Teapot Lane Glamping
Europe Ireland Connacht Leitrim
Situated in the shadow of the towering Benbulbin seems a rather foreboding setting for a glampsite as delightfully quaint as Teapot Lane Glamping. But then again, experiencing a landscape bestowed with as much awe-inspiring eye candy as Ireland's north-west nook can leave visitors feeling, well... a little in need of more homely comforts to bring them back down to earth. And in this perfectly-appointed patch just outside Bundoran, glamping guests have the ideal base for enjoying the best of both worlds.
When delightful Ballyshannon girl Derval McGovern opened Teapot Lane back in 2010, the whole concept of glamping was an alien one to our cousins across the Irish Sea. But Derval's masterful cultivation of the site has seen her spread the glamping gospel far and wide; glossy magazine features; chic fashion shoots; even a feature on RTE's Nationwide, it's little wonder why Teapot Lane is winning plaudits.
The site's four latticed-wood, Mongolian style yurts lie in separate secluded spots around this quiet Tawley-based site. Three of them sleep up to four adults, while the larger Ladybird sleeps up to six. All are beautifully adorned in a shabby chic style with soft, comfy bedspreads, bunting, scatter cushions, and the obligatory wood-burning stove (it just wouldn't be a yurt without one) and ceiling wheel (toono) to let in the invigorating country air. The ravishing red retro caravan is the perfect romantic retreat for two, with cute Cath Kidstonesque interiors. The undoubted star of the show though is the enchanting treehouse. Raised nine feet above the woodland floor, this canopy cabin is the real deal. It sleeps up to three adults in its über-luxurious interior – the plushness of the beautifully-dressed bed, cushioned window seats, Pot Belly Stove, and kitchenette all offset with the tree itself sprouting through the decking – the height of sylvan splendour.
Teapot Lane is a hit with kids and adults alike. Mum and Dad can swing lazily in the hammocks while enjoying the artisan produce in the gourmet picnic baskets available, as the littl'uns let their imaginations run riot in the 'fairy garden' – think A Midsummer Night's Dream meets The Secret Garden. And when dusk descends, neither young or old need to be offered those marshmallows twice for toasting on the nightly campfires.
Despite your more-than-likely reluctance to leave Teapot Lane once settled in, the wonders of Ireland's west coast await beyond the campsite confines. The site is perfectly poised where Donegal, Leitrim and Sligo converge and lies upon the opening stretch of the much vaunted Wild Atlantic Way. There are five spectacular sandy beaches within easy reach of the site, perfect for long walks, horse trekking, and popular with Ireland's burgeoning surf community. There's innumerable lovely harbour towns boasting the kinds of quintessential Irish pubs whose antiquated hoardings exhorting 'Guinness is good for you' are justification enough for a pint or three of the national export. The region is also something of a gastro hotspot, renowned amongst other things for its sumptuous seafood. You can sample the best of it at Ethina's By the Sea – you can't miss its marine mural frontage, facing the harbour at Mullaghmore.
And then there's the aforementioned Benbulbin. The Darty Mountain range to which it belongs is the fabled Ireland of so many myths and legends – the Emerlad Isle's answer to Uluru has been the backdrop to more than its fair share of drama. The six mile Gleniff Horseshoe circular route offers some spectacular sweeping vistas. It's home to Ireland's highest cave said to be the final resting place of Ireland's very own Tristan and Isolde, lovestruck warrior Diarmuid and his runaway princess Gráinne. Were they around today, we're sure these beleagured lovers would have found more than suitable glamping sanctuary at Teapot Lane.
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