Self-catering Equestrian Vacation Centre
This project is initially based on converting the existing stable and service quarters of the house to provide tourism facilities which are linked to equestrian activities. Over time, it is intended to use the house as an added-value facility which will augment and complement the self-catering business.
The first phase of the project will consist of Bord Failte1 approved self-catering accomodation with AIRE2 approved equestrian facilities. Approval will be sought for four star rating for all five units but, because of physical constraints in converting existing buildings, a three star rating may only be obtained for some units. The five units, further details of which are available to interested parties, will provide accomodation for 20 people in total and will be located in the courtyard of the house. Stabling for 10 horses will also be refurbished and the overall project will be marketed as an integrated equestrian and self catering facility.
Once the self-catering phase of the project has been completed, bed & breakfast facilities will be provided in the main house, again with an emphasis on equestrian activities. The provision of breakfast and snack services to the self-catering guests will also be a feature of this phase of the project.
The third phase of the project will see the further development of the catering facilities with the introduction of a high-class restaurant which will be open to the general public in addition to providing full-board facilities to guests.
Proposed Pricing. 3
Pricing of the self-catering accommodation is in line with average prices charged for Bord Failte approved three star self-catering facilities. The following table shows the price per person sharing per week. Equestrian facilities are also shown on a per person basis and are based on three days of riding per week's stay with a maximum of five hours trekking per day. Pricing of the equestrian programme is pitched at 50% to 75% of comparable facilities.
Bed & Breakfast.
Two categories of accommodation will be provided in this area. Initially, the four existing bedrooms of the main house will be restored to provide period style accommodation with shared bathroom facilities. No attempt will be made to include en-suite facilities because of the danger of leakage and damage to the decorative plaster ceilings of the ground floor rooms.
On completion of the restoration of the bedrooms in the main house, the extensions to the rear of the house will be re-instated and four double bedrooms, with full en-suite facilities, will be provided. Weekly rates for the bed & breakfast accomodation, per person sharing, will be as follows:
Bed & breakfast accommodation will generally be available for rental on a stand-alone basis. This is because of the restriction on the number of horses which can be stabled. However, the equestrian facilities will be available as an option.