Tuesday, March 10, 2015

10 Things To Do During Your Stay at Nell's Farmhouse

We love the mountains here in Nell's, in fact were mad about the mountains.  We'd spend all day up there discovering new paths and trails but we were thinking the other day what else there is to do in the local area without spending a fortune or having to travel too far.  So here's a few of our favourites:

Endless Beaches
We are spoiled around here with all the fabulous beaches we have on our doorstep - from Ardmore to Tramore and all the coast line in between.  Lots of golden sandy beaches to build sandcastles on, to stroll along, waves to surf on and clean water to swim in.

Ormond Castle
You can get a free guided tour around Ormond Castle in Carrick which is only six miles away from us.  The guide will fill you in on the Butler family who lived there back in the day.  You can even get the tour in Italian, Spanish or German if you prefer.

The Anne Valley Walk
In Dunhill you will find the new Anne Valley Walk.  It is a purpose built trail through forest and marshland.  Its buggy friendly too which is great for the smaller family members.  Watch out for the fairies too, rumor has it lots of them live along the trail!

The County Museum Dungarvan
If history is your thing The County Museum is the place to go.  Hours could be spent here looking through their archives of photos and articles.  Its even reported to be the best little museum in the country.

Curraghmore & Mount Congreve
Two other fine estates worth a visit in the locality are Curraghmore and Mount Congreve.  Mount Congreve reopens after the winter on the 12th of March.  When in full bloom the rhododendrons are a spectacle.  Likewise in Curraghmore the carpet of bluebells are a stunning sight in May.  Tours of Curraghmore House and the Shell House are available too for you to catch up on all the local history.

Fenor Play Park
If the kids need to burn off a bit of energy Fenor Play Park is one of the best around.   Lots of space for adventure and picnics.

Dungarvan Greenway
The first part of the much anticipated Deise Greenway is open in Dungarvan.  Its a lovely walk along the old railway line.  Also suitable for bikes and buggies.

Hook Lighthouse
Hook is the oldest operating lighthouse in Ireland and you'll find it on the Hook Peninsula.  Nip across on the Passage East car ferry and you'll be there in no time.

Jeanie Johnston
While your over the Wexford side the Jeanie Johnston is docked in New Ross and is worth a stop off.

Reginalds Tower
In the heart of Waterford City at the end of the quay stands Reginalds Tower.  Strongbow and Aoife got married here back in the day.  Its steeped in history and more than worthy of a few hours of your leisure time.

The Magic Road
One of our favourite spots to bring the visitors.  On the way up to the Mahon Falls you will find the Magic Road.  Its just magic, fact! Check it out.  We will give you directions if your heading that way.
Suir Valley Railway
Just outside Kilmeaden you will find the Suir Valley Railway.  It runs along the end of Mount Congreve Estate.  This is one for kids of all ages, they even do special fun trips at different times of the year.  The railway re-opens for the season on the 1st of May but usually has an Easter train.  The Deise Greenway will eventually run alongside the Suir Valley Railway.

Kilkenny Castle
You could spend hours alone wandering around the grounds of Kilkenny Castle without doing the tour of the castle itself.  The castle tour is fantastic though and we would highly recommend it.  We loved the gallery upstairs  There's also a play ground and a coffee shop to keep adult kids and little kids happy.  

OK so there were a few more than ten but we couldn't choose so we put the few extra in.  We could have added ten or twenty more.  It goes to show how much there is to do in a close proximity to us. So in a nut shell - Nell's is an ideal base for a family fun filled break away.  To book your next break give us a call on 086-2206007 or check us out on the interweb on www.nellsfarmhouse.ie/

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Green Way All The Way

We love a bit of fresh air and exercise here at Nell's.  Luckily for us we have lots of options to satisfy us on our door step.  If time is an issue a quick lap of the block ticks the box but if the clock isn't ticking a hike up to some of the local lakes in the Comeragh mountains like Crottys, Coumshingaun or Coum Tay or a trip to any of the local beaches does the trick. We really are spoiled where we live and we shouldn't take this for granted.  We are very envious of the people who live near the Great Western Greenway but we won't have to be for much longer because we will have a Greenway all of our own - the Deise Greenway! This has us very excited.

The Deise Greenway when it is fully completed will run from Dungarvan to Waterford City along the old railway line.  Currently there is 4 kms open in Dungarvan and hopefully by summer this year there will be a further 18 kms open for us to enjoy.  Planning has been approved for the remainder and hopefully we wont have to wait too long for work to start on these sections too.

The development of the Deise Greenway will give us miles and miles of new safe and accessible track for us to get our fresh air and exercise fix on.  The Deise Greenway will be for everybody to enjoy from the casual walker to the marathon runner so we should all get behind it and make it happen!

