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, this home is located on the border of three counties, Tipperary, Offaly and Galway, and an ideal base for exploring the midlands and west. 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. 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. There is lots of safe parking space on the property.
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.
If you'd like to bring your dog along, please just ask us. We would ask that they are used to hens and ducks (our birds roam freely on the property) and also that they have up to date vaccinations.
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 (if available) from our own pigs. Homemade Spelt bread, scones, jams and chutneys are also included.
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.
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!
We also run Pig-Rearing courses as part of our business here... so perhaps you would like to learn all about pig-rearing.... so do come and stay. You will find details of our courses on (website hidden)
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 (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.
We are always here while guests are staying.
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 a very limited public bus service.
Our Midland experience at Alfie and Margaret's farm was the best according to our 16 year old son. They were welcoming and genuine, as well as gracious people. Evenings were full of great conversation, sharing, and music. Their local, and organic philosophy was well grounded, and informative.
The rooms were lovely, clean, and comfortable.
We had a very pleasant stay with our host. We only stayed for one night and this was too short of a time. It was my husbands birthday the day we stayed with Alfie and Margaret and they made sure our experience was special. My husband and I decided to dine in, and we are both very happy we did. The pork was very fresh from the farm as was everything else! Alfie is an amazing cook and we talked and laughed as we watched and even joined in to help him cook. Alfie and Margaret both have amazing personalities and made us feel right at home. Coming from a large city ourselves, we were both amazed of the farming life, from watching the chickens and ducks run loosely to helping feed the pigs! We both really enjoyed our stay.
Our stay at Alfie's farm was exactly what we were looking for: two lovely hosts, a cosy farm, very nice homemade food, relaxing time in front of an open fireplace and inspiring conversation.
Margret and Alfie are two very welcoming, warm and open people and we enjoyed the conversation over some very delicious homemade organic meals a lot. The two not just cooked very well but also shared a lot of their "Food" knowledge with us.
We hired a car in Dublin and found the farm without any problems due to Margret's perfect description. For our further trips to the Coast and to Galway, Margret was a great "trip advisor" and we were glad that Alfie lend us his GPS :-)
Even in December with its occasional rain, the farm was a great escape after Christmas and from our busy city life and Margret and Alfie did everything to make it a very pleasant stay. I hope we see each other again.
Both Alfie & Margaret are delightful with amazing Irish hospitality. As i got stuck in Galway traffic i was driving rural roads in the dark and had to call to find the turnoff. Do need to see road to find the turn! They actually came to find me 2km down the road.
Fabulous people who welcomed me like family and fed me a real farm dinner!
Enjoyed conversations & renovation stories about their lovely house. Woke up to actually see the working farm: pigs, chickens, ducks, geese and dogs with huge crow rookeries on the grounds.
If you want rural Ireland - go meet Alfie & Margaret!
I had an exquisite experience with Alfie and Margaret! They are a lovely couple and did everything they could to make me feel at home. They even picked me up and drove me to the bus station because I didn't have a car! From the great smell in the kitchen to the very clean and comfortable room, everything was perfect. Great food, great wine and amazing conversations! I learned a lot about how to take care of the farm, and even did some cooking! Thanks again, I had an amazing time!
Booked with Alfie because we wanted to a real Irish farm experience. We couldn't have chosen better! We ended up arriving an hour before scheduled check in because we didn't need the time we had allotted for getting lost. The GPS coordinates were spot on and we had no difficulty locating the farm. Despite being early, Margaret invited us in and served us tea and delicious scones.
Because the farm is remote and because Alfie raises pigs the old fashioned "clean" way, we opted to "eat in" and are so glad we did. Margaret prepared a delicious roasted pork with cracklings, applesauce, scalloped potatoes and assorted veg that was to die for. The wine flowed as did the conversation and we feel like we discovered long lost friends (and possibly family as Margaret and I found a common surname in our heritage!). Alfie also introduced me to "Black Bush" Whiskey and I discovered I have a previously unknown affinity for it...with a splash of water and a few ice cubes!
We were travelling with our college age son and so had two rooms. Both rooms were immaculate and comfortable. Baths (2) were down the hall and this presented no difficulties. I awoke in the morning to diffused misty sunlight and cows mooing softly in an adjacent field. It was like traveling back in time and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Breakfast was delicious. My son had farm fresh eggs from Margaret's own hens and sausage. I opted for porridge with butter and brown bread. Alfie makes his own brown bread and it was yummy. I have to confess to a bit of an addiction to brown bread and hope I can duplicate it at home.
As we parted, Alfie gave me and my son his card and phone number in case my son, who is studying this semester in Limerick, had any emergencies and needed local help. He also offered for our son to visit any time during the semester to trade some work on the farm for a room and a meal and I seriously hope my son can take him up on it. A wonderful experience all around. If ever I get back to Ireland (and I most seriously expect I will) I will definitely go back to visit Alfie and Margaret!
If you are looking for a country experience with 2 generous and kind people, look no further. Old Farm was a down home experience with great conversation, great food and great people.
During two weeks in Ireland we have met a lot of people and had many memorable experiences. Alfie and Margaret are the real deal, and the visit with them is perhaps the highlight of entire trip. The chance to see their small farming operation, then eat food wonderfully prepared with key ingrediants resourced off the farm, was a rare experience. We joined them for dinner and found new friends. The Old Farmhouse is a recommended stop for those who want a change of pace from the typical B&B.
Paddy and I really enjoyed our time with Alfie and Margaret . Both are great hosts and very keen to give best customer service to guests.
We indeed had lively and forthright conversations and much laughter!
the house and grounds are super and as for the dogs, ducks and pigs, great for families from city to enjoy!
My fiance and I stayed at the farm for 1 night on a 5 day Ireland road trip. It really was a highlight on our holiday. The farm is beautiful and the serenity of the rural area was just what we needed.
We would rate Alfie and Margaret as some of the best hosts we've had on our airbnb experiences to date. They are great conversationalists who really take the time to get to know you and break down that host/guest barrier.
We opted to have dinner at "home", and were very impressed with the quality of food and how easily they catered for vegetarians, considering it's a pork farm!
The room was spacious, clean and tidy. The house and surrounds are a work in progress, so we'd love to be able to return and see how it all turned out!
This is the final rate, including any fees from the host and Airbnb.