Yurt holidays & Autumn in Ireland

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Just returned home to Teapot Lane from my annual holidays yesterday.                                   When you work for yourself it is hard to get away but I managed a whole 10 days off this year and decided on a staycation. Its a wonderful feeling packing up the car an heading off on the open Irish roads to be a tourist in our own little Island.  Spending a couple of days in Dublin, Kilkenny, Cork & Kerry, a bit predictable perhaps but I take lots of short breaks in Sligo, Mayo Galway and Donegal as they are all a shortish trip from here.

The Irish weather, despite the usual bad press, was exceptional, lovely dry autumn days, perfect for long walks taking in the gorgeous colours of the season.  Cosy pubs and amazing food.  Ireland now deserves to be a food destination as the produce and the standard in some of our restaurants, pub’s and cafe’s is exceptional.

Like all good holidays part of the joy of a break is coming home again!  I missed my dogs Anoushka & Arthur and no doubt they missed me.  I brought them for our usual walk on the beach and through the dunes at Mullaghmore where they delighted in chasing a few rabbits and swans.  I made a lovely pot of pumpkin soup with ginger, spices and coconut milk and a selection of Irish cheese and delicious salad from the Tattiehoaker organic farm down the road.

I’m off out to sweep a few leaves and make up the yurts for the guests this weekend, we have a full house, people like myself I guess looking for a cosy relaxing space or a bit of romance!

The dogs are content after the beach not much room left for me on the sofa but I’m sure I’ll squeeze in when my chores are done!

Rache Allen At Teapot Lane Glamping!

We recently had a visit from Top Irish Chef Rachel Allen.  Rachel was filming for a new program co produced by BBC and RTE.  Rachel travelled up the West coast of Ireland following the Wild Atlantic Way all the way from Cork to Donegal.  Focusing on the fantastic food available, wild and otherwise!

Rachel and the crew stayed at Teapot Lane after a day at Mullaghmore beach foraging for Seaweed with local author of a fantastic book Irish Seaweed Kitchen www.irishseaweedkitchen.com

After arriving at teapot Lane they all enjoyed homemade apple tarts made by my Mum who was delighted to be baking for Rachel Allen!  Rachel and I did an interviewed in one of the yurts where she asked me all about my business from start up to what’s on offer for my guests.  I told her all about the great hen parties we host with campfire, food and a live DJ and she thought it sounded amazing!  I explained how during summer months we focused on family holidays providing breaks especially for families and couples during July & August…..Meanwhile Ivan the member of the crew responsible for making their delicious meals was busy preparing dinner in our kitchen cooking with seaweed of course, 3 yummy salads Chicken and fresh mackrel that had been caught  earlier in the day at Mullaghmore.

A great campfire evening ensued!  Music by local musicians Colin Gillen and sisters, we all had a fantastic evening enjoying local craft beer provided by White Hag ale.  It was great night, I was delighted to hear from Rachel and crew who all agreed it was the highlight of their entire month filming!  Delighted to be able to host them and I can’t wait to see Rachel’s new show is 2016.

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Survivors Guide to Spring Glamping!

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Many agree that our warmest months with long sunny evenings and lush green foliage, wild flowers and milder weather make summer the most popular time for weddings. As a result many of Ireland’s summer brides to be get the girls together in Spring and enjoy their special weekend of freedom before their joined to their man for ever!

Teapot Lane has been hosting such weekends for almost 6 years as the first ever Glamping spot in Ireland we like to think we have perfected the Hen weekend and offer the best weekends in Ireland.  When booking a Glamping weekend early in the season, be aware of the following facts on Glamping before choosing your venue:

Like With Like; find out what the accommodation is and the differences involved.

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  • Yurt (above) – This a large round tent that you can walk around in they usually have a wooden floor, proper beds, insulation and several layers of canvas, they should have a wood burning stove so you can keep them really warm during the chiller months in spring.  Yurts are native to Mongolia where people live in yurts during freezing temperatures in winter so they are like a mobile house and not just a simple tent.  (Some people live permanently in Yurts)

Tip – Find out if your yurt is insulated and if it has a good stove for warmth will fuel provided? Ask if there are beds in there with bedlinen provided and if the fuel for the stove is included in the cost.


  • Bell Tent (above) – This is a round single skin light canvas tent, it could be on decking or grass (decking is better as grass can make it feel damp inside).  Bell tents can have a small stove inside and camp beds, you usually can’t walk inside and sleeping is on the ground.  Bell tents are good in the warm summer months but can be very cold in Spring/autumn.  Staying in a bell tent can feel very cool especially when you fall asleep and the small stove made for bell tents goes out beware you could wake up feeling cold and damp!

Tip – Bell tents are a cheap alternative to the yurt and are a fraction of the cost to buy and unlike a yurt are not designed for long term use so can and should be much cheaper to stay in that a yurt

Facilities – Ask What communal facilities there are

Outdoor Spaces

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Indoor Spaces

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Once you have established what accommodation is on offer for your Glamping weekend it is time to look at the facilities!  Is there sheltered space for the Gang to hang out if the weather aint so good, let’s face it our little Island is no stranger to a drop of rain! Are there kitchen facilities and if so how well equipped are they?? Does the kitchen have all you need? Plates, Cups, glasses, utensils, Tea, Coffee Sugar condiments etc?

