A private, magical haven with joyfully quirky retreats and idyllic wildflower meadows, peacefully secluded in Ireland’s ‘Ancient East’ close to bustling Dublin.
  • Sleeps: Up to 6 per unit
  • Bathroom: 1 per unit
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights

Comprising two imaginative and enchanting glampsites, your stay at Glamping Under the Stars will re-introduce you to the endless joys of nature… and the cheerful company of your favourite people.

Perfect for fun family adventures, laid-back hen parties, and group breaks alike, you’ll discover the two sites – Mountain and Meadow – secluded in historic, culture-steeped Laois; part of Ireland’s captivating ‘Ancient East’ and home to one of the oldest mountain ranges in Europe.

Yet since you’ll only be an hour away from lively Dublin, you can indulge in just about whatever activity takes your fancy… whether that’s lazy woodland strolls, energising mountain hikes, hearty campfire songs, or savouring a welcome pint of Guinness with friendly locals!

So, which glampsite will you choose? Insta-friendly Mountain is plucked straight from the pages of an epic fantasy novel, with six quirky grass-roofed retreats that each boast a unique and playful theme (for example, Music House includes lamps crafted from musical instruments, and a ‘music sheet’ fence!)

Each house sleeps a family of up to six guests (a maximum of four adults), and the Woodcutter’s House even boasts a wheelchair-accessible bathroom. Stargazers’ House, Garden House, and Ski Chalet House feature their own en-suites, and there’s a gorgeous glass-covered verandah to enjoy al fresco meals all together, surrounded by Cullenagh countryside.

Prefer something a little more akin to traditional glamping? Meadow is a secure, wide open landscaped space that’s home to bell tents, wood lodges, and a cosy shepherd’s hut for a relaxed ‘festival’ feel.

Perfectly in tune with nature, there are two acres of wildflower meadow to explore (with wiggly paths mown through especially!) and a fascinating, tree-trunk-supported dining cabin for laughter-fuelled communal suppers.

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At a glance

  • Two idyllic glampsites, secluded in historic Laois just an hour away from Dublin.
  • Ideal for hen parties, family escapes, and group breaks alike.
  • Mountain glampsite is story-themed and boasts 6 themed, grass-roofed retreats that each sleep a family of up to 6 guests.
  • Meadow glampsite features 4-6-person bell tents, wood cabins, and a shepherd’s hut for a more classic glamping feel.
  • Each glampsite includes communal kitchen/dining areas, private bathrooms (with en-suite facilities in some Mountain accommodation), campfire areas and plenty of wide open space to play and picnic in!
  • There is a wealth of activities to explore and enjoy nearby. The owner can connect you with local suppliers for bespoke catering/activities if needed.

Features

  • Disability Accessible
  • Family Friendly
  • Large Groups

Facilities

Mountain Glampsite: 6 themed grass-roofed retreats (1 wheelchair-accessible with suitable facilities) with private bathroom (3 en-suite), garden, picnic bench, chiminea stove. Glamp House kitchen/dining barn with cooking facilities/equipment, ample outdoor spaces, barbecue and campfire area. Free parking at glampsite entrance.

Meadow Glampsite: 6 glamping retreats (2 wood cabins, 1 shepherd’s hut, 3 family-sized bell tents) with separate private bathroom facilities for each. Glamp House kitchen/dining space with sun deck, cooking facilities/equipment, ample outdoor spaces, barbecue and campfire area. Free parking at glampsite entrance.

Local Activities

Walking, cycling, nature-watching, stargazing, festivals, historic sites, shops, pubs, restaurants.

Accommodation Options

Stargazer's House - Max Guests 4 (+2)

  • Family Friendly
  • Large Groups

Garden House - Max Guests 4 (+2)

  • Family Friendly
  • Large Groups

Ski Chalet House - Max Guests 4 (+2)

  • Family Friendly
  • Large Groups

Woodcutter's House - Max Guests 4 (+2)

  • Disability Accessible
  • Family Friendly
  • Large Groups

Beach House - Max Guests 4 (+2)

  • Family Friendly
  • Large Groups

Music House - Max Guests 4 (+2)

  • Family Friendly
  • Large Groups

Moonrise Lodge - Max Guests 4 (+2)

  • Family Friendly
  • Large Groups

Sunset Lodge - Max Guests 4 (+2)

  • Family Friendly
  • Large Groups

Shepherd's Hut - Max Guests 4 (+2)

  • Family Friendly
  • Large Groups

Blue Sky Bell Tent - Max Guests (6)

  • Family Friendly
  • Large Groups

Starry Night Bell Tent - Max Guests (4)

  • Family Friendly
  • Large Groups

Lake View Bell Tent - Max Guests (4)

  • Family Friendly
  • Large Groups

More information

Whichever glampsite you choose, you’ll find it contains a wealth of facilities that make holiday life a beautiful breeze. ‘Glamp House’ kitchens contain all the cooking equipment you could ask for, while sizzling barbecues and comfy campfire areas mean you can enjoy life in the Great Outdoors to the fullest.

And of course, there’ll be plenty of safe, green, nature-filled space to play and picnic in… whichever you prefer!

How else can you while away your time at Glamping Under the Stars? Take your pick, from exploring the other-worldly forest walks and waterfalls of Slieve Bloom Mountains, to discovering the area’s many unique ancient monuments.

Oh – and Electric Picnic, which just happens to be one of Ireland’s largest music festivals, is held just five miles down the road from your chosen glampsite!

Things to note

Each Glampsite sleeps a maximum of 24 adults. Mountain Glampsite is open for group bookings from March – November, and Meadow Glampsite from April – September. There is a 2-night minimum weekend stay (Friday and Saturday) at both. All hen parties and adult groups must fully book one glampsite. Please contact the owner directly to arrange adult group/non-family bookings.

Current Offers

'Girls Only Glamping Weekend' for women only for the weekend of 8th & 9th March. Booking includes accommodation and music at the campfire on the Saturday night.

Where you'll be staying

Portlaoise, County Laois

What the guests of Glamping Under the Stars say

“Just wanted to drop a quick note to say thank you so, so, much for an absolutely fabulous stay at glamping under the stars. I will be back, no doubt. Every single person in our group absolutely raved about the accommodation and facilities and can’t wait to visit again for future events – a 30th, hen party, and family gatherings we are planning. Will be recommending to friends and family. You can’t fault anything at all, you have it all spot on and have created a beautiful set up. Thanks again for everything.”

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