Welcome to Big V Sanctuary! In these pages we would like to invite you into our world and share with you the lives of those who live here – both human and nonhuman. We will share with you our hopes and dreams and the passions which drive our every action in caring for all our residents.
The Big V Sanctuary garden cafe is open during the Winter Season (1 October to 31 March) on Sundays only from 12pm until 3pm for lunch and cakes, and for evening meals from 7pm.
Please book in advance. Other times by prior arrangement. Indoor seating available seating up to 12 in wet or cold weather.
Guided tours take place from 4pm, lasting one hour. 5 euros per person, children under 5 free. Discounts available for groups of ten or more.
PLEASE NOTE: No guided tours during the winter months: 1 October to 31 March
Please contact us for further information or to make a cafe reservation.
Please note the guidelines below
Come and meet the garden folk and hear their stories. All children must be accompanied by an adult and remain the responsibility of that adult. Follow the instructions of your guide closely.
Entering the Sanctuary please remember it is their home – Please remain respectful and calm around all the animals.
On entering the Sanctuary you do so with the full understanding that it is at your own risk and the liability of this remains yours. The animals here have their own personalities and we cannot predict all of their behaviours. They are sentient and have feelings and are completely individual. We are their guardians alone and have not trained them in any way to interact. Please do not approach them; if they feel comfortable to do so, they will approach you.
The health and safety of our residents is paramount. You will be asked to disinfect the bottom of your shoes before entering. Please wear appropriate footwear. *Please wash your hands with soap and hot water in the bathroom provided on exit and before eating and drinking.
If you’d like to help Big V care for all the residents, you can make a donation or sponsor a regular monthly contribution towards their food, bedding and vet care bills
Come and enjoy beautiful food in a quaint and magical setting. Scrumptious delights await you at Big V Sanctuary. Surrounded by the sanctuary animals and peace, this alternative little cafe offers an oasis of calm.
If you’d like to send a gift to one of our residents, please check out our Amazon wishlist. It covers the essentials like first aid and food to some little extras that will improve the life of all the animals at the Big V Sanctuary.
Our Patreon crowd-funding page enables our special members to subscribe and support our work with regular donations. We’d love to raise $1200 a month as this support enables us to plan and takes away the stress, enabling us to focus on the residents.
By becoming a patron of Big V Sanctuary you will be supporting the ongoing care of our rescued animals, you will help towards the rescue of more abused and mistreated individuals and you will assist us in our work of promoting veganism and animal rights. With your kind donations we will also be able to increase our reach via various social media platforms and on-the-ground activism. All of this results in saving more precious lives.
Every little helps, and with our Teaming fund you can join in and help Big V with just one euro a month. Regular donations, no matter how small, all add up. They help us to plan and provide security and certainty to our residents, like sweet Luna.
The Big V Sanctuary welcomes volunteers to come and work alongside us. Please contact us to discuss further.