Alfie with his rarebreed pigs.Evening sunlight floods the double bedroom.
Old Farm, North Tipperary - double
Hosted by Alfie
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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.

You must also acknowledge
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

81 Reviews

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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
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Response from Alfie:
Thank you David, it was lovely to meet you... enjoy your holiday!
August 2017

Tanya User Profile
June 2017
We had a great time at Oldfarm! Alfie and Margaret welcomed our family so warmly, we were travelling with our toddler and they made it so easy for us to relax and feel at home. Food is absolutely delicious, house is warm and cosy and the garden and animals make great entertainment for busy little ones!
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Response from Alfie:
Thank you Tanya and Richard... it was lovely having you all.
June 2017

Lily User Profile
April 2017
We had an amazing time at Old Farm! We know Margaret and Alfie but had never stayed as Airbnb guests. We decided to experience Old Farm as guests and it was amazing! We did a bread making course during the morning with Alfie and came home with great recipes and the bread we made! The room was super comfortable, clean and with gorgeous views. The bathroom ample and comfortable too. The breakfast and dinner were to die for! The place is so quiet it allowed us a great night sleep!! Alfie showed us around the farm and as a foodie, I could have sat hours listening to both hosts talk about their food ethos. We found the area great, plenty of places to walk and driving distance from historical Birr and lovely Roscrea. Great Wifi and plenty of cooking books around. If weather is good, breakfast on the baranda is heavenly!!! Loved this place!!!
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Response from Alfie:
Thank you Lily for such a lovely review!
April 2017

Taly User Profile
July 2016
We had a fantastic few days with Alfie and Margaret, and their lovely dogs Minnie and Ross, cool cat Ruadh, and the host of ducks and chickens that roam the lawns. Alfie and Margaret couldn't have made us feel more welcome, and we felt instantly at home and in the company of old friends. They are genuinely hospitable people, and extended the use of their farmhouse and gardens to us and our kids. Our two kids absolutely adored their stay, and spent much of the time racing around the garden with the dogs, or swinging under the branches. We ate like kings on two nights - both Alfie and Margaret are very good cooks, and breakfasted wonderfully with Margaret's homegrown and homemade produce and Alfie's fresh breads. We toasted marshmallows on the fire on our last evening at Alfie's suggestion, which the kids were thrilled with. We're really looking forward to coming back for another stay at this lovely farmhouse run by lovely people in a beautiful area.
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Response from Alfie:
We would be delighted to have you all come back and stay again.... the dogs are missing the chasing about!!! I will get those toys shipped to you later in the week.
July 2016

Kristian & Kelley User Profile
October 2015
Well what an experience, it was all very last minute escape for me as the sun was shining I decided to take the bike for a spin and stay somewhere quiet. Found Alfie and Margret to be the most delightful and entertaining hosts, and from hosting myself I know it can be quite tiresome. The bathroom, room itself, kitchen, gardens and the rest of the house is quite superb! Everything was exactly as I had hoped and even down to the tour of the place to the dinner and company!!! I would throughly recommend to all whom fancy a bit of a retreat and good wholesome food and company

Mary User Profile
July 2015
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!

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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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