The Real Aristocratic Experience

Exclusive behind the ropes experience with the 7th Earl of Erne

The Real Aristocratic Experience


 

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Blaycation is very happy to be offering our guests an exclusive chance to be treated like royalty in a truly Aristocratic experience. This 4 day 3 night long program is hosted by the charming and gregarious 7th Earl of Erne in his ancestral home, Crom Castle, Ireland. From this select small group of guests you will enjoy evenings spent having drinks in the drawing room, formal dinners and of course, Irish charm. As VIP guests you will be rubbing shoulders with local aristocracy and visiting other stately homes and national trust properties. We are sure this program will delight and give our guests an exclusive snapshop into an aristocratic experience 21st Century style.

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Here are the highlights of  what you can look forward to on this exclusive experience.  

  • 4 day 3 night Aristocratic Adventure designed for a small group or a few couples.
  • Exclusive access to a privileged way of life few get to experience
  • 3 nights as private guests in Crom Castle, Ireland
  • Hosted by The Earl of Erne & his family home with staff.
  • enjoy 3 unforgettable nights as private guests in his castle.
  • Private tours, boat rides, exclusive introductions to Lords & Ladies, private stately home visits, drink receptions, conservatory teas
  • Gala Dinner with the Earl of Erne and a going away Irish Ceilidh.
  • Exclusive Transfers & VIP Concierge Service

 

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Day 1

Arrive via VIP Transport to Crom Castle

The Real Aristocratic Experience starts as you will be greeted at the grand front door by the 7th Earl of Erne. His staff will take your luggage up to your room and urge you to relax, unwind and be treated like one of the family. This exclusive experience is a truly unique and unusual chance to live in a working castle as guests of the Aristocracy for three days.

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  • Check into your rooms and have a quick refresher.
  • in the afternoon you will be escorted down to the Conservatory and served a proper creamed tea, Irish Style.
  • Take a private tour of the Castle’s Main Home and West Wing property by the 7th Earl of Erne, John Crichton.
  • Relax and refresh
  • Drinks will be served to guests at 7:00
  • Dine and spend the evening chatting with the Earl as he hosts your stay in his beautiful 19th century castle with a full supporting team of staff to look after you for each day of your stay.
  • Enjoy a fully catered 4-course dinner in the Conservatory at 8 pm.
  • Stay overnight at Crom Castle.

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Day 2

  • A Full breakfast is served in the conservatory where everything is made to order. You can order a boiled egg with cut toast soldiers, a bowl of fruit or a full Irish Breakfast. It’s prepared by the staff to your liking each and every day.
  • At 10 am we leave from the estate’s west wing and depart over the garden and down a tree lined pathway to the beautiful boathouse. Here, a boat will pick us up to be escorted around the estate  for a 1 hour, private tour.
  • At 11:30 am, the optional morning walking tour and boat tour returns to Crom Castle/ National Trust Estate.
  • Take some time to refresh.
  • At 1:30-5 pm, there will be an afternoon tour and lunch at another local aristocratic home, Killyreagh where we get to meet the Earl’s cousin, Lord & Lady Anthony Hamilton.  Lunch will be served and Lady Anthony Hamilton will give a private guided tour of her gardens.
  • Return to Crom Castle to rest and refresh.
  • At 7:00 pm we begin the evening by meeting The Earl in his private residence of the castle for welcome drinks in the Grand Drawing room followed by a splendid Gala Dinner in the State Dining Room.
  • This dinner is a rare chance to converse with the Earl and possibly some of his family or special guests.
  • Stay overnight at Crom Castle.
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Day 3

  • Full Irish Breakfast
  • Free time in the morning to wander the estate, read a book in the yellow drawing room by the fire or sleep in.
  • At 10:30, depart for Castle Coole or Florence Court both splendid National Trust Properties.
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Experience the stately grandeur of both these magnificent country seats set amongst  wooded landscapes. Castle Coole stands as one of Ireland’s most renowned Neo-classical houses, and allows guests to tour the service rooms and quarters of this property.

  • Around 12:30, there will be a walking tour of the island town of Enniskillen where we drop in for an Irish pint in Blakes Bar, (one of the oldest pubs in Ireland) before we move on for lunch in Café Merlot below. Lunch is served.
  • After lunch we have free time. Guests are offered the chance to arrange a game of golf at the nearby, renowned Lough Erne golf resort designed by Nick Faldo or maybe enjoy some shopping in Enniskillen or be pampered at the nearby Colbrooke Spa, home of  the Viscount & Viscountess Brookeborough.
  • Return to Crom Castle to rest and refresh.
  • Drinks are served at 7:30 pm.
  • Farewell Irish sendoff dinner and Irish Ceilidh (the ultimate Irish experience) in the Victorian Conservatory
  • Stay overnight at Crom Castle.
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Day 4

  • Full Irish Breakfast
  • Receive Farewell gifts
  • Transfers back to either Belfast or Dublin for return flights home.
  • End of Service.

From brushing shoulders with the aristocracy to cocktails with an Earl in Ireland, your entire journey will reflect the lavish lifestyle of a time gone by. Eating, drinking, the entertainment and the backdrop will reflect your new found status every step of the way. Do you want to live like royalty? Here’s your chance.

If you have a small group (8-16) please let us know.

Price is $2995 US per person based on double occupancy. Upgrades to exclusive Crom Castle Private Suites are available at an additional charge.

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