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TripAdviser comments: Glenribbeen + Archery in Waterford Museum.

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Glenribbeen Eco Lodge – +35354499 or call Peter direct on +353866017176

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“Friendly, Quiet, and Great Food!”

Reviewed 8 November 2011

We were greeted with a toasty warm wood stove going, and Els right away brought out some tea and cookies, which we enjoyed by the fire while reading their many books about Ireland and the local area. The lodge is very tastefully decorated, without all of that stuffy Victorian pink lace and doily decoration you can typically find in a B&B. Upon reading the other reviews, I have to agree that the breakfast was amazing. Our first morning we had Dutch pancakes with rashers and maple syrup. I’m still dreaming of it. Second morning we had the baked eggs, which were also fantastic. And the coffee was strong and delicious, a serious concern of ours in a country that drinks a lot of tea.

Peter is an incredibly interesting man and he would come out in the morning to talk to us while we waited for breakfast. I could have sat there all day listening to him (and eating Els’s pancakes). He recommended several things for us to see and do, while giving us mini history lessons in everything from the Titanic to why they drive on the left side of the road. I wish we made some time for an archery lesson with him.

The whole place is very clean and everything has been thought of in an eco-conscious way. Yes, the bed is creaky as are the floor boards. We got used to it after our first night. Once you convince yourself it’s all part of the charm, you start to roll with it. The surrounding countryside is totally quiet and peaceful. A squeaky bed is a very small price to pay for a fantastic stay in a beautiful location with great hosts and insanely delicious breakfasts. I’d go back in a heartbeat. Make sure you get a chance to feed the hens some grapes!

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple



“Lovely would definately recommend Baked Eggs for breakfast!”

Reviewed 25 August 2011

I stayed at the Lodge as we were attending a wedding locally, our room was lovely clean and bright there was everything you need hairdryer, kettle, books, local guides etc right down to a chocolate snack biscuit on a tray and a carafe of water, we were asked what we would like for breakfast and as a I don’t eat meat I have gotten used to beans on toast with a tomato thrown in but as Els and Peter are vegetarians I received a wonderful plate of fresh fruit garnished with flowers, followed by the house special of baked eggs delicious! fresh orange, breads, cereals you name it the choices. I work in Tourism and I was very impressed with the hospitality and service received, B&B prices were very reasonable.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple




“Wonderful hospitality in a beautiful place. Top notch!!!”

Reviewed 14 August 2011

Peter and Els are wonderful people and right from the moment we met them, I knew we made the right choice of a place in Lismore. Their home is in a beautiful setting a short distance from the town of Lismore and quite an experience with gardens, hens, two wonderfully friendly dogs and within an easy walk to a river where the salmon fishers are busy. The house itself has a wonderfully large and comfortable dining/sitting area where breakfast is served and where we often found ourselves spending time chatting with Peter and/or Els and enjoying a cup of tea or coffee after a day of sightseeing. We learned A LOT of history about Ireland and Peter let us read books from his extensive library…one of which we borrowed and will send back. I had thought the breakfasts were great up to this point on our trip, but Peter and Els really go over the top with beautiful presentation and extraordinary and delicious food. I guarantee that you will not get a better breakfast in Ireland!!! Peter and Els are very approachable and helpful. A couple of evenings, we picked up some meat to BBQ and Peter set up the grill and provided the dishes, etc… We never felt rushed in our time with them as they always seemed to have time for whatever need or question we had. The room was comfortable and clean and had a TV/DVD combo in it. I loved the snacks and waters! Overall a great experience and highly recommended!!!

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family



“BEST B&B in Ireland”

Reviewed 2 August 2010

From the moment we arrived we were in heaven, we were treated with such a warm welcome. Peter was always willing to chat and eager to make our stay as pleasent as possible.we ate amazing breakfasts- such good options on the menu with fresh fruit and amazing homemade brown bread on the side! the atmosphere in the lodge was very relaxed and we made the most of the amazing servies which the lovely couple provided such as use of their canoe, bikes, various fishing equiptment, instruments, books, garden hammock, kites and BBQ… Iv never even heard of such extras being provied in another B&B… expecially as its half the price!! we even had a 5 star hotel booked for the last night and cancelled becuase we would rathar the tranquil surroundings of Glenribbeen lodge!! they made our stay amazing, offering information, conversation and even lifts to and from the pub. would recomend it to absolutly everyone and cant wait to return.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled as a couple



Experience Medieval Archery

Reviews from Museum of Medieval Treasures, Waterford.

