Riverside Farmhouse is a two-storey Victorian house set among mature trees overlooking the River Annalee, a renowned trout water. The house contains all original plasterwork and fireplaces. We are 1.5km from Cootehill Town. We are located in a fisherman's paradise for coarse, pike and trout, walking, cycling, and heritage tours. Horse riding is available locally. An Outdoor pursuit centre and an Arts/Culture/IT centre are only 3km away. Play Pitch and Putt 5km away. There are pubs and restaurants locally and a 24hr taxi.
Cootehill gets its name from the 17th century marriage of Thomas Coote, a Cromwellian Colonel, to Frances Hill daughter of Moyses Hill from Hillsborough, County Down. Cootehill is set in the heart of Lakeland and is an ideal touring centre.
Bellamont House is an excellent example of a Palladian style mansion. In 1725 a charter was obtained by his nephew Thomas Coote to hold markets and fairs. Work began on Bellamont House in the same year. It was designed by designed by Sir Edward Lovett Pearce, the foremost architect of the day who was also his wife's nephew. He also designed the Bank Of Ireland building on College Green in Dublin. The house is private, but the grounds, Bellamont Forest Park, are accessible from the town. It is the ancestral home of Sir Charles Coote, a son of Thomas Coote, and an MP for Cavan from 1761 to 1766. He was the first Earl of Bellamont.
Bellamont Forest Park embraces part of Coote's Bellamont Estate and parts of the Dawson Estate at Dartry. Several of the Dawson family are buried on Black Island but the Dawson house has long since disappeared. The Park is on both banks of the Dromore River where it flows from Dromore Lake and constitutes a national sanctuary with 8km of forest walks. A stand of 170 year old oak, mixed with holly, alder, ash and willow is a feature of the park. Red squirrel, fallow deer and fox are among the many animals which live here. The rivers and lakes carry duck and wildfowl in great numbers. Facilities include fishing stands, a picnic site and play area. Dartry Estate is famous for its' deer herds and a wall constructed during the famine (labourers being paid 1p per week).
Visitors can take a stroll through beautiful Dartry Wood and enjoy lunch at the scenic Halton's Point Picnic area. A short drive in either direction will take visitors to Killykeen Forest Park or to Billy Fox Park. Both make ideal playgrounds for children or adults seeking the excitement of exploration or relaxation.
The countryside around Cootehill is one of the most striking and perfect examples of Drumlin landscape, a phenomenum created by the ice cap which left behind thousands of low round hills and many lakes dotted with wooded islands. These are the features which provide much of the picturesque scenery of the area.
Cootehill Arts Festival, run every October, provides eleven days of classical music, church music, traditional music, pub entertainment, drama, literary competition (adult & youth), readings, lectures, workshops, childrens art competition, art exhibitions (invited) and local street theatre.