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BOOK A SHEPHERDS’ HUT

GLAMPING ACCOMMODATION

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THE GLAMPING EXPERIENCE

We have 4 beautiful Shepherds Huts in the gardens of our Old Rectory, 3 miles from Borris in Carlow. Each hut is decorated in rustic style & contains a comfy double bed. Guests use our state-of-the-art Eco Centre, kitchen & bathrooms for washing and cooking. Breakfast provided!

We have been selected as one of the 100 best places to stay in Ireland (Irish Times Magazine June 3rd 2017). Gold accredited Eco Centre, certified to G.S.T.C. standard ( Global Sustainable Tourism Council ). In 2019, selected as one of the Fabulous 50 Best Places to stay in Ireland by the Irish Independent

About our huts

We have four huts located about 20 metres apart from each other that are available to let together or separately. The huts are traditional shepherds’ huts and contain a double bed, some vintage furniture and a lovely view across the meadows and woods. The huts are fitted with lights and heating the setting is very tranquil and quiet. The huts are located in the grounds of The Old Rectory, a Victorian home. We have converted a barn space into a contemporary shared space complete with wet room, bathroom and toilets as well as an open plan kitchen space with long dining table and magnificent views out into our water garden. Guests staying in the huts may use this barn to wash and cook. It is about 100 metre walks to the barn from the huts along an old beech tree lined avenue which is lit up at night. Breakfast is provided in the Barn, (bread, fruit, eggs, butter, teas and coffee). Help yourselves, and on cool mornings sit around the wood burning stove and relax!

Guest access

Guests will have sole access to their own hut and have access to the shared barn space with bathroom, open plan kitchen space and toilets. Guests will not have access to The Old Rectory which is our family home. Guests are welcome to wander around our vegetable garden, woods and water garden.  Walk our young Oak Wood maze or paddle your own canoe on our small lake.

Our accommodation has been certified under the Welcome Standard by Failte Ireland and we are delighted to receive this certification.

  • Wi-Fi is available in The Barn.
  • We are a Gold accredited Eco Tourism Centre.
  • We have also completed Fáilte Ireland’s Covid 19 Training to protect our guests.
  • We are a small sustainable Eco Tourism business with strong green credentials. We have spent our entire lives striving to protect our sustainable space and to make it attractive ,warm and comfortable for our guests .
  • We are very happy to have received several awards for our Eco Tourism business.
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Blackstairs Shepherds Huts9.8RECOGNITION OF EXCELLENCE 2021

A beautiful location to relax and just enjoy being. The Shepherds' huts are comfy, warm and bright. We stayed in August and October so have experienced them in Winter with no issues.
The communal kitchen has everything you need to prepare you meals and the only ask is you clean up after yourself. There's also a BBQ outside by the garden steam/Rose garden for people to use.
The communal kitchen also have a large stove if your cold and a massive range of books to enjoy on wild foods, mushrooms and botanics. There's a room above the kitchen full of couches to sit and enjoy a good read.
The house is surrounded by acres of land being use to grow food, planting and an Oak wood with a trail through it. There's also a very large pond at the end of the garden with a canoe to enjoy a paddle and trip around the Island. I think it's a must do.
Mary and her husband are both very friendly and a joy to interact with.
We'll definitely be back for more stays.

Colin MileyGuest

FAQ’S ABOUT OUR GLAMPING ACCOMMODATION

What is glamping?

Glamping is luxury camping. Our Shepherds’ Huts are beautifully located in the gardens of our Old Rectory, 3 miles from Borris in Carlow. A place where eco-friendly meets luxury. Our glamping accommodation has been certified under the Welcome Standard by Failte.

Do you cater for glamping for couples?

It’s an ideal romantic couples retreat where guests are welcome to wander around our vegetable garden, woods and water garden.  Walk our young Oak Wood maze or paddle your own canoe on our small lake.

Do you cater for family glamping?

Families are very welcome to book all four of our huts for an exclusive Blackstairs Eco Trails experience. As there are steps leading into the huts they are not suitable for very young children.

Where are the bathrooms?

The bathrooms are located in our eco-friendly barn.

Are the glamping units heated?

Yes, all our glamping huts are heated.

Is breakfast provided?

Yes, an organic breakfast will be available for all guests in our barn.

Is there a noise curfew?

From 22.00 is quiet time for all our guests.

How many does each Shepherds' Hut accommodate?

Each of our 4 Shepherds’ Huts accommodate two people.

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