TripAdviser reviews of Archery Through the Ages. & Waterford

Getting a strainght-line.

Demonstrating ‘Tip – nock – hand – elbow’ to create a straight line to enhance accuracy.

“Visit to the Medieval Museum of Waterford”

Reviewed 14 July 2015

I’ve had a delightful weekend in Waterford city and the Museum was one of the best experiences of all. However what really stood out by me was the archery lesson I got in the museum. The person ‘Peter’ who introduced me to archery was greatly animated which made it an altogether enjoyable experience for me. He managed to introduce me to some skills and I was able to shoot arrows successfully and this was all combined with his abundance of knowledge about the history of archery. His lesson was like a throw back into medieval times; no visit to the museum would be complete without an archery lesson!

Visited June 2015

Reviewed 7 January 2015

Waterford’s Museum of Medieval Treasures has a great policy of bring things to life and getting enthusiastic people in to show some real crafts and skills as practised in 9th – 16th century Waterford (Ireland’s oldest city). A famous glass-cutter is working in the foyer and below are figures from history demonstrating coin-minting and archery (have a go!!) as well as displaying wood and leather work and tools.

Visited January 2015


“wonderful museum”

Reviewed 19 July 2015

Interestingly laid out history of the area. Not just the usual dusty chronological arrangement. Best part for us was the medieval archery tutorial and lesson given just inside the door by a local savant, Peter O’Connor .

Visited June 2015


“Peter, the medieval archer, was the best part!”

Reviewed 4 August 2015

Visited this museum in July 2015 and the best part was meeting Peter, the archer! He’s stationed right at the front door, ready to give you an amazing talk about medieval archery and teach you how to shoot the longbow. He’s an absolute wealth of information and very engaging to speak with. I enjoyed meeting him so much I’ve taken to following him on his Facebook page “Archery Through the Ages”, where he regularly supplies interesting historical points and plenty of posts of his daily visitors at the museum. It’s obvious he enjoys what he does!

The museum was fantastic. It takes approximately 45m to go through with the provided audio guide. The Cloth of Gold Vestments from the 1400s are the highlight of the exhibitions.

Visited July 2015


“Medevial times bought to life”

Reviewed 23 July 2015

this is a great museum and shows what life in Waterford was like in the dark ages with great displays and live action such as the archery display with the long bow. well worth a visit. unfortunately we didnt give ourselves a lot of time as we were only intending to visit the Crystal factory and stumbled across this museum and teh viking quarter. I would recommend that you ive yourself a full day to visit these three attractions as well as Waterford city itself which is stunning.

Visited July 2015


“Interesting day out”

Reviewed 9 July 2015

Fantastic fun. We had a 6 year old and a 2 year old with us and they both enjoyed it. We got a guided tour from the Curator himself and he made it very interesting and quite funny also. There was also a man in the lobby who was teaching archery and all about different types of bows and arrows….needless to say that the 6 year old LOVED that! It only cost €14 for the guided tour, and we were able to go back around as often as we liked on our own afterwards.

Visited July 2015

House of Glass

“Thoroughly enjoyed!”

Reviewed 2 July 2015 via mobile

We visited here on Wednesday 1st July and on arrival, we were greeted by an archer. What a lovely and knowledgeable man! Very much enjoyed our chat with him and my husband loved the small archery demonstration. Then we had the luck of being on the guided tour with the museum director….what a treat! A pleasure to view the museum with a man so truly passionate about it…full of interesting anecdotes and stories. My husband is NOT a fan of museums….he came purely because I wanted to go. But he loved it and really enjoyed the tour. I would highly recommend this to everyone…in my eyes, it’s a must-do in the wonderful city of Waterford.

Visited July 2015


“Above expectations – better than Wford Crystal!”

