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Revive & Thrive on Workation at Fuchsia Lane Farm

Technology now allows us to work from anywhere! Join the large number of guests who are choosing Fuchsia Lane Farm to work and holiday.

Our woodland Zen Zone is an ideal place to begin, or end, your day. Enjoy our bikes to cycle to the village or join us on our regular morning swims in Lough Derg. Our Sauna leaves you feeling invigorated and ready to embrace the day’s work.

We have learned some things that help our ‘workationers’ to have that ideal mix of work and play!  Workstation at Fuchsia Lane Farm

  • Put a structure in place for work, relaxation and fun.  
  • Focus on work for a period in the morning and then put away the laptop when completed.  
  • If you have a second device such as a tablet or iPad, use that for your entertainment and personal needs and leave the work laptop for work.  
  • Before you start work, take some time for exercise, yoga or focused breathwork etc.  

A good workspace helps to  focus, and with our quiet areas and peaceful fields you can revive and thrive.  We can supply you with a good chair for longer periods at your desk. Very good WiFi to allow you to make those Zoom calls is a must, and we have all you need in that regard.

workationSo if you would like a ‘Workation’ – a creative space to work on that novel or business plan, either on your own, with a partner or family, who can enjoy their holiday too, Fuchsia Lane farm is the place for you. The local village has great gastropubs, coffee, music and yoga classes if you wish to ‘live like a local’.  If you are thinking of travelling from overseas then you can still keep an eye on the bottom line while you have your rural vacation in our ‘Real Rural Retreat’.  Your chance to Revive and Thrive in 2022!

#discoverloughderg  #visitipp #irelandshiddenheartlands #workandholiday #digitalnomad

Award for Birr Castle

30 mins drive from Fuchsia Lane Farm!

As you all know we are big fans of Birr Castle and Demesne here at Fuchsia  Lane Farm Self Catering.  We were delighted to read the good news that it was recently awarded as one of the Best Visitor Attractions in the country in the Irish Independent Reader Travel Awards 2022. Being placed 4th in a list of amazing places to visit is a great achievement  and well done to everyone involved.

Birr Castle is just 30 mins drive from our cottages and is the perfect location for a great family day with walks, nature, science and acres of space awaiting you.  The town of Birr has great coffe shops and eateries and you will be spoiled for choice.  So put it on your list of one of your things to do here!

During 2022 there are a range of family activities and events planned, including over St Patrick’s Weekend March 17 – 20, the famous Easter Egg Hunt on Easter Sunday and Monday April 17 and 18

Booking for the Castle grounds can be made online at https://birrcastle.com/buy-tickets/

This short video will give you a flavour of what you can experience there

 

 

Beautiful Lough Derg on the Shannon

We recently came across this video showing some of the beauty of Lough Derg and the surrounding villages, including Terryglass. It features Cedric Charpentier who is a fishing guide and an expert on finding great pike fishing spots!  We hope you enjoy it and even if you never fish on the lake, it will make you want to get out on a boat there

 

Tipperary – Best Holiday Destination 2022

Visitors to Ireland should spend more time in Co Tipperary, according to the prestigious travel publication Condé Nast Traveller. In its recent list of 22 destinations to visit in 2022, Tipperary is a stand out entry for anyone with an interests in food, a passion for the outdoors and sustainable community tourism.

Here at Fuchsia Lane Farm we particularly loved the reference in the guide to “Walk it all off along the blustery shoreline of Lough Derg, where you’ll be joined by kayakers, paddleboarders and cyclists whizzing alongside acres of cheerful wildflower meadows”

So why not get ahead of the curve and make your plans for 2022 to visit Tipperary and meet local people, artisan food producers and experience the outdoors ranging from mountain walks and trekking to lakeside activities such as paddle boarding and sailing.

If you wish to read the full article you will find it here

 

#CondeNastTraveller #Tipperary #LoughDerg #FoodieHolidays

Looking forward to a brighter future!

As vaccinations roll out across the country and among the countries where all our lovely guests come from, we look forward to the day when, once more, there will be the wonderful sounds of laughter and the activity of guests around the place. Our walks, woodland meditation zone and open spaces all await you and we will have your cottage all cosy and snug for your restful stay.  So keep Fuchsia Lane Farm in your hearts and we will all meet again soon!

As a little teaser of some of the beautiful sounds and calming environment to be found on our farm or down at the quayside in Terryglass, we are sharing this little clip!

