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Reasons to Holiday in Ireland

5 Reasons to Holiday in Ireland

Ireland is such a beautiful and charming country, with so much to offer to all its visitors. From the Wild Atlantic Way across to Ireland’s Ancient East, there is so much to be explored and the best way to do this is by having a Farmhouse B&B as your base! Here are my top 5 reasons to vacation in Ireland this year:

The People

5 Reasons to Holiday in IrelandAnybody who has ever been to Ireland will agree with me when I say that the Irish people are what make this country so special. Irish locals are always friendly, warm and helpful to visitors, and love extending their famous ‘céad míle fáilte’ to all! Wherever you choose to stay in Ireland, the conversation will be flowing and the craic will be mighty!

The Beauty

Reasons to Holiday in IrelandIt is an undeniable fact that Ireland is one of the most naturally beautiful places in the world. With stunning scenery, breath-taking coastlines and unspoilt landscapes, this little island has it all. From Malin Head at the very top of the country, to Mizen Head at the very bottom, and everywhere in between, there are so many fantastic sights to be seen where great memories can be made.

The Charm

Reasons to Holiday in IrelandIt is the age-old cliché associated with Ireland but the Irish charm is something that cannot be forgotten! From quaint little villages to lively cities, Ireland has a special charm about it that you can’t help but fall in love with. It is unique to the Emerald Isle and while visiting, you will feel as if you are part of something truly extraordinary.

The Attractions

Reasons to Holiday in IrelandFor a country so small, Ireland fairly packs in an exciting range of attractions to visit. No matter where your interests lie, there is something for everyone to appreciate. From fascinating historical and cultural sites, to famous landmarks and places of natural beauty, you will be spoilt for choice when deciding your holiday itinerary!

The Activities

Reasons to Holiday in IrelandIreland’s unspoilt landscapes and remarkable rivers, lakes and seas, make it the ideal location for outdoor activities. From hiking and cycling, to horse-riding and golfing, all hobbies are catered for. Water-sports are also a speciality, with great facilities for angling, surfing, kayaking and so much more. Ireland is a haven for adventure seekers and outdoor enthusiasts!

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Farmhouse Carrot Cake Recipe

Carrot Cake Recipe

Nobody goes hungry in an Irish Farmhouse bed and breakfast! It’s a lovely start to any holiday to be met with fresh home-made treats on arrival at your chosen Farmhouse B&B.  This carrot cake recipe was kindly given to me by one of our Farmhouse B&B homes that’s located along the Wild Atlantic Way. Why not try to make it at home? I think you’ll agree that it’s delicious…

Ingredients

butter for greasingIrish Farmhouse Holidays home-baking Carrot Cake Recipe
115g/4 oz self-raising flour
pinch of salt
1 tsp ground allspice
½ tsp ground nutmeg
175g/6 oz soft brown sugar
2 eggs, beaten
5tbsp sunflower oil
175g/6 oz grated carrots
1 banana, chopped
25g/1 oz chopped toasted mixed nuts

Frosting

3 tbsp butter, softened
3tbsp cream cheese
175g/6 oz icing sugar, sifted
1 tsp orange juice
grated rind ½ orange
walnut halves or pieces, to decorate

Method

1. Grease an 18-cm/7-inch square cake tin with butter and line with baking parchment. Sift the flour, salt, allspice and nutmeg into a bowl. Stir in the brown sugar, then stir in the eggs and oil. Add the carrots, banana and chopped mixed nuts and mix together well.
2. Spoon the mixture into the prepared cake tin and level the surface. Transfer to a preheated oven, 190˚C/375˚F, and bake for 55 minutes or until golden and just firm to the touch. Remove from the oven and cool. When cool enough to handle, turn out on to a wire rack to cool completely.
3. To make the frosting, put the butter, cream cheese, icing sugar, orange juice and orange rind into a bowl and beat together until creamy. Spread the frosting over the top of the cold cake, then use a fork to make shallow wavy lines in the frosting. Scatter over the walnuts, cut the cake into bars and serve.

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Irish Farmhouse Holidays Guest Reviews

Before you book your Farmhouse holiday B&B accommodation it helps to read reviews from fellow travellers who have actually experienced a farm-stay break in Ireland. Below is a selection of guest reviews in relation to B&B Ireland’s Farm-stay bed and breakfasts.

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Farmhouse: Cahergal House and Equestrian Center
Location: Shannon, Co Clare

Cahergal House and Equestrian Center Shannon Co ClareReview: Staying at Cahergal house was one of the highlights of our trip. Noreen and Michael are excellent hosts. The property is lovely and the hospitality wonderful. Our 9 and 18 year old children both enjoyed the farm and the wonderfully friendly dogs. The home made scones, fresh fruit and farm eggs were lovingly prepared. The walk through the farm and the Irish history lesson were an added bonus.
Guest Name: Jody Lowe
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Farmhouse: Ardfield Farmhouse
Location: Cork City

Ardfield Farmhouse Cork City Co CorkReview: We stayed at a few nice places on our trip around Ireland but this one was