Bed in Barn, tucked away in the Ox MountainsKitchen/dining room with a fire wood fueld range to cook your food, heat the water and the radiators. Also electric hob available.
Bed in Barn - The Ox Mountains

Entire home/apt

7 guests

2 bedrooms

5 beds
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Tucked away in the unspoilt Ox Mountains it is the ideal place to ‘get away from it all’, where the only call is that of nature beckoning you to explore it. It is an ideal retreat for nature lovers, artists, or a romantic break away. Be embraced by the four seasons, bird song in spring, buzz of bees in summer, amber colours in autumn and the dark sky in winter.

The space

The Bed in Barn is a characteristic converted hay barn on its own 1 acre private plot. The hay barn with its arched roof on pillars was a common outbuilding on the Irish small farm and used to be a part of a 'small holding. Staying in the Barn will give you a 'super- glamping' experience.

The Barn is carefully converted into a new eco-friendly accommodation, retaining the old 5 m high pillars and its 'barn' character.

Take a stroll through the landscaped garden, enjoy the view on the valley and the mountains from your swing bench in the covered outdoor area, light a ciggie or make a barbeque without being rained upon.

When you enter the Barn you step back in time. The rustic kitchen downstairs has a pantry with crockery and cutlery; a fridge, a toaster, a kettle, pots and pans and utensils to cook up a meal on the a wood fired 'old world' range. For a quick stir fry there is an electric hob. In the pantry you will also find some ingredients for a (basic) breakfast, porridge, cereals, tea, coffee, sugar, cooking oil, pepper and salt.

From the kitchen a slightly steep staircase leads you up to the master bedroom ensuite and livingroom/bedroom.

The master bedroom has a king size bed and a queens wardrobe, a chest and a wash basin. Linen, towels, shampoo and a hairdryer are provided.
Situated between the bedroom and the living room, you will find the bathroom with a shower using rainwater heated by the range downstairs. An electric shower is standby to sprinkle a hot drop on you if the water from the range has gone cold.

Then there is the spacious living room/bedroom with a double bed, reclining chairs and a couch that can be converted to a single bed or a double bed. If needed extra beds can be added. From this room you can enter the (ensuite) bathroom as well.

You can pluck the strings on the guitar, throw a dice on one of the board games or loose yourself in a book.

We harvest rainwater to flush the toilet, take a shower, do the dish wash (left tap, hot water). Fresh drinking water (right tap, cold water) comes from our own well with its filtration system

The main heat source is a wood burner (range) downstairs. It heats the water and the upstairs radiators. It is also the main hob for cooking - although an electric hob is available. Upon arrival you will get instructions how to light the fire in the range. Plenty of fire wood is at your disposal. We are happy to help you out on getting a fire going.

On the roof 14 Solar PV panels are installed. It generates electricity and if there is a surplus, it goes into the Powerdiverter and will heat the water in the tank to provide hot water for the radiators and the shower as well.

Guest access

The Bed in Barn is situated on 1 acre private plot, with a natural landscaped garden, lower wetland surrounded by forestry and a view on the mountains.

You can make a campfire as well. (see the images).
You can gather your wood in the forest or on our land, but please do not use the chopped wood to heat the barn. Feel free to bring you own logs/briquettes.

You are welcome to pay a visit at The Ox Bindery, our studio and gift shop and find that unique Irish hand-made gift to bring home.

Interaction with guests

We are at present during your stay and available for all queries you might have.
When you arrive we are around the Bed in Barn to welcome you, either in our cottage or the Ox Bindery (our studio) or somewhere on the property. Just knock on the door in case we missed your arrival. We like to say goodby when you check out.

Other things to note


To stay at the Bed in Barn is not only a "Back-to-Basics'' experience but also a way of stay to get more aware of the environment and (limited) energy resources. We fell our own trees or gather wood, harvest rainwater, there is a bored well with a filtration system for drinking water and solar panels for electricity and heating the water.

We offer a Back-to-Basics WIFI (as in the old days): signal is not strong, not stable and data is limited to 0.2 GB per night booking.
As roaming within the EU is not applicable any longer, EU guests can use their mobile to be connected to the internet. In Tubbercurry and Ballina is an internet cafe.
The Bed in Barn is the ideal place to wind down from the internet.

Depending on your provider you may have mobile reception in the barn. If not, you can walk up the road/hill for 50 m. and you will/may catch a signal.

You will find a launderette in Tubbercurry and the petrol station at the corner of the bypass offers a 24/7 laundromat .

