Farming Scene with sheep

Bennettsbridge

A feast for lovers of craft

Bennettsbridge is a picturesque village located along the River Nore just ten minutes drive from Kilkenny city.

This truly creative hotspot has attracted artisan craft masters including Nicholas Mosse Pottery and Rory Leadbetter of Jerpoint Glass. Based nearby is Larry Kinsella who crafts beautiful vibrantly coloured candles at Moth to a Flame.

If you enjoy a good walk, there is arguably no finer walk than ‘O’Gorman’s Loop’. Alternatively stroll up the ‘Annamult Road’ for a kilometer until you arrive at Nore Valley Park’s Open Farm where the little ones can get up close and personal with the newborns, bottle feeding is a pure delight. Bring a picnic or try some sumptuous home bakes or maybe take a  trailer rides, crazy golf, maze and go-karts.

On the way you will pass ‘Maiden Hall’ family seat of renowned essayist Hubert Butler and now home to Suzanna Crampton, photographer,  farmer of Zwartbles sheep and author of runaway success ‘Bodacious, Cat Shepherd’. Grab a good coffee in the village and engage with the locals for a real rural experience.

 

 

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Nicholas Mosse Pottery

Nicholas Mosse Pottery

Bennettsbridge, Kilkenny, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland, R95 CK71

Tel: +353 56 7727505

eshop@nicholasmosse.com

www.nicholasmosse.com

Nicholas Mosse Pottery was established by Nicholas Mosse in 1976 after periods of training in England and Japan. His mission was to produce beautiful, functional pottery in the style of Irish Spongeware. Irish spongeware was the traditional pottery of Ireland used in the 18th Century. It was mainly made in simple honest shapes with a decoration applied with a cut sponge.

From their pottery mill in Kilkenny the team at Nicholas Mosse create a range of beautiful pottery for all occasions. Each of the pieces are made by hand and crafted with the greatest care for detail. Inspired by the rural surroundings, the patterns capture the charm of Irish country-living and bring it straight to your home. Visit their Irish Country Shop and Cafe to experience how they make their pottery or buy their best selling pieces and patterns online. 

Products:
Pottery - Old Rose, Clematis, Red Tulip, Wild Flower Meadow, Forget Me Not, Apple, Fuchsia, Clover, Reindeer and Landscape patterns. Available in over 30 shapes from plates to bowls, lamps and kitchen storage jars.
• The ovenware range is available in all patterns listed above except Landscape.
Textiles - oven mitts, aprons, place mats, tablecloths and even jam jar covers.
 

Nore Valley Park Camping

nore valley park

Nore Valley Park, Bennettsbridge, Co Kilkenny

Tel: 056 7727229

norevalleypark@eircom.net

norevalleypark.com

Our family run site is located in a quiet, peaceful valley overlooking the River Nore. We have beautiful wooden lodges, a total of 35 Caravan Sites and 35 Tent Pitches on site with Free showers and hot water. A high standard of cleanliness is priority throughout the site and amenities with no noise or socialising after midnight. Situated on an open farm, patrons have free access to the farm and children are encouraged to assist in animal feeding along with numerous fun activities throughout the day.

The Little Mill Company

The Little Mill Company, Bennettsbridge, Co. Kilkenny

Tel: 056 772 7399

info@kellswholemeal.ie

http://thelittlemill.ie/

The Little Mill is owned and managed by the Mosse Family. Stretching back seven generations, the family have been milling on the banks of the River Nore in Co. Kilkenny. When you have been handling, milling and selecting wheat for that long, you’re not only knowledgeable but passionate about it, and that passion is evident not only in their milling but when creating their baking mixes. We produce our Stoneground Wholemeals at the Little Mill in Bennettsbridge. The mill has a long history and is the only commercial mill of its kind still in operation.

Zwartbles Ireland

The Zwartbles Ireland Blankets & Travel Rugs are woven to a traditional weight and have four white stripes which represent the Zwartbles sheep distinctive white markings. The twin narrow stripes represent the legs white socks which stop before their knees or hocks. The one broad stripe represents the distinctive white face blaze from poll to muzzle. The single white stripe represents the tip of the Zwartbles undocked tail.

Nore Valley Park Open Farm

Nore Valley Park

Nore Valley Park, Bennettsbridge, Co Kilkenny

Tel: 056 7727229

norevalleypark@eircom.net

http://www.norevalleypark.com/

Come explore and enjoy some fun at the farm or stay in our campsite full of mod cons at the delightfully idyllic Nore Valley. Take time out and stroll around the energetic farm while the children play in an interactive and relaxed setting. Bottle feed lambs or goats and feed the ducks and turkeys as well as learning a great deal of knowledge about your Irish heritage of farming. Relax with a cup of tea and home baked scones, biscuits and plenty of other delicious treats while the boys rip up the tracks on our Go-Karting race course. With endless things to do at Nore Valley, there is something for the whole family.