Dromard House, Bed & Breakfast & Self Catering Accommodation, Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh
Tel: +44 (0) 28 66387250 or Email: dromardhouse@yahoo.co.uk

        

Farming in Harmony with the Countryside -
by Frank Tisdall MA AgrB DPA From "Agriculture in Northen Ireland"

An environmentally friendly approach to farming is the hallmark of a well run beef and sheep farm in County Fermanagh. Advantage has also been taken of the farm's ideal location, on a hill, close to Enniskillen surrounded by very attractive landscape features, to develop a successful farm guesthouse diversification.

Dromard House : Farming in harmony with the Countryside : Successful Farm Guesthouse diversification : Agriculture in Northern IrelandCountryside Management

Policy on the Weir farm is to farm in harmony with nature and a lot has been done to maintain and enhance the environment. There are a number of woodland areas on the farm which have been grazed in the past. Most of these have now been fenced off to exclude stock, thus allowing the trees to regenerate naturally.

In addition, some interplanting has been carried out, using a range of shade tolerant species, including beech.

A few lines from the poet W.B. Yeats suggest how trees add to the beauty of the countryside :-

"The trees are in their autumn beauty, the woodland paths are dry, under the October twilight the water mirrors a still sky."

Historical Features

The farm has a number of interesting historical features including a crannog, tree ring, stone stile and stone gateposts.

Crannogs are artificially constructed island dwellings which were used for defence between the fourth and tenth centuries and they are quite common, especially in small lakes.

Tree rings are imitation raths formed and planted in the last century with financial assistance from the Royal Dublin Horticultural Society.

The farm is within the West Fermanagh and Erne Lakeland Environmentally Sensitive Area (E.S.A).

Diversification

After they got married in 1991, Clive and his wife Sharon decided to develop part of their farm buildings as guest accommodation.

There are now four bedrooms, each with en-suite facilities. The venture has proved to be very successful as the farm is ideally situated on the main Belfast road leading to Enniskillen, which is a main tourist route.

A unique feature of the guest facilities is a pathway which has been developed through some of the mature woodland near the farmhouse. This is ideal for studying and identifying different tree species, and is much appreciated by guests.

Dromard House, Tamlaght, Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh, BT74 4BT : Tel: +44 (0) 28 66387250