About this listing
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......
Badgers Hill Chalet, warm and relaxing. Above, the sleeping loft, with a double mattress. Ground floor, futon sofa that open into double bed.
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.
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.....
Leave chalet as you find it.
No loud noise after midnight- wandering badgers exempt!
No parties, anti-social, threatening behaviour.
WiFi can be turned on or off, as desired by the guest.
We had a fantastic stay at Vivian and family's property. The chalet had more than enough space for us and our two travel cots and was a really comfortable temperature irrespective of the weather outside. The kitchen/dining/living and deck area also had everything we needed to self cater and lounge about. Our toddler was in awe of the animals on site and really delighted to have other kids to play with. Finally the pizza- home made dough fired up in a wood burning oven, delicious. We couldn't recommend this place enough-Vivian, Chris and family were lovely hosts who made us feel right at home during our stay.
Vivian and Chris made us feel very welcome once we arrived. They had little touches like milk and bread for us on arrival and made sure we had the answers to any questions. We all loved the lodge and the surroundings and found it extremely peaceful.
El trato de Chris y Vivían fue excelente, nos hicieron sentir como si fuera nuestra casa. Un lugar ideal para amantes de la naturaleza.
Vivian and Chris were amazing hosts. We had a little trouble trying to find the place, but they were very helpful and came meet us to guide us to their place. Very easygoing people, beautiful family and a great place to stay for a few days and relax. We recommend it!
This inspiring eco-chalet was even lovelier than described - a real treat after two weeks' camping! From the moment we arrived we were warmly welcomed by the hosts and their pets! There was tea, coffee, milk, yummy bread and butter provided - plus numerous touches which made it feel very homely. There's a cosy chalet with a choice of beds - one up a bookcase stepladder! - and a great kitchen with everything you need supplied. Then there's a verandah for sitting out on to enjoy the evening twilight, but most of all the peace was priceless. A place to dream and recuperate, this is a real haven which we hope to return to for longer next time. Worth hunting down!
Wir haben unseren Aufenthalt bei Vivian und Chris sehr genossen. Es ist eine sehr nette Familie. Unsere Kinder liebten es, mit den Hunden und den Welpen zu spielen. Besonders begeistert haben uns auch der Pizzaofen und die leckeren Pizzen. Die Hütte und die Küche wurden in liebevoller Handarbeit selbst gebaut. Für die Kinder gibt es außerdem ein Baumhaus, ein Trampolin und eine Seilrutsche im Wald. Wir empfehlen dieses Quartier weiter und hoffen auf ein Wiedersehen mit Familie Hayes!
The Cabins are in a wonderful secluded spot, looking out over a field with two donkeys, a horse and a giant trampoline my son especially enjoyed! The cabins are lovingly made, with one a sleeping and sitting room, the other a kitchen and seating area. Both have wood burning stoves to make everything extra cosy.
There is a great box of toys and books scattered about to poke your nose into. Everything is simply, sustainably & thoughtfully done and Chris and Vivian and their kids were wonderful, hospitable hosts and our son became firm friends with their two dogs. We had a blast.
About the Host, Vivian
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.