Reviewed 31 August 2015

Was thinking about going to Waterford Crystal but realised how boring that would be. Ducked into the Medieval Museum and went on the guided tour. Found it highly informative and good fun. Archery lessons on hand for 5euro! Downstairs cave is great and the coin press is fun. Floors one and two have some interesting stuff but really do recommend the guided tour to get the most out of it. Our tour guide was really excellent, nice young lady, good humour. The shop is FANTASTIC with helmets and glass cutting live.

Visited August 2015


And release…

“never knew waterford was so interesting .”

Reviewed 26 July 2015

we were met at the entrance by a chap in medieval gear who offered to demonstrate the intricacies and development of medieval archery . what followed was one of the most interesting and absorbing 45 mins in a museum ever . the guide , peter ,was a mine of fascinating and enjoyable facts and figures coupled with an encyclopedic knowledge of his subject , all delivered in a witty and friendly manner. an expiring parking meter forced us to leave or we would have stayed much longer .
we returned the next day and spent several hours touring the rest of the museum .a well laid out series of exhibits explained by knowledgeable guides armed with lots of relevant background information meant we spent a thoroughly enjoyable and informative day .(still preferred the bows and arrows) . wonderful !

Visited July 2015

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“A Must-Do Experience In Waterford”

Reviewed 10 September 2015

Notwithstanding that we have been in Waterford on a few occasions since the Medieval Museum opened in 2013, we just thought it would not be worth the time.

Then, earlier this week, we were invited on a tour of the museum and thought we would see what’s on offer.

Well, we were very impressed.

This is much more than a museum; more a series of living history experiences that is brought to life by a team of passionate staff. As soon as you enter, the experiences unfold in front of you with archery demonstrations. You can even get an archery lesson for an additional €5.

Being on a guided tour will make a huge difference to your experience. Our guide was excellent and contextualised the history of Waterford against the backdrop of Irish, British and European history.

All the exhibits are presented in an informative fashion. The piece-de-resistance must be the gold-braided vestments and the story about how they were uncovered. We won’t spoil it by revealing more on here.

In conclusion, we thoroughly enjoyed our experiences at The Medieval Museum. It is great value too at €7.

Visited September 2015



Special Offers for Glenribbeen

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Special Offers for Glenribbeen – Glenribbeen Eco Lodge website:


This is a WIP (work in Progress) as I learn to use this new (for me) facility.

We intend to offer our guests to this eco-blog the chance to avail of a great Spring offer for Glenribbeen. Please come back soon – after I get this all figured out 🙂

Flying the green flag in Waterford

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The Irish Times – Saturday, August 13, 2011

Flying the green flag in Waterford


THERE ARE some people who like to hide their green beliefs and then there are those who stick a great big flag in their garden to let the world know that being green is no mean feat these days, and so if you’ve got it, flaunt it.

Glenribbeen Eco Lodge near Lismore, Co Waterford is a small B&B run by Els and Peter O’Connor which has greenness and kindness oozing from every open pore. I say open, because the doors of Glenribbeen are always open. If you turn up with your tent they’ll welcome you, with dogs, children, a horse, whatever, they would turn few away. Because Irish Peter and Dutch Els’ approach to hospitality and life are holistic and generous. They are both musicians and artists, growers and creators within the community, and the guesthouse is all part and parcel of that.

The flag is that of the EU Flower, the eco certification which Peter and Els were awarded in 2009, and with solar panels, rainwater harvesting, home-made briquettes, fine organic vegetarian food, bat boxes, free range hens pecking around the beautiful gardens and bird feeders at every turn, they have merited the accolade for sure.

However, it is individual dedication, imagination and understanding of the bigger picture of responsible tourism which makes a business truly sustainable, not just the solar panels or light bulbs. You can stick as many responsible tourism policies as you like on your website, or boast about all your eco-gadgets, but it’s the living and breathing it, having a real connection with how their tourism venture can be part of a wider green community, that makes Glenribbeen so special. Just have a quick look at Peter’s blog to see everything from a broad bean hummus recipe to creating a solar powered walkway in your garden, and this will give you an idea of his commitment to his beliefs.