Is there entertainment or catering available? – I’m not showing off but Teapot Lane have caterers come cook a delicious buffet BBQ style and we bring in a live DJ to play you tunes so you can dance the Buffet off under the stars (or our cool dining shelter if the weathers no playing ball!)

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Is there a Campfire?  One of the loveliest things about any Camping/Glamping trip is sitting by the campfire at the end of the day, chatting, swapping stories, sipping a nice vino or a hot chocolate and scoffing toasted marshmallows!

Ask if your Glamping site has a campfire and if fuel is provided for this.

Tip – Find out if the site has gravel pathways or will you be walking through wet grass or mud to get to your accommodation or the loos

Finally Be sure and bring your warm clothes, fleecey Jammy’s, all your favourite food and drinks. Relax and have a laugh and make it a weekend to remember forever ♥



January Teapot Lane

Hard to believe we are half way through January already and that Christmas festivities are behind us! We had a busy little cottage here at Teapot Lane, with friends and neighbours dropping by and Noel Higgans our friend and builder of our Treehouse came to visit with Collette and their 3 dogs. They enjoyed a week long stay in Noels own creation and were so cosy and happy up there. We enjoyed them coming to the thatch for breakfast in the mornings and when all our friends and neighbours got together to cath up and have festive food and fun!
We are so busy taking bookings for 2015 and it is shaping up to be our busiest year ever. It is so exciting planning the new season and looking forward to what is happening around us in February……

What’s Happening in Nature…
Lambing Season
We are looking forward to spring lambs frolicking around the nearby fields!
Snow Drops & Violets
White bells peeping through snow covered ground and Violets with their beautiful purple flowers with green heart shaped leaves pop up From February on just in time for Valentines Day

Winter stoves & Pumpkin Pie

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Cosy Winter Nights

I love all the seasons here for different reasons! The hedgerows here are full of bright berried holly the birds are busy fattening up for the winter months and the days are getting shorter and shorter. The wild atlantic way has become wilder and quieter as all the tourist of summer have gone home.

The surf is still up in Bundoran and some of the worlds bravest souls come here for the big waves that roll into Mullaghmore this time of year.There is nothing like watching these guys getting towed into 20ft November waves with your dry, well wrapped up feet on solid ground!

A wintery walk in the woods a jog on the beach or a ramble up a gentle mountain are really special this time of year. With the dark evenings there is the perfect excuse to light your stove at Teapot Lane early evening, get the comfy clothes on and curl up on a cosy bed with a book!

I closed Teapot Lane at couple weeks ago for a little break in NYC, being just after Halloween we saw the most creative carved pumpkins in the doorways and rustic bales of straw and huge ears of corn all decorating the evening streets of Williamsburg Brooklyn.  I loved the contrast of a bustling city and my life on the West coast of Ireland!

I thoroughly enjoyed the week away but am loving being back in the Leitrim Countryside where my dogs are so delighted that I have returned! They are not letting me out of their sight now in case I go missing again! I particularly Loved my stay in the rustic Williamsburg, Brooklyn, it is a really cool place to stay with top class restaurants and bars packed with colonial charm! Pumpkin pie is so good and not something we make here too often so I will post a really easy recipe for this lovely comforting dessert…turst me it’s yum!


750g/1lb 10oz pumpkin or butternut squash, peeled, deseeded and cut into chunks
350g sweet shortcrust pastry
plain flour, for dusting
140g caster sugar
½ tsp salt
½ tsp fresh nutmeg, grated
1 tsp cinnamon
2 eggs, beaten
25g butter, melted
175ml milk
1 tbsp icing sugar
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Instead of dusting with icing sugar, why not make your pie extra indulgent by adding a meringue topping?

Place the pumpkin in a large saucepan, cover with water and bring to the boil. Cover with a lid and simmer for 15 mins or until tender. Drain pumpkin; let cool.
Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Roll out the pastry on a lightly floured surface and use it to line a 22cm loose-bottomed tart tin. Chill for 15 mins. Line the pastry with baking parchment and baking beans, then bake for 15 mins. Remove the beans and paper, and cook for a further 10 mins until the base is pale golden and biscuity. Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly.
Increase oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7. Push the cooled pumpkin through a sieve into a large bowl. In a separate bowl, combine the sugar, salt, nutmeg and half the cinnamon. Mix in the beaten eggs, melted butter and milk, then add to the pumpkin purée and stir to combine. Pour into the tart shell and cook for 10 mins, then reduce the temperature to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Continue to bake for 35-40 mins until the filling has just set.
Leave to cool, then remove the pie from the tin. Mix the remaining cinnamon with the icing sugar and dust over the pie. Serve chilled.

…Ok I am a bit obsessed with Pumpkin I found some spicy pumpkin Tea in a shop yesterday and I Love it!!☕


Quirky Fair

Alas! It is September and I am catching a breath after our busiest summer season yet.  We had full tents here for the past few months and are pleased with how it all went.  Families and couples enjoying the space, Marshmallows done to every degree over the campfire, sunshine, drizzle, summer rain, BBQ’s, morning teas and coffees in the garden!  Focus now turns to halloween and the Quirky wedding fair that we are attending in Belfast next weekend.  Getting pictures and albums ready for that is fun and a great way of looking back on things over the last few years.  I am looking forward to ideas and inspiration form other businesses at the fair and presenting Teapot Lane as a fab location for a hen do and a mini moon in our so so romantic treehouse!