About this listing
Stay at our comfortable rural farmhouse in the heart of Ireland, close to the River Shannon. With beautiful views of North Tipperary and the Silvermines Hills, our home is located on the border of three counties, Tipperary, Offaly and Galway, and an ideal base for exploring the Midlands and West. Alfie is Chairperson of Mid Ireland Tourism, so is available to recommend lots of interesting local destinations.
Galway city 60 mins, Limerick 50 mins, Dublin and Cork both 2 hours away and Athlone only 40 mins.
For walkers we are just 20 minutes drive from the Slieve Bloom Mountain Park, and 20 minutes from Portumna Forest Park and the Midlands way. Being just 10 minutes drive from Lough Derg, we provide a cosy warm refuge after a day's fishing/walking.
We are just 15 minutes drive from historical Birr Castle and Gardens. Clonmacnoise ancient monastic site is 30 minutes away
Unfortunately there is very limited public transport, so own transport is essential.
If animals are your thing, you're in luck. We share our smallholding with a couple of dogs and cats, hens, chickens, ducks, goats and rarebreed pigs. You're welcome to help out, and your safety is always our primary concern.
We are passionate about food, and we produce much of our own especially during the summer months.
Your breakfast while you stay here will always consist of home produce - fresh eggs from our hens, sausages and bacon (when available) from our own pigs. Homemade organic bread, scones, jams and chutneys are also included. Breakfast is served between 8 - 10 am.
We have a double and a twin room available at a rate of €35 per person per night which includes our delicious home grown breakfast cooked to order. If needed we have a campbed/airbed available for an extra person.
As we are based in quite a rural area we can also offer the option of an evening meal, at an additional cost of €15.00 per person (2 courses - let us know if you'd like a starter and main, or main and dessert). We grow most of our own food so you are guaranteed quality and deliciousness! Let us know if you would like to avail of this option. We are wine drinkers and can offer wine at cost price, or if you'd prefer to bring your own that's fine too!
About us: Former Dublin city dwellers, we came to North Tipperary ten years ago. We found this lovely rural community, who welcomed us with open arms. Our home needed a lot of work when we arrived (and indeed it's still a work in progress) but we've restored and refurbished over the years. We now run our free-range pork business from home. (website hidden)
We love it, and we think you will too. You can read about our life here via our blog (website hidden) or if you're into free-range pigs, check out our website (email hidden)
If you'd like to come and stay please email us - even if the calendar says 'unavailable' - we are still trying to master the multiple rooms booking system :)
We look forward to meeting you.
Our neighbourhood is a rural farming area.... if you'd like to see a dairy farm at work that can be arranged. And, of course, you are most welcome to watch (or help) with pigs :)
There is very limited public transport in the area, so basically a car is essential.
We are open friendly relaxed people, who will do our utmost to make your stay an enjoyable and relaxed experience.
We are non-smokers, but welcome smokers to the house, provided they respect the house rule - and smoke outside on covered stoop, where you can sit back and enjoy the view of Knockshegowna and the Devil's Bit off in the distance.
Staying with Alfie and Margaret was an amazing experience as they are the most wonderful and generous hosts.
We were in Lorrha to explore the area our ancestors left 165 years ago and Margaret put us in touch with all the right people that resulted in an absolutely perfect experience.
Back that up with awesome food and hospitality and it added up to the most wonderful stay.
I could not recommend Alfie and Margaret more highly. They were incredibly kind and considerate towards me and the predicament I got myself in. All the food home grown, organic and delicious.
We stayed with Alfie and Margaret in their lovely home in the countryside. We were made to feel really at home, the food house etc are wonderful. However, most of all it is the friendliness that stands out.
There are no words to describe these wonderful human beings + their very lovable animals. Everything was fabulous, accommodation, location, company. Beautiful wood fire. The most wonderful breakfast + dinner oh my goodness im in heaven. Would have loved to stay forever. Not one fault
4 nights with Margaret and Alfie is likely to be the highlight of our 6 week holiday! Not only are they wonderful people but the room and bathroom were excellent and the food superb. With great suggestions for places to go and impromptu trips to the local hall for dancing and scotch, Margaret and Alfie are the ultimate hosts. Would love to come back some day!
Alfie and Margaret are the absolute best! I don't even have enough praise for the two of them and my stay with them! I only got to spend one night with them, but it was definitely one of the highlights of my whole trip to Ireland. Not only is their 100+ year old farm the most charming beautiful place, but Alfie and Margaret are the most amazing company and I thoroughly enjoyed talking to them about everything under the sun. They made me laugh so hard, taught me so much, walked me all around the farm (I got to hold a baby piglet!), and gave me an experience I will never forget. Their organic, natural food was so delicious (I had dinner and breakfast with them), and most of it was from their own farm, as fresh as can be! It was fun meeting all their sweet animal friends too. I love how welcoming, natural, serene, and down to earth life is at Old Farm. I feel it's the Ireland that everyone should experience. My room was so warm, cozy, and comfortable, which I really loved. I feel I have made new wonderful friends who are total gems! Thank you for everything, Alfie and Margaret! Until we meet again! Big hugs.
Rebecca, it was so very lovely to meet you and to have you come stay! You buoyed us with your enthusiasm for our place! Enjoy your farming and gardening experience during the rest of your visit in Ireland.... we hope this rain eases a little bit at least!
Margaret and Alfie
We had a brilliant time staying with Margaret and Alfie. The two of them are amazingly welcoming and hospitable. The rooms were warm, very clean and bright and we did't miss anything. The food was fantastic, especially the home-baked sourdough bead and the sausages made from Alfies pigs. We would recommend to stay here to everybody. 5* stars!
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About the Host, Alfie
Ex soldier and commercial diver and along with my partner Margaret we are now raising rare breed pigs, on our small holding. We're both passionate about our environment and food.
Both are well travelled, and love company, cooking, and conversation. Our blog is ..
"A year in Redwood"