Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Introducing The Bride & Groom

Only three more sleeps until the much anticipated wedding in Feddens!  Here's a snap of the happy couple.  They are really excited for their big day, cant you tell...so are we!


This event is currently fully booked.  We are looking forward to welcoming all our guests in their Sunday best to the wedding breakfast.  Here's hoping it goes without a hitch, no pun intended :-)

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Traditional Wedding Customs

We are very excited about our Traditional Irish Wedding Re-enactment event for Heritage week this year.  The scene will be set back in the 1950’s.  The save the date cards have been sent (not really they didn’t have them in the 50’s) and the priest has been booked.  The following are a few actual traditional customs and traditions from the era…

The Child of Prague
Many Irish wedding traditions which have been handed down through the generations survive in Ireland today. Probably the most popular being the placing of a ‘Child of Prague’ statue outdoors under a hedge to ensure a fine day for the wedding.


Bonfires
Bonfires were lit at the crossroads lining the route from the church to the wedding reception especially near the brides house and they still are today in rural Ireland.

The Dowry
Long ago in Ireland as in many other cultures around the world marriages were ‘arranged’ between families by a matchmaker usually for the betterment of all concerned as a dowry, fortune or spre was usually required of the bride. This could be money or a cow or household goods. This money was the property of the husband or his father and was often used to give a dowry to an unmarried sister.
The bride would bring the dowry with her as often the bride would be expected to move into her husband’s family home thereby automatically usurping the position of ‘woman of the house’ from her mother-in-law. This was signified by the handing over of the ‘fire tongs’ which donated the change in authority. Sometimes the mother in law would break a cake of bread over her head as a token that she would  henceforth be the mistress of the baking and other domestic chores. The mother-in-law who only received inheritance rights in the 1960s previously only been entitled to a space by the fire?
 No wonder there was such ill-feeling between many a new bride and her mother-in-law also bearing in mind that Irish Mammy’s of yesterday idolised their sons...Many still do of course, but in those days the ‘men of the house’ were a revered species who were waited on hand and foot by their sisters.....

Age Gaps
Huge age gaps were customary up until the late 1950’s when much older men (having saved themselves) got married to young girls in the their twenties which was a recipe for disaster considering they had often nothing in common. Furthermore there was no such thing as contraception so large families of 16 and more were quite common even though infant mortality was quite high. 

To book your seat for the wedding breakfast contact us on the details below and stay tuned to our blog for more details.  


Date: Sat 29th August
Time: 20:00 to 23:00
Location: Nell's Farmhouse
Cost: €20
Booking: Essential
Contact: 051-646102 / 086-2206007
Email: info@nellsfarmhouse.ie
www.nellsfarmhouse.ie

Traditional Irish Wedding Re-enactment - Heritage Week 22nd - 30th August 2015

It doesn't seem like twelve months ago since our traditional Irish Wake for Heritage Week last year.  We really enjoyed putting on the interactive evening and now we are excited about this years event.  The wheels are in motion already and it is set to be another great evening.  Us Irish love a good wedding and we decided in keeping with the theme of Heritage Week for 2015 which is "Discover the past. Build the future", we are going to hold a Traditional Irish Wedding Re-Enactment.  Like last year it will be an interactive event where we will be encouraging the wedding guests to get involved. 


The wedding is set in the era of the 1950's when the wedding breakfasts were traditionally held in the home of the bride.  The customs, traditions and fashions of the day will be portrayed.    Space is limited to 28 guests in total so booking is essential.  To get your name on the table plan for the occasion call or email on the details below.  You wont be disappointed.  

Heritage week is the largest cultural event in Ireland.  It is expected that 400,000 people will attend the events scheduled across the country.  For details on all the events taking place in Co. Waterford and in Ireland go to www.heritageweek.ie 

To book your place at our Irish Wedding Re-enactment contact Mary on 051-646102 or 086-2206007 or email Mary on info@nellsfarmhouse.ie and stay tuned to our blog for further updates.

