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Ringfort Experience, The Irish National Heritage Park, Ferrycarrig, Wexford, Ireland - Sleeps 6
No of Guests: 6
Visitors can avail of the chance to stay in a perfect replica of a 1,500 year old Irish ringfort, living as our ancestors did for a night or two.
We see it as particularly suited to families looking for something completely different, whether these are domestic visitors or overseas visitors, perhaps travelling by ferry, who could top off their holiday in Ireland with something unavailable anywhere else, and only 30 mins from the ferryport.
The ringfort is modelled on that of a middle-ranking member of the Gaelic nobility, in the newly Christianised Ireland of 1500 years ago.
It is surrounded by a strong oak palisade with a tall watch-tower.
Our guests will stay in the big house in the ringfort, which has stone walls · and a thatched roof, with a central hearth.
It sleeps 6 comfortably. Please state at the time of booking if you have more than 6 people in your party.
While the Park is open, the Ringfort remains open to all visitors, but access to the big house will be restricted - people can see in but only our guests have access to the interior.
At 6.30pm, all that changes: the Park closes and the ringfort occupants are left on site.
There is just one room in these houses, with the sleeping accommodation on platforms along the sides (one of which is a 'double' bed cubicle curtained for privacy and warmth) and one raised loft area.
Cooking is over an open fire outside the big house (but there is also a fridge hidden away inside at the back of the house to keep food fresh overnight).
When the time comes to move into the Ringfort, our guests will be given costumes from the period, as well as a full briefing on everything they need to know, from lighting the fire to looking after the animals (yes, there animals too, in season!- 2 Dexter Cows called Zeus &·April).
They have complete freedom to roam as they like, explore the woods, watch the wildlife and enjoy the views across Slaney Estuary.
For evening meal, our guests can either cook for themselves or we can arrange to have a cauldron of stew delivered, to be heated over the fire and eaten with homemade brown bread.
Guests are at liberty to bring their own wine and beer with them, or we can supply beer and mead of the period.
There will be plenty of fuel for the fire and full private wash facilities (inc shower) are just down the path.
The overnight rate for the ringfort is €400. This is a flat rate for up to six people.
It will sleep 6 comfortably.
'Check-in' will be after 2pm but visitors are welcome to come in earlier and take a guided tour of the whole Park with our compliments.
'Check-out' will be at 12.00 next day.
Evening meal can be arranged for €10 a head, to include hot dish and bread. Wine and beer at cost.
We can organise an Axe Throwing Experience using a double bit long handled Scandinavian throwing axe. You will receive instruction from our experienced staff
In the evening, we can arrange a private ‘Hawk Walk’ through the grounds of the Park, in the company of our falconer and one of his magnificent birds.
Guest will learn to fly the birds and have them land again on their arms.
Security deposit of €100 will be requested on arrival and this will be returned on your departure.
- Private Parking
- Cooking utensils
- Fridge with ice box
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