Since kicking off a series that brings you the most unique accommodation in Ireland, we’ve come across some very quirky places to stay.
But few have been as friendly on the pocket as the brilliant Rock Farm in Slane in Meath. This place really is something special.
There are several different places to sleep here; there’s Yurts, Shepherd Huts, Bell Tents, a Swallow’s Nest and more. There’s also hot tubs and a lake.
Below, you’ll find everything from photos and what to expect if you visit from how much a night will set you back. Dive on in!
Welcome to Rock Farm in Slane
You’ll find the quirky Rock Farm in Slane, around a 40-minute drive from Dublin Airport and a 20-minute drive from both Drogheda and Navan.
Rock Farm is a combination of a glampsite, an activity centre and an organic farm, and it’s finely plonked right on the banks of the River Boyne.
You can spend a lazy morning kicking-back outside of your Yurt with a book, or you can head off on a kayak tour, tackle the farm tour or set off on one of many cycle or walking trails nearby.
The different accommodation options
So, there are several different glamping options for those of you that fancy kipping at Rock Farm for a few nights, and they vary greatly, as you’ll discover below.
There’s everything from regular holiday homes on offer to some gorgeous Yurts, Huts and Bell Tents.
1. The Yurts
The Yurts at Rock Farm look class. They’re big, cosy and some of them can sleep up to 6 people, so they’re perfect for a group night away. Each one also has a wood-fired stove (for added cosiness) and everything from fairy lights and crisp white linen to lanterns and more.
2. The Shephard Huts
Next up are the Shephard Huts. These sleep 2 people comfortably and also come equipped with a wood-fired stove. The interiors of the Shephard Huts are beautifully crafted and each boasts a king size bed.
3. Bell Tents
There are several different Bell Tents available to rent, and there’s even the ‘Bell Tent Village’, if you’re visiting with family or a group of friends. These are luxury tents that are carpeted and that are fully furnished.
How the hosts describes it
‘Rock Farm Slane is hidden in a grove of sculpted sycamore, aged and wizened oak, ash, chestnut and hawthorn forming natural enclosures around the yurts and shepherd’s huts.
This grove is surrounded by an undulating wild meadow with an open flat pasture below perched on a ledge of land overlooking the turrets of the infamous Slane Castle.
From here you drop down to a secret bathing spot on the mighty but languid River Boyne. This is Ancient land. This is Ireland.’
Related read: Check out our guide to the best places to go glamping with a hot tub in Ireland (with something for most budgets).
How much a night will set you back
So, the prices seem to vary a bit, depending on 1, when you stay and 2, which accommodation option you pick. For mid-week in October, for 2 people sharing, it works out at:
- The Pine Shepherd Hut (sleeps 2): €59
- The Apple Shepherd Hut (sleeps 2): €66
- The Yew Yurt (sleeps 4): €99
- The Holly Yurt (sleeps 4): €99
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Discover more unique places to stay in Ireland
We’ve featured a clatter of unique places to stay in Ireland over the last few months, from castles and Airbnbs with hot tubs to pods and more.
While some will cost you an arm and a leg, others work out pretty reasonably if you stay with a few friends. Discover some funky places to stay below.
1. Unique Airbnbs
2. Luxury accommodation
There’s an endless number of luxurious places to stay in Ireland, as you’ll discover here. From pods like the very fancy one above to swanky chalets, there’s plenty to choose from.
3. Castles to rent
Ireland’s home to heaps of castle accommodation. You’ll find the very best of it in this section (some is craaaaazy expensive while others work out cheap enough with a group).
James Connolly is a professional writer based in London. Having lived in cities across the world including Mumbai, Medellin and Barcelona, he uses his expertise to write articles showcasing the best of global travel.