So much has happened since our last post...
The World's 1st Self Catering Pub recently hosted it's very first wedding afters.
As if that wasn't a special enough occasion, it also happened to be the 1st wedding of our 3 children, our son Zack and his beautiful wife Emily.
We'd almost forgotten how much we thoroughly enjoy using Conroy's for our own pleasure. It was so nice to once again see Conroy's Old Bar bustling with joy and laughter, a vision of days gone by.
The celebrations extended into the garden too, where the removal of the old turf shed sometime ago, meant we were able to erect a marquee and still have plenty of space on the lawn for the children to play. It was such a wonderful weekend, where precious memories were made.
And as if that wasn't enough, 2 weeks later we did it all again!.. this time celebrating our middle grand daughters 1st Holy Communion. But this time with a marquee AND huge bouncy castle in the garden.... what fun!
Dave's new workshop is at long last proving it's worth. He's thoroughly enjoying the new space and having somewhere to work and also having a separate workshop to store his wood etc. Although he's yet to be able to make anything in it that he intended, as we've been busy on another project....
The Shop - formerly my workshop.
A change in family circumstances has meant that we can now, once again, open up the shop and offer Fairy Folk Helper Workshops for children, as well as crafts and gifts. We found that in the past this worked very well in conjunction with Conroy's Old Bar, as we were able to offer "Holiday's With The Fairies" a huge hit for families and make full use of the newly revamped Fairy garden.
And so the hard work has begun....
The inside of the shop has seen my working area reduced dramatically, but it does now mean that we can once again open up a larger area for the children's workshops and shelving for the crafts and gifts stock. It has all been newly decorated and new lighting has been fitted. The paint for the exterior has been purchased, and once the shelving has been fitted inside the shop, then the work on the outside will commence.
We hope to be open in a few weeks, all being well, when we'll post some pics of the finished article ;-)
So here's our 1st update of 2019!
We'd decided to book Conroy's out for the whole of Christmas and New Year, so that we as a family could enjoy our little pub with no beer all to ourselves for a change - just in case it happened to be our last Christmas here ;-)
It was wonderful to share quality time with our children and grandchildren in there, sat chatting around the bar, and playing games in front of the fire. We certainly made the most of it and we're so sad to have to move back into the house. But hey ho, needs must, but boy did it make us realise just how hard it is going to be to eventually leave this place.
We've certainly been busy over the last couple of months.
We've finally managed to install the new stove, about 6 weeks ago and it is going down an absolute treat with guests. They are loving the ease of use, cleanliness and heat control they have, compared to an open fire.
In between guests leaving and arriving we've also managed to redecorate the snug bedroom and en-suite. We decided to keep the same colours as our guests (especially our repeat guests) love it so much.
We also managed to have some fun in between all of the work and booked the pub out for our own use, as we had our grand daughters 8th birthday to celebrate.
And there was no better way to celebrate than to welcome into our little pub with no beer, it's very own Rosie the UNICORN!!!
To see the children's little faces was priceless!
A UNICORN "IN" THE PUB ????......
Well... when you own The World's 1st Self Catering Pub...anything goes ;-)
The summer - we actually had a proper one this year ;) has been wonderful here at Conroy's Old Bar.
We've seen the return of some "regular" guests; which is always lovely, and we've also had the pleasure of lots of new guests, from places as far a Taiwan, Australia and Jerusalem, amongst lots of others closer to home.
We had the pleasure of seeing our little pub with no beer feature on TV's Ireland AM once again. This time in an article on Ireland's unique accommodation. All free advertising, for which we definitely saw a boost in Airbnb and website hits and even had a couple of bookings come from it.
Our family celebrated our very first Holy Communion in Conroy's. It was lovely to have the opportunity to have our family, friends and neighbours celebrate with us at "home", which is one of our most favourite things about owning Conroy's Old Bar.
The "little old pub at the bottom of the garden" AKA new workshop/turf shed, is taking shape nicely, even though it's taking a lot longer than we had planned, due to us working around guests and work commitments, but the end is in sight and all being well it should be finished very soon.
We have recently purchased a solid fuel stove with flue liner, which is due to be fitted in the lounge fireplace in Conroy's the coming weeks (once again having to work around guests etc). This should not only make the turf fire more controllable, safer and cleaner for guests to use, but also enable them to hold in the heat/fire overnight if required.
And finally, at last, we've had a new sign made to hang outside Conroy's. And here it is, hanging there quite proudly.
We're currently in the process of rebuilding the "little pub" at the end of the garden, to be used as Dave's new workshop. It will have the benefit of electricity and a solid fuel stove, so it can be used all year round.
