Badgers Hill Low-Impact Chalet

Chalet - Entire home/apt · The Brow, Wexford, Wexford, Ireland
Vivian

Unique low impact chalet and charming purpose built kitchen and dining space on an old traditional small farm in rural County Wexford. 14 acres with regenerating woodland, stream, pond, woven willow hut, farm animals and wandering badgers......

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Unique low impact chalet and charming purpose built kitchen and dining space on an old traditional small farm in rural County Wexford. 14 acres with regenerating woodland, stream, pond, woven willow hut, farm animals and wandering badgers......

The Space

We are offering our lovingly built cabin in the tranquil countryside of Ireland's sunny southeast. New in 2014- we have just added a purpose built kitchen! Our place is an ongoing work. It encompasses a private, small, warm and bright chalet and separate new kitchen in the middle of a family run 14 acre working smallholding. The chalet is 32 sq metres and has a purpose-built sleeping loft with a double mattress (look closely at the photos and you will see the bed up the ladder in the loft). There is also a double futon sofa, that can be used on the ground floor as a second bed for families or groups. If you have larger groups, please inquire as we have other sleeping options. The space is heated by a woodburning stove, firewood provided! The chalet is often used by the owner as a yoga studio, classes can be requested when you book in. It was built over a two year period and many of the materials were recycled or sourced by the owner through his forestry work. Wifi is available in the chalet, or if your prefer it can be turned off.
We have just added a new complete kitchen- see updated photos! There is a new five ring gas hob, under counter fridge, beautiful hand made beech counter and with 18m2 of space there is lots of time and space for enjoying the peace of the countryside.
We provide clean bed linen and towels for all the beds/guests.
There is a private dry compost toilet alongside the chalet and shower use is available in the main house. We are very conscious about keeping the space immaculate, so that the integrity of the building can be appreciated.
The smallholding is very secluded, approx. 3km from the main road and only 7km from artistic Wexford Town. The chalet is tucked into a secluded, private place on the land, near our old apple orchard and wood store.

We are a working smallholding and keep geese, chickens, and a donkey. We have established a new large orchard and a regenerating woodland. Our place is far from the road so it is very safe for children. We have a tree house, swingset and there is a small stream, for relaxing, paddling fun. Beautiful long walks and bike rides from your doorstep. There are also many easy, enjoyable walks to take with children. It is a perfect space for people who desire a quiet place to work, think or meditate. There is an abundance of wild birds and wildlife and often a fox, badger or heron can be spotted.
The main house is located 20 metres from the chalet, down the lane. We are only 20km from Rosslare Europort. 15km to nearest beach, Curracloe. Many other beautiful beaches not much further down the Wexford coast. 2km to a beautiful walk along the Slaney river. There is a small dock along the river, and kayaking/canoeing is a popular activity.
Meals can be provided by an experienced cook prepared from home reared meat and other local produce. We bake sourdough bread in a wood fired clay oven, orders taken! Likewise our pizza's are a treat and make for an ideal summer meal with fresh salad. Pizza firings can be arranged.
Wexford is the home of the Wexford Opera Festival on the 23rd of October to the 3rd of Novermber. wexfordopera
Wexford comes into full swing during the festival, so book your stay early.
There is also a fringe festival at the same time. wexfordfringe
Wexford also has a vibrant arts centre for performances and classes. wexfordartscentre
Wexford is packed with all types of interesting places to visit; from the wild and beautiful Hook Peninsula to the Irish National Heritage Park (just down the road from us). Wexford has many delightful restaurants, and we are quite choosy! from Thai to Italian... Wexford is a slow food town.
the website for Wexford tourism is visitwexford
Loads of activities for children... horseriding, surfing, a great public swimming pool, along with all the great beaches, 10 screen cinema, bowling alley and huge indoor play centre with climbing frames, video arcade, pool tables and cafe. so rain or shine... everyone can be happy.
Wexford is a 3 hour train journey from Dublin, the route is down the east coast, with beautiful views the entire way. Or 2.5 hours on the bus. Glendalough is 2 hours by public transport, less by car. Cork is 2.5 hours. Kilkenny 45 minutes. Waterford 45 minutes. Both train and bus have a very flexible schedule with many busses and trains returning daily and can leave you in a multitude of places in Dublin or anywhere along the way.
We think our home and area are very special and love to welcome people here.

Guest Access

We live on 14 acres of land and guests are free to roam and explore the small regenerating woodland, the new orchard, a stream, feed the geese from the woven willow hut by the pond..........

Interaction with Guests

We are always here to welcome the guests and are usually around to give them great tips about local secret spots or update them on local events.....

Room type: Entire home/apt
Accommodates: 6
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 0.5
Beds: 2
Extra people: $10 / night after 2 guests
Weekly Price: $420 /week
Monthly Price: $1401 /month
Check In: 2:00 PM
Check Out: 1:00 PM
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Cancellation: Moderate
Pet Owner: Dog(s), Cat(s), and Other pet(s)
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  • This was a really special place, very memorable and fun. The hosts were incredibly friendly and made us feel like friends. It was a wonderful Irish welcome. I was worried about the compost toilet, but it was fine. The farm animals and dogs were a delight and there was much to do in the surrounding area. We would definitely stay at Badgers Hill again.

