Green light for Mullaghbawn glamping pods

October 24, 2016

Local artist and woodturner Padraig Carragher and his wife Sharon Donnelly Carragher, also an acclaimed artist, are celebrating the successful granting of a planning permission to provide self-catering glamping pod accommodation at their homestead in the Gullion valley village of Mullaghbawn.

The planning approval, granted by Newry, Mourne & Down District Council on 6th October, follows hot on the heels of the creative couple being awarded funding from the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development’s Forestry Grant Scheme last Spring to create a community woodland on their lands at Tullymacreeve Road, Mullaghbawn in south Armagh.

Following an application made at the beginning of April, permission was granted for the exciting proposal which includes four beautifully hand-crafted luxurious treated timber pods, each fully insulated and able to accommodate two adults; provision of two shower/toilet enclosures and the conversion and reuse of outbuildings to ancillary accommodation to create a communal kitchen, laundry facilities, a games room, an office, storage and toilets.  Car parking and cycle parking will also be provided.

Alongside creating their own artistic pieces, Padraig and Sharon’s studio on site also facilitates a varied selection of woodturning, art and craft workshops and masterclasses as well as demonstrations of traditional Irish cooking and baking for local visitors and tourists alike.  The couple’s planning application statement read that ‘the impetus for such a proposal is as a result of an established and successful local rural tourist enterprise which currently operates from the homestead… Through the introduction of the glamping pods and ancillary facilities the tourism offer would ensure longer dwell time incorporating overnight stays, masterclasses and workshops all within the subject site.  Such accommodation would not only enhance, complement and bolster the existing tourism enterprise but also create positive spin off benefits such as an increase in tourist spend within the Ring of Gullion.’

On receiving the news that planning permission had been granted for the glamping pods facility, Padraig commented: “We are absolutely over the moon to have secured this planning approval to provide glamping facilities here in Mullaghbawn.  We have no doubt that this novel self-catering accommodation will only contribute positively to the existing tourism offer this AONB is currently offering.  We’d like to sincerely thank Colleen Savage, Planning Consultant and Ciaran Hughes of HQ Building Design for their professional help and expertise in achieving this positive result.’

Preparatory works are due to commence at the site in the coming months with a view to the glamping pods being available for reservation in Spring 2017.