Date: Sat 29th August
Time: 20:00 to 23:00
Location: Nell's Farmhouse
Cost: €20
Booking: Essential
Contact: 051-646102 / 086-2206007
Email: info@nellsfarmhouse.ie
www.nellsfarmhouse.ie

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Meeting The President

Heritage is very important to us here at Nell’s Farmhouse. Since we opened our doors in 2006 we have been welcoming people onto our farm and have shared our knowledge of times gone by with them. We have worked with the Heritage Council over the years and have particularly been involved with Heritage Week which has been a great success. Last year we won the “Most Interactive Event” category for our re-enactment of a traditional wake. We were delighted to accept this award from Conor Newman, Chairman of the Heritage Council and Ann Phelan TD and Minister of State for Rural Affairs at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.



Following on from our big win we were invited to speak at a training day for heritage week event organizers. This took place in Dublin Castle on the 9th of April. Along with some other event holders we presented our idea to the audience. We really had a great day in the big smoke and we enjoyed chatting to everyone we met there. We came back to Nell’s full of new ideas for the year ahead.

At the end of May we couldn’t believe our luck when the post man delivered an invitation to the Heritage Councils 20th birthday celebrations in Kilkenny. Our president and founder of the Heritage Council was going to be in attendance and make a speech. We accepted the invite in a heartbeat. On the day we listened to a beautiful address from Michael D Higgins who had the vision to set up the Heritage Council through his capacity as minister for arts, culture and the Gaeltacht in 1995. The idea of the Heritage Council is to support local communities to promote within their area. It was a great honour for us to meet President Higgins in person and have a little chat with him.

Heritage week this year runs from 22nd -30th of August. We have decided to host a “Traditional Wedding Breakfast” on the 29th August from 8-11pm. Again it will be an interactive event and we hope that the audience (who will be the wedding guests) will enter into the spirit of the occasion. A prize will be awarded to the most appropriately dressed guest on the night. The wedding is set in the era of the 1950's when the wedding breakfast was traditionally held in the home of the bride. The customs, traditions and fashions of the day will be portrayed. For more information on heritage week events please click on the link here. Feel free to contact us also in relation to our event on 086-2206007 or via email at info@nellsfarmhouse.ie

Monday, May 25, 2015

Reviews



Inside the hall door, on top of the hall table of Nell's Farmhouse you will find our guest book.  We love when our guests leave us a little note after their stay with us.  Sometimes people even draw a picture.  So to  follow on from  last months post about what we have to offer our customers I thought I would share some of the things our customers have said after a stay with us.  Here's a random selection of jottings from the book...

"Staying at Nell's House was a real treat.  Thanks so much to Mary and Ger for attending to our every need, and more besides.  the hot tub was magnificent - we shall miss it!  We will tell our friends they must come...The care and concern shown by Mary and Ger helped make the holiday.
Everyone we met here was friendly - the place is beautiful - the accommodation is luxurious - and then there's the hot tub (underneath the big bright starry skies - amazing!) Thanks again"
JL

"It was lovely to come back and stay in Feddens again, a "trip down memory lane".  We'll be back.
Congratulations Mary and Ger the place is lovely and very comfortable.  Thank You"
JM

"I ended up in Nell's by chance having originally intended to stay at the hostel (which was closed).  Lucky me! Instead of a bunk bed, I was presented with a whole beautiful house to myself.  Everything is so cosy and tastefully decorated  a beautiful blend of old and new.  I sat on the rug in front of the fire and looked at Richard Fitzgerald's photographs and read stories about Aunt Nell.
I had an absolutely delightful stay at Nell's and I'll be recommending it to everyone.  Thank You"
PK

"Thanks again for another great time in Nell's House.  We had a great time.  the hot tub was a big hit with the girls - just the tonic for a day of climbing and sore limbs.  Thanks again"
Esther

