About this listing
A peaceful night's sleep is guaranteed.... no sounds of traffic to be heard, only thing to disturb you will be morning birdsong. Enjoy an organic homegrown breakfast each morning....which is prepared to order.
We welcome you to 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 is 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.
We try to be as self-sufficient, and sustainable, as possible. We grow a lot of our own fruit and vegetables without using any herbicides or pesticides. We feel very proud if we can produce dinner from ingredients we have grown here on our smallholding. Sometimes though we do have to subsidise it with food from other sources - but again we will shop from local producers.
Your breakfast while you stay at Oldfarm will always consist of organic home produce - our own granola, fresh eggs from our hens, sausages and bacon - all of course, subject to availability - or should we say cooperation from the animals. Homemade organic bread, scones, jams and chutneys are also included. Breakfast is served between 8 - 10 am, and is always prepared to order.
As we are based in quite a rural area we offer the option of an evening meal, at an additional cost of €20.00 per person (2 courses - choose between a starter and main, or main and dessert). As we grow most of our own food you are guaranteed quality and deliciousness! Let us know if you would like to avail of this option. We are wine drinkers and offer a small selection of wine at cost price, or if you'd prefer to bring your own that's fine too!
We have quite a repertoire of dishes that we offer guests - Alfie’s (almost famous) burgers, Margaret’s sausage casseroles or her Pork Larb. We can also cater for vegetarians and Alfie does some pretty stunning vegetarian pizzas among other dishes.
Many of the traditional 'must see' spots are within an hour to an hour an half from us, so can be easily combined into a day trip. Places like Kilkenny City and all it has to offer is just an hour and 15 minutes away. The Rock of Cashel is an hour and half, and the Cliffs of Moher are also an hour and a half away.
Major towns/cities close by : 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 and the River Shannon, we provide a cosy warm refuge after a day's fishing/walking.
We are just 15 minutes drive from historical Birr Castle and Gardens, Portumna Castle and Portumna Workhouse. Clonmacnoise ancient monastic site is 30 minutes away.
Unfortunately there is very limited public transport, so your 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 a cat, hens, chickens, ducks, turkeys and rare breed pigs (Saddleback and Gloucester Oldspot) and lambs (Zwartbles). 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 - both for your dog's safety and ours.
We have a double and a twin room (can be booked via this link - https://www.airbnb.ie/rooms/1518964) available.
We also run Pig-Rearing courses as part of our business here... perhaps you would like to learn all about pig-rearing.... so do come and stay. You will find details of our courses on our business website: (website hidden)
About us: Former Dublin city dwellers, we came to North Tipperary eleven 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, selling our delicious pork directly to the customer. (website hidden)
We love it, and we think you will too. You can read about our life (and see some of our recipes) via our blog ayearinredwood or if you're into free-range pigs, check out our website : Oldfarm
And just a note, this is an old house - the stairs are steep for anyone with mobility issues or those with young children.
We look forward to meeting you.
Guests will have their own bedroom and exclusive use of one of the bathrooms. Breakfast is generally served in the dining room, while if you choose to join us for dinner in the evening, this is served in the family kitchen.
Interaction with Guests
We are always here while guests are staying, and are available to offer advice on places to visit.
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 and lambs :)
There is a very restricted public bus service, a car is a necessity.
Other Things to Note
There is so much to do and see in the Midlands. Alfie is Chairperson of Mid-Ireland Tourism... so we can point you in the direction lots of interesting things in the area.
If guests are staying for more than one night, we have a local mobile/cell phone available for keeping in contact with us.
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.
If you'd like to bring your dog, this is permissible provided it is used to hens and ducks who roam freely on the property and that your animal is fully up to date with vaccinations.
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"