A new luxury glamping site – complete with hot tubs for residents – could be built in the scenic setting of Rostrevor.
Plans for the development – consisting of a total of six bespoke, hand-crafted timber pods – have been lodged with Newry, Mourne and Down District Council.
The proposals have been drawn up in the name of Tom and Janette Franklin.
They relate to a site on the Kilfeaghan Road – currently described as light agricultural and grazing land – and would offer everything needed for a relaxing stay.
It would be known as Loughview Luxury Glamping.
There would be parking and turning area constructed too, with recycling, waste and cycle store area.
According to the application: “One parking bay per pod is proposed, as well as an additional two spaces for maintenance, one EV charging point and an accessible parking bay.
“The site will be accessed via an existing road track.
“Each guest pod will have a secluded area of decking to the side and front along with a hot tub and space for relaxation to take in the surrounding scenic views.”
Also intended are associated footpaths and soft landscaping of the overall site.
Each pod will have its own exclusive hot tub, with an outdoor seating area including a firepit/barbecue adjacent to the hot tub decking.
The pods are designed to be disability friendly with “fully dimensioned disabled bathroom” and parking provision too.
Already a number of letters of support have been received.
Among these is one from My Way Access, which says the site should “go some way to bridging the gap in the lack of disability-friendly self-catering accommodation in Northern Ireland”.
Another from Irene Hamilton, commercial director of Carlingford Lough Ferry, expresses support for the Franklins’ development plans.
It says: “We think this will be a fantastic addition to the accommodation offering in the local area.”
According to a design and access statement: “The proposed glamping site will provide subtle and discreet countryside accommodation for tourists visiting this area’s attractions on short breaks and weekend stays.”
And it adds: “The proposals will create a significant economic benefit to the surrounding area and local businesses.
“With this area of the country being such a popular tourist destination, this proposed accommodation will provide a facility for visitors to be outdoors and take it what the countryside has to offer.”
The design statement continues: “The concept of luxury glamping is now gaining popularity throughout Ireland and the UK, with standards and guests’ expectations on the rise.
“It is intended by the site operator that this site will be amongst the best available in the area, providing a level of luxury and comfort unrivalled by other existing sites.”
It will offer “an enhanced experience for guests through good design and a range of well thought out integrated facilities”.
The proposals will now be advertised shortly with a decision expected in due course.