Friday, January 2, 2015

Looking Forward In 2015

After "getting over the Christmas" we were having a chat here in the kitchen about what there is to look forward to in 2015, we could be still there listing things!  We are so lucky here in the sunny south east with all the great events and festivals that are on our doorstep.  Here's a list of a few of the top ones we came up with...

January - Rathgormack Ramblers Mulled Wine Walk 
Our local walking group have planned a "Mulled Wine Walk" to Seefin in the Comeragh Mountains on Sunday 11th January.  The meeting point is at St Bridget's Hall Kilrossanty at 10am.  They plan on covering around 9km which will take approximately 3.5 hours.  (Grade B Walk).  The ramblers are a great local group who go on regular walks near and far.  For more info contact http://rathgormackramblers.blogspot.ie/

February - Valentines Weekend
February is always a busy month on the farm here at Nell's when calving will be in full swing.  We will be looking forward to welcoming guests to Nell's award winning Farm House for a romantic break to celebrate Valentines. Get in touch with us to secure your romantic getaway from it all.  

St Patricks Day Parade Waterford City
The St Patrick's Day parade in Waterford City is always a spectacle.  It's well worth the trip to the city.  Come for the parade and stay for the craic.  

West Waterford Festival of Food
We love our food at Nell's.  The West Waterford Festival of food is a tasty weekend that we look forward to every year.  This year its taking place from the 9-12th April. For more info check out www.westwaterfordfestivaloffood.com

Local Blooms
With April and May brings beautiful blooms. Two local spots provide amazing displays of flowers - Curraghmore Estate and Mount Congreve.  In Curraghmore Estate in Portlaw the carpet of bluebells under the canopy of the trees is a must see, as is the exhibit of rhododendron in Mount Congreve.  For more info on opening times etc  www.mountcongreve.com/gardens

Deise Greenway
We are so excited about the Deise Greenway.  Its going to be similar to the Great Western Greenway in Mayo but it will be better!!  Why wouldn't it be - its in Waterford after all!! There are two phases due to open in June 2015, Waterford to Kilmeaden and Dungarvan to Durrow.  Both these phases will add up to over 20kms of off road track for us to discover. Fingers crossed the middle section won't be too far behind! The people behind the Deise Greenway should be commended for their tireless work in getting the project this far.  www.deisegreenway.com

Waterford Viking Marathon
June also brings the annual Waterford Viking Marathon which takes place this year on June 27th @9am.  Last years run had the town buzzing.  Waterford city is the best place to be on marathon weekend.  Nell's is only a 30 minute drive from the start line so is an ideal base.  After the run come back and hop in the hot tub and sooth your aching muscles - bliss! www.waterfordvikingmarathon.com  Here's a picture of Sinead, Mary, Clodagh and Caitriona after last years (2014) run when four out of six of us took part along with two of Caitriona's friends who came all the way from Cork to take part.  

Sprog & Spraoi
Spraoi host two amazing free festivals every year in Waterford in July and August.  Sprog is aimed at the smaller kids and Spraoi is all inclusive with something for everybody.  Most events are free and family friendly. www.spraoi.com

The Sean Kelly Tour 
Dungarvan is the Mecca of cyclists in August every year for the Sean Kelly Tour.  There are options for all abilities of cyclist including kids.  It starts on the Saturday with a family cycle.  Sunday gives three options - 50km, 100km, 160km routes.  If your into cycling this is a great way to see our beautiful and picturesque county. Our advise is to book in early as it sells out without fail ever year.  Keep an eye on www.theseankellytour.com for registration opening dates.    

Waterford Harvest Festival
On the 11th September the Harvest Festival starts in Waterford city.  Last years event was fantastic.  The sunshine brought out all the foodies to feast on the quays.  There was a lovely atmosphere around the city with the crowds ambling around checking out the many different food stalls.  We would highly recommend it.  www.waterfordharvestfestival.ie

Comeraghs Wild Festival
We had so much fun at the Comeraghs Wild Festival last year we will be booking our tickets early this year.  The highlight for us was the Harvest Moon Walk up to Coumshingaun lake where we watched a performance of Lackendara Jim.  The whole evening from start to finish was magical.  Next year we might even camp for the night up there.  There was a full schedule of events spread over four days with something to entertain the whole family. Check out www.comeraghswild.com for more info.  Below is a picture from the performance which featured on the Irish Examiner - see if you can pick out Ger...