 

 

Great outdoor activities

Some suggestions for great outdoor activities with children  #MakeABreakForIt

Learn to kayak with Lough Derg Watersports, Kilgarvan Quay, Ballinderry.  Great instructors and lots of fun for adults too!  Contact Becky on 086 4114822

https://www.facebook.com/LoughDergWaterSports/videos/690409727961404/

Take a cruise on Lough Derg with James and Aoife, this trip is highly rated on TripAdvisor and our guests always love it. Book online and social distancing measures are in place.  While in Killaloe visit the Wooden Spoon Cafe or Scoops Ice Cream Parlour

http://www.killaloerivercruises.com/     086 814 0559

Portumna Forest Park and Castle Garden. Great for walks, cycles and picnics. Safe swimming area also in Portumna, signposted in town

https://youtu.be/aK3G_0yI0fA

Birr Castle, Playground, Cafe and miles and miles of wonderful walks!  Book online at https://birrcastle.com/

Climb the Devils Bit! https://www.sportireland.ie/outdoors/walking/trails/devils-bit-loop

Closer to your cottage is the Beech Trail in Cloughjordan Knockanacree Woods. This covers 41 hectares of land. It is teeming with wildlife, from sparrowhawks and red squirrel to foxes and badgers. Details here https://www.sportireland.ie/outdoors/walking/trails/knockanacree-beech-trail

Lough Boora Discovery Park https://www.loughboora.com/   40 mins drive from your cottage. Walks, Sculpture Park, Cafe, Bike Hire.  Great for families, bring a picnic. You could combine this with a visit to Birr

 

The New Normal

Your holiday with us during this ‘new normal’

In accordance with the guidelines we are implementing some changes to our procedures in order to ensure the best welcome and experience here at our cottages.  We are committed to the best in terms of welfare and cleanliness and we hope you understand our desire to have things right for you!  The following outlines the key steps we are taking

Arrival to your cottage

In advance of your arrival we will email you directions to your cottage, which will be open and ready for you at an agreed time, after 6pm.  This allows our cleaning team more time to follow the agreed guidelines with regard to cleanliness and safety for you, our guests.

Contactless and online payments and email receipts are the preferred option. We can also facilitate EFT payments in advance of your arrival. Payment by card will follow social distancing guidelines

In your cottage

A thorough and comprehensive cleaning and sanitising program is in place in preparation for your arrival with specific extra attention and antibacterial solutions being applied to all touch points throughout.

All non essential items, such as books, throws, etc will be removed from the cottage so we can focus on the highest levels of cleanliness. We have also been advised to remove salt and pepper condiments, etc.

If you prefer to bring your own towels (and/or bed linens), please feel free to do so. Rest assured that any linens and towels that we supply will have been laundered to the correct standard.

Hand sanitiser will be located in each cottage, as well as the usual soaps. All dispensers will be cleaned in advance of your arrival

Departing your cottage

Check out time is 9:30, this allows our cleaning team the necessary time to have the cottage ready for our next guests.  We are aware that this is earlier than we would all like, however for the moment we have to allow as much time as possible to ensure our cleaners can do their work to the required standard.  We will ask you to remove bedlinen, including valance sheets,  before your departure and place in the plastic bag we will supply. Please use a separate bag for towels.

Please load any crockery etc in the dishwasher and wash at minimum 60 degrees, if the dishwasher is still running when you are leaving, that is ok. It will help speed up cleaning procedures

Before you leave, please text or call us and we will be there to say goodbye!

General

Signage will be in place in  public areas to remind our guests to observe social distancing and handwashing and other appropriate etiquette.

Our meet and greet when you arrive will occur outdoors, outside your cottage. This will allow for Social Distancing.  Health guidelines around the wearing of masks etc will be followed by us if we are in close contact with you. Please be assured that we will still have our usual smile, you just might not see it behind the mask!  We will be observing strict handwashing throughout all our contact with you and your cottage

 

If you have any questions before, during or after your stay. Please contact us on 087 2445547 or by email at hello@fuchsialanefarm.ie

 

Thank you for staying with us and we hope you enjoy our Rural Retreat as much as we have enjoyed creating it!

