially opened with special areas including the "Dell", the Ferney, the Fountain, and the Waterfall; all designed by Plunkett. 

Forthill Bandstand was erected to Plunkett during his own lifetime in 1895 as a mark of appreciation.

As well as the programme of family entertainment on April 21, people will have the opportunity to climb the 108 steps to the viewing platform of the historic Cole's Monument, built in the centre of the park on a star-shaped fort in memory of the late General the Hon. Sir G. Lowry Cole from 1845-57.

Admission to Picnic in the Park and its associated activities are free of charge.

For further information please contact Catherine Scott, Fermanagh County Museum, on 028 6632 5000.

Monday, 31 March 2014

Going for Gold . . .

The Belmore Court and Motel has achieved Gold status from Green Tourism, a body recognised by the UK and regional governments as being a crucial part of its drive towards sustainability.

Those who achieve Gold Status are classed as being 'Inspirational/Outstanding'. Establishments achieving Gold are cited by Green Tourism as achieving the highest standards of sustainability with a "strong and broad ethos and excellent examples throughout." Businesses who achieve this will employ the latest technologies, from LED lighting to efficient boilers and renewable technologies. The business will have an efficient control over their resource use and will demonstrate effective monitoring with targets set for savings. They believe "Green procurement will include sustainable meat/fish sources, a range of ethical products and working with local suppliers to provide fresh, local and even organic items." Green Tourism feel that changes implemented should lead to significant benefits to the business, community and supply chain.

Belmore Court and Motel have undertaken several actions to fulfil their commitment to sustainability. These include:
·        Complying with requirements of environmental legislation and approved codes of practice.
·        Continuously seeking to improve environmental and social performance.
·        To reduce pollution, emissions and waste.
·        To reduce the use of energy, water and other resources.
·        To raise awareness, encourage participation and train employees in sustainable business practice.
·        We expect similar environmental standards from all suppliers and contractors.
·        Assisting customers to use products and services in an environmentally sensitive way.
·        Liaising with the local community.
·        Minimising our risks associated with social and environmental issues.
·        Joining the Green Tourism Business scheme as an indicator of our sustainable practices.
·        Responsible visitor charters have been placed in every room, with seven steps indicating how guests can help reduce their impact on the environment whilst staying at the Belmore Court and Motel.
·        Practical steps taken include recycling, minimising paper use, choosing phosphate free cleaning products, using local suppliers where possible, water conservation, sensible lighting and fuel use, no PCs or TVs left on standby.
·        Creating an updated charge point for electric vehicles in the Belmore Court and Motel's car park.
·        Working with suppliers to minimise packaging.
·        Introducing more fair trade products.
·        Promoting cycle hire from Lakeland Bikes for £25 per day.

The Belmore Court and Motel is one of eighteen establishments offering a Green Tourism experience in Northern Ireland and one of only three to achieve Gold status!

Friday, 14 March 2014

Belmore Court & Motel - Cleans Up

Housekeepers from throughout Northern Ireland gathered at the Clandeboye Lodge Hotel last night (12th March 2014) to discover who had cleaned up in this year’s Hotel & Guesthouse Housekeeping Awards. The event, which was hosted by UTV’s Pamela Ballantine, saw the Belmore Court & Motel, Enniskillen win the Under 90 Rooms category and the Hilton Belfast awarded first place in the 90 Rooms and Over category.

The awards, organised by the Northern Ireland Hotels Federation, are held on an annual basis and have been designed to showcase the important role of housekeeping and reward the excellence achieved by housekeeping staff. This is the fifth year they have taken place.

Mandy Patrick MBE, President of the NIHF commented, “This competition is really about giving recognition to and rewarding the often unsung heroes & heroines of the accommodation industry - the housekeeping teams. I know that I rely heavily upon my own team and without them our guests would not have the excellent stay they currently experience. 

“This event has been greatly supported by our industry partners and we see this as a key element in its own going success. The Northern Ireland Tourist Board, Bunzl Rafferty Hospitality Products, Gilchrist and Soames along with Ecolab have sponsored this event since its inception five years ago. Their support is testament to their commitment to the industry and ensuring recognition for the housekeeping staff within the sector.”

The 2014 competition included a team assessment day with 56 housekeepers undertaking a range of tasks evaluating the skills they use everyday. This was followed by a surprise on-site inspection for the nine shortlisted finalists. The judges were looking for cleanliness, attention to detail and a good overall guest impression. The objective of the competition is to raise standards in the industry whilst recognising the superb job that housekeepers perform on a daily basis.

The results of the competition.

Under 90 Rooms

Belmore Court & Motel, Enniskillen

Galgorm Resort & Spa, Ballymena

90 Rooms and Over

Hilton Belfast

Holiday Inn Express, Belfast

The Hotel & Guesthouse Housekeeping Awards are organised by the Northern Ireland Hotels Federation. The event is in its fifth year. The Northern Ireland Hotels Federation is a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee. It was founded in 1999 to represent the interests of the hotel and guesthouse industry. It lobbies Government, provides a range of services to Members and strives to ensure that everyone in Northern Ireland gains from the tremendous economic and social benefits of a growing tourism sector.

Monday, 10 March 2014

Belmore Court Manager Features in NITB Campaign

Belmore Court and Motel’s owner Terry McCartney has discovered a new role in life. Not only is he a motelier but a TV Ad campaign star! Those who have seen the new Discover Northern Ireland Spring 2014 promotional ads will be familiar with Terry’s starring role. For those who haven’t you can take a peak;

Entitled ‘Discover the People, Discover the Place’ it is voiced over by Hollywood star and Ballymena boy Liam Neeson. Terry describes his involvement as evolving from a simple phone call from the Ad agency behind the campaign. They wanted to speak to people in Fermanagh about Fermanagh. Terry spoke about the county, his business at Belmore Court and Motel and about his hobbies which include photography and the locations in the county where he goes to take pictures.

Later that evening he received a call asking him to participate in the Ad campaign regarding Fermanagh, which he agreed to. Seven days later he met up with the production team at Crom Estate at 8am and the Ad was explained further to Terry. We’re assured that he was fully prepared for this strenuous day of filming by enjoying bacon butties with the crew prior to filming the documentary style Ad. They had invited another photographer along for the day, Eunan from Leitrim, with the aim being to show what Fermanagh was like, matching photographer with photographer and showing the beautiful sites of Fermanagh.

At Crom Estate they met John from the National Trust who has five generations of family living on the estate. They were given a tour and moved on to have lunch on the Lady of the Lake cruiser. Their skipper Frank took them out on Lough Erne and gave them a tour of Fermanagh’s Lakelands. Terry says that Eunan “couldn’t believe the breath taking beauty” of Fermanagh. On their boat trip they made their way towards Devenish Island. They saw the interpretive centre and returned to shore a little damper than when they had begun their journey. To end their day went to Blakes of the Hollow where they discussed the day’s activities. Terry believes Eunan was more than impressed with Fermanagh and was happy to return home and tell people about it. It was Terry’s “pleasure to show him Fermanagh, everything from its beauty, its scenery to the craic and the good food and pubs on offer.”

The Ad has already started being showing on TV and there are three versions of the Ad available. There is also a more detailed three minute look at the Fermanagh Ad with Terry and Eunan available online.

Feel free to visit us at the Belmore Court and Motel to take in the beauty of Fermanagh for yourself and keep an eye out for Terry coming to a TV screen or billboard near you! Please refrain from drawing moustaches amongst other things on his campaign, some friends of the Belmore Court and Motel are threatening not to be so kind!

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