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Staying on a Farm in Ireland: 6 Great Places to Choose From

Updated November 2023–Is staying on a farm in Ireland something you’d like to do when you visit the Emerald Isle?

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Ireland’s agricultural background makes it the perfect place to experience farm life, from bottle-feeding lambs to cutting the turf as well as tasting the hearty home-cooked food that’s an integral part of the farmhouse accommodation experience, and of course, the Irish hospitality that you’ll receive in all of them.

Here are 6 great places to consider.

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1. Ireland West Farm Stay, County Mayo

Immerse yourself in traditional rural Ireland with a stay in a renovated 19th-century stone cottage located on a working cattle farm.

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The stone cottage at Ireland West Farm Stay. Photo courtesy of Ireland West Farm Stay Facebook.

Owner Eddie Joe Dooney will give you the chance to cut turf while explaining the difference between a living bog and a working bog and its connection to rural Ireland, as well as building a dry-stone wall, a tradition that dates to the Neolithic Period 5,000 years ago.

Rooney also gives tours of the local village, Carracastle, a mere 15-minute drive from Ireland West Airport.

Other experiences offered at the farm include blacksmithing, sheepdog herding, and cheese tasting at a local cheese factory.

Rates at this farm are approximately $129/€120/£104 Sterling/$176 CAD/$198 AUD per night. Reservations should be made on Airbnb.

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2. Rock Farm, County Meath

This organic farm is a popular glamping destination, but you’ll also get the traditional Irish farm experience here, too.

Located less than a mile from the River Boyne, this area is steeped in ancient history.

A long road leading into the farm will give you a bird’s eye view of nearby Slane village and the Hill of Slane, which is reputed to be the place where Saint Patrick lit the paschal fire, bringing Christianity to Ireland.

It is also said to be the burial place of the Fir Bolg, one of the early inhabitants of ancient Ireland.

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One of the beautiful yurts that you'll find at the Rock Farm Slane glamping site in Co. Meath. Photo courtesy of Rock Farm Slane.

Choose from a range of yurts to shepherd’s huts and carpeted bell tents, all set in the beautiful Boyne Valley.  All come with appropriate furnishings, crisp white linen, bath towels, and hand-made toiletries.

Be sure to avail of its wood-fired hot tub or take a swim in the property’s natural pool, weather permitting.

Enjoy Rock Farm’s rare breed of Dexter cows, Tamworth pigs as well as chickens and horses.

Rates at this glamping accommodation depend on what you choose. A yurt that sleeps 4 will cost around $273/€255/£220 Sterling/$372 CAD/ $419 AUD for 2 nights.

3. Trean House, County Donegal

Enjoy jam-making and cozy turf fires in this award-winning farmhouse accommodation located on the fabulous Inishowen Peninsula in County Donegal.

This award-winning farmhouse B&B on the beautiful Inishowen peninsula offers the chance to experience life on a family farm.

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Sheep graze on the Trean House farm property. Photo courtesy of Trean House B&B Facebook.

The 125-acre farm, with its neatly made stone walls, streams, wooded glens, and beautiful views over Tremone Bay, offers a variety of farm experiences throughout the year.

During the spring, enjoy the farm’s newborn lambs as well as the plowing and planting of vegetables that are common at this time of year.

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An apple tree in the Trean House garden. Photo courtesy of Trean House B&B Facebook.

Summer is a time for haymaking and, in the autumn, picking apples, gooseberries and raspberries is an annual activity.

The charming 100-year-old farmhouse is surrounded by a large garden complete with apple trees and a variety of other fruit trees.

While the farmhouse is officially open from March 1st through Dec. 20th, out-of-season visits can be arranged.

Rates at Trean House are as follows: €45/$48/£52 Sterling/$65 CAD/$74 AUD) per person sharing in an ensuite room; €60/$64/£51 Sterling/$87 CAD/$98 AUD) single occupancy of an ensuite room per night. The minimum stay required is 2 nights.

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4. Hillview Farmhouse, County Clare

Located in the East Clare Lakelands, this delightful farmhouse B&B is a great example of a working farm that is open to showing visitors what is done daily as well as showcasing the animals that live there.

At Hillview Farmhouse, you’ll find dogs, donkeys, pigs, miniature ponies, lambs, even alpacas.

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Some of the animals that you'll find on the Hillview Farmhouse in County Clare. Photo courtesy of Hillview Farm House B&B Tulla Facebook.

The B&B is run by Trish and Tony Halpin.

Their three children, Enda, Conor, and Aoife help with various tasks around the guesthouse and the farm.

The region is known as one of Ireland’s premier angling areas, with a focus on pike and coarse fishing.

Ireland’s longest river, The Shannon, is nearby as is Lough Derg.

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The beautiful Lough Derg. Photo: Turlough O'Shea for Getty Images.

In addition, there are plenty of opportunities here for walking, cycling, horse-riding, eagle watching, and tracing your ancestry thanks to the help of the local branch of Ireland Reaching Out, a volunteer-led Irish Diaspora initiative.

Visitors to the area often make day trips to local attractions like Ballymorris Pottery, the Burren Centre,  and The Burren Perfumery, among others.

Rates at this farmhouse are from €35/$37/£29 Sterling/$50 CAD/$55 AUD per person sharing; single rate: €45-€50/$48-$53/£38-£42 Sterling/ $64-$71 CAD/$71-$79 AUD per night.

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5. Mount Briscoe, County Offaly

Enjoy an unforgettable glamping experience on this organic farm, which is run by seventh-generation farmer Margaret Edghill.

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A cow from the Mount Briscoe farm in County Offaly. Photo courtesy of Mount Briscoe Organic Farm Facebook.

In addition to seeing how the farm works and viewing its traditional breeds of cattle and draught horses, you’ll also get the chance to indulge your taste buds with delicious organic products, take a farm tour, and even relax for a while by taking a yoga class or enjoying a massage.

Mount Briscoe has served as an organic farm since 1998. The farm also supports a rich variety of birds and mammals.

Rates are around $268/€249/£213 Sterling/$360 CAD/$399 AUD per night at this farmhouse. You must book on Airbnb.

6. Ballylagan Organic Farm, County Antrim

The self-catering apartment above this 19th-century farmhouse is located a mere 15 minutes from the popular Giant’s Causeway in County Antrim and only 25 minutes from Belfast Airport.

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The Ballylagan Organic Farm guesthouse. Photo: Booking.com.

You'll find a sitting/dining room, a double bedroom, a separate shower room and a small but well equipped kitchen in this accommodation.

A small welcome pack of organic foods is included, and you can buy additional organic items in the shop underneath, which serves as the sole outlet for the farm's home-grown produce, beef, pork, bacon, eggs, seasonal fruit and vegetables.

There are two self-guided trails on this 120-acre farm to enjoy.

Rates are £90 Sterling/$111/€105/$150 CAD/$167 AUD per night.

Are you interested in staying on a farm in Ireland? Let me know in the comments below.

colette

Colette is a County Sligo native who created Ireland on a Budget to provide her readers with money-saving tips on how to get to Ireland and then save even more when they're there. She's a professional copywriter who lives in the New York area with her husband and two children.

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