About this listing
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.
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, fully equipped accommodation, retaining the old 5 m high pillars and its 'barn' character.
Take a stroll through your 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; two fridges, 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.
The 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 with reclining chairs and a couch that can be converted to a single or a double bed. If needed extra beds can be added. From this room you can enter the (ensuite) bathroom as well.
For groups (up to nine) is an overflow (overnight only) accommodation available . We call it the 'HOBBIT HOUSE', a very basic converted cow shed, opposite the Bed in Barn. (see images).
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 - allthough 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 iBoost and will heat the water in the tank.
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 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.
The Bed in Barn is situated between Lough Easky and Lough Talt, great for fishing and water activities. Tucked away in the heart of the Ox Mountains it is the ideal place for hiking, walking, cycling and horse riding. Cycle tracks - we have bikes available - and walking trails and loopwalks run alongside it.
Banada stables are nearby where you can explore the surroundings on horseback. If you are a surfer Easkey is a quick drive across the mountain. Wild Wet Adventures offers water activities on Lough Talt and Awesome Adventures near Dromore West, offers a.o. rafting, canoeing, kayaking etc. (see pictures)
The Atlantic Ocean and the Wild Atlantic Way are just 20 km from here.
Further afield you can visit Carrowmore Megalithic tombs & Ceide Fields, Museum of Country Life and much more
Own transport is highly recommended, the nearest public transport (bus stop) is in Tubbercurry (15 km)
Collecting - at some extra cost - at Charlestown bus stop and Ireland West (Knock) airport on request.
Other things to note
ECO - FRIENDLY
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.
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 thermostate, 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.
CHILDREN AND INFANTS
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 todler/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 seperate your waste into the provided bags, plastic, bottles and cans, paper. Grey waste in the bucket. If possible, it is much appreciated if you bring your grey waste home.
The Bed in Barn sleeps 6, but we are happy to welcome a GROUP up to 9 guests. Extra basic overnight accommodation is available opposite the Bed in Barn. Minimum stay is one night, but for groups over 6 guests, the minimum stay is 2 nights.
The open staircase is a bit steep and has only one grabrail.
Barbeque coal can be purchased on request.
Two BIKES can be hired on request.
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 loopwalks in our area. We have maps available and are happy to give you more information (for an impression see also the pictures)
WIFI: Wireless Internet is available free of charge.
Here in the heart of the Ox Mountains we are depending on a satellite dish for internet connection. The Internet connection may be temperamental and therefore connectivity cannot be guaranteed. Moreover we have a limited data allowance It is the ideal place to wind down from the internet:)
MOBILE reception. Depending on your provider you might have mobile reception in the barn. If not you can walk up the road/hill for 200 m. and you will/might catch a signal.
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 rythm of the marketplace, we have a FLAT RATE per night throughout all seasons of the year!
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. 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.
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)
Behaved small pet welcome as long as it is house trained and you bring your own crate/dog blanket. We ask you to keep your dog on a lead if it will chase after sheep, pheasants, birds, cats etc. Please let us know if you would like to bring a pet and we will consider your request.
We listed the Bed in Barn as not suitable for infants. Feel free to bring your infant at your own risk and bring the nappies 'home' as we have no waste collection. Safety concerns are a.o.: a steep staircase, a flueliner 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.
Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund plus service fees back.
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.