We have also demolished the old turf shed and got rid of the grey plastic shed too. It has really opened up this part of the garden. We're not quite sure what we'll be doing with this new found space yet, although some ideas have been to plant some fruit trees, or create another children's play area, or perhaps a covered BBQ/gazebo type structure?.......
Admittedly, it's been slow but steady progress, as we have had to work between booked guests and had the restrictions of work too, but it's definitely taking shape. We'll post some photo's soon enough :-)
The summer bookings have been coming in thick and fast, and this year we are looking forward to greeting some very interesting guests from China and Egypt.
We've been making the most of the fabulous weather by spending time working on the garden in-between guests.
Last week we were contacted by a journalist for the UK's Daily Mail Newspaper, who was writing a round-up of "brilliantly off-the-wall Airbnb listings" and wished to feature Conroy's Old Bar.
We're currently waiting to see the finished article.
Sorry! We totally forgot to post the photos of the final bedroom, which we'd recently redecorated.
You can now see them in the gallery, along with all of the others.
FREE Holiday Accommodation Around The GLOBE!!!
There are many wonderful benefits of owning The World's 1st Self Catering Pub, but who'd have thought that having FREE holiday accommodation anywhere in the world, would be one of them ?
BUT SURE ENOUGH, IT IS.....!
We recently posted our holiday let to a couple of holiday accommodation swap groups on Facebook.
Within a matter of hours; we were inundated with offers for accommodation swaps from around the globe.
Here's just a few of the offer's we have received; A cottage in Cornwall U.K, an apartment in the Netherlands, an apartment in Bratislava, a beautiful property on the Gold Coast in Australia and not forgetting the most amazing property in the Southern Caribbean.
Unfortunately for us, it is unlikely that we will get the chance to take up all of these offer's whilst we are still living here. But that does mean; that the new owners of our property could have some wonderful holiday opportunities heading their way.
Since our last post we have been contacted by a video producer/director for London based magazine, who would like to make a short film about Conroy's Old Bar.
What an interesting future project for the new owners to be involved in and a fabulous opportunity for some great advertising, showing The World's 1st Self Catering Pub at it's best.
We've also have been busy decorating the last bedroom, which we are currently putting the finishing touches to.
We'll post new photo's as soon as it's complete.
19th August. (Updated with link 25/09/17)
We were delighted to have been contacted by a New York journalist a couple of days ago, who is writing an article on Conroy's Old Bar, for no other than Lonely Planet.
As soon as the article is published we will post a link here.
19th August. PM (Updated with link 25/09/17)
We've just been contacted by a journalist from Ireland Before You Die who is writing an article on Ireland's most unique accommodation and would like to include Conroy's Old Bar.
As soon as the article has been published we shall post a link here.
Started our online marketing today for Autumn & Winter bookings 2017/18.
Imagine our delight, when 2 days ago our guests informed us that they had seen Conroy's Old Bar being discussed on the TV3 Breakfast Show! We didn't have a clue....!
We have yet to find a link to the article on the programme, but if/when we do, we'll be sure to post it here, for all to see.
Conroy's is still being featured and shared on the internet and in Newspapers, and now has had well over 25,000 shares globally.
Over the last few days there has been a particular noticeable amount of shares in the USA and UK.
Since going viral last week, Conroy's Old Bar has generated an immense amount of interest from all around the globe.
Bookings, enquiries and listing views have all increased hugely, with a great interest for dates in 2018 & 2019.
The likes of Cosmopolitan.co.uk Goodhousekeeping.co.uk Countryliving.co.uk Irelandbeforeyoudie.com independent.ie Belfastlive.co.uk joe.co.uk as well as many others, have shared Airbnb posts regarding Conroy's Old Bar. (click on each name to see their feature) It also featured this week on the Ian Dempsey Breakfast Radio Show.
To date there has been in excess of 20,000 shares over the past week alone, regarding Conroy's Old Bar - The World's 1st Self Catering Pub. We also did a telephone interview with The Irish Independent and The Daily Mirror also requested photo's for their newspaper. Conroy's also featured in The Irish Sun this week too.
On 1st August Lovin.ie shared a post on their Facebook page, about being able to "Rent an Entire Pub" through Airbnb. The Airbnb listing was for Conroy's Old Bar.
The post was then shared to their sister page LovinDublin.
From there it was posted on the Facebook page of Her.ie At the time of writing this, this post alone had over 1.6k shares.
Yesterday, it was then posted onto the Facebook page of Joe.ie . This post currently stands at 1.9k shares.
The total number of shares of our Airbnb listing, over the last 2 days, is now well over 4k!
We are already reaping the benefits of this advertising, in new enquiries and bookings, and our Airbnb listing has shown a very sharp rise in views.
As the word is being spread far and wide, we hope to be reaping the benefits, for a long time to come.
New electric shower fitted in the shower room of Conroy's Old Bar.