FAQ Meadow Under the Stars
Q: Are you open all year round?
A: Our Meadow glampsite season runs from 1st April to 30th September.
Q: Are you following Covid Safety guidelines?
Yes. Glamping Under The Stars is approved under the Failte Ireland Covid Safety Charter Scheme. We adhere to the strict training & cleaning protocols of the scheme, and are subject to spot checks from Failte Ireland.
Q: Can I social distance while I glamp with you?
A: Yes. We provide private bathrooms for each accommodation, a picnic table, and a chimnea (outdoor stove) for toasting marshmallows – so you’ll enjoy the glamping experience but can stay socially distanced if you wish to.
Please note, all bathrooms on the Meadow glampsite are separate from the accommodations. They are located a short distance (approx 20m -50m depending which accommodation you choose) from the accommodations, at the entrance to the glampsite.
Q: Do you have BBQ facilities on the Meadow glampsite?
A: Yes, there are two large BBQs onsite. BBQs are gas powered, and gas is provided.
BBQs are located to the front and rear of the Glamp House kitchen.
Q: Is there a fridge?
A: Yes. There is a fridge/freezer and an undercounter fridge in the Meadow Glamp House for shared use.
Q: What are the cooking facilities like in The Meadow Glamp House?
A: The Glamp House is open for shared use. Please be considerate towards other guests while using the kitchen.
There is crockery, cutlery, cooking pans & utensils in the Glamp House,
There are kettles & a toaster.
There are gas hobs here for guests to use.
There is a fridge/freezer and undercounter fridge for shared use.
There are two large gas BBQs outside the kitchen area.
*Please note, we do not have a conventional oven in the kitchen.
Q: Do we need to bring sleeping bags?
A: Duvets, pillows, & fresh linen are provided.
You are welcome to bring your own additional bedding if you wish.
Q: Do we need to bring towels?
A: Yes. Please bring your own towels & toiletries for using showers & baths.
Q: What are the bathroom facilities like?
A: We offer proper, ‘hotel-style’ bathrooms & flushing loos.
*Please note, all bathrooms on the Meadow glampsite are close to, but separate from the accommodations.
Q: Are the bathrooms inside the accommodation?
A: No. There are six bathrooms on the Meadow glampsite. These are located close to, but separate from your accommodation. See our Map for where the bathrooms are in relation to the accommodation. (Not far!).
Q: Is there electricity?
A: Yes. All accommodation (tents included) has low voltage electricity, with two electric lamps and two spare sockets in each unit. The sockets are suitable for charging mobile phones, etc.
*Please note, plugging in high voltage equipment can trip out the electricity in the Meadow site!
There are also electric sockets in The Glamp House kitchen/dining area.
Q: Is there heating?
There are wood burning stoves in the Lodges & Shepherd’s Hut. These are well insulated wooden structures that retain the heat well, even on cooler nights.
There are small electric heaters in the bell tents. However, please bear in mind, these are canvas tents, which cannot hold the heat in the same way as a solid structure. While most guests find the bell tents pleasant to sleep in during the summer months, we do recommend that guests bring warm clothing and realistic expectations if they are booking a canvas tent during cooler periods.
Q: Is breakfast included?
A: No. All accommodation is self-catering.
Our quirky Glamp House offers a well-equipped communal kitchen.
Q: Can I get food delivered?
A: Yes. There are a number of local takeaways that will deliver out to the glampsite for your convenience. We will email you a list when you book, and there will be details on the site when you arrive too.
Q: Can I bring my pet?
A: No. Sorry! We have a no pets policy.
Q: What time is check in?
A: Check in is between 4pm and 8.00pm. Please let us know if you plan to arrive later and we will do our best to accommodate you.
Q: What time is check out?
A: Check out is 10am.
Q: Is there a 24 hour reception?
A: No. Glamping Under The Stars is self-catering accommodation. We do live onsite, but, much as we love talking to guests, we also have a young family, and cannot be available 24/7. If you need something urgently, call or text Kyra on 0860651485 between 9am and 8pm, and we will assist you as soon as possible.
Q: Why do Adult Groups have to book out the whole glampsite?
A: This is because our glampsite is very family friendly. We find that families are generally looking for a quiet, relaxing place to chill out and enjoy a holiday with their children.
We do welcome adult groups, but they MUST book out the site so as not to disturb our family guests.
Q: Will there be a noisy hen party in progress when I come with my family?
A: No. We do not mix adult groups with family guests. Adult groups MUST book out the whole glampsite.
Q: Do you have WiFi
A: No. The more beautiful the countryside, the less reliable the WiFi!
(We do use WiFi in the office, but coverage does not extend to the glampsites).
But we do have pretty good 4G coverage on the glampsite. Many find it a nice change to get off the screens for a little while…
Q: What is there for kids to do on the glampsite?
A: Most kids love the adventure of sleeping in our quirky accommodation, sitting around the campfire, hearing stories & toasting marshmallows. There’s loads of safe green space to explore, (including our lawn, wildflower meadow and Cullenagh Woods, a short walk from site), as well as a hand-built wooden playhouse.
Q: What is there to do nearby?
A: Laois & the surrounding area offers loads of fabulous places to visit. And many, such as The Rock of Dunamase, Abbeyleix Boardwalk, Emo Court Parklands, and Heywood Gardens, are free to enter.
We are close to the fabulous Slieve Bloom Mountains, which offer stunning walks, waterfalls, wild swimming pools, and some of the best Mountain Bike Trails in Ireland.
See our Activities page for more suggestions, or visit www.laoistourism.ie for more options.
Q: Do you recycle?
A: Yes. We recycle the vast majority of waste on the glampsite, and encourage guests to do the same. Please use the recycling bins provided & help us protect our planet for future generations of glampers.
Q: What else are you doing for the environment?
A: We are proud to be part of Ireland’s ‘Going Green’ scheme. This has helped us to plant more trees & expand our wildflower areas on both glampsites, in order to enhance biodiversity, create wildlife habitat, and support nature through our business. The trees, flowers, birds and butterflies are also very nice for our guests to enjoy!
Q: Is the Meadow glampsite suitable for wheelchair users?
A: Meadow is located on a sloping site, and has uneven ground, and loose gravel pathways. It is not ideal for wheelchair users. However, our new Mountain site is designed to be wheelchair friendly, with wheelchair user parking bays, smooth pathways and a wheelchair accessible bathroom.
Q: Is your glampsite suitable for older people?
A: Yes. We welcome many older guests to both glampsites – as couples or friends looking for a quiet and quirky get away, and as part of extended family groups. Our Mountain site is particularly well set up for older guests, and Glamping Under The Stars has recently been awarded ‘Age Friendly’ status for our Mountain glampsite facilities.
Q: Is there anything I need to bring?
A: Do bring your own towels, toiletries, and food & drink.
Other things that might be nice include a torch, (though there is low level lighting on the glampsite), warm clothing for cooler nights, a guitar for strumming, skewers & marshmallows for toasting, champagne for quaffing, and your camera for capturing those memories…