Staycation in picturesque rural Ireland:

It is a very strange world we inhabit these days. The lack of certainty around occasions, events and travel has thrown all of our summer plans into disarray. On a positive note, I do feel very privileged to live on our stunning Island with so many hidden gems to enjoy and explore.

Like so many others, we had planned a family holiday abroad this summer. Luckily, we were granted a full refund and now plan to invest in our local economy and have a family staycation in rural Ireland, once our government confirms it is safe to do so.

A staycation enables us to feel safe while reconnecting with family at a social distance. So if, like us, you would like a family break away in a quiet, rural, 'home away from home' where you can self cater or have meals delivered to your door by our local caterer, then a trip to The Calves Field Holiday Rental is a must do. With this in mind I have designed a 7 night itinerary which will keep the whole family entertained and thus make your stay as easy and relaxing as possible.

We look forward to welcoming you #whenwetravelagain.

Catherina 😊

Day 1:

Stop off at Obama Plaza rest top, Exit 23 on the M7 motorway. Have a bit to eat and travel into nearby Moneygall Village Activity Park and Playground. Or, if it’s a rainy day, exit at Junction 22 for Roscrea Leisure Centre with a very impressive public swimming pool with multiple pools and a big slide.

Arrive at The Calves Field and enjoy catered buffet dinner delivered to the door (Pre booking required, additional charges apply) . Kick back and relax with a bottle of wine and cosy wood fired stove.

Day 2:

Enjoy Water Sports for all the family at Lough Derg Water Sports. (Pre booking required). Then visit nearby Terryglass Village, feed the ducks and follow the Fairy Trail. Enjoy lunch / dinner at The Derg Inn in Terryglass Village, which includes a play area for the little ones.

Day 3:

Visit Portumna Forest Park with buggy friendly trails and a large picnic area. Next visit the recently refurbished Portumna Castle and Tearooms, followed by a not to be missed trip back in time to Famine Time Ireland at Portumna Workhouse Centre. Travel over the bridge and enjoy lunch / dinner at The Ferry Inn Bar.

Day 4:

Visit Bunratty Castle and Folk Park for a fun filled day of Medieval Mystery and Fairy Village Magic.

Next hit Funworld Bowling Alley and stop into the adjacent diner for some tasty treats. (Pre booking is a good idea)

Day 5:

Visit Birr Castle and Gardens with Irelands largest playground tree house, stunning gardens, a cute cafe and the great telescope with links to space discovery and scientific innovation.

Next visit The Stables Cafe / Shop for a bite and a little retail therapy.

Finally enjoy lunch / dinner at local Gastro Bar Kelly's Bar or Pizza at Cristiano's Pizzeria.

Day 6:

Visit the iconic Rock of Cashel and grab a tour.

Next on your way back stop in to Templemore Park and Fairy Trail including Playground and Pitch n Putt.

Then enjoy dinner at The Thatched Cottage outside Nenagh.

Day 7:

Visit Turoe Pet Farm with Inflatable City, Jungle Town and Indoor Sand Area. Enjoy a coffee and a treat in the cafe while the kids explore and play.

Enjoy dinner at Maggie May's restaurant in nearby Loughrea.

Day 8:

- Enjoy a leisurely stroll along the meandering country roads on the doorstep of The Calves Field. In summer months a walk down "The Calla" is a little explorers and nature lovers must.

- Checkout at 11am - late checkout available on request and when possible.

Note: Some activities may be limited due to Covid 19.

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