 

Niall, Inez and family

Holiday Cottages Open for Business

Last Friday’s announcment stating that the Hospitality Sector could reopen for guests was wonderful to hear. Here at our cosy, peaceful and quiet holiday cottages, we have tended the gardens and the buildings so that they will be looking their best for you when you return.  We look forward to the activity of guests arriving, becoming accostomed to their surrounds and enjoying the country walks, bikes, and of course, the local village of Terryglass with its history, heritage and welcoming community.

 

These last few weeks have allowed us the opportunity to look at what we have here and we know that visitors to our self catering cottages enjoy the authenticity of the experience here, the closeness to nature, the peace to be with oneself and ones family, the access to the wider Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands region.  The wonderful grounds of Portumna Castle, Portumna Forest Park, Nenagh Castle and Birr Castle are open to visit. The expanses of the Silvermines Mountains, Keeper Hill, The Graves of the Leinstermen at Tountinna overlooking Killaloe/Ballina all await the lover of the outdoors.  The quiet lanes around us are ideal for a family cycle or a leisurely walk. Canoeing and Kayaking on Lough Derg also awaits you.

 

We will be asking guests to do what we all know is required of us now. Social Distancing, Handwashing, Cough Etiquette are now familiar terms. We will have your cottage ready for you for a 6pm check in, this allows us to have more time to do the necessary work in advance of your arrival,  all information will be available in your cottage or advance and because we live on site, we are here should you need to text or phone us about anything. We can’t shake your hand on arrival however we will certainly open our hearts to you!

 

We will follow all guidelines, allowing you, our guest, to have a relaxing stay. You deserve this break!

Emergence 2020

Since March 13th we have spent a lot more time here at home in Fuchsia Lane Farm as the country entered a whole new experiment with Lockdown.  As a result we were able to observe nature emerge in the Spring and enjoy many small events, probably insignificant in a more normal year, but this time they seemed to bring more joy.  Perhaps it was because of an underlying tension that existing in many of us, perhaps in the whole world, because  we did not know where and when this virus was going to emerge in our lives and if we would wake up some morning suffering from the symptoms.  Consequently, each mornings walk along quiet lanes, through peaceful pastures and melodic woodlands afforded little glimpses of nature telling us ‘it will all be ok’.

We heard the cuckoo early each morning, we saw the swallows return to their usual nesting spots, and marvelled on their journey.   In many respects there was a reassurance in seeing the cycle of nature offer up its wonderful annual possibilities and this helped us to look forward.  The daffodils emerged with their sunny faces, not concerned that the cottages were empty of guests, they were just doing what they always do, irrespective of encouragement from human interaction!  The woodland leaves emerged, the familiar smells of fresh growth touched our senses, the regularity of crop growing and silage season returned as it always does.  

We found time to do the jobs that had been on the everlasting ‘to do list’. The rainy day jobs that needed a fine day to get done.  We tidied, resurrected, refreshed, painted and then we did some more.  We were energised and exhausted, at many times during each day. We got cranky with ourselves then we realised that we didn’t mean that and we progressed on.  We walked Holly, she went for her swim in the lake and she lived in the moment, as only a family dog can.  The cats adapted to being let into the house more and found new ways to look cute. The ponies learned that a new whinny could result in a longer chat, a kind stroke and a scratch on a favourite spot.

And we communicated with all of you, out wonderful guests, many from previous holidays here and many whom we only knew from an email booking or enquiry. We heard of your concerns about cancelled family events, weddings that could not happen, trips of a lifetime to Ireland that had been planned and saved for years that had to be postponed or cancelled.  We deleted bookings from our calendar and did not even look at the financial side of all this as everyone was in the same storm. And we were thankful for our health.  We shared photos on social media, we received wonderful messages from people who stayed with us years ago and they spoke about their memories from their time with us and all this gave us heart.  We saw what we have here with fresh eyes and we fell in love with our place again.

We parked up the car and cycled to the village, we were drawn to the local shop which became our focal point to say hello and greet neighbours, we enjoyed the lake and the wonderful quay that had grown out of community effort a couple of generations ago. We remembered the people who made all this happen. We pondered on our own mortality. We made bread. A lot of bread. We compared sourdough recipes, starters and leavens. We dug the garden, we sat there in the evenings when we rang old friends. We sat there and did nothing.  We remained hopeful.

We look forward now still unsure about the business that we will have for this year, bookings might still be cancelled or postponed and we have no control over this. All we can control is what we have here and how we view it. We are proud of our cottages and rural retreat. We will continue to offer what we have, we have ideas for future possibilities and we will welcome you all again.  So will Holly.