25 Oct 2023

Unique County Armagh Property Certified by Tourism NI

Balance Treehouse in Forkhill in the Ring of Gullion has recently been certified by Tourism NI. Tourism NI is also promoting the message that all tourist accommodation in Northern Ireland must be legally certified to operate.

Caption: David Roberts, Director of Strategic Development at Tourism NI, pictured with Deborah Avery, Senior Certification and Grading Officer at Tourism NI and Cathal Fegan, owner of Balance Treehouse.

A unique hand-crafted property, boasting a natural rustic look with full modern connectivity, guests can relax and reconnect with nature. Accessed via a private rope bridge, the tree house offers a hot tub, outdoor hammock, outdoor shower and a glass roof for star gazing.

David Roberts, Director of Strategic Development at Tourism NI, said:

"I congratulate Cathal Fegan on bringing this unique property to the tourism market and on working closely with our certification team. This innovative and tranquil accommodation offering complements its location within the Ring of Gullion, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty".

"I have no doubt that guests will appreciate the breathtaking location and the stunning craftsmanship evident throughout the property during their stay. I wish Cathal every success with his new business venture."

Cathal Fegan, owner of Balance Treehouse, said: "My treehouse project initially began in 2020.  The lockdown period over the pandemic provided me with time to continue with the project and I carried out much of the work myself alongside some skilled friends for plumbing and speciality intricacies.

"I am delighted to achieve certification from Tourism NI for Balance Treehouse.  The process was straight forward from initial application through to inspection.  The inspection was an excellent opportunity to engage with the advisor to ensure my property met the Guest Accommodation criteria and I was also able to avail of bespoke marketing and operational advice."

Tourism legislation requires all tourism and visitor accommodation to hold a current Tourism Northern Ireland (NI) certificate. This involves a visit to the property from a member of Tourism NI’s certification team, who will inspect the property to ensure it meets requirements.

Under current legislation, a statutory inspection of the premises is undertaken every four years. A certificate issued by Tourism NI, following this inspection, is also valid for four years.

Further information about the Tourism NI certification process is available online at qa@tourismni.com  or by calling 028 90 441545.