Naming your grand Palladian mansion after the woman you love – now that’s something out of a romance novel! At the foothills of Cuilcagh Mountains outside Enniskillen in County Fermanagh stands Florence Court, once the home of the Earls of Enniskillen. The Florence in question was the wife of John Cole, the man who built this impressive home around 1718. Florence Bourchier Wrey was an aristocrat from Devon, England and was fond of the finer things in life. Famed for its exquisite interiors, fine Irish furniture and Rococo plasterwork, Florence Court is also renowned for it’s setting amongst abundant woodland and breathtaking gardens.
Currently owned and managed by the National Trust, Florence Court is home to the “Florencecourt Yew” (Irish Yew)—a specimen of yew tree that is the source of most modern Irish yews and draws visitors & horticulture enthusiasts from all over. It is believed that almost all the Irish Yew specimens found common in churchyards throughout the world are derived from this one tree in County Fermanagh.
Florence Court is open daily year round and the house can be viewed via guided tour. Or take a walk around the beautiful grounds and enjoy the beautiful walled gardens, sawmill, icehouse and thatched summerhouse. Experience wood working demonstrations or a lesson from the “smithy” on the art of blacksmithing. During summer months, children can take a tour with the “nanny” and discover the Earl’s fascinating fossil collection.
Reading enthusiasts can pay a visit to Nelly Wooly’s second hand bookshop which helps raise money for ongoing conservation projects all around Florence Court. Visitors can pick up a variety of souvenirs in the Coach House gift shop then head over to The Stables Tea Room for lunchtime and sweet treats. Freshly prepared sandwiches, pies and a selection of hot dishes are offered as well as a delicious range of home made cakes and pastries.
On the weekend, serious foodies can head over to the Tully Mill restaurant located in a secluded corner at the edge of the Florence Court estate. This hidden gem combines modern flavors with traditional recipes. Tully Mill is open evenings on Friday and Saturday offering a set menu and Sunday’s exquisite lunch can’t be missed.
The Sunday lunch menu (2015) is offered at £19.95 per person. Guests can select from one of each option below. All entrees are served with local, seasonal vegetables and potatoes. A children’s menu is also available.
- Fivemiletown Goats Cheese Bruschetta, Beethoot Carpaccio, Basil Pesto
- Florence Court Walled Garden Vegetable Soup, Homemade Wheaten Bread
- Smoked Chicken, Prosciutto, Parmesan, Sun kissed Tomatoes, Baby Gem Caesar Salad
- Tully Mill Antipasto Platter, Selection of Cured Meats, Breads & Dips
- Irish Smoked Salmon
- 28 Day Fermanagh Rib of Beef, Yorkshire pudding, Roast Pan Gravy
- Free Range Turkey, Herb Stuffing, Honey & Mustard Baked Ham, Cranberry Jus
- Killybegs Wild Salmon, Samphire, Light Mustard Cream
- Roast Irish Spring Lamb, Stuffing, Roast Pan Gravy
- Pan Fried Fermanagh Chicken, Bushmills Smoked Bacon Sauce
- Wild Mushroom & Spinach Papperdella Pasta, Pine Nuts, Parmesan Cheese
- Home Made Chocolate Fudge Cake, Orange Ice Cream
- Raspberry Ruffle Cheesecake & Chantilly Cream
- Our Apple and Blackberry Crumble, Crème Anglaise, Fresh Cream
- Lemon Tart, Chantilly Cream, Wild Berry Compote
- The Classic Sherry Tart
Bookings for Tully Mill restaurant are made by reservation only—booking line: 028 6634 9879 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information:
Florence Court- www.nationaltrust.org.uk/florence-court
Tully Mill Restaurant- www.tullymill.com