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StrawFest: Sunday 30th September at Rock Farm Slane

StrawFest: A Farm to Fork Festival promoting organic and local produce in conjunction with the Boyne Valley Food Series

We are looking forward to welcoming neighbours, friends and new visitors to Rock Farm Slane this Sunday coming.

At only €5 per car admission, you will be kept busy on the farm meeting our pigs, Dexters cattle, turkeys as well as visiting the veg patch, forest garden and our Glamping and strawbale buildings. We have horse and carriage rides, a strawbale climbing area and fun activities for all the family, as well as a Farmer’s Market in the Hay Barn with music and food on offer. Come try our organic Dexter burgers, pork sausages and our wood-fired pizza.

Doors open at 11am and we will launch our Change X Slane Community Orchard at 11.30am.

Book your ticket now online at: www.strawfest18.eventbrite.ie

Schedule of events

11am         Farmer’s Market with producers from the Slane Food Circle and wider Boyne Valley Flavours network

11am – 4pm Horse & cart rides with Ronan Clarke and his gorgeous draught horses around the farm and Glamping area (€5/adult, €2.50/child) tickets available here

11.30am  Launch of the ChangeX Slane Open Orchard – to sign up for the meet up please click here: Change X Open Orchard Slane project

12pm – 3pm Music from the talented young Mr Christopher McCafferty (on the piano) and local musicians from Slane (on the Hay Barn stage)

12pm to 4.30pm Organic Dexter Burgers, Organic hot dogs and Pizzas from the wood-fired oven 

  • Organic Dexter Burgers in large floury baps with mixed leaves from the organic garden and a range of condiments €8.50 each
  • Organic Pork Sausages as hot dogs with mixed leaves from the organic garden and a range of condiments €6.50 each
  • Wood-fired pizzas with a range of ingredients from our wood-fired clay oven. Choose your own ingredients and wait for a new taste sensation €10/pizza
  • Tea, Coffee, Hot Chocolate and minerals also for sale

12pm – 4pm Glamping tours – Visit our beautiful Glamping area and see what it’s like to stay in one of your yurts or shepherd huts. Check out the views of the infamous Slane Castle amphitheatre which will be hosting another concert in June 2019

Holly Yurt with views of Slane Castle

12pm        Meet and feed the Pigs – meet our outdoor organically reared sows, our Long White boar and their offspring as we explain how we ethically rear our pigs and our markets. We have lots of fallen apples and we’d love some volunteers to help feed them!

Outdoor reared organic pigs

12.30pm  Meet the Dexters – meet our native Irish cattle whose first record was made at Slane Castle in 1840. Learn about their hardy nature and how we keep them outdoors all year round.

Native Dexter cattle

1pm Meet the Turkeys & baby chicks! – come and meet the turkeys in the poultry area by the forest garden where our organic turkeys are reared on a mix of fallen fruit and herbs foraged in the Forest Garden

Organic Turkeys in Forest Garden at Rock Farm Slane

2pm Farm walk with Alex Conyngham (organic farmer and founder of Slane Irish Whiskey) Take a general tour of the organic farm and delve into barley growing for whiskey

                                                                  

3pm Five years on… a talk by Carina Conyngham on the challenges of running an eco-tourism business and how the eco-buildings are fairing after 5 years of wear and tear.

Rock Farm Slane – organic vegetables and farm

4pm Meet the Producers: meet our talented artisan producers like Hilda’s Jams, Boyne Valley Blue Cheese, Cockagee cider, Des Crinion cheese etc. and hear their story. Samples available and Q&A session after each speaker.

Special Offers for next week at Rock Farm Slane

Special Offers for next week at Rock Farm Slane

Late Deals from Rock Farm Slane

Looking to plan a last minute getaway or book a package with us?  You can save up to 20% on a midweek stay

Check out our Special Offers Page here to book your stay.

Prices start from just €96 for two people sharing one of our luxury yurts for two nights next week

What do we do when we get there?

Apart from all the wonders of the Boyne Valley and the new Ireland’s Ancient East, which are right on our doorstep with Bru Na Boinne (Newgrange) only 6km down the road and easily reachable on one of our electric bikes,  there are also lots of activities on the farm to keep you busy with hiking and farm tours including as part of your stay.

Why not make your stay truly memorable and book in for one of our activities – these include:

Tree Climbing

 

 

 

 

 

Self Guided Electric Bike Tours at Rock Farm Slane

Kayaking & Rafting are also available please see our Activities Page for more details.

We look forward to welcoming you to Rock Farm Slane soon!

 

Rock Farm Slane on film

Rock Farm Slane on film

Check out our new video footage taken by Big O Media – hold on tight as you take a birds eye flight around our luxury glamping site here at Rock Farm Slane, Co Meath, the heart of the Boyne Valley.