This is not an eco-chic home, however, it is just a home built on sustainable, simple principles, with balconies made from recycled wood, vegetable gardens, books from second-hand shops, a living room full of musical instruments. It’s a place where Els’ beautiful paintings cover many of the walls and where Peter shares his passion for archery with guests by offering free lessons. They know the nearby walking and cycling routes like the back of their hands, with quiet trails straight out of their garden gate, taking you as far as the Vee Gap and the Knockmealdown Mountains. Or the O’Connors will arrange hired bikes to be delivered to the house from Lismore Cycling Holidays, with convenient off-road cycling into Lismore and the hills beyond.

We decided to explore the area from the water, however, and thanks to a tip from Peter, also a keen canoeist, we spent a few hours of a sunny late afternoon in the delightful company of Cappoquin man, Dennis Murray of Blackwater Boating who knows every bend, bridge and building on the river. His charm and local knowledge of not only the flora and fauna, but every historic building which overlooks the river, was enrapturing, regaling us with history one second, and heron spotting the next.

With so much attention given to Waterford’s fine beaches, we were amazed to see that this haven of river life was almost deserted.

Another wonderful facility on their doorstep is the wheelchair-friendly fishing boat, the Wheelyboat of which Peter is one of the registered captains. With fingers in many pies, a new project always on the go, Peter has a glass-half-full approach to life and, as we said our goodbyes, he gave us a stick of rosemary to put on the dashboard to bring energy to the driver and natural perfume for the passengers, and Els popped a parcel full of her speciality Dutch pancakes on the kids’ laps for the journey.

So, if you are looking for a place to stay in the Waterford area, owned by people to whom both generosity and green living come naturally, just follow the flag., Catherine Mack is the author of a new travel app, Ireland Green Travel, available on iTunes.; cyclingholid;; and


Here’s a nice ‘feel-good article on going green – the easy way by Aiden Gibson writing in an article for LinkedIn.

love our planet but what can we do to help us preserve it?

Global warming is a much more important subject than most of us think. I believe that the majority of humans will only see the importance of global warming when they are actually getting hurt by the process. We all need to be aware of the amount of co2 emissions that we are producing and what the effects are. Our planet is our life! Our future is our children!

So what can we do to help the future generations before its too late? Start looking for a new planet? Or… Just take some simple steps in order to reduce the global warming phenomenon. Which is easier said than done for some people but if we all participate then I am sure we can save the world!


Energy saving around the home. Do not leave appliances on standby. Almost half of the power used to supply the average tv is used when it is on standby! You can save more than 70% of the energy lost just by fitting double glazing! Use energy saving light bulbs! Simple! Be more aware on what your thermostat is getting up to. You could save a nice little sum of money if install a programmable thermostat. Also, move your thermostat down 2° in winter and up 2° in summer. This could save about 2,000 pounds of carbon dioxide a year with this simple adjustment. Take a shower instead of a bath. Simple!

Its not rocket science guys!

Energy saving on the road. You can reduce CO2 emissions by changing how you drive.Click here for tips on eco-driving!


Why not…. Plant a tree. Or save a forest! Support renewable energy projects. Get your school or business to be more green. Eat fresh, organic and locally grown food. Or become a vegetarian!

What? Become a vegetarian!?

Yeah, why not? Because you love a nice and succulent medium/rare steak? Become a vegetarian. This is arguably the best way to reduce global warming in our lifetimes (please do not be too rude in your comments on this article). Albert Einstein said it himself ‘Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.’ I could go on with some more quotes about vegetarianism by well respected leaders (contact me if you want to hear them), but for now lets get on with some facts.

Methane is 21 times more powerful than the greenhouse gas CO2. Animal agriculture produces more than 100 million tons of methane a year. This methane is produced in the digestive processes of livestock, it may be a small amount of methane from each cow but this planet does have a lot of cows! And because cows eat a huge amount of grass and they have multiple stomachs this causes them to produce a large amount of methane, which they exhale with every breath.

If we eliminate our consumption of animal products by becoming vegetarian then we could eliminate the main producer of methane. I am not suggesting that we kill all of the cows! But once we all participate in being a veggie then we need not produce as many cows, which will result in lower amounts of global warming. Easy!

