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
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 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.
Galway city 60 mins, Limerick 50 mins, Dublin and Cork both 2 hours away and Athlone only 40 mins.
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.
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 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 organic bread, scones, jams and chutneys are also included. Breakfast is served between 8 - 10 am.
We have a double and a twin room (can be booked via this link - https://www.airbnb.ie/rooms/1518964) 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 also offer the option of an evening meal, at an additional cost of €15.00 per person (2 courses - choose between 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 offer a small selection of 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... 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. (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 (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 :)
And just a note, this is an old house - the stairs is steep for anyone with mobility issues or those with young children.
We look forward to meeting you.
Interaction with Guests
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 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.
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.
Alfie and Margaret are my new favourite Pig farmers! If you want an authentic country Ireland experience, it is a great place to stay. After rounding up the escapee sheep we had a delicious dinner and great conversation. The accommodation was very comfortable. Great advice on travelling around the area and we really enjoyed driving around the Lough
Would love to visit again
Alfie and Margaret are wonderful people! If we make another trip to Ireland their place will definitely be on our short list. They made us feel so welcome - even though they are busy people with a farm to run. And the food-- as good as the company! Alfie even took us on a bog tour! Nice to be welcomed into their home and the location was perfect for us.
Alfie and Margaret were a pleasure to stay with. They really made us feel welcome. Our 5 year old had a blast feeding the pigs, sheep and ducks!
It felt more like staying with old friends. The setting and comfortable accommodations were the icing on the cake. If you are looking for a genuine rural experience on the country side, this is the place for you.
I had a fabulous time! Lovely farm, beautiful room, great food, wonderful conversation and fantastic hosts!
I got to know Ireland through Margaret and Alfie.
They had loads of suggestions to go and visit and they shared their love for the Irish way of life. A night out dancing in the village was an unexpected treat.
It was an amazing experience.
Thank you so much for everything!
Simply marvelous stay on Alfie and Margaret's beautiful farm. The listing was easy to find, even though it is rural, and the location is a perfect stopping point on the way back to Dublin from points farther afield. Margaret provided detailed directions for us prior to our arrival, as well as suggestions for places to visit on the way to her home. Communications was easy, and arranging arrival and check in was a breeze.
Our rooms were very comfortable and the atmosphere created by the appointments and style of the owners is relaxing and peaceful. There were three of us ladies traveling together, and the two available rooms were perfect for our group.
I highly recommend having dinner with them as offered, the food as well as the company are unparalleled. Many thanks to Alfie and Margaret for quality conversation, amazing food, and a great experience in central Ireland.
I am Judy coming Baca from te Oldfarm. For me it was a unique experience, full of delicious food, amazing company and beautiful places to discover and fell in love with the magic Midlands.
Alfie and Margareth are the best hosts ever and they make you feel always welcome.
The delicious and surprise cake for my birthday was a lovely gesture that I would never forget.
I have no doubt. I will be back to the OldFarm to visit friends. Magic people from the Magic Midlands!
Margaret and Alfie are fantastic hosts. We stayed for a weekend, to do a bit of cycling around the area, but ended up spending most of the time at the house because it was so cosy, and they were both so welcoming, that we didn’t want to leave! The house is full of character, and the room we stayed in extremely comfortable. Breakfast is outstanding - from Alfie’s home made organic breads, eggs from the chickens pecking around the lovely garden, honey from their own bees, and bacon and sausages produced from their own completely free range pigs, you will not get a better meal anywhere. I would also recommend having dinner, not only for the great food, but to enjoy the company of two extremely charming and friendly people, who are great conversationalists and who will go out of their way to make you feel at home. They are both great cooks and the emphasis is on food that is ethically and organically produced. I would definitely recommend for a short break in the country. And, while you’re there, make sure you bring home some of their pork/eggs/honey – they are far superior to anything you can buy in the shops!
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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"
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We had family staying recently and decided to make the one hour road trip to visit King Johns Castle.... just one word AMAZING definitely worth a visit.Nicholas Street Co. Limerick