    July 2014
  • Badgers hill is great ! It's half an hour from rosslare harbour and in beautiful country side. We had a warm welcome from Vivian and her husband chris. The climb to the bed to sleep was an exciting adventure. We were assured that if we wanted the bed down from the mezzanine onto the floor then they were happy to do it but we wanted to sleep high up.
    The atmosphere in the little farm is relaxed and happy. We shared pizzas with the family , friends and the young man who was a worker on an organic farm (a woofa ). These were made in the homemade oven. We ALL wanted the first pizza but we're too polite to say. Vivian made my husband Jim a gluten free pizza base and we watched while chris put Jim's favourite toppings on. We all watched while it cooked in a couple of minutes and Vivian awaited the verdict. Yes ! Is was delicious (as were mine of course ) we were given a supply of coffee and bread for the morning and scurried down to rosslare for the 9 am ferry. We want to go back , but next time with our 4 year old grandson so he can join in the fun

    June 2014
  • Vivian is a super host, she was generous with her time, cooked us a great supper and showed us around the homestead telling us all sorts of interesting stories about the land and the animals and life on the mini-farm. The chalet itself is a beautiful timber construction, spick and span, comfortable, light and surprisingly warm. The location is wonderful. Homemade bread and jams at breakfast were delicious. Lovely family.

    June 2014
  • Badgers Hill is a truly special and holistic experience, a little piece of secluded heaven where you can relax and forget about the outside world. Vivian Hayes as well as being an expert yoga teacher treats you to homemade bread and a warm smile when you arrive, her family is incredibly welcoming.

    If you have kids then you'll love their menagerie of animals including ponies, ducks, chickens and a donkey. Her delightful children lent my baby a lovely wooden activity gym and played with him to give me some time off which was fantastic!

    We were only there a short stay but I long to go back for a much longer holiday, the countryside looks perfect for long walks and lazy picnics.

    The farm is a short 25 min drive from the ferry terminal. Perfect for the beginning or end stop off if you are doing a longer tour of Ireland. It took us 3 hours to drive from Cork.

    The facilities are great, there’s a fun sleeping platform which you need to be pretty agile to climb up to but really snug once up there. There’s also a comfy futon and plenty of room for a couple of travel cots.

    There is a beautiful stove in the middle of the cabin, which we didn’t need as it was so mild, if you are travelling with little kids you may want to bring something to put round it if it’s on.

    The separate kitchen cabin is decorated with fun and informative maps old OS maps of the area and there are plenty of great books to read and table football for rainy days. The kitchen has everything you might need, although there is only cold water so you need to boil the kettle to wash up which isn’t a big deal at all, also no oven but if you know that in advance you can plan your meals appropriately.

    The only thing I would warn about is the outside composting toilet, all well and good in great weather but I’d bring your rain coat for a potential down pour of rain, you do have use of facilities in Vivian’s beautiful cottage so a 2 second sprint takes you to showers and toilet inside.

    I can’t recommend this place enough, if you’re looking for a break far away from hectic everyday life then this is the place for you!

    Thanks a million Badgers Hill, hope to see you again soon, give Meg and Cal (dogs) a big cuddle from us!

    Emma, Joe & Huxley x

    June 2014
  • Stayed two nights at this beautiful chalet with my boyfriend and we had a great time. An ideal setting for a relaxing break, away from everything, but still only a short drive to Wexford town. The chalet was a very comfortable space, beautifully designed. We really liked the decking area outside and the big kitchen was very convenient - the fuse ball table was a nice touch. Vivian is a lovely, warm person, full of helpful tips and knowledge about the area. The family were a pleasure to meet, as were the two amazing dogs! Hopefully we'll be back soon.

    June 2014
  • A lovely family farm and very beautifully built accommodation. We unfortunately only had one night here so didn't have much time to explore but we felt very welcome and extremely cosy with the fire lighting. We had two babies with us. Our toddler loved the space in the chalet and the animals. As a toddler it would be hard for him to move between the chalet and kitchen as the deck joining them is still to be finished but it wasn't an issue for us as we were only there for the one night. And if he was a bit bigger he'd love making his way up and down the steps. We definitely want to get back for another stay.

    May 2014
  • Our stay with Vivian whereas cut short, was very enjoyable, with a warm welcome provided and a somewhat unique setting in the low impact chalet.
    The property is indeed a work in progress, and will benefit from some more home comforts, but it's a unique experience, and we would recommend it!

    May 2014
  • Stayed with charming Vivian, DIY-Chris and their lovely kids and thoroughly enjoyed our stay! This is a really special place to stay at, it all feels very peaceful and happy and it's very interesting to see that this family enjoys a very different lifestyle. Had a great chat over coffee (thanks!) and burnt a glove (sorry), Mo could even borrow the steaming dragon (thanks!) and we had Easter breakfast in the newly installed kitchen cabin (great!). Hope to see you some time again!

    April 2014
  • Where to start! Beautiful experience, lovely accommodation and very tranquil surroundings.
    Vivian Chris and kids are very friendly relaxed hosts. Two adorable dogs will greet you on arrival and then of course the donkey.
    So nice to wake up naturally to the sounds of a farm and not a noisy Hotel room.
    Great place for getting away and having some peaceful relaxing time to yourself!
    Can't wait to go back to this lil Gem!

    March 2014
  • great place, very friendly hosts, shame the weather stopped us from making the most of it :)

    October 2013
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A busy mother of four who bakes sourdough bread, teaches yoga and loves the Irish spring. We are an adventurous family who have lived in the United States and Spain and traveled many other places. Our best holidays are ones we have shared with local families. Our home is special and feels like another world. There is always someone playing music, walking in the garden or enjoying a quiet spot among the trees.
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