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I responded thus;

Phantom-power (units left on stand-by) isn't as widely appreciated as it
should be especially as a major source of fire in homes. I used to run
a painting and restoration business in the Netherlands and we had
'regular work' renovating homes after TV (mostly) fires where the
heat builds-up in the unit and the dust (initially) catches fire. This
leads to the plastic burning and filthy smoke destroying all paint and
furnishings in the room - before the fire spreads to carpet, curtains etc.
Two points; firstly phantom power costs money and energy. By switching
off the TV and all other units at night + DVD, satellite box (especially)
we save enough to pay for a holiday and more besides, plus we save
that much much more of the dwindling earth-supplies + we don't worry
about fire-hazard when we're out or in bed. Whatever the costs in 
power-savings, the cost of renovation and furniture etc in a housefire
is of course enormous compared do the cost of a simple switch to turn
everything off.
One last point - remember what started the fire - heat and DUST.
Vacuum around and behind all electrical appliances especially at the
air-intakes. By vacuuuming your speakers you'll eliminate that
annoying crackle that mars the music
 - what causes it - DUST.

Glenribbeen 10 of the best.

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Glenribbeen is named as one of 10 of the best eco-accommodations in Ireland – that;s on top of the ;good food; recommendation.

Plus yesterday I got an award from ECO-UNESCO – I was awarded an award (meritorious) in Sustainable Development by ECO-UNESCO yesterday and did the Leadership and Strategic Sustainable Development course while at the Green House in Dublin.This will help me facilitate courses in Sustainable Development locally and for other B&Bs.

Squirrel Crossing Glenribbeen Eco Lodge

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I was asked recently to write about my Squirrel Crossing as there are some parents that are ‘mithered’ (act of being fussed) by their offspring by the inclusion of our own road-crossing for ‘our’ family of red squirrels across the road from our front gate.

Mother comes first.

Mom would feed first - then the cubs and after lunch would come burly old bruiser dad all scuffed and patched.

One of the 3 young cubs.

I'm nut going to see ... ...

Of all of the 5 in the family the cubs were most nervous – mom & dad allowed us to about 2meters before getting nervous.

Page 8 of the ‘Irish’ Sun 8th August 2008

His tufts are gone and his elbows are patched - poor old Pa. A tough kookie though.

May 2009 Dungarvan Observer

The road-crossing didn’t save mom though she was killed right in front of me by a passing car. Though NOT on the crossing it must be said.

The tufts on the ears are the easiest way to spot a red squirrel if the light isn’t great. Poor Pa here has been in the wars and is all scuffed up.

Reviews of Glenribbeen Eco Lodge.

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One night stay in Lismore

flyfish48   1 contribution

Oh My, Peter and Els must be the most spectacular hosts. My husband and I were ‘oh so tired’ from the trip in from Dublin and they treated us as old friends. We only stayed one night but we wish we could have stayed a week. Els’s breakfast is out of this world!


Went for a night stayed a week !!”  decof   3 contributions

Peter is a walking mind of inforormation – Els’s cooking is sublime.
Great to stay in a place that really does exactly what it says on the tin.
Well done to you both.


The very best local knowledge, good food & proper hospitality”.

Buckleaper   6 contributions.  


May 9, 2010 | Trip type: Solo travel.



Els and Peter O’Connor know what they’re doing – and there’s always something taking place at Glenribbeen Eco Lodge. It’s great to come to a place where the lodger is genuinely welcome and interaction with the hosts is de rigueur. Peter is a walking encyclopedia on all subjects from local healer Valentine Greatlakes to ecotourism via an old tune he heard 40 years ago, with a wry smile and a quick wit. Els is a most gracious and meticulous hostess – her famous breakfast will set you up for a day’s touring. Glenribbeen Eco Lodge has been celebrated for leading the way in ecotourism and rightly so – this is the sort of place that others will need to follow, but few if any will match the verve and imagination the O’Connor’s manage to generate. Long may it continue!



Lovely hosts and YUMMY breakfast!

