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.
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.
Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund. Cancel within 7 days of your trip and the reservation is non-refundable.
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.