Ireland / Bodyke
Large Wooden Eco Home
Wake up to fantastic views, shower in one of two huge shower rooms, breakfast out on the large decking leading from the kitchen, then lounge on the sun loungers and listen to birdsong. Then take a walk or cycle around lovely lanes, take a picnic out onto your own private fields and check out our little stream. Visit the sheep, horses and chickens.
Then perhaps a cycle ride on our bikes, or a kayak trip on the lake in our kayaks, which can be used on lake, river or sea. If you fancy a night in, get all the family involved in creating a lovely meal in our spacious, easy-to-work-in kitchen. Then maybe a jacuzzi bath, followed by a lie-down on the huge deep sofas, watch the sunset through the floor-to-ceiling windows, and maybe the lambs too, playing in the fields. If it is between November and March and below 10 degrees outside you may want to light the stove, but we hardly ever use it: even on frosty days, the house heats up with warmth of the sun! Cruise the Internet (broadband available). Bedtime: The adults retire to a king size, 2-metre-wide handmade wooden bed, and the children are already worn out from lots of fresh country air!
Where we want to go:
Anywhere beautiful! We love to be near the sea in the summer. We also would like to experience somewhere snowy, so contact us if you have somewhere in the mountains free next Christmas break, or in February 2009. May also be interested in short breaks in cities, e g Paris, Barcelona. We sometimes need a place to stay in Northumberland at Christmas, and South Devon in Summer. We are open to swaps any time in the school holidays, or occasional weekend trips to cities would be possible anytime.
WE WOULD LOVE TO DO A LONG-TERM EXCHANGE ALSO, MAYBE A YEAR IN FRANCE???!!!
Details of our home:
Swimming Pool. Countryside. No neighbours.
Air conditioning: Yes.
From our house we can only see one other house, and that is 300 m metres away! All our neighbours are very friendly and helpful. You are bound to meet someone when out exploring the quiet country lanes, by foot, bike or horse: we do all of these. An hour up the hill will take you to a planted forest with lovely views of a lake.
A 5-minute drive or a 15-minute bike ride will bring you to Lough Derg, the second-biggest lake in Ireland, 20 miles long, famous for fishing and water sports. There is also a water sports activity centre 15 minutes' drive away. A short 5-minute drive will bring you to lively town of Scarriff, where you will often find traditional live music. There are regular showings of art house films and a monthly SAMS (sharing music and song session). Also a monthly world dance night, which is great fun! In August there is a harbour festival in Scarriff, and a traditional music festival in nearby Feakle village. A 5-minute drive or 20-minute bike ride will bring you to Raheen Woods, with many lovely walks in some very old woodland: one tree, the Brian Boru oak, is said to be the oldest in Ireland. Killaloe is 20 minutes' drive away: it is a very picturesque town, with a river running through it. Sit in Molly's and eat a famous pizza whilst watching the view of river and lake, and the sunset over the hills. On a Sunday you will find a market here, selling wonderful local produce. Beautiful Atlantic beaches 1 hour's drive away, and the Burren, with spectacular scenery, 1Â½ hours away.
We, Dave and Erica, are in our thirties and have lived in Ireland for 10 years. We are originally from the UK, Dave from Newcastle, and Erica from Birmingham. We lived in Lancaster, near the Lake District, for 8 years, where Erica completed a degree in French Studies and Dave a degree in Biological Science.
We moved to Ireland to send our children to the local Steiner school and renovate/rebuild a cottage, which involved spending 3 years in a caravan with small children! Then we bought our land and designed our house and had this one built by others! We are planning another eco house on one of our fields, then we may stop building! Dave is an environmental consultant who enjoys sheep farming, snorkeling, kayaking, cycling, gardening, singing and playing football. Erica loves horse riding on her horse Chelsea, swimming in the sea and travelling! Eva is 15 and loves drama and cooking. Lily is 13 and likes hip hop dancing and swimming. Ishka is 9 and loves knitting and playing with her animals. We did our first home exchanges in the summer of 2007 - we spent five weeks in France in two houses and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. We have done several swaps since. We are keen to visit anywhere in the world - surprise us!
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|Property||Rural Farm House|
|Sleeps||7 (5 Bedrooms)|
|Airport||Shannon (30 km)|
When & Where
|Dates not specified|
|Travellers||5 (2 Adults, 3 Children)|
|Languages||French / English|
|Occupation||Homeworker / Environmental consultant|