A new glamping pod accommodation set up near the Gortin Glen Forest Park has attracted huge demand after it opened for the first time last weekend.
Camping and glamping enthusiast James McRory opened the three glamping pods after seeing a need for accommodation near the park, which has seen a significant increase in visitors since the start of the pandemic.
After announcing the opening of the pods James said he was inundated with bookings and other queries from people looking to stay at the Co Tyrone park.
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All the pods sleep four people with a double bed and a sofa bed, and come fully equipped as well as a having a fire pit and barbecue area.
Living just 500 yards from the forest park, James told MyTyrone he saw an opportunity with the amount of visitors coming to the park on the increase.
“There has been a great response so far, a lot more interest than what I originally thought,” James said.
“We’ve had an awful lot of enquiries so far so it’s all looking positive.
“We would be campers ourselves and have been to several campsites with glamping pods and that was where the seed was sown.
“You have the views and direct access to the Gortin Glens and I just thought there was a massive need in the Glens for accommodation.
“We have stayed down in the Mournes and you have any amount of accommodation down there, yet we have very little of that here.”
With a construction background, James designed and built the cabins himself so he could make exactly what he wanted.
“We couldn’t source exactly what we were looking for, so we went ahead and designed and made our own.
“We went for a bit of a soft launch but it ended up just blowing up with the response we got on social media.
“The response shocked me, we just announced we were open and a few photographs and it snowballed.
“I’ve seen the Glens in the early days in the late 60s and into the early 70s where it was the place to be.
“Then sun holidays came alive in the 1980s and everyone downed tools and headed abroad, but I think it’s come full circle now.
“The pandemic has educated people that this country is not a bad place to be.”
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published 2022-05-01 18:29:38