Spooky Family Packages for Halloween

Spooky Family Packages for Halloween

Do something spooky this Halloween at Rock Farm Slane

Rock Farm Slane is located in the home of Halloween – County Meath.  As part of our seasonal celebration and school holidays we are delighted to offer family accommodation packages that include onsite workshops, local tours and family tickets to local attractions.

Family fun this Halloween Season at Rock Farm Slane

Family fun this Halloween Season at Rock Farm Slane

STAY  – in a luxury yurt on the campsite or take a bedroom in our new strawbale guesthouse the Limehouse

LEARN – workshops available for children during their stay hosted by a Rock Farm rep

EXPLORE – take a woodland trail and discover the beauty and history of the local area. Electric Bikes available (over 16yrs only), kiddie trailers (up to 6 years of age) and ride on attachments (up to 8yrs)

SCREAM – We can assist you with tickets to visit local Halloween Theme parks at Tayto Park and Pooka Spooka @ Causey Farm

About Halloween in Co Meath

Hill of Ward (Tlachtga), County Meath – The Birthplace of Halloween

Samhain, the ancient Celtic Festival that we now call Halloween, originated here in Co. Meath more than 2,000 years ago. Samhain marks the end of the old Celtic Year and the beginning of the New Year. The Celts believed that this was a time of transition, when the veil between our world and the next came down, and the spirits of all who had died since the last Oíche Shamhna (Night of Samhain) moved on to the next life.

One of the main spiritual centres of the ancient Celts was located on top of the hill of Tlachtga, now called the Hill of Ward, near Athboy, Co. Meath. The druids felt that this world and the otherworld were closest at Tlachtga and it was here that the festival of Samhain, or Halloween, was started. The old year’s fires were extinguished and, after sunset, the ceremonial New Year Samhain fire was lit here. Torches were lit from this sacred fire and carried to seven other hills around the county including Tara and Loughcrew, and then on to light up the whole countryside.

Today, the old Celtic ceremony at Tlachtga has been revived and we mix the ancient past and the twenty-first century with a re-enactment of the Celtic celebration starting with a torchlit procession from the Fair Green in Athboy, Co. Meath to the top of the Hill of Tlachtga, at 7.30pm on October 31st each year.

Food, Film & Music Festival at Rock Farm Slane

Food, Film & Music Festival at Rock Farm Slane

The Straw Festival – Food, Film & Music Fest at Rock Farm Slane

The Straw Festival is an Autumn celebration of artisan and organic food as part of the Boyne Valley Food Series. It is also part of a tradition of celebrating the bounty around the time of the Autumn Equinox at Rock Farm, in previous years, when we’ve had plenty of produce.

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FARMER’S MARKET & FARM TOURS 

This year we are focussing on the combined talents of the local producers from the Slane Food Circle as well as other Boyne Valley Food Series producers:

(12pm to 5pm) Farmer’s Market with hot food, teas and coffees around the Strawbale Farm Office

(12pm to 4.30pm) Pop-up Pizza Restaurant – fresh homemade pizzas in our 2 wood-fired clay pizza ovens. Choose your own ingredients and wait for a new taste sensation €10/pizza.

(2pm) Organic Farm Walk hosted by Alex Mount Charles (Slane Castle Whiskey Distillery)

(12pm – 4pm) Tours of our Gold-certified Ecotourism Glamping overlooking Slane Castle and our new Strawbale Eco-Guesthouse (the Lime House) by Carina Mount Charles and her Rock Farm team.

FOOD FILMS in the STRAW BARN

(4pm – 7pm) Guth Gafa Film Festival will be showing some fabulous Food Documentary Films in our barn from which will be thought-provoking for #foodies #producers and the like. We will leave time between each film to allow for open discussion of the key themes.

Tickets will be sold separately for this event, please see below. €5/person/film or €8 for 2 films.

THE LONG TABLE FEAST

(7pm – 11pm) No food event should be without its feast. This unique dining experience will be held in our new strawbuild the Lime House. This is an opportunity to break bread with friends old and new and share in the abundance of the harvest. Please bring a sharing plate of your own produce or invention to share at the table and in exchange you will get to sample the best of our local produce.

We will finish the evening with a campfire and an acoustic session in the Pit beside the Lime House from the Wednesday Gang from Boyle’s Pub in Slane (http://boylesofslane.com).

Tickets will be sold separately for this event which begins at 7pm. Please see below

HOW TO BOOK

Follow our Eventbrite link here for more details on how to book

Rock Farm Slane win TripAdvisor Excellence Award 2015

Rock Farm Slane win TripAdvisor Excellence Award 2015

Rock Farm Slane today announced that it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award. Now in its fifth year, the award celebrates excellence in hospitality and is given only to establishments that consistently achieve great reviews on TripAdvisor. Certificate of Excellence winners include accommodations, eateries and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a superior customer experience.

