MAYO County Council has approved conditional planning permission for a glamping site in Crossboyne.
The four pod site will be located adjacent to Keane’s pub at Drummin West in the village, owned by Peter Murphy and wife Elaine.
Peter has owned Keane’s in the village since 2002 and he and Elaine are adapting to the ever-changing hospitality industry demands by venturing into the glamping world.
All going to plan, the couple hope to have the site fully operational by this June.
Introducing accommodation to the adjacent building of the pub, River View House, on Airbnb, they realised there was a real and sustainable business opportunity.
Speaking to The Mayo News, Elaine explained that they have now successfully been granted conditional planning permission for the new business, and hope to secure Leader funding to bring their dreams to a reality.
“We had two free bed nights last summer, it’s mostly large groups, old college friends wanting to meet up or people using here as a base,” explained Ms Murphy, speaking about the cottage accommodation, adding that they see many tourists heading off to Corr na Mona or Ashford, from the country pub.
On New Year’s Eve they welcomed a Dublin group who availed of the games room, close proximity to the pub and the large accommodation space.
With each glamping pod possibly being able to sleep four people, their plan for four pods could mean an extra 16 people staying at the site, on top of the cottage accommodation of eleven.
The couple aren’t targeting anyone in particular with their new venture, but hope hen parties and tourists could avail of the planned site facilities, including a barbecue area as part of future plans.
“People think we’re doing well here [in the pub] but I say that if we don’t do something like this we’ll be gone,” said Elaine.
Asked what the feedback has been like from locals, Elaine says the project received no planning objections and the hope would be to employ local people when the site is up and running.
“We would be looking into catering, hair and makeup for hen parties, a takeaway service, buses and taxis, to put together a package for groups,” she explained.
If funding is secured, Elaine and Peter expected the manufacturing of the pods to take six to eight weeks.