I recently learned that I am (mostly) of Irish origin, and so of course, I have been indulging in Irish travel fantasies online: I’m talking castles, coastlines, and … fairy houses. In fact, I’ve learned that the Dunloe Hotel and Gardens in Beaufort, Killarney, Co. Kerry, Ireland has a fairy garden that is so amazing, you might think you had imagined it.
Jason Clifford, General Manager, explains to Babble how it came to be:
“I had seen these beautiful little fairy doors made by the Irish Fairy Door Company for sale one day and thought they would be the perfect addition of magic to our 20 acres of listed sub-tropical gardens,” he says. “We want to create memories and adventure for families and guests that come to visit, and the fairy trail seemed like the perfect activity for families to enjoy together.”
With the help of Aoife Lawler, Chief Magic Maker at the Irish Fairy Door Company, the team created some truly mesmerizing details that will have kids and parents everywhere enchanted — including squirrel showers, hedgehog hotels, frog hostels, and of course, fairy houses.
Clifford shares with Babble that 20 fairies have moved onto the trail.
“We now have Kerry’s largest fairy trail, and we are the first to offer a peek inside the fairies’ homes,” he says.
The hotel and fairy gardens have been a huge hit with guests as well as locals.
“Not only do our hotel guests love the gardens, but a lot of our neighbors and people from the local community enjoy spending time exploring all that our garden has to offer … the most popular destinations in the gardens being The Dunloe Castle or the playground.”
Sign me up! I am definitely adding the wonder of this fairy garden to my Irish family vacation bucket list. In the meantime, since traveling to Ireland with three kids is kind of a giant undertaking, I am creating a little bit of magic in my own backyard by creating fairy houses with my kids. With just a little bit of imagination and a few craft supplies, my kids and I are turning birdhouses into upscale bungalows with brightly colored paint and fun seashells hot-glued to the outside. After all, if you can’t go to the fairy garden, you might as well bring the fairy garden to you!
For more information on the Dunloe Hotel and Gardens, and to check out the amazing 12th-century castle or the beautiful fairy gardens, visit their website here.