 

When selecting Certificate of Excellence winners, TripAdvisor uses a proprietary algorithm to determine the honourees that takes into account the quality, quantity and recency of reviews and opinions submitted by travellers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period as well as business’s tenure and ranking on the Popularity Index on the site.  To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.

 

“Winning the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence is a true source of pride for the entire team at Rock Farm Slane and we’d like to thank all of our past guests who took the time to complete a review on TripAdvisor,” said Carina Mount Charles, Owner at Rock Farm Slane. “There is no greater seal of approval than being recognised by one’s customers. With the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence based on customer reviews, the accolade is a remarkable vote of confidence to our business and our continued commitment to excellence.”

 

“TripAdvisor is pleased to honour exceptional hospitality businesses that have received consistent praise and recognition by travellers on the site,” said Marc Charron President, TripAdvisor for Business. “By putting a spotlight on businesses that are focused on delivering great service to customers, TripAdvisor not only helps drive increasing hospitality standards around the world, it also gives businesses both large and small the ability to shine and stand out from the competition.”

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About TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor® is the world’s largest travel site*, enabling travelers to plan and book the perfect trip. TripAdvisor offers trusted advice from travelers and a wide variety of travel choices and planning features with seamless links to booking tools that check hundreds of websites to find the best hotel prices. TripAdvisor branded sites make up the largest travel community in the world, reaching 340 million unique monthly visitors**, and more than 225 million reviews and opinions covering more than 4.9 million accommodations, restaurants and attractions. The sites operate in 45 countries worldwide. TripAdvisor also includes TripAdvisor for Business, a dedicated division that provides the tourism industry access to millions of monthly TripAdvisor visitors.

TripAdvisor, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRIP) manages and operates websites under 24 other travel media brands: www.airfarewatchdog.com, www.bookingbuddy.com, www.cruisecritic.com, www.everytrail.com, www.familyvacationcritic.com, www.flipkey.com, www.thefork.com (including www.lafourchette.com, www.eltenedor.com, www.iens.nl and www.besttables.com), www.gateguru.com, www.holidaylettings.co.uk, www.holidaywatchdog.com, www.independenttraveler.com, www.jetsetter.com, www.niumba.com, www.onetime.com, www.oyster.com, www.seatguru.com, www.smartertravel.com, www.tingo.com, www.travelpod.com, www.tripbod.com, www.vacationhomerentals.com, www.viator.com, www.virtualtourist.com, and www.kuxun.cn.

*Source: comScore Media Metrix for TripAdvisor Sites, worldwide, December 2014

 

**Source: Google Analytics, average monthly unique users, Q1 2015

 

Carina Mount Charles, Owner

Rock Farm Ecotourism Limited

Tel: + 353 (0)41 988 4861

 

Come to our Wedding Event April 2015

Credit Chris Hudson photographer (3)

Great locations for wedding shoots

We are delighted to announce details of our upcoming Wedding Event here at Rock Farm Slane on Sunday 12th April.

We offer an alternative style wedding in the beautiful surroundings on Rock Farm, Slane, Co. Meath. Our wedding venue has amazing views of Slane Castle and the unspoilt countryside. We offer a stunning setting for you to celebrate your special day. We are able to cater for a small intimate gathering or a huge wedding.

Wedding venue with beautiful view of Slane Castle

Wedding venue with beautiful view of Slane Castle

At the wedding show case you can avail of ‘one to one time’ with the venue owner Carina Mount Charles. The event also offers couple a great opportunity to take a look around the venue and luxury glamping accommodation and guesthouse on offer here at Rock Farm Slane.

Please note that this is a prebook event and viewing are by appointment only.

Bride and Groom enjoying a moment by the camp fire

Bride and Groom enjoying a moment by the camp fire

To book your appointment with our Event Planner, please click on the link below. Should you require anymore information please contact Rock Farm on (041) 9884861. Places are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment. http://bit.ly/1DN2PZS

Wedding party entering their beautiful reception

Wedding party entering their beautiful reception

Wedding marquee glowing in the clear night sky

Wedding marquee glowing in the clear night sky

 

 

 

 

 

 

Foo Fighters Concert Accommodation

Foo Fighters Concert Accommodation

So following the announcement last week that the Foo Fighters will be headlining for Slane Castle‘s May 2015 concert Rock Farm are pleased to advise that we will once again be offering luxury concert glamping accommodation for the gig.

