Top of the Rock Pod Pairc and walking centre can only be described as a little piece of Heaven. I think everyone (yes, I mean everyone) would benefit from a visit.
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We are are a family of four (myself, my husband and our two sons who are 2 & 3 years old) and afew weeks ago we were toying with the idea of going camping for a little summer holiday. A nice break away from the electronic every day luxuries and their associated pressures and stress. Our two main concerns were;
1) Rain. Lets face it, this is Ireland. Unless you are INCREDIBLY lucky, its going to rain at some stage over a planned weekend/weeks activity. It could be a long, cold two nights camping in a damp tent with two soggy toddlers. As a family, we are all on for getting out and about in whatever the weather, but its nice to be able to get warm and dry and have somewhere to put wet clothes, boots & raingear.
2) Sleeping & bathroom requirements. Our youngest is still in a cot, so we were going to have to bring our travel cot with us regardless, and our other son hasn't quite go the hang of night time potty training, so nocturnal potty trips would be on the cards.
With our concerns in mind, we took to the google machine and discovered 'Top of the Rock Pod Pairc and walking centre'. It looked so idyllic and the idea of the Pods were fantastic. They solved all of our camping concerns! So, off to Twitter I went, had a little tweet with David, the owner of the Pod Pairc, and, without much convincing, we were all booked up for our first 'glamping' experience.
|Hugh unpacks... LOL.|
We arrived on a Sunday afternoon (and as predicted- a full weather warning in effect. LOL) but it didn't matter to us as we had a gazillion changes of clothes and wet gear for the lads so were prepared for anything. We were warmly welcomed by Samuel and shown around the facilities before being left at our pod to get settled. First things first.
The place is SO safe. The whole site is fully fenced in and field areas have chickenwire/net fencing along the fences so the little ones cant do a runner. The gate is kept closed so there is no way out on to the road. With two speedy toddlers, this was a HUGE bonus and load off.
The pods really are LOVELY.
There are 7 pods in the Pod Pairc. 2 Luxury pods (Orchard & Celtic), 2 Family pods (Sheepfold & Wildfruits) and 3 Standard pods (Droimeann, Fuschia & Moscovy).
The Luxury pods look amazing. They have double beds, a toilet & wash hand basin, mini kitchen, dining table and pull out sofa bed. I'm not sure that you would even need to use the facilities on site if you stayed in one of these to be honest. LOL.
|The inside of our family pod, 'Wildfruits after we moved in. :)|
The Standard pods are the basic pod and equipped with two single fold up beds (You could fit kids in also and can get additional mattresses if you need)
|Pod Pairc owner, David giving the sheep |
snack with our son, Hugh.
|The lads enjoing looking at the Zwarble sheep.|
The facilities are AMAZING.
|The Pod Pairc building.|
|Rónan on his way into the kitchen.|
The Kitchen is VERY well equipped. You get your own cupboard filled with ware and cutlery for your stay. It has a little lock so that you can store your foodstuffs securely if you wish. Two cookers (one gas, one electric) ovens, sinks, kettles, Pots& pans, fridge & freezer and table & chairs. Upstairs there is a huge dining area so if someone else is cooking you can eat up there. Our lads had us up at the crack of dawn every day wanting to go see the animals so we never had company in the kitchen. LOL.
There is a Gamesroom off the kitchen with a pool table and table tennis table and off that is a laundry and drying room. (we didn't need to use any of these during our stay)
Outside? (where to begin...);
|Looking down towards the campfire area|
from one of the luxury pods.
There is a lovely fenced in section where the chickens and ducks wander or swim in their pond if they aren't snoozing in their 5 star stone luxury coop. Our lads loved watching them all while they played in the swing or slid down the slide in the lovely play area.
|One of the new calves arriving to the farm.|
For most people in todays day and age, forking out for holidays is a rare (if not impossible) thing. It's easily forgotten that we live in such a beautiful country and all of it within reasonable driving distance. Places like the Pod Pairc make holidays possible for everyone and anyone to have an amazing trip.
|Hugh and Rónan 'helping' David feed|
the Chickens and ducks.:)
Whether you are a walking group, a couple, a family or even a stressed out writer looking to get a bit of peace and quiet and inspiration to write, Top of the Rock has something for you.
Until next time,