The Barn

We have renovated our old Barn which dates from 1831 into a dedicated Eco Centre for all our walks, seminars, workshops, school visits and more.

Our 1831 Barn has a ground floor area of 145 sqm and a beautiful light airy mezzanine overlooking the Blackstairs of  25 sq metres. The ground floor consists of entrance hall, Boot Room,(12 sq metres) two bathrooms, one a wet room with disabled access, showers,1 with  bath and  2 WCs. The main ground floor space has a well appointed kitchen with 4 induction hobs and oven, plus a demonstration island  unit with a further 4 induction hobs. There is a 30KW  wood boiler boiler stove which  heats the Barn.  We have a plentiful supply of well seasoned timber for use. The  huge amount of light comes from a  succession of double doors leading  onto the Rose and Water  Garden to the West. Large sliding doors lead to  the courtyard and to the  North, two sets of double doors lead out onto the  meadows.

Barn venue at Blackstairs Eco Trails

The Barn is perfect for the following:

Mindfullness Courses, Think Ins, Workshops, Demonstrations, Private Board Meetings, Teachers Courses, School Visits, Painting Courses, Meetings, Private Family Events.

The Barn has Wi-Fi  and parking for 30 cars.

The Barn at The Old Rectory has good transport links. Guests can travel  by train from Dublin to Bagenalstown ( Mhuine Beag) or from Waterford to Bagenalstown. We are 15 kms from the Train Station. We are approximately 1 hour & 40 minutes from Dublin travelling on the M7 and M9 Motorway.

Rates are as follows:

1/2 Day €150

Full Day €250

Week and weekend rates are negotiable.
Rates for private functions are negotiable.

– Cordon Bleu Chef and local bands/ Trad Groups available to hire locally if required.
– Local Attractions
– Go With The Flow River Adventures
– Borris Town
– Barrow Track Long Distance Walking Route
– South Leinster Way
– Glen Lucas Wood Turning
– Nicola Brown – Local Felter
– Borris Farmers Market – Every Friday in the Town.

– Eco Cement
– Eco Paint,
– Wood burning Stove
– Recycled Slate,
– Stone and Wood
– Private well

We have just been awarded Gold standard for our Eco Building and our Business from Eco Tourism Ireland.

Shepherds Huts

Welcome to our Shepherds Huts!

Two gorgeous, cozy, accommodation options for you. Just 50 metres from our Barn, along a floodlit Old Beech Walk. The Shepherds Huts are centrally heated  and very cozy with a double bed in each – suitable for two. Each Hut has three windows including a half door to look out onto a completely natural wooded area set beneath the Blackstairs Mountains. All you will hear is the soft cooing of wood pigeons!

All facilities at the Barn are available for guests. The Barn with its wet room, showers andlovely wood stove has ample space for chilling out.

There is a modern well-equipped kitchen, with fridge/freezer, oven and two induction hobs.  Handcrafted, long, wooden tables and a well stocked Natural History library might whet your appetite to know more about this part of the world.

The grounds immediately round the Barn and the Shepherds Huts include a wild flower meadow and a classical old rose garden with a stream running through it. Wi-Fi is available.

An organic continental breakfast comprising of cereals ; juice ; fruit ; eggs; tomatoes ;artisan breads is included in the price .

Our accommodation  has been certified under the Welcome Standard by Failte Ireland and we are delighted to receive this certification.

FI_Welcome_Standard_Logo_Dual_Col is our booking agent

Shepherds Huts area available at €75 per night (minimum 1 night stay).

You can also book on our website .

Before booking please check availability by emailing  or telephoning 087  2707189

Check out the photos! We would love to see you in the Blackstairs.