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Irish Times Best Places to Stay in Ireland

Irish Times Best Places to Stay in Ireland

Last weekend the Irish Times Weekend magazine published an article on the 100 Best Places to Stay in Ireland.  We are thrilled to be included in this prestigious listing in Ireland’s most influential newspaper!  We have worked at our business for so many years with the intention that we provide a ‘real rural experience’ for our guests. Travel writer Catherine Mack described Fuchsia Lane Farm as offering ‘the best farm fåilte (Irish for welcome) that you could get’.  We won’t argue against that!  Inclusion in this list has given us a fantastic boost and acknowledgment for our efforts.  

We don’t strive to have a huge business here but rather one that allows us to share our place with others who value space, peace, closeness to nature and the chance to be ‘with themselves’.  For us it’s a business that allows us to create a life where we can work where we live, and work at what we love.

We hope our guests enjoy it too!

The full article is available here and below is a screen shot of the page from the magazine 

 

Best Places to Stay
Fuchsia Lane Farm Best Places to Stay

Kayaking on Lough Derg Blueway

Kayaking on Lough Derg Blueway

Lough Derg is a wonderful, unspoilt and totally underused resource on our doorstep and we are always thrilled to see businesses offering guests an opportunity to get out on the water.  We are really thrilled to see a local business Lough Derg Watersports offering environmentally sound and sustainable activities locally.

, and we fully support this.

As part of promoting the Blueway, Becky and her partner are hosting a Family Fun Day at Kilgarvan quay, just 15 minutes from our cottages.  We expect this to be a great day of fun, food and a chance to ‘get your feet wet’.  Contact Becky on 086 4114822

Family fun day

#LoughDerg #kayaking #SelfCatering #Terryglass #WaterwaysIreland

Mountshannon Arts Festival

Mountshannon Arts Festival

This weekend the  22nd annual Mountshannon Arts Festival aims to be a transformative experience for the village and all those who take part, with something for everyone including music, street art, exhibitions and workshops.

This year’s programme is an eclectic mix of Music, Drama, Street art, Visual Art and Workshops. There’s something for everyone.  Mountshannon is about a 30 min drive from Fuchsia Lane Farm and is on the Co Clare side of Lough Derg.  While there check out the Sea Eagles!

The Festival begins this evening Thurs 25th and runs until Sunday.

Full details and tickets under http://www.mountshannonarts.net.

 

HIGHLIGHTS include:

  • Street Art in the form of murals, sculptures and installations;
  • Drama with Mikel Murfi’s ‘Man in the Womans Shoes’, a new version of Siobhan Donnellans ‘Going Spare’, and Ruti Lachs with ‘Sideways on Planet Piano’;
  • Saint Sister are the headline act in terms of music, Upcoming band Pine the Pilcrow and the wonderful Crash Ensemble
  • Visual Art including paintings, drawings, photographs, papercuts and video will be on display in five venues, including Scariff library and four venues in Mountshannon.
  • They will also have workshops for young and old including handbells, The Expressive voice and Creative writing for women.
  • The Green Fair with stalls, live music, hot food, and fun for all the family takes place on Sunday 4th June in The Aistear.

#artsfestival #LoughDerg #Selfcatering #Terryglass

 

Mountshannon Arts Festival

Galway County Fleadh – Portumna

Galway County Fleadh

This weekend Portumna hosts the Galway County Fleadh where one can experience the very best of traditional Irish music, song and dance. Why not take a few hours or the entire weekend and immerse yourself in our national music?

Galway County Fleadh

Golf Breaks

Golf Breaks

Portumna Golf Club is just a 10 minute drive from Fuchsia Lane Farm cottages and offers a beautiful woodland setting for anyone interested in ‘going on a course’ while holidaying in the area! The club, founded back in 1913, is situated within Portumna Forest Park and offers some wonderful scenery, whatever the time of year.

A mature and graceful forest provides a  backdrop for a  challenging experience, no matter what time of the year it is played.  Laid out over undulating land, the course has lots of interesting shots, including a number of elevated tee-box positions.

Green fees are:
€20 per person Tue, Wed Thurs and Fri.
€25 per person Sat and Sun and a special discounted rate of €15 applies to those available to play on Mondays on the weekly Open Day.

Club hire and Buggy Hire are also available

The Fairways Restaurant is also open to visitors and a great place to have lunch.

Here at Fuchsia Lane Farm we can assist you by purchasing green fees for you in advance and helping to make your time as enjoyable as possible.  If you are planning a golfing break with a few friends our Lime Kiln cottage or Lodge Cottage provides the best accommodation option for groups of 4.  

Portumna Golf Course can be contacted at +353 (0) 90 9741059  or by email at  info@portumnagolfclub.ie

 

Portumna Golf Club
Portumna Golf Club

TimeOuts

TimeOuts
 
Fuchsia Lane Farm is now being featured on this new exciting initiative called timeouts.net.  This service takes all the hassle out of organising that much needed break for the busy professional.  They make the booking for the client, organise any extra services needed.
 
TimeOuts website states that the goal of TimeOuts is to provide an escape opportunity after a long and stressful work week. An unplugged weekend trip is by far the best way to recharge your batteries. TimeOuts believe that it is the starting point for a healthy lifestyle AND a successful career. 
 
Here at Fuchsia Lane Farm we have been offering breaks for several years and with our closeness to nature,  our woodland meditation space, along with our  professional life and career coaching service, means that we couldn’t agree more with the TimeOuts philosophy.  We wish them the best of luck with the venture!
 
 

Anyone for Chocolate?

Anyone for Chocolate?

