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Hand crafted ‘glamping pods’ proposed for rural tourism site

May 16, 2016

Pictured is one of the four beautifully hand crafted timber glamping pods proposed for the site of a rural tourism enterprise in Mullaghbawn, run from the homestead of local artists Padraig Carragher and Sharon Donnelly Carragher. The self-catering glamping pods, which are capable of sleeping two adults, are part of an ambitious plan by the well known couple to extend the facilities currently on offer at their studios on Tullymacreeve Road in Mullaghbawn. The creative husband and wife team, who are renowned for the craft and art workshops, woodturning masterclasses and traditional cookery demonstrations they provide from their studios, recently submitted a planning application to Newry, Mourne and Down District Council for the construction of four such glamping pods, as well as the provision of two shower/toilet enclosures, and the refurbishment of existing outbuildings at the Carragher-Donnelly homestead to create communal kitchen and laundry facilities, a games room, storage, office and toilets.

It is hoped the proposed accommodation will be a fantastic addition to the area, offering visitors the chance to enjoy everything the Ring of Gullion Area of Outstanding Beauty has to offer.

The proposals are described as representing a “significant local investment” with the ‘glamping’ pods, which will be crafted in County Kerry, described as, “beautifully and aesthetically pleasing…..tasteful and bespoke self-catering accommodation”.

The project is billed as “entirely sensitive” to the Ring of Gullion AONB with care taken to utilise and retain redundant rural buildings within the landscape and to use natural timbers in the construction of the glamping pods.

It is hoped that the planning application will be assessed quickly so that the development could be open in time for the peak tourism season in the coming months.

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