Noelle Morrison and her husband bought Glenwood House in 2002, and at the time Noelle was working as an Auctioneer in the property business, while her husband Adrian was running the Guest House. After successfully recovering from an illness in 2009 Noelle decided on a change of direction and signed up for the Ballymaloe 12 Week Certificate September 2009 course.
What Noelle says about Ballymaloe:
I always had a great love of growing and cooking our own food but Ballymaloe brought my dreams to reality. After the course, I concentrated on planting an orchard and soft fruit garden, some raised beds for herbs and veg, and we now also have our own hens.
My husband Adrian Sheedy and I run Glenwood House between us, it is a lovely 15 bedroomed four star guest house, and we pride ourselves on a warm welcome, comfortable surroundings and a great breakfast. I also do evening meals on request for groups and long term guests. In Autumn and Spring I run a series of Demo & Dine evenings which are very sociable evenings where I discuss ingredients, seasonality, shopping wisely and a host of other foodie topics. I demonstrate a seasonal menu, starter, mains and dessert, and then we eat everything!! People have been known to bring wine! I also produce all our own jams, chutneys, sauces and cordials using as much of our own produce as possible.
I loved every bit of the 12 Week Cookery Course. It changes the cogs in your head about using food seasonally, and using the best quality local food. Everyday I use something I learned on the Cookery Course, and I still refer back to my notes if I need to check something!