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Autumn Newsletter 2017

Croan Cottages
Holiday Homes in Kilkenny, Ireland
Autumn Newsletter 2017
– River Cottage returns to Croan Cottages
– Croan Cottages at Festivals
– News on the Animals & new arrivals
– Croan Cottages in the Press
– A 10% discount for every reader!
Gift Vouchers
Our gift vouchers have proven to be very popular gifts.
If you know someone who might enjoy a break in beautiful Kilkenny, why not get them one for their birthday or anniversary.
The vouchers are available for any amount and we can even personalise the voucher for you.
You can buy the vouchers on our website or give us a call and we will post them to you.
Winter Breaks 2017
There is very limited availability for the Christmas & New Year at Croan Cottages but there are plenty of other opportunities for a break away over the Winter.
Visit our website to check availability and to book online!
Award winning Croan Cottages
Croan Cottages Autumn 2017
It’s been a good Summer in Kilkenny and we’ve even enjoyed a couple of nice, warm and sunny Autumn days recently! It’s been a busy Summer too, so we thought we’d show you some of what’s been going on at Croan.
A Taste of River Cottage course at Croan Cottages, October 28 & 29.
River Cottage at Croan Cottages
This should not be missed! We had so much fun the last time these lads were at Croan – and learned loads too.
We’ll forage, cook and cure during the day. We’ll have local food producers come to tell their story in the evening (over drinks) and we’ll enjoy a delicious 3 course dinner each night.
You’ll also get to sample all that you produce during the day. Be sure to bring an appetite!

Details of the course can be found on our website at: http://www.croancottages.com/Taste-of-River-Cottage-in-Ireland.htm


Introduction to Butchery Course
Our butchery course in June was a great success and Marie-Claire Digby, of the irish Times, wrote a lovely account of it in the Irish Times Weekend Magazine. 😁
We are planning to run another of these courses in the Spring. Keep an eye on our website and Facebook page for details.
Croan Cottages in the Irish Times
Woodland Garden
Cookery School in Kilkenny


In the Press
The Irish Times article wasn’t the only time we made it into the press recently. Croan has featured in two articles in Country Smallholding magazine in recent months as well as the Sunday Times and Anglo Celt.
Francis has also been a regular contributor to Drive! on KCLR radio. The monthly chat with host Ken McGuire is all about Food!


Farmers Calendar 2018
Our friend Martina
has been producing a Croan Cottages Calendar for us for years now but this year Croan was used as the locatuion for the Farmers of Ireland Calendar. This will be out shortly and is a very different publication to our one!
Smallholding Shows
We’ve been busy at Food, Farming and Gardening Festivals too!
Following on from the success of the Smallholder Gathering at Savour Kilkenny last year, we were asked to host similar showcases of the Smallholder way of life at The Royal Welsh Show, Taste of Cavan and the Ballymaloe Garden Festival.
It was great to be able to talk to people at the festivals about food production and ‘growing your own’. We’ll have more of these banter sessions at this year’s Savour Kilkenny Festival, October 28th & 29th.
Smallholder Showcase at Savour Kilkenny
New Arrivals at Croan
One of the biggest hits at the Summer Shows was Bo, our new milking Cow. It was great to see kids having a go at milking and there were lots of questions about Cows and other animals.
We also had lots of young animals born at Croan including our very first Cria – a baby Alpaca.
Olga and her young son are doing well but we still haven’t settled on a name for the little chap. Any suggestions?
Turkeys from Croan
This year we are raising some Turkeys for Christmas. The birds are free range and get to enjoy fresh produce from the Garden.
If you would like to order a Turkey for Christmas, please get in touch soon as numbers are very limited.


New pages in the information folders


We’ve added new pages to the folders in the cottages which describe new attractions nearby. We’ve also included some pages to help younger visitors identify the trees and wild residents at Croan. There’s even a ‘Poo Trail’ fro them to follow


Croan Cottages on Facebook & Twitter
We really enjoy using Social Media to post regular news, updates, photos and recipes from Croan. If you are on Facebook, you can ‘Like’ our page at: http://www.facebook.com/Croan.Cottages
If you are on Twitter, Follow us at: twitter.com/CroanCottages
We’ll also use Facebook to post details of some of the amazing festivals and events taking place in Kilkenny over the Summer months.
Discounts for newsletter subscribers
As always we offer a 10% discount on all bookings for readers of our newsletters.
Simply use the code ‘aut2017’ when making a booking on our website to receive the discount.
Niamh and Francis
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Croan Cottages, Dunamaggan, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland, http://www.croancottages.com

Phone: +353 (056) 776 6868
email: info@croancottages.com

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