So there's a selection of what were looking forward to in the coming months.  Of course the accommodation at the award winning Nell's Farm House is an ideal base for all the above activities.  Take your pick and give us a call to book in for the week or weekend with family or friends.  
Tel: 051-646102
Mob: 086-2206007 
E-mail: info@nellsfarmhouse.ie

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Nells Farmhouse Achievements 2014

2014 has been another eventful year here at Nell's Farmhouse.  We held a number of events throughout the year but the one we are most proud of this year is our "Traditional Irish Wake Re-enactment".  In 2013 we held our first wake re-enactment as part of Heritage Week.  On the back of the success of that event we decided to expand on it for 2014 to include the reading of the will.  The 2013 crew were rounded up again with a few extras, the script was written and plot was set.  

So on the 31st of August at 8pm it was show time.  Poor Pattie Murphy was laid out in the parlour for the wake.  The crowds came to give him a good send off.  They came from far and wide, Carrick, Dublin, Kilkenny and even Australia to pay their respects.  After everybody paid their respects to the chief mourners - Patties wife Hannah, his brothers TJ and John Joe and the workman Jimmy (who was like a son to him...) Fr. O'Shea said the prayers then everybody gathered in the kitchen for the reading of the will.  Solicitor Michael Prendergast officiated over proceedings.  There was great speculation as to who would inherit the extensive farm owned by Pattie.  Things took an interesting twist when it came down to the big business of the evening resulting in Jimmy the workman being the heir to Patties throne.  Following this big shock to all drinks were had and stories were told with a few songs thrown in for good measure around the open fire.  

Last years event was a runner up in the most innovative event award category in the Heritage Week awards.  This year Irish TV decided to come along and film our event to be broadcast on their Waterford Matters show.  We were over joyed when we discovered that our event won the Best Interactive Event award nominated by The Heritage Council.  On the 5th of December we went to the Heritage Council Offices in Kilkenny to accept the award.  This was a great honour.  We would not have been able to achieve this without the help of our wonderful friends and family.  We would like to take this opportunity to thank everybody that was involved.  We look forward to next years event.  

Monday, March 19, 2012

Bog Trotting Time Again

I can't believe its almost 12 months since last years Bog Trot, the months are flying. Its a sure sign that Spring time is definitely here! We had a ball last year on the Bog Trot with Mike Wall and all the Nire Valley Walking Crew. After spending all my years looking up at the Comeragh's it was nice to get up to the very top and look down. This was something I had said I would do for years but just never got around to it. Its an amazing sight when you get to the top, I didn't know that it actually was like a bog up there! The initial climb up was tough going but well worth the effort. When you get to the top its pretty much flat until you get to the Nire Valley side. Going down was much harder than going up I thought.
If you've no plans for next weekend (Next Saturday 24th March) and you've always wanted to get up there to see what it's like check out the Nire Valley Walking website for more info. There is an A walk and a B+. After all the fresh air you are sure to be worn out so give us a call and we'll sort out a comfy bed for an over night stay at Nells Farmhouse. (086 2206007 / 051 646102).

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Waterford Festival of Food

Now that our muscles have recovered from the Bog Trot last weekend we have our sights set on the next big event in Waterford which will take place from Thursday 14th April to Sunday 17th in and around Dungarvan town. This will be the 4th year of The Waterford Festival of Food and it promises to be bigger and better than ever before. There are lots of free events taking place for the whole family to enjoy including cookery demonstrations, food trails, GIY (Grow Your Own) workshops, Bus Bia tours, wine tasting, film screening, BBQs, food camps and a massive farmers and country market. Check out the web site for more information.

Nells Farmhouse accommodation is only 20 minutes drive from Dungarvan so it is an ideal location to set up base camp for the weekend and enjoy all the festival has to offer. Nells Farmhouse sleeps up to 6 people so there is space for all the family. We are pet friendly so you can bring along your canine family members also. Give us a call now for great rates!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

The Tall Ships Are Coming

Waterford is definitely the place to be this summer with loads to look forward to especially the return of the Tall Ships. In 2005 the Tall ships arrived in Waterford and it was such a success they decided to return again this year. From the 30th of June until the 3rd of July over 70 Tall Ships will be parking up on the quay in Waterford city. The first leg of the race starts on Sunday July 3rd when the ships set off down the river Suir and head up along the west coast of Ireland and over to Greenock in Scotland.

There is a full festival program over the four days including an amazing music line up with big names like Bryan Ferry , The Waterboys, Waterford's own O Emperor, and The Sharon Shannon Show who will be joined with some special guests like Damien Dempsey and Dessie O'Halloran.

The city is going to be bustling with all the other street entertainment, parades and markets that will be taking place over the weekend and the best thing is its all free!!! The ships won't want to leave!

So Waterford City is definitely the place to be this summer and Nells Farmhouse is the place to stay! You will be close enough to the action and far enough to enjoy the sites and sounds of country life. You will feel at home with all that you would expect from a self catering holiday but with the added accommodation luxuries of the hot tub on the outdoor private patio. Need I say anymore? Give us a call now to book in. Come for the weekend, stay for the week!