While staying at Fuchsia Lane Farm why dont you take a trip around Lough Derg and visit the wonderful Artisan Chocolate factory that is Wilde Irish Chocolates in Tuamgrnary Co. Clare?

Wilde Irish Chocolates  handmake over 80 different yummy chocolates in their small artisan chocolate factory. They have an open plan production area where you can see the chocolates being made and packed, entrance is free and you will be able to taste what’s in production, ask us questions, make suggestions and most importantly taste the freshly made choccies, they are always looking for Guinea pigs.

Visitors and tourists alike are welcome to visit the factory in a truly beautiful location on the shores of Lough Derg, so it’s just perfect for a day trip along the lake. Its recommended to give them s a ring (061-922080) to check in advance. When you arrive there will be lots to taste!

Wilde Irish Chocolates

Is there WiFi?

Is there Wifi?

Over recent years we have all become more connected to the internet and being without our emails and social media accounts can be a big challenge for many of us.  As hosts providing self catering cottages to the holiday rental market the first question guests used to ask us on arrival ranged from ‘where is the best place to eat’ to ‘where can we buy local produce?’  Over the last couple of years this has changed to (yes, you guessed it!): ‘Have you Wifi?’ 

We did our best to provide wifi by having it in the shared areas however this was not good enough.  Snapchatting, checking out FB or planning ones itinerary for the next great day at Fuchsia Lane Farm required something better!  So we decided to do something about it and in true rural fashion we decided to learn about this ourselves.  We researched routers, cellular networks, Cat6 cables, repeater routers, crimping,  etc etc.  After making some mistakes, learning from them and remaining patient as we figured out DCHP settings, IP addresses and a whole load of other learning such as how to ‘fish’ cables up through ceilings, down walls, under cupboards and God knows where else, we can now say that each cottage has its own wifi!

We hope it makes for a more enjoyable stay here, it will be useful in making contact with your loved ones at home, sharing pictures and finding out what is on in the area and beyond. However, don’t forget that we still welcome old fashioned conversations and the knock on our door if someone needs some assistance and a real person to talk to!

 

Cottage with wifi

Time to Change?

Is it Time to Change?

Are you thinking of a new direction or career change?  Have you thought about working with a Career Change Coach?

Perhaps now is the time to take a short break with a focus on your own future?

Niall Heenan is an award winning accredited coach offering one to one coaching retreats in the peaceful country in Terryglass, Co Tipperary.  You will stay in your own cottage, close to nature, with access to walks, woodlands and good food. In the words of one client : Niall’s skill of allowing the client set the pace, set the agenda and explore their own world, truly nurtures a person to reach their full potential. 

Previous clients have described their experience of a coaching retreat at Fuchsia Lane Farm as:

  • In choosing to work with Niall was one of the wisest, most empowering decisions I have ever made.   Niall’s skill of allowing the client set the pace, set the agenda and explore their own world, truly nurtures a person to reach their full potential   Emer Meighan – Programme Manager Disabilities NGO
  • I decided to work with Niall for a full day and it was one of the best decisions I have made for myself and the business in seven years. Niall is … a master at nurturing, encouraging and expecting you to direct and lead the agenda.   Nadine McCarthy – Leadership Development & Executive Coach
  • Niall’s approach is “ non- invasive” – meaning, he allowed me to choose my own topic, set my own pace and discover my own answers. He guides; he doesn’t direct and that is what made our sessions so productive. Kim Moke Stage Consult Limited, Germany

Guests staying at our cottages can avail of a coaching experience over a weekend or longer stay. Niall Heenan is a qualified, award winning coach who works with people in the areas of career and personal change, increased effectiveness and business planning.

The coaching experience takes place at prearranged times over the weekend or week and provides for time for the client to have the time to reflect, consider and journal their experiences. A typical weekend would consist of two sessions of about 1.5 hours each while a week long stay would allow for increased engagement.

To discuss the options in more detail email hello@fuchsialanefarm.ie

We won Gold at the Responsible Tourism Awards!

Responsible Tourism Awards

On Thursday last Fuchsia Lane Farm was awarded a gold award at the Irish Responsible Tourism Awards. The awards are a response to demand from the Irish trade for a new type of awards showcasing the best in Irish responsible tourism. The 2016 Irish Responsible Tourism Awards aim to inspire replication, to excite media interest, to encourage competition and celebration from across the tourism industry on the island of Ireland.

Fuchsia Lane Farm was nominated in the category ‘Best for Local Sourcing’ and this award is in acknowledgement of our efforts,  over the years, to encourage our guests to support local artisan food producers and other businesses while holidaying with us.  We have always worked on the principle that a central element of Rural Tourism was the potential and benefit that can accrue to local economies.  As one of the judges commented: ‘Niall and Inez have been practicing Responsible Tourism since before the term was invented!’

Judges for the awards include:

 

  • Catherine Mack (responsibletravel.com)
  • Kevin Griffin (DIT tourism lecturer and former-EDEN awards judge)
  • Paddy Mathews (Fáilte Ireland)
  • Annabel Fitzgerald (Irish Water & formerly Coastal Programmes Manager An Taisce)
  • Mark Henry (Central Marketing Director, Tourism Ireland)
  • Cyril McAree (Managing Director, Hotel & Restaurant Times)

Fáilte Ireland’s Head Investment & Innovation, Paddy Matthews said, “A more environmentally conscious and community-centred approach to developing tourism in Ireland is becoming more and more mainstream… and so it should. It results in more genuine and authentic experiences for all our visitors.”
Fuchsia Lane Farm Award