Inside a Rock Farm Slane Yurt, Rock Farm Slane

Fully furnished, luxury yurt at Rock Farm Slane

Stay like a Rock star and be close to the action at Rock Farm Slane

Staying in luxury yurts, cosy shepherd huts, strawbale guest room accommodation in the Limehouse or away from the crowd in the Swallow’s Nest studio we’ll get you closer to the action during your stay.  Our campsite is only 10mins walk from the Dublin entrance (Gothic Gates) and with parking included in the rate you can arrive in good time, park up, unpack and chill out before the boys hit the big stage.

Party like a rock stay

Making memories at Rock Farm Slane

Rock Farm Slane have been offering luxury concert accommodation for Slane Concerts since launching back in June 2013. Starting with the Bon Jovi concert in June quickly followed by the lyrical master himself Eminem arriving in the Boyne Valley back in August 2013 we have extended our accommodation offering for 2015 concerts with the addition of our Eco Guesthouse the Limehouse and bell tent villages.

Located 10mins walk from Slane Castle's Dublin Entrance (Gothic Gates)

Located 10mins walk from Slane Castle’s Dublin Entrance (Gothic Gates)

To book your stay or for more information about our luxury concert accommodation package check out our Concert Accommodation page here or call us on +353 (0) 41 988 4861

Rock Farm from the Sky

We were excited when a guest staying at Rock Farm last month told us they were into Drone photography and offered to provide us with some aerial shots! Check out the results some stunning aerial images showing the glamping site, strawbale development The Eco Guesthouse and Swallows Nest. Credits: Noel Meehan

Credit: Noel Meehan Aerial Photography

Flying over the Rock Farm Slane development Oct 2014

Credit: Noel Meehan Aerial Photography

Take a different look at Rock Farm Slane

Credit: Noel Meehan Aerial Photography

Farm office from the Sky – Oct 2014

Credit: Noel Meehan Aerial Photography Oct 2014

Bird’s Eye View – Sweeping in over the Swallow’s Nest

Credit: Noel Meehan Aerial Photography

The beautiful yurt roof tops visible with the mighty Slane Castle visible on the right of the image

 

Nobles of the Wood

Nobles of the Wood

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There is a beautiful small quirky, slightly gnarled tree sitting in the middle of a magical grove of trees, on the Slopes at Rock Farm Slane, where our Glamping is situated. This tree has always struck me as a Fairy Tree and we have been decorating with the occasional ribbon ever since we first set up camp there last year. It is most likely to be a Blackthorn or a Wishing Thorn, as it is sometimes known in Ireland, (Draighean – Irish; Prunus spinosa – Latin). So it seems appropriate that we decided to tie our ribbons, make a wish for great things to happen on this beautiful piece of land above the River Boyne. It has also become the logo for Rock Farm Slane.

I have always been awe-inspired by trees, right from when I was a small child scrambling up whippy ash trees at the bottom of the garden to my current status as an obsessed farmer planting as many native species as I can each year. So I was overjoyed to read about the Bretha Comaithchesa or Judgements of Neighbour, whose written records date back to the 8th Century AD and form part of the Brehon Laws of medieval Ireland. These judgements categorize and protect a series of 28 native trees the “Chieftains” of which are offered the greatest protection of all, with punishments equivalent to that of causing harm to a chieftain. If only such veneration had been made of these noble native trees in the interim years before we all became more ecologically minded and sensitive to the fantastic presence of the few trees that remain steadfastly around us.

We chose the first seven Airig Fedo, The Cheiftan Trees or ‘Nobles of the Wood’ as the names for one of each of our seven yurts and shepherds huts, as a mark of respect to the old ways and as a promise to the future to revive this ancient tradition of conservation. Thus 5% of the profits generated from this new ecotourism enterprise will also be invested into restoring these great nobles to this wonderful site. We have some of the whips heeled in and ready for planting in the next couple of weeks around each designated unit and we look forward to sharing their progress.

However what has been most elating is the fact that the Blackthorn was also sometimes considered to be a chieftain tree. So the gnarly old tree that survived the alterations to the surrounding landscape by the Georgian designers of the Slane Castle estate in 18th Century, as well as their penchant for imports of horse chestnut and sycamore, was in fact a chieftain in disguise. Now that’s a reason for having it as our emblem.

Below is a short summary of the Seven Nobles and the importance in Old Ireland:

  1. Daur – Oak
  2. Coll – Hazel
  3. Cuilenn – Holly
  4. Ibar – Yew
  5. Uinnius – Ash
  6. Ochtach – Scots Pine
  7. Aball – Wild Apple

As you’ll see from our Book Now now page for the Yurts and Shepherd’s Huts we have named all of them after each of the 7 noble trees and we have planted a selection of each of the trees around or near (in the case of the Yew trees) the yurts and huts so that over time the existing grove will be replaced by a grove of native trees. We hope this to be one of the many positive actions this eco glamping offering brings to this beautiful sloping field at Rock Farm.