Plans were revealed yesterday (Wednesday, January 18) for a future £12m redevelopment of Carrybridge Hotel and Marina.

In a joint venture between the Crawford Family, of Crawford Marina Ltd, and the Cassidy Hospitality Group, plans were shown yesterday in the hotel as part of a pre-planning notification, with the plans drawing great interest from the local community.

Speaking to The Impartial Reporter as the pre-planning event got under way yesterday afternoon, Ronnie Crawford said: “I am very much looking forward to this.

“It will bring a much-needed facility on the lake here in Carrybridge, because it is crying out for facilities. There is very little on the upper lake.”

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Many of Fermanagh’s hospitality facilities are concentrated around Enniskillen and its surrounding areas, so this redevelopment would bring a much-needed boost to Upper Lough Erne.

Speaking about the need for the facility in the area, Ronnie said: “It is a much-needed facility and it is five minutes from the Belfast road, and it is the nearest place to the Erne with full boating facilities.

“I would say that Carrybridge is the centre of boating on Lough Erne.”

The plans will overhaul the current facility, if approved, upgrading the hotel from 12 bedrooms to 60 bedrooms, and offering all of the amenities now expected by modern hotel customers such as a restaurant, bar, and function suite.

It is estimated that if planning approval is granted, it will take 20 months to complete the facility redevelopment, and when it is in full operation there will be an estimated 100 jobs between full-time and part-time staff.

The Crawford family and the Cassidy Hospitality Group have been working in partnership for just over a year at the current incarnation of the Carrybridge Hotel.

Speaking to The Impartial Reporter, Nicky Cassidy, Chief Executive Officer of the Cassidy Hospitality Group, said: “Since myself and Ronnie got involved, it was always working towards this [the redevelopment of Carrybridge Hotel].

“I think we need more tourism products in the area; we are short of hotels at the weekend, so it will definitely help the area.”

Acknowledging the draw of a marina and hotel together, Nicky said: “It will attract visitors into the area. It is real nice to have the hotel with nice lake views, and to be able to come by boat and sit and have a coffee or drink.”

The plans for the Carrybridge Hotel and Marina have piqued great interest in the local community and across Fermanagh, with a positive reaction being received since this newspaper reported on the initial redevelopment plans in last week’s edition.