The owner of Lough Erne - the first five-star hotel and resort in Northern Ireland - has gone into administration.
KPMG in Belfast has been appointed administrators of Castle Hume Leisure, owner of the 59-bedroom Lough Erne in Enniskillen, Fermanagh. Set in 600 acres, the property - which opened in 2007 - has a two-AA-rosette restaurant, a Thai spa, an 18-hole Nick Faldo-designed golf course, 28 golf lodges and 30 holiday homes. Rory McIlroy is the resort's touring professional.
John Hansen of KPMG said that the hotel would continue trading and would honour all its wedding and other bookings while it sought to find a new owner for the business.
"In the meantime it is our intention to keep the business open and indeed drive the business forward at every opportunity," he said.
"Given the great location and our stated intentions, we hope that people will continue to book and our immediate objective is to secure operations, honour bookings and work with the existing staff."
Jonathan Stapleton, general manager of Lough Erne, joined the hotel three years ago from the Old Course Hotel, Resort and Spa in St Andrews, Fife. He said the hotel was very much a going concern and profitable in its own right.
"We are going through a transition period, but we are assuring everyone that it is business as usual," he explained. "We are a world-class resort in the same league as Gleneagles and the Old Course."
"We are currently working towards being the first hotel in Northern Ireland with five AA red stars and three AA rosettes."
Since Lough Erne achieved five AA stars, it has been joined at that grading by the Merchant Hotel in Belfast.
By Janet Harmer
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