"We have enjoyed out (too short) stay here!
Loved meeting the cows, dogs, and chickens and learning about the milking process.
Highly recommend heading to the local hiking center not far from here.  We took the Glen Patrick walk - a great 3 hour trek with our two kids full of beautiful scenery...Thanks so much for having us!"
FF

"We had a fabulous time here at mid term, kids and adults really enjoyed the experience of a working dairy farm, the cows, the hay shed and we all loved the hot tub.  Really liked the decor, gorgeous bedrooms and massive couch.
Best of luck and continued success Ger and Mary, we hope to be back soon,"
FM

"Many thanks to Ger and Mary for the use of their gorgeous house for our break away.  Ideally situated for all the wonderful walking routes.  It was lovely waking up to the birdsong and the sound of newborn calves.  And the milk!! Our children had never tasted real milk.  Such a treat.  Continued success to you, we'll be back"
MQ

So there you have it.  To book a stay with us contact us on 086-2206007, email info@nellsfarmhouse.ie or visit our web site at www.nellsfarmhouse.ie






Tuesday, April 14, 2015

What We Do

After reading back over the past couple of blog posts we realised that we spend a lot of time telling you about whats on offer in our local area but not so much time telling you about what we offer here at Nell's Farmhouse so here goes:

Nell's Farmhouse is a heritage farm with self catering accommodation.  The house itself is over 200 years old.  In 2008 we took on the task of renovating part of the house to provide self catering accommodation.  We had our first visitors in 2009.  So now we are six years in and are still learning as we go.  The accommodation can sleep up to six people.  There is a double room, a twin room which is en-suite with a walk in shower and a comfy pull out double bed in the large sitting room. The sitting room has big comfy sofas that you can sink into to watch Sky TV or a DVD.  There is also a very inviting open fire.  Sticks and coal are provided for guests.  The kitchen has all the modern conveniences you would expect including an oven, hob, fridge freezer and dishwasher.
There is a fully enclosed patio area with seating, a BBQ and a hot tub.  For people on longer stays there is a washing machine and drying facilities.  We also provide safe storage for bicycles and WiFi.  When you book Nell's you get exclusive use of the facilities.

The other side of the house has been left in its original traditional state.  The kitchen was the heart of the house in times gone by.  There is an open fire with a crane to hang the kettle on to boil and a fire wheel to stoke up the fire.  Mary is an expert at making traditional pot oven bread and cooking it over the open fire.  Butter making is also one of Mary's specialties with the traditional butter churn.  The combination of the freshly baked bread and real butter has been enjoyed by many groups that have visited over the years.

Nell's Farmhouse is situated on a working dairy farm.  Many visitors have enjoyed the opportunity to get a hands on experience of the workings of our modern dairy farm with visits to the milking parlour, feeding the calves and collecting eggs from the hens.  This is a big hit especially with the younger visitors.

We are keen to preserve our heritage traditions and pass on our traditional knowledge to others.  For the past number of years we have taken part in Ireland's Heritage week which is held each August.  In 2013 we were a runner up/finalist in the most innovative event category for our traditional wake.  In 2014 we won the award for the most interactive event for the re-enactment of our traditional Irish wake and the reading of the will.  On that night we also had a visit from Irish TV who recorded the event which was later televised (You can watch the episode here http://bit.ly/1CL1MVo).  We enjoy hosting school groups and are happy to tailor the programme provided to teachers requirements.  Active retirement groups have visited in the past.  They have sat around the fire and reminisced about times gone by, told tales of yore and sang songs.  Mary's butter churn is well traveled as she goes to many local shows and festivals to give demonstrations.  She was most recently at the West Waterford Festival of Food and her next engagement is for the Dungarvan 800 festival on the 3-4th July this year.





The announcement of "Ireland's Ancient East" today is very exciting and we are currently working on a package to offer visitors as part of our involvement with Irish heritage so there are lots of exciting opportunities ahead.

To book a stay at Nell's Farmhouse contact Mary on 086-2206007 or visit us on line at www.nellsfarmhouse.ie  Our new favourite social media is twitter check us out @nellsfarmhouse

     

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/