Alfie with his rarebreed pigs.Evening sunlight floods the double bedroom.

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About this listing

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.


The space
Accommodates: 4
Bathrooms: 2.5 (Private bathroom)
Bedrooms: 2
Beds: 3
Check In: Anytime after 4PM
Pet Owner: Dog(s), cat(s), and other pet(s)
Room type: Private room

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Extra people: 35 / night after the first guest
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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.


Cancellations

Strict

Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund. Cancel within 7 days of your trip and the reservation is non-refundable.


Safety features
Smoke detector
First aid kit
Fire extinguisher

Availability
1 night minimum stay

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Les User Profile
August 2017
This is a great place to stay. Excellent food and great company. You will feel right at home and pampered too. So fun to see the animals, and setting is very picturesque. We would stay again in a heartbeat.
Alfie User ProfileAlfie is a superhost.
Response from Alfie:
It was wonderful to meet you for 'real'... hope the trip to Wales was good.
August 2017

Mike User Profile
August 2017
Old farm is, as the name implies, a working farm. Lots of farm animals about, which we enjoyed immensely. Alfie and Margaret are both wonderful people and excellent hosts. They provided everything we needed and more, and offered tips on sights and places to visit during our stay. While the location is somewhat remote, it was just what we were looking for. The meals were outstanding and varied, and we enjoyed trying new tastes. We have been recommending Old Farm to everyone who asks about our experience. We have already decided that we would like to return.
Alfie User ProfileAlfie is a superhost.
Response from Alfie:
Thank you Mike and Mary... it was so lovely to meet you both. Enjoy the wedding! And don't forget to thank Diane!
August 2017

Scott User Profile
August 2017
If you want the experience of living on a farm in Ireland, this is the place. Margaret will make you feel right at home immediately and Alfie will keep you laughing all day. They are two warm and wonderful people who are willing to share their home and let others take a peek into an idyllic life. We got to feed the pigs, play with the sheep, and even bake soda bread in the farmhouse kitchen!
Alfie User ProfileAlfie is a superhost.
Response from Alfie:
it was so lovely to meet you and David. We do hope you make it back to visit again.
August 2017

Kristin User Profile
July 2017
Alfie and Margaret's lovely farm in Tipperary was perfect for our family visit. Winnie and Ross, their dogs, greet you on the drive up to he house, where a sign reminds you to "Drive Slow, Ducklings About" - and they are! Ducks, hens and chicks, pigs and sheep are part of Old Farm (and Zack the rooster, but don't worry, he's not one for crowing early in the morning!) Our sons loved going out with Alfie and Margaret to tend to them every morning. Breakfast in their B&B is amazing, with all the food coming from the farm itself - all natural and free range animals here. Make sure you also spend at least one evening having dinner with them. Forget restaurants, this was the best food we had in all of Ireland. With Birr nearby and Kilkenny perfect for a day trip (as well as Cork and Moher) the Old Farm is a perfect central point for seeing all Ireland has to offer. This is the REAL Ireland. No doubt we will be back - our hosts have become friends.
Alfie User ProfileAlfie is a superhost.
Response from Alfie:
Thank you so much Kristin for the lovely review.... we await your return!
July 2017

Teagan User Profile
July 2017
Alfie and Margaret's Airbnb is like no other. Beautiful cuisine made from their own ingredients straight off the farm within a cute cottage surrounded by the Irish countryside. If you are looking for the authentic experience, this is it. The hosts are so loving and helpful, we felt like family! We spent the weekend up there and our days were filled with exploring, helping on the farm, cooking classes and of course, eating. Anyone who comes into Alfie and Margaret's home is a lucky soul. We can't wait to come back again!
Alfie User ProfileAlfie is a superhost.
Response from Alfie:
We miss you both already... hope you do get to come back.
July 2017

Connor User Profile
July 2017
Margaret and Alfie could not have been better hosts. They made me feel at home from the moment I arrived; they gave me great ideas for what to do in the local area; and the food is exceptional! I ate better here than I have on two weeks of vacation.

Lindsay User Profile
June 2017
Margaret and Alfie were charming and charismatic hosts. We thoroughly enjoyed our home-cooked dinner with both and barely noticed the evening fly by. In the morning we had a terrific breakfast including poached eggs fresh from their hen house, and yogurt with raspberries we picked ourselves straight from the berry patch. Food aside, the bedroom was furnished with every amenity one could possibly desire, including dressing robes and spare toiletries. Our stay on the farm was one of the highlights of our trip, and I would go out of my way to come back again someday.
Alfie User ProfileAlfie is a superhost.
Response from Alfie:
Thank you both for such a lovely review! Hope Friday went well. Margaret
June 2017

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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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