About this listing
'Burren Farm Cottages' offers accommodations in two separate self catering cottages, just 2.5 miles from the village of Kilfenora in County Clare, adjacent to the world famous Burren Region, with its spectacular landscape and rare plant life.
'The Old Farmhouse' is located on our family run dairy farm in the heart of the Irish countryside, while the other cottage, 'Green Meadows', is less than a mile from our family farm.
These self catering accommodations are suitable for people seeking peace and tranquillity, but also families with children. The children are welcome to take part in milking the cows, or to collect the breakfast eggs.
The area is peaceful and relaxing, but within easy reach of a wide variety of amenities and attractions. We provide information folders and the Jim Robinson map in each cottage.
From Kilfenora, you can drive right through the heart of the Burren to the Aillwee Cave and Ballyvaughan. From there you can follow the coast road via the beaches of Fanore to the fishing village of Doolin, famous for it's traditional Irish music sessions and day trips to the Aran Islands. Not to be missed, just south of Doolin, are the Cliffs of Moher and a couple of miles on, you will arrive in Lahinch with it's beautiful beach and championship golf course. Carry on to Corofin and from there back to Kilfenora and you have never been more than 10 miles away from Kilfenora village.
If you like fishing, Lickeen Lake is nearby as is Inchiquin Lake at Corofin. And again, within a less than 10 mile radius, you have the whole Atlantic coastline to your disposal.
In the evenings you can enjoy traditional Irish music and set dancing in Kilfenora and we'll be happy to teach you a few steps, so you can join in yourself.
On arrival, you are welcomed with home baking and you are always welcome to visit our home for a cup of tea and a chat.
Looking forward to seeing you!
Martin & Marian Barry
The Burren Farm Cottages are situated on the edge of the world famous Burren region, which is an unspoiled part of Ireland. Here in the Burren, the bare exposed limestone which is up to 780 metres in thickness, covers an area of 250 square kilometres. Great slabs of rock are almost as flat and undisturbed as they were when they were formed in the warm shallow seas of the Carboniferous ocean 340 million years ago. The Burren does not mean barren; people have settled here since Stone Age times. Evidence of their habitations and tombs are all around you.
The unusual flora of the Burren has attracted huge interest and attention over the years. Rare and spectacular plants grow in abundance throughout this unique limestone region. Unusual butterflies and moths feed on the flora and the hazel scrub. Pine forests give cover to the larger animals including Pine Marten.
Interaction with Guests
On arrival We meet our guests in the local village and bring them to the cottage. We are living close to The Old Farmhouse and just over a mile from Green Meadows. We are always available to chat with our guests and answer any questions they may have.
Our guests should experience peace and quiet in our neighbourhood. It is an ideal location for walking.
A car is essential.
Other Things to Note
During July and August we only let the cottages from Saturday to Saturday and charge a weekly rate.
As this is a working dairy farm, while we welcome families and love showing people around our farm, however we ask you to be of mindful of the environment. It's a great way to show visitors milking cows, feeding calves, collecting eggs and the stunning scenery, but please be careful of machinery whilst you're here.
The farmhouse is a precious family home, and we take great pride in keeping it beautiful for visitors, we would appreciate you doing the same!
Oil fired central heating and electricity are both charged at cost and are metered. Payments for these are taken on departure.
The fully-equipped kitchen-cum-dining room and comfortable sitting room, where you can relax around the traditional open fire
Marian and Martin were the highlight of our trip to the Burren. Their house was perfect for our group (five adults) and they were the best hosts. They let us help milk the cows, made us fresh scones, shared their fresh milk and eggs with us, and they taught us how to set dance at the local dance hall on Sunday night. We loved every minute of it and we already miss our new friends. Next time we want to stay longer and spend more time with them!
Nos hôtes sont venus aux devants de nous en voiture pour nous accueillir chaleureusement dans leur cottage spacieux et douillet. Des gens adorables qui nous laisse un très agréable souvenir.
AMAZING. Not only was the location beautiful but Martin and Marian were so welcoming, kind, and thoughtful hosts. We really loved the town of Kilfenora and everything about the farmhouse. We got the most local experience out of Kilfenora and our stay here really made our trip. We would go back in a heartbeat :)
This is our second stay at the Burren farmhouse. We were also here in August 2014. Our children (ages 2,6,and 8) have been begging to come back since we pulled away from the farm. They say the farm is better than Disney! We feel so fortunate to have stumbled upon this gem. Martin and Marian could not be kinder people. They were so patient with our children, allowing them to experience life on a working dairy farm. They allowed our children to help with the milkings, bring the cows out to pasture, help feed the calves, and check the henhouse for eggs. My children were even up for the dirty work!! On this visit we were fortunate enough to witness the birth of a baby calf! All experiences we will never forget. The farmhouse itself is perfect. More than enough room for our family of 5. It is spotless. The kitchen is fully equipped and great if you want to make meals at home. The location is excellent for sightseeing. We were able to visit the Aran Islands, Cliffs of Moher, Aliwee Cave (we highly recommend the bird show there), Lahinch (where they have surf schools), and many other places. There is an incredible crepe place in Ennistymon and fab live trad music in Doolin. Martin and Marian couldn't be better hosts. We were so thrilled to find fresh eggs on our doorstep the first night and Marian was kind enough to give us some of her delicious home baked scones. Marian was always very quick to respond to my messages. The Burren Farmhouse is a perfect place for a family holiday and Martin and Marian make it extra special. We will treasure our memories made there and hope to be back soon!
Spent 3 nights and wish we had planned to stay longer. We really enjoyed our time in this very comfy home. There was plenty of room and everything was just perfect. If you travel to or around Ireland and do not stay here you are making a mistake! Thank you Marion and Martin!
Our experience in the farm was lovely, although it was a bit difficult to get there, the experience and, above all, the hosts, worth it. The place was peaceful and the house big enough for 6 adults and a baby. Plus they provided us with a cot and a baby chair as well. You could see the animals and also have fresh milk and eggs! The village is very nice and if you are lucky and stay on the weekend can also attend to the dancing night which is highly recommendable and you get to know the great and real Ireland. The hosts are the most lovely people we have ever meet, always keen for a chat and The experience in general was totally recomendable!!
I'm not sure what else to say that has not been said already about this place. Visiting Martin and Marian was like returning to a home we didn't know we had before we arrived.
The farmhouse itself was comfortable, bright, welcoming, had beautiful views, and quite spacious. It's in close proximity to all the incredible views and natural sights county Clare has to offer. We had an infant along and there was everything there we could need (cot, high chair, etc)
Despite all these great amenities, the hospitality was still the best part. This couple will leave you be if you want your space, or will welcome you into their home and way of life and treat you like family. I learned a lot, laughed a lot, and made many memories we'll cherish for years to come.
Hopefully, until the next time. I can't imagine a trip to Ireland without a stay in Kilfenora.
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About the Host, Marian And Martin
Hi, we're Marian and Martin, we have our own Dairy farm here in Kilfenora Co. Clare. When we're not milking cows, we're set dancing or walking in the Burren. We love traditional music, baking bread, socializing with wonderful friends and local characters. We also love natural history and local heritage, and are keen to share this with our visitors.