LuluLimerick   7 contributions. Limerick, Ireland

May 7, 2010 | Trip type: Couples

3 people found this review helpful

Stayed at Glenribbeen in March 2010, wanted to get away for a weekend and what a gem! Peter and Els are the perfect hosts and their eco lodge is gorgeous, close to Lismore and has some lovely hens you can always have a chat with the next morning! It’s these hens that provide the yummiest eggs for Els’ special breakfast…do not leave here without trying! Ate in a lovely restaurant in Lismore called The Chop House and the owner drove us back to Glenribbeen after our meal, now that’s service! Places like Glenribbeen provide a unique welcome that you can only get in a great Irish B+B and it’s why I’m going to holiday at home this summer. Will definitely be back.


Excellent Green B&B

2womentravellers   2 contributions

just returned from short stay at this magnificent B&B, room communal areas & breakfast area were all spotlessly clean. Breakfast was wonderful and the choice was great. I was in awe at the manner that these people run their B&B whilst all the time taking into consideration their carbon footprint and the planet. Will certeinly go back for some more tips and a relaxing break Thanks again


Wonderful place, wonderful people

pietje248   1 contribution

A clean, quiet, easy to find place near cultural activities. I explicitly enjoy the ecological way this B&B is run.


lovely area, lovely accomadation and lovely hosts!!

rishluke   4 contributions

GEL&A is situated in a nice area. Lismore is nearby like the nicest areas as Dungarvin, Dunmore East and the Knockmealdown Mountain’s. See the location as a base to discover the surrounding areas. And when coming “home” two very nice people will be there for you to, if you wish, cook. The “b” for breakfast has to be a capital B we can tell you.


An unexpected oasis!

MazzaMont   1 contribution

Peter and Els provided a great welcome, friendly service, very tasty breakfast (go for the Glenribbeen Special!). They were delightful with the kids – including early morning archery lessons! We feasted on mackerel which Peter had only just caught, and freshly picked marrows from Els’ garden.

Our only regret was not spending more time at Glenribbeen – next time we will do more than just pass through….


Best B&B in Ireland

dachshundt   1 contribution  

We arrived in the evening just before dinner and the owners (The O’Conners) were having a birthday party for Mr O’Connor. They showed great hospitality and seemed incredibly happy that we were there. We left to have dinner and when we returned Mr. O’Connor offered us warm bread pudding and rum raisin ice cream (this was his birthday cake and ice cream). He offered his family room and beautiful music for us to map out the rest of our trip. The breakfast, made by Mrs. O’Connor was the best breakfast that I have ever had and she made the best bread that I had ever tasted. They were a very charming couple and excellent hosts. The house was cozy and beautiful inside and outside. I would encourage everyone to stop by and meet these lovely people and see their wonderful home. If I ever get back to Ireland I will visit Glenribbeen again.


Fantastic place, wonderful hosts.

mattali77   1 contribution

A real treasure to find,our stay at Glenribeen Lodge was a stopover between Kerry & Dublin – we thought we knew the undiscovered parts of Ireland but we were really surprised at the beauty and unspoilt solitude of the area. We were so warmly welcomed by Els & Peter (& Grannie the dog!), who were the most fantastic hosts imaginable. Excellent en-suite rooms, comfy beds and a real homely feel to the whole place. We enjoyed two walks, one along the river and one up the hill, the wildlife we saw included kingfishers ,herons and flying fish which our two children loved. The food was fabulous ,organic fresh produce and the veggie breakfast which was their own recipe was gorgeous! We were so pleased to stay at Glenribeen, a brilliant place to stay in an amazingly picturesque part of Ireland.


Accueil très amical et “écologique”

Smolt93   1 contribution

B&B (Chambres d’hôtes) simple et accueil du couple Els et Peter très chaleureux et amical. Ne sont pas avares de conseils et de tuyaux sur la région.
Petits déjeuners grandioses (A mon goût parmi les meilleurs de toute l’Irlande).
(4 ou 5 différentes sortes à la carte, il suffit de faire son choix la veille)
Maison récemment récompensée par un label écologique européen.
De plus idéalement placée pour la pêche du saumon dans la Blackwater et visiter la région de Lismore/Cappoquin (Belles randonnées possibles dans les montagnes).

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