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.
We had a wonderful time. Some of the best food we have had in Ireland. Thank you!
Margaret and Alfie made me feel most welcome, they are delightful people to have a full on conversation with, no matter what the topic! It felt great to be in the countryside of Ireland and to take in what they offered on their farm. The sustainability of this place is top notch and you can see this in their cooking and farming lifestyle. I wish I could live this way back home!
This listing is amazing, even though I haven't been to too many places, I can confidently say that this is one of the best!
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Alfie and Margaret were wonderful hosts. If you want to experience the Irish countryside, this is a great place to stay. However, it is more like a bed and breakfast than a vacation rental. Alfie and Margaret provide sleeping accommodations and breakfast, but you have to pay for dinner with them or eat out. You cannot use their kitchen to make your own food, which was somewhat of a negative for our group. We would have liked to make some food for ourselves.
Wine is also available for purchase at a reasonable price. All of the food they make is delicious, organic, and locally grown or produced. In fact, the food they make is one of the highlights of our stay.
Overall, I would recommend this place.
We came back to Margaret & Alfie's wonderful home a week later and brought the whole family this time. The second visit was even better than the first. This is a real oasis in the Irish countryside- if you want to experience true Irish hospitality, you have to visit. Our whole family would thoroughly recommend it!
We stayed only one night and we left wishing we had booked for much longer. Margaret and Alfie were so much fun. The conversation was lively and engaging, the dogs were sweet and friendly, and the food was wonderful. If you prefer the countryside to the city, the Old Farm is perfect for you. Be sure to have dinner with them while you're there. When we come back to Ireland, this will definitely be a repeat visit.
Just returned from a very enjoyable stay with Margaret & Alfie. We really felt at home. The house and food && ...are gorgeous-I cannot recommend enough-when can we come back.........?!
Mary, Conor & Orla Walsh Dublin
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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"