By Bridie Smyth
Set in a secluded rural setting bordered by a row of 100 year old Scots pine trees in Leitrim, Co Down, Pine Tree Hollow Glamping encompasses all that is important to owner Bridie Smyth. Providing nature, heritage, wildlife, excellent local tourist facilities and the opportunity to spend quality time with family/ friends while staying somewhere a little bit different, Pine Tree Hollow Glamping is a perfect base for exploring the stunning Mourne/Slieve Croob area and livelier towns of Newcastle and Castlewellan.
Bridie and her late husband, Patrick first dreamed of opening their glamping site back in 2015 with work commencing in the summer of 2017 and the site opening in August 2018. Completion of the project has been a labour of love for the couple and their friends and family, now standing as a lasting legacy to Patrick who died in December 2018, after being diagnosed with cancer a few months earlier, midway through the building of the cabins.
Glamping isn’t for everyone but if you like the idea of camping and all that it brings- nature, wildlife, being outdoors, spending quality time with family/ friends….. but maybe not the idea of sleeping in a tent or even a wooden pod, then Pine Tree Hollow Glamping might be just what you’re looking for.
You can enjoy a comfortable nights sleep in one of our 3 unique cosy wooden glamping cabins, all with differing but unique styles, inside and out, giving our guests their own spacious outdoor area which includes their own outdoor kitchen, fire pit and picnic area. Communal areas (toilets/showers/tourist information/ outdoor games) overlook our paddocks which house our rare breed and traditional farm animals.
Our bespoke wooden 20ft wide yurt was designed by us and built from scratch by local carpenters. Modelled on a traditional Mongolian yurt but adapted to suit our needs and environment, it nestles perfectly in a quiet corner of our site. Enjoying stunning views over Slieve Croob, it sleeps 5 comfortably in a triple bunk and double bed, (with floor space for up to 2 camp beds on request).
The spacious Yurt houses a wood burning stove, a kettle, toaster and fridge aswell as all utensils. The Yurt’s private outdoor space has a fire pit with barbecue, an outdoor kitchen made from recycled wine bottles containing a sink and two gas rings and outdoor seating in the form of recycled wooden coils.
The Great Northern Railway passed close to our site until the mid50s so our replica “cattle wagon” has a traditional but cosy feel to it. The metal work on our wagon has been salvaged from various old carriages in the local area and from the Wagon, you can enjoy stunning views of both the Mournes and Slieve Croob.
Sleeping 5 comfortably in a triple bunk and a convertible sofa bed, the Wagon has a cosy wood burning stove and is equipped with a kettle, toaster and fridge aswell as all utensils. The private outdoor space at the Wagon contains a firepit with barbecue, a circular picnic bench and an outdoor kitchen with a Belfast sink and two gas rings.
Our modern but quirky over-sized beehive sleeps 5 comfortably in a triple bunk and a small double sofa bed, (with space for a further camp bed on request). It is equipped with all the utensils you will need aswell as a fridge, kettle, toaster and wood burning stove.
The Beehive’s private, outdoor space consists of an outdoor kitchen made from old wooden pallets with a sink with two gas rings and it’s own fire pit with barbecue and circular picnic bench.
For further details and online booking please see our website.
Many thanks, Bridie!
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