In Laois – the only doubly landlocked county in Ireland – a beach resort has been granted planning permission, meaning it does not even border any other country touching the coast.
That detail didn’t stop a local couple from developing The beach resort Laoisischer Nationalist Planning permission was reportedly granted last week for a glamping development including a pond beach resort.
Iveta Melgaile and Patrick Bowe have been granted permission to proceed with their plans to develop the Clomeen North glamping site in Errill.
The development includes a spa treatment unit, sauna, BBQ hut, exercise area, fire pit, outdoor recreation area, three double units, two single units and a parking lot.
According to the couple, the wheelchair-accessible Pond Beach Resort offers luxurious self-contained rooms with pond views. Each of the five units will have its own Jacuzzi, relaxation area and front yard with BBQ area.
The resort “will be surrounded by exotic plants and palm trees, as well as a white rock beach with double sun loungers and large day beds for couples,” according to the couple’s planning application.
The resort “has been positioned so that the sun hits the beach throughout the day from sunrise to sunset and blooms with lily pads,” it said.
“Typical of this area, visitors will have the pleasure of watching dragonflies at play and listening to spring birds, bird hotels in wooded areas for spring nesting; Swans and ducks have shown interest in the pond and it is hoped they will integrate…
“A large pit offers guests local musicians and storytellers, as well as guest sports such as basketball; life size chess pieces, volleyball and mini golf are also offered.”
A “Celtic wooden house, with old-style fireplace for winter evenings with storytellers and Irish music” is also planned.
Two full-time and two part-time positions will be created in the development on the site where the couple currently operates The Ranch Cabin, a small luxury rental.