Visiting Bealtaine Cottage…

June 2011 Bealtaine Cottage Permaculture 002Visitors to Bealtaine Cottage have been welcomed in their thousands over the past ten years.

Bealtaine Cottage May 2012 023Many have become good friends.

Bealtaine Cottage May I have enjoyed sharing Bealtaine Cottage with foot visitors from all over the world, as well as over half a million through the website.

Bealtaine Cottage May 2012 021 Increasing amounts of my time have been spent happily showing visitors around the three acres of gardens.

May 2011 Bealtaine Cottage 011However, as the website has grown in popularity, I get more and more requests from people who want to visit the cottage and gardens.

May 2011 Bealtaine 010A decision simply had to be made, to draw a line under visits, instead, opening the gardens as many times as I can manage, during the year, for Open Days!

May 2011 Bealtaine 006The first of these Open days is planned for the 5th of April.

May 2011 PermaGoddess 002 I am happy to open my home and gardens on these days to all visitors.

June 2011 permaculture cottage 007There will be an admission charge for charity and more details can be found on this link.

May 2011 permaculture 040Any questions regarding visiting the gardens can be posted in the comments section of the blog.

May 2011 Bealtaine Cottage 039 I can no longer respond to emails, as subscribers to the blog increase.

may at Bealtaine cottage permaculture wine makingI trust you understand the increasing demand on time I face and the need for me to simply get on with work, serving Mother Earth as best I can!

May in the Fairy Wood at  Bealtaine Cottage Blessings as always for your love and support for this little place in the West of Ireland.

June 2011 Bealtaine Permaculture 014I am truly blessed!

xxx Colette


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  1. I really love this idea and hope we can pop across on an open day to see you.
    I’m guessing that you likely have a charity in mind, but some point when you have a little free time, could we perhaps talk re Irish Dogs for the Disabled as they’re a massively deserving charity and I’d love it if you’d consider perhaps supporting them with one of your open days. They really are the greatest tiny charity in Ireland. xx

    • It does sound wonderful, Emma, but sadly I no longer have open days, as it all became too much work, hosting, baking, serving and planning for one person. I will keep this most worthy charity in mind though! XXX Colette

    • I keep the gardens and my home open all year. Click on the link at the top of the page, “Open Days,” and email me with a few possible dates, so as I can check the diary, as some dates are taken. I will get back to you ASAP
      Blessings X

  2. Great idea, Colette — this time of year is far too busy to be putting your tools down every couple of hours to make tea for visitors (as nice as it may be). Sometimes when people visit me and I’m busy in the garden, I have them make tea for themselves (and for me) while I continue to work and they watch. Sometimes I even get them to help!! (I know, it is a bit rude…)

    I hope to visit sometime this year so look forward to your list of Open Days.

  3. Dear Colette, a wise decision I think when you are so busy although I must say I am so glad that we have had the opportunity to visit you already and have you all to ourselves. We will be visiting again on one of your open days as I have other people to bring and show the wonderful Eden you have created. A visit always spurs us on. Love and best wishes from Terri and Lol xx

  4. I so hope I can get to Ireland. I tell everyone about your piece of heaven and share your blog to boot. You have developed a footprint for the possible of which most would like to follow were they given half the chance. So enjoy your open gardens and the wealth of visitors they shall bring. You have a special message to share with the world…I only wish it weren’t so far away. Hugs, bj

  5. Dear Collette, I wonder if you realize the joy and inspiration your work gives people all around the world…I am sure you do. The photos invite me to “be there” with you and your life-attitude really inspires. Thank you. Blessings.

  6. If we ever visit the U.K. again I am going to hop the channel and come and personally see Bealtaine :). Your 3 acres of bliss are currently helping us to work through our 4 acres of neglected wasteland. Cheers for the motivation and the excellent example 🙂

  7. Blessings from across the pond. Maybe someday I’ll make it to Ireland and will be sure to visit. Meanwhile I will continue to visit your blog.
    Ruth from At Home on the Road

  8. My Dear Colette,
    I was so glad to hear of your decision. Open Cottage Days sound wonderful. The pictures make me wish I was there. I know lots of hard work has gone into making Bealtaine Cottage what it is today. You have so much to do and have reached so many people and given them hope and for many a new lease on life.You changed my life and got me blogging, working harder on permaculture and building up my small business, I am forever in your debt. Blessings to you and your animals friends. Carole

  9. I’d love to visit some time in the future. Are you going to keep a schedule or decide on the go? Love your work and dreaming of having (making) a similar place… one day.

  10. Hi Colette, I am looking forward to the 5th April and hopfully getting to visit you and the lovely Bealtaine cottage and gardens. I am so glad that you don’t live too far from me and that visiting is possible. xxx Mary

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