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SOLD: Bluebell Island and Meadow £49,000 Freehold

Description

The fortunate owners of this Fermanagh rural idyll will have access to both banks of the Black River, a delightful backwater which wends its way through a peaceful, pastoral valley to join the County River on the boundary between Counties Leitrim & Fermanagh, the border between Southern and Northern Ireland, before entering Lough Macnean.

Making your way down through the grassy meadow you will be struck by the peace and quiet, and the views across the valley of the small farms, woodlands, forests and hills that are typical of this quiet corner of Fermanagh. A damp, unimproved, meadow such as this provides refuge to flowers like globe buttercup and ragged robin, among others. Judicious planting of native trees, for example alder, oak, hazel and willow would enhance the wildlife potential and complement the existing small group of mature trees near the entrance.

At the foot of the meadow, you will find a dry, grassy knoll ideal for a picnic or camping. From here it is a few steps to the riverbank, where the children (and adults!) can paddle to their heart's content, or the keen fisher could catch something tasty. If you are lucky you may spot an otter or a kingfisher.

Across on the other side is Bluebell Island, which in April and May is carpeted thickly with bluebells and ransomes, sure signs that the area has lain undisturbed for many years. On a sunny day the tree canopy casts a dappled light over this secluded spot, where you can feel truly cut off from the world.

The purchasers of the meadow will be asked to enter into a covenant to ensure the quiet and peaceful enjoyment of adjoining woodlands and meadows.

Trees

A small group of native alders and willows draws the eye at the top of the slope leading down to the river. Other trees, cut back by a former owner, have begun to throw out vigorous coppice shoots.

On Bluebell Island there are sycamores, ash trees and hazels, forming a backdrop to the rich blue colour of the hyacinthoides non-scripta (bluebell) flowers along with their vibrant green leaves.

Wildlife

The Black River is an ideal habitat for otters and kingfishers, both riparian specialists. There is evidence of badgers on Bluebell Island in the form of a sett - no doubt these badgers relish their own island kingdom! The rich birdsong is particularly noticeable in the Spring, and is complemented by the burbling sounds of the river - here, it is rare to hear a sound that isn't natural!

Features

The Black River is the most obvious and characterful feature. During a dry Spring it can be a mere trickle, but in winter it can be a strong flowing stream. The water is noticeably clear.

An old gate leads to a fisherman's path scrambling down to the steep river bank; a few hours with a mini digger could produce an easily graded route down to the river. When it is low, the river can easily be forded, either in boots, or, for a truly refreshing experience, barefoot. The bottom is mostly rocky, but smooth. A deeper pool lies just upstream, ideal, perhaps, for fishing - or a dip on a hot day?

After your paddle, the far shore is easily gained, and you enter the private world of the badgers - tread lightly, and they will not be disturbed by your presence. The island is surrounded to the north by the curving arm of a small ox bow lake, formed when the river naturally straightened its course and bypassed the meandering route it took before. The lake is mostly muddy - a great place for tracking the footprints of any wildlife choosing to cross it.

Access, tracks and footpaths

Rights and covenants

As the access into the meadow is not suitable for vehicles but there is a right to park on the other side of Drumkeenagh Lane, this is for the owners of Bluebell Island and Meadow and is not shared. See photos.

Activities

The grassy knoll would provide a great focal point for activities such as a barbeque, a camp fire, outdoor games, or relaxation - just let your imagination run wild in this green oasis far from the madding crowd.

Local area and history

The wider landscape is referred to as the Fermanagh Caveland within the Northern Ireland Landscape Assessment. The acclaimed Marble Arch cave is part of the larger UNESCO Marble Arch Geopark, which was the first such region to span an international border. As described by the Northern Ireland Tourist Board, the Geopark has over 50 incredible sites including breath-taking viewpoints, magical waterfalls, wonderful wetlands and fantastic forests. The border counties of Cavan, Leitrim and Donegal provide the opportunity to get to know another country. Lough Erne is a boating paradise, and Enniskillen is a fine town with a wide range of shops. Belleek is world famous for its pottery. Blacklion and Belcoo are charming border villages with good accommodation and a range of shops and services.

Wood maps

Wood map

Boundaries

Drumkeenagh Lane forms the southern boundary. The eastern and western boundaries are clearly demarcated by field fences and hedges. The northern boundary follows the river bed of the Black River, and its former river bed where it encloses Bluebell Island around three sides forming a largely dried up oxbow lake.

Find this wood

This wood is now sold, please do not visit the wood without the permission of the owner.

Location

  • OS Landranger: OS No. 17
  • Grid ref: H 016 434
  • Nearest post code: BT93 5EL
  • GPS coordinates: 54.3394, -7.9759

Location map

Directions

Bluebell Island and Meadow lies on Drumkeenagh Lane, about 5 miles north west of Belcoo, close to the border with Leitrim in the Republic of Ireland. It can be reached from Enniskillen in about ½ hour.

1.Click here for Bing Maps Directions enter your own postcode, (the coordinates for the end of Drumkeenagh Lane are ready entered). From here drive down Drumkeenargh Lane and follow directions below.*

2. For Satnav: the nearest postcode is BT93 5EL on Lattone Road, as shown by the red dot on the maps: the coordinates are: N54.337877 W7.796184 for the entranceway.

Travelling from Enniskillen take the A4 to Belcoo. In the village turn right towards Garrison and stay on this road for 5½ miles when you will see a small sign on the left announcing Drumkeenagh Lane.

* Take Drumkeenagh Lane and follow it for 300m until you reach a steep concrete lane on your left. To your right lies Bluebell Isle & Meadow.

Turn left up the hill and open the gateway immediately on your right, park in the stoned area on the right.

Please do not continue any further along Drumkeenagh Lane or up the hill past the entrance to the wood as these lead to private residences.

How we support our buyers

Membership of the small woodland owners’ group

£300 for a woodland course of your choice

Free copies of two woodland books

One year's free membership of the royal forestry society

Please note this wood is owned by woodlands.co.uk.

Our regional managers are often out working in our woodlands, so if you email an offer and want to be sure it has been received, please phone our manager on their mobile phone. The first offer at the stated price which is accepted, whether by phone or email, has priority.

Please take care when viewing as the great outdoors can contain unexpected hazards and woodlands are no exception. You should exercise common sense and caution, such as wearing appropriate footwear and avoiding visiting during high winds.

These particulars are for guidance only and, though believed to be correct, do not form part of any contract. Woodland Investment Management Ltd hereby give notice under section 21 of the Estate Agents Act 1979 of their interest in the land being sold.

A wildflower meadow, a river and a bluebell covered wooded island bounded by an ox bow lake.

Managed by Andrew Clark

Telephone: 07977 499714

Email: andrew@woodlands.co.uk