Alfie with his rarebreed pigs.Evening sunlight floods the double bedroom.
Old Farm, North Tipperary - double
Old Farm, North Tipperary - double
4 guests
2 bedrooms
3 beds
2.5 private baths
4 guests
2 bedrooms
3 beds
2.5 private baths
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We promise to do our best to provide an authentic ‘Irish’ welcome during your stay in our home, an old farmhouse that we have extended and renovated. We are always here during your stay, so are available to advise and offer recommendations of where to visit and where to eat. We can give you the ‘local’ insight to our beautiful neighbourhood. A peaceful night’s sleep is guaranteed, and if you opt to join us for dinner, it will be prepared with great homecooked organic food mostly grown here.

The space

So many of our guests have arrived as strangers and left as friends.... we hope you will feel the same after your visit to our home. We look forward to welcoming you to our oasis in the Irish countryside.

Peace and quiet is guaranteed, away from hustle and bustle. This is the place to come to sit back, relax and watch the grass grow, or admire the beautiful night skies with no light pollution to spoil the view.

Our home is an old farmhouse which we have extended and renovated over our time here…. indeed, there is still lots of work to be done, particularly outside. We are based in the very North of County Tipperary in rural Ireland. Each room has a dual aspect looking out over green fields with grazing cattle or sheep. A warm welcome and a peaceful night’s sleep is guaranteed.

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. Homemade organic bread, scones, jams and chutneys are also included. Breakfast is served between 8 - 10 am, and is always prepared fresh and to order.

If you choose to stay with us you are within easy reach of so many of the wonderful attractions our country has to offer. There are the popular destinations - Birr Castle, Rock of Cashel, Kilkenny City, Galway City, Cliffs of Moher, Limerick City - all within an hour or two of our home. If you want to take a break from driving there are lots of hidden gems right here in the Midlands that are so worth checking out - Fancroft Mill and Gardens, Bellefield House, Lough Boora Parklands, Irish Workhouse Centre and Portumna Castle and Forest. Lough Derg, Ireland’s biggest lake is just minutes from us, and the pretty villages along its shoreline are worth exploring. Definitely enough to amuse and entertain for a couple of days…. have a look through our ‘guidebook’.

We are also blessed to have great golf clubs and horse-riding facilities in our area. Our neighbour, Bobby, is a gillie. Should your interests involve fishing or shooting, Bobby is your man. If hill walking is what you like to do, we are just 20 minutes drive from the Slieve Bloom Mountains which offer walks of many different grades.

We are as self-sufficient, and sustainable, as possible. We grow all of our own fruit and vegetables organically. 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 organic producers.

As we are based in quite a rural area we offer the option of an evening meal, at an additional cost of €25.00 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 from traditional Irish/European fare to Indian dishes that we offer guests - Alfie’s (almost famous) pork 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.

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 Saddleback pigs and Zwartbles lambs. 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 also run courses here at Oldfarm - pig rearing and bread making. The pig-rearing course is a day long course where we share our knowledge of keeping pigs in as natural a way as possible. Our bread making course is based on an Irish Soda Bread recipe - used three different ways - during the course of 2 hours you will learn to make a traditional soda bread, griddle bread and a focaccia. Bread making course can be arranged during your stay (€20).

Some points to note: Unfortunately there is no public transport, so your own transport is essential. There is lots of safe parking space on the property. This is an old house - the stairs are steep for anyone with mobility issues or those with young children.

About us: Former Dublin city dwellers, we came to North Tipperary almost fourteen 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

We look forward to welcoming you to our authentic Irish home.

Guest access

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.

Other things to note

There is so much to do and see in the Midlands. Alfie is former 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.


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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 double bed
Bedroom 2
2 single beds

House Rules
No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for children (0-12 years)
Check in is anytime after 4PM

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.

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Dog(s), cat(s), and other pet(s) live in the house


Safety features
Smoke detector
First aid kit
Fire extinguisher

1 night minimum stay

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Belinda User Profile
October 2017
If you want to stay with friendly hosts in a secluded, quiet working farm and enjoy good company, fresh produce and some amazingly cooked meals then this is the place to go. Our room was fantastic but what made our stay great was our exceptional hosts. They have a genuine love of the land and their animals and pride in what they produce. We had a fantastic 3 nights here and I highly recommend. The optional dinners I highly recommend. You won't get fresher produce anywhere else and Margaret and Alfie are both fantastic cooks and hosts !

Carrie User Profile
September 2017
Margaret and Alfie were fantastic, kind hosts. Communication before we stayed was outstanding... Margaret let us know about local events happening during our stay and we were able to attend events that we would not have known about otherwise. Definitely would recommend staying a few days here, one night was not enough! Thank you so much!
Alfie User ProfileAlfie is a superhost.
Response from Alfie:
Glad you enjoyed the Ploughing!
September 2017

Carrie User Profile
September 2017
A++++++! Couldn't ask for more from a bed & breakfast. . . Comfortable bed, everything clean & fresh, slippers & robes were a luxurious touch. . . Amazing meals with fresh food from the garden & farm. Margaret & Alfie made us feel as welcome as old friends from the moment we arrived. Bread making class was fantastic! Can't wait to make these breads at home. Winnie & Ross were the sweetest dogs ever! Don't miss this place!
Alfie User ProfileAlfie is a superhost.
Response from Alfie:
Thank you Carrie and Jeff... it was wonderful having you stay. Hope you enjoy the rest of your trip.
September 2017

Peter User Profile
August 2017
I totally can recommend that place if you are searching for an accommodation in the area. My room was spacious, comfy and cute and the whole farm is very nice and interesting to visit. Breakfast is plentiful and tasty and if you book the dinner you will not regret it as well. The farm is of course a little bit out of the touristic paths but there is still something to visit (Birr, Portumna,...). I could not meet Alfie since he was absent during my days of staying but Margaret was a very friendly, helpful and warm-hearted host. We had some very interesting conversations during the days and the dinner and she also showed me the farm. She is really a very uncomplicated person and I really felt almost at home. I definitely would come back to stay there again!
Alfie User ProfileAlfie is a superhost.
Response from Alfie:
Thank you Peter... do hope you get to come back and visit and bring Romy with you!
August 2017

Margaret is a super host in the true sense. Their place is a little paradise for those interested in an experience in an authentic traditional farm setting, with a marvellous variety of hens and ducks and pigs all roaming free through the farm yard and gardens. Margaret is also a super cook and we enjoyed lovely dinner and conversation on two evenings of our three night booking. Recommended.

David User Profile
August 2017
Beautiful house and small holding with chickens, sheep and pigs foraging among the trees. A warm welcome, a comfortable bed and a terrific breakfast. And Ross the enthusiastic dog to greet you. Highly recommended. David
Alfie User ProfileAlfie is a superhost.
Response from Alfie:
Thank you David, it was lovely to meet you... enjoy your holiday!
August 2017

Zosia User Profile
August 2017
A home from home. Margaret provided such a warm and sincere welcome and the relaxed, comfortable atmosphere of the house made it a unique experience. A haven. Highly recommended.

County Tipperary, IrelandJoined in July 2012
Alfie User ProfileAlfie is a superhost.

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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