Tipperary vacation cottage in Ireland

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Tipperary vacation cottage in Ireland

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Your vacation will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this vacation and how to reduce them.

Environment

The cottages provide an income which allows us to bring up our family on a third generation family farm. All labour and inputs sourced locally as much as possible. Guest are encouraged to take part in local life such as attending local shows and support other local enterprises such as restaurants, craft shops etc.

In 2016 we won a Gold Medal at the Irish Responsible Travel Awards for local sourcing and we are thrilled by that!

During the summer months there are local tradional music sessions in the pub where guests are welcome to join in and contribute their talents

We have a recycling system in place for glass, cardboard, food waste etc. The cottages are insulated to a high standard and we have used non toxic paints and water based varnishes. We restored two old derelict buildings dating back before the 1860's and recycled a lot of materials in the building process. We meter electricity charges so visitors are encouraged not to waste.

Community

As people living and working in our local community we are really aware of the need for rural areas to work together to counter the loss of jobs, population and services. We are active members of local sporting and arts groups and believe that local shops, businesses, food outlets etc need our support and the support of our guests.

With this in mind we network with local businesses and services and encourage guests to spend as much as they can in local shops. restaurants etc in the realisation that money spent locally, stays locally. We are involved in local festivals and events and encourage our guests to take part

We offer a loyalty discount for some local restaurants, and provide guests with a welcome pack of local produce which we hope you will enjoy and perhaps you will buy directly from the producer while you stay here. We encourage our guests to 'live like a local' and to engage with the local community, which is very welcoming.

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Reviewed on 04 Oct 2011 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The cottage I was staying in was located in a wonderful part of County Tipperary. The northern tip of Tipperary beside Lough Derg. I enjoyed exploring the area in my car in the first few days and then by traveling back to the locations and walking. The meadows and trees were still lush even though it was late September and I was blessed with wonderful weather in the first few days. I particularly enjoyed the drive from Terryglass to Nenagh by driving alongside Lough Derg. The lovely villages that I passed through and how clean and tidy everything looked. Views of the lake from higher roads were spectacular.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


I was given the phone number of the owner of the cottages and spoke to him before I booked to get a better feel of what I needed to bring with me. He kindly arranged to have wifi in the cottage for me when I arrived and also a box of locally grown organic fruit and vegetables which I paid for on arrival. I would recommend that other travelers contact the owner for local information beforehand for anything they might have an interest in. They have bikes so to bring a helmet with them!

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes to a point. I purchased the organic vegetables and purchased other food in the shops to cook myself. Also went to local town to their cafe. I would have cycled more had I stayed longer. I wanted to be familiar with the roads first before I ventured on a bike.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


I wanted a retreat where I could be by myself without interruption and this is what I got. I knew that the owner was nearby if I needed any help which was comforting.

I had imagined the vacation before I left home and the vacation I got was that exact dream! Out of 10 it would be 10.

Reviewed on 23 Aug 2010 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


There was a beautiful bogland walk beside our accommodation. Also, Terryglass had an arts festival on while we were there, which was very enjoyable and this catered for young and old. The locals were very hospitable and friendly and the two pubs/restaurants also lay on a courtesy taxi, which is very handy.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Take a walk in Portumna forest park, which is also very scenic. There is a small shop in Terryglass for items such as bread, milk, but maybe bring a good amount of food items also if you plan on cooking much, rather than having to drive to Portumna for a bigger food shop. Bring night visibility vests for night time walking.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes. There are two local pubs/restaurants which are very good value and friendly. we also found it enjoyable to park up the car for a few days and walk instead.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


We had a really lovely and relaxing vacation. The self catering house itself was very pretty, excellently maintained and very comfortable. There was some lovely little touches, for example, the access to the farms bogland for walking, some turf to light a fire in the stove, a kitchen well stocked in utensils/appliances, lovely bed linen and towels and information booklets about the area. A big bonus was also the accommodation being pet friendly. It was also really nice how the owner arranged for a family member to check in on us and say hello on their absence.

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