At the Nire Valley Eco Camp we have spent several years dreaming about building a quiet haven where people can come and enjoy the wonderful scenery and unspoilt countryside of West Waterford. So we set about creating something entirely new. Our cabins are a unique take on the traditional Irish bothán or bothy, but with all the comforts of home; well the really important ones anyway. But most importantly we wanted them to be as sustainable as possible, both in their design and build, and in their ongoing use, and for the environmental impact of the activities in the Eco camp to be negligible.
We wanted to blur the distinction between indoor and outdoor living. We have tried to retain some of the best bits of camping but with the comfort of knowing that, regardless of the weather, you won’t have to sleep in a puddle.
Our first priority was a comfortable bed, in a comfortable room, but in a meadow. Many glamping sites have shared toilets, showers or kitchens. We chose a different path. Each cabin has its own shower and flushing toilet ( no composting toilets or porta-potties) and its own off-grid solar power. A gas stove for the essential cup of tea or coffee is provided in the outside kitchenette on your private deck.
We also wanted people to have some privacy. We looked at many sites and were disappointed to see rows or clusters of pods, practically up on top of each other. Again, we decided to do it differently. We have five cabins spread around six acres of grassland.
This is our full-time job; we live on site and there is always someone here to assist you whatever needs may arise. We don’t quite offer a full concierge service but we are happy to make suggestions for activities, for dining, for sightseeing and for relaxation. We can assist with bookings and referrals.
So there it is. Our aim is to make your stay a stress free one. We are not so smug to think that we have thought of everything. If something is missing, all you have to do is ask.