Our Bed in Barn is presented clean and tidy. Please leave it in the same manner. If there are breakages/damages please let us know before you leave.
We also provide an OOPS:) jar to compensate for small damages.

The Barn is (central) heated by the range (woodburner) and it takes some time to heat the water and the building. In this modern times, most people are used to an instant heating system by just switching on the thermostat, so it is advisable to bring WARM CLOTHES especially in autumn and winter.

During the summer time it is advisable to bring some insect spray that will the midges (small mosquito's) staying away

The 'DIY heating system' (range/stove) heats the water for the dishes, shower and radiators. We have a back up system for the shower (electric shower) and heating. So, you need to have the fire going (in case there is no surplus of solar) to avail of HOT WATER (or boil a kettle to do the dishes). On the top of the roof 14 Solar PV panels are installed, generating electricity and - in case of a surplus - hot water.

Kids under 2 of years are free of charge. As we have listed the Bed in Barn as not suitable for infants, (safety reasons) bringing your infant is at your own risk. If you wish to bring your infant to the Bed in Barn please note that the staircase is pretty steep, a flue liner is running through the master bedroom (from the range in the kitchen) and there is a concrete floor in the kitchen with a coconut carpet. We do not provide a travel cot, but feel free to bring your own travel cot if you wish. There is enough space for it in the master bedroom. As we have no waste collection and you wish to bring your toddler/baby we kindly request guests to bring the NAPPIES home.

As we have no waste collection and we have to bring waste to the recycling centre, please do separate your waste into the provided bags, plastic, bottles and cans, paper. (general) in the bucket. If possible, it is much appreciated if you bring your litter (general waste) home.

The open STAIRCASE is a bit steep and has one grab rail.

Two BIKES can be hired on request.

A basic BARBEQUE is at your disposal. Bring you own coal or gather wood and and lit a fire under the 3-leg-barbeque.

You can also make a CAMPFIRE, gather your own wood, but please do not use the fuel that is provided to heat the Bed in Barn (as chopped wood, turf etc)

When you book you will receive a GUIDEBOOK, full of things to do in our area. Moreover we have a lot of tourist information (leaflets, brochures) at the Bed in Barn. There are many nice loop walks in our area. We have maps available and are happy to give you more information (for an impression see also the pictures)

Some guests request to CHECK OUT later, or CHECK IN earlier. As we offer an Instant Booking service, unfortunately we can not be that flexible regarding the check-in/check out times.

Contrary to the rhythm of the marketplace, we have a FLAT RATE per night throughout all seasons of the year!

The space
Accommodates: 7
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: 2
Beds: 5
Check In: 3PM - 10PM
Check Out: 11AM
Pet Owner: Cat(s)
Property type: Other
Room type: Entire home/apt


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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 king bed
Common spaces
1 double bed, 2 single beds, 1 sofa bed

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for infants (Under 2 years)
Check in time is 3PM - 10PM

Our Bed in Barn is presented clean and tidy. Please leave it in the same manner. If there are breakages/damages please let us know before you leave.
We also provide an OOPS:) jar to compensate for small damages.

If you wish to smoke, there is a covered space outside.

The two rooms upstairs do have wooden floors. Please do not enter these rooms with shoes. Feel free to use the slippers that we provide.

Back-to-basics WIFI limited to 02. GB per night booking. You will/may have mobile reception in the Barn or within a short distance.

We have a small 'library' with some books regarding Ireland, its history and more. We kindly request guests NOT to swap books (as it is common in hostels)

We listed the Bed in Barn as not suitable for infants. You are welcome to bring your infant but it will be at your own risk and as we have no waste collection we request to bring the nappies 'home'. Safety concerns are a.o.: a steep staircase, a flue liner running through the master bedroom(coming from the range in t he kitchen), a concrete floor and coconut carpet in the kitchen. See also the listing at 'other things to note', why we feel the Bed in Barn is not fully suitable for infants.

You can make a small campfire outside. There is plenty of wood you can gather in the nearby forestry or feel free to bring your own blocks. Please do not use the fuel - blocks, coal etc. - provided in the Bed in Barn. It is supposed to heat the building for your own comfort.

You must also acknowledge
Must climb stairs - The stair is open and a bit steep. But there is a grab rail. See the images
Pet(s) live on property - At present we have 3 cats
Amenity limitations - Back-to-basics WIFI: signal not strong, unstable and limited data (0.2GB per night booking)


Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
First aid kit
Safety card
Fire extinguisher

1 night minimum stay

244 Reviews

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Brianna User Profile
September 2017
Holy moly! What a find! Ineke and Benjamin have done an incredible job doing up the barn and making it a funky, cosy and fascinating place to stay. Beds were extremely comfy, heating was great, lovely kitchen with big table and sweet outdoor spot to have a fire! We also had a delicious cake left for us to enjoy when we arrived! Gutted we only had one night but will hopefully be back soon! Lovely people, lovely place!

Ciara Ann User Profile
September 2017
Great spot! Perfect place to go exploring or to stay indoor for a cosy retreat. We stayed for two nights and couldn't leave the fire and swing, a lovely set up, even with wet weather. The hosts are accommodating and friendly :) it's exactly what it says on the tin!

Adam User Profile
September 2017
Bed and Barn was by far our favorite place to stay on our whole trip of Ireland. We didn't mind getting rained out of our trip to benbulbin because we knew we had the Barn to cozy up in. I would recommend to location to any of my friends as it's just such a delightful experience to stay here. I hope we have an excuse to come here again in the future.

Amy User Profile
September 2017
Thanks again Ineke and Benjamin. We really loved staying in your home. We feel so relaxed, loved the campfire and sitting outside in the beautiful surroundings. Our only regret is that we couldn't stay longer. Will definitely be back. Amy and Chris

Angela User Profile
September 2017
The bed-in-barn was amazing! We were late arriving, but Ineke and Ben were super supportive and helpful (we got a flat tire on our way there). Ineke made great last minute suggestions on a late night place to eat - The 'New Jewel in the Crown' in Tuppercurry has the BEST Indian food and was open late! Our 9 and 6 year old were both begging for us to go there again for lunch the next day. We really wished we could have enjoyed the barn for longer so we are looking forward to heading back there someday! The Ox mountains were beautiful and absolutely worth a trip down the narrow roads (no worries, there was hardly any other travelers on the road!) Thank you to Ineke and Benjamin for showing us around the Ox Bindery -- we really found the store and the work fascinating and picked up a couple really unique gifts! Much love and appreciation from our entire family! See you soon!

Alan User Profile
September 2017
Great location for a quiet weekend getaway. House was very cosy with fab views. Benji and Ineke are great hosts. Very friendly and welcoming. Delicious homemade cake!

Leon User Profile
September 2017
Just an amazing place to spend time, we got in super late and our hosts where kind enough to light the stove so we where not to cold on arrival. The barn is so well down and very eco friendly. The quite and how dark the night sky is was by far the highlight of our stay but no worries if you not a late night person, the barn is is one of the most beautiful parts of Ireland Ive ever seen. Thanks and I cant wait to get back that way.

Tobercurry, IrelandJoined in January 2015
Ineke User ProfileIneke is a superhost.

I am trained as a Physcial Education Teacher, and taught for many years PE to kids at primary schools, refugees and students at Teacher Training Colleges in the Netherlands.
Before I came to Ireland I did a lot of sports: as a kid swimming and waterpolo, as a student skiing and mountaineering (rock and ice climbing) as a mum gymnastics and windsurfing. And now playing the piano, gardening, collecting and chopping wood to keep the Bed in Barn warm and cosy.

I came to Ireland in 2002 - leaving behind all the hustle and bustle of the big city - and joined my husband Benjamin van de Wetering, who already lived in an old cottage in the heart and tranquility of the Ox Mountains.
I found a job as a primary school teacher, and in the mean time we set up The Ox Bindery, a conservation studio for books, paper and parchment. Benjamin taught me not only how to restore books and paper, but also how to create new books. I said farewell to teaching and started making my own handmade Fun and Fantasy Books and Blackboards, thus developing my creativity. We are happy to give you a tour around in our studio and little gift shop. If you wish you can learn how to bind your own book. Visit Piggelmeebooks & Blackboards and get inspired!

Once fully settled it was time to take steps to share this lovely, fairy place with family, friends and guests. The roof of the old hay barn was falling apart, so it was time for a new roof! Allthough people did live in our cottage with eleven children, in these modern times we felt that we needed a bit more space for family to accommodate. The decision was made; not only a new roof, but also a 'nice build-in-between-the-old-pillars rooms' with a natural feel to it.
I did the 'architectural' work, the builder built the basic structure, and Benjamin finished the rooms with selfmade furniture, as the Queens wardrobe, lamps made of parchment etc.
We are happy with the result: eco-friendly, back to basic, a touch of the old days - range, rainwater, drinking water from a well - and some modern comfort as a fully insulated new building, landscaped garden, all on a 1 acre site.

We are happy to 'share' this lovely, special place with you.

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