Welcome to our pod.
A uniquely cosy and delightful space for 1 or 2.
Wake up to the sound of birds singing then open the half door to enjoy the morning mist on the lake below. Take breakfast on the private veranda or dine in the communal kitchen if you are feeling sociable.
Toilets and hot showers are 25m away on a gently lit path.
Full storage and cooking facilities in our heated glamper's kitchen, indoor and outdoor dining facilities .
Stroll down our wellness walk through fields and forest.
Welcome to Glasson Glamping farm, based on our family farm here at Tonagh House, Glasson Athlone in the centre of Irelands Hidden Heartlands.
We are the sixth generation of Elliotts to farm the lands here at Tonagh House. Here at Tonagh, we have always tried to farm commercially but in an environmentally sensitive and holistic manner. This will become obvious the moment you enter our farm. Our fields are green and bountiful, home mostly to cattle. However our fields remain small and bounded by ecologically diverse sprawling hedgerows interspersed with mature oak, ash and sycamore trees. These hedgerows provide safe wildlife corridors for the hares, rabbits pheasants and many other species seen regularly in our fields. Many visitors to our farm have commented on how peaceful and secluded our farmland is.
Having brought our own family glamping a few times in recent years to their great enjoyment we decided to share our farms peace and tranquillity for others to enjoy .
Also we feel our experience of visiting other glamping sites has helped us provide facilities that are second to none .Our site is located in a large old enclosed garden with stunning lake views.
Being enclosed means our site is particularly suited to families, as all facilities are within the boundary of the old garden and farmyard so parents can relax in the knowledge that smaller children cannot stray too far. We are proud to have no steps anywhere to accommodate the young and the less agile.
A unique part of developing our Glampsite involved the construction of a “wellness walk” which is a 1.5km securely fenced path through 100 acres of our farm. You will wander by groups of contented grazing cattle on one side and forestry on the other. Depending on the time of day you are likely to see swans floating majestically along the Tonagh River and hares frolicking in the pastures, not to mention the many wild birds that frequent the quiet stillness.
Due to its remote location there are neither houses nor roads visible from the path, which makes for a tranquil stroll or even a quick jog for those who wish for a quicker pace.
We have lovingly modernised an old farm shed to accommodate heated flush toilets and luxurious gas heated individual shower rooms right at the edge of the enclosed garden glampsite.
A fully functioning built in kitchen in our centrally heated main building with ample space for large groups to wine and dine with their own provisions. Farm fresh eggs available daily.
We have oudoor under cover cooking and washup facilities In the form of barbeque,woodfired pizza oven and stainless steel prep/wash up area with hot water.
Adjacent to the main building and outdoor cooking with tranquil lake view is our glass roofed open sided dining/chill out area. Featuring comfy furniture it is located in an evening sun trap.
Your enjoyment is our priority. We have designed our facilities with this in mind, drawing on our own experiences of camping/glamping in other places.
Our local Hospitality
We are only 3 miles from the picturesque Glasson Village, also known as “The Village Of The Roses” due to the gardening skills of the residents.
The village is widely accepted to be the Culinary Capital of rural Ireland.
There are three award winning restaurants in the village itself, Glasson Village Restaurant located in the old police barracks,Grogans of Glasson and The Villager, Glasson are gastro pubs/restaurants opposite each other on the main street both with indoor and outdoor dining facilities and safe garden areas for families to enjoy.
Wineport lodge, home to the tv series “the Restaurant” is 1km away along the lake with stunning lake views and superb menus.
Glasson Golf Hotel is 2 km from the village in the opposite direction (towards Glasson Glamping Farm) and also has stunning lake views with food available.
It has a driving range available at any time for reasonable rates so no excuse for not practising your swing!
Its unique feature is that the lake can be seen from each of the 18 holes.
Killinure Chalets Restaurant is a little known hidden gem 5 km from us along quiet lakeside roads. Uniquely, they don’t take bookings but welcome diners from 6.30 pm. Famous for T-bone steaks served on wooden platters it’s a relaxed dining experience.
If you like to experience a real old authentic Irish pub we have two nearby.
Less than 4 km away on leafy lanes is the old world Murrays of Maghera where the locals are always ready for a chat with plenty of wisdom to impart.
The Three Jolly Pigeons is a similar distance away. Made famous by the poet Oliver Goldsmith in “The Deserted Village”. It is largely unchanged for centuries with a straw thatched roof and a circular doorstep which was the millstone from “The Busy Mill”, also made famous by Goldsmith.
Things to do
Nestled in the centre of Ireland's Hidden Heartlands, we are the perfect base to explore from.
Boat Rental: Rent a boat from Lakeside Marina and explore the churches and school houses nestled on the islands of Lough Ree.
Athlone Castle Visitor museum in the centre of town and overlooking the mighty Shannon river this 13th century Norman castle museum relates the history of the castle itself, the town and surrounding areas in an interactive manner.
Luan Gallery: Opened in 2012 on the banks of the River Shannon this art gallery has varied displays and stunning views for all tastes. Free entry is an added bonus!
Derryglad Folk Museum: Located a few km from Athlone in Co.Roscommon, this privately owned museum houses 5000 items showcasing the history of farm and folk life in rural Ireland from the 18th century to modern times
Clonmacnoise Monastery: 21km from Athlone, this early Christian site features the ruins of a cathedral, two round towers,three stunningly intricate High Crosses and seven Churches to name but some of its appeal. Located on the River Shannon, it has also been visited by Pope John Paul.
Athlone Tourist Office: Located on Castle street, help is at hand to plan your trip with local input and advice.
Glendeer Pet farm: Close to Athlone this family run pet farm has something for all ages with indoor and outdoor activities, coffee shop and picnic area.
Athlone Equestrian Centre: Established in 2006 this rurally located yet only 3 miles from town centre, groups and individuals can avail of riding lessons and pony trekking through a local forest.
Athlone Viking Ship Cruises: Departing several times daily from the quayside near athlone castle this viking longboat tours Lough Ree as well as visiting Clonmacnoise and Hudson Bay Hotel including stop off and pick up from these places. Don a viking helmet and enjoy the guided information.
Lough Boora Discovery Park: Located about 30km from Athlone this reclaimed peat bog has a beautiful visitor centre and restaurant. It has extensive walking and cycling trails on flat terrain with reasonably priced bike hire for all ages. Play areas, picnic benches and a fairy trail entice while a sculpture trail is most enjoyable. A great day out for all ages.
Corlea Trackway Centre: Located near the village of Kenagh Co.Longford, 20km from our glampsite and near a cycle path. this glass floored building is built over an iron age road from 148bc that was built through the boglands. This oak road is the largest uncovered in Europe. Admission is free.
County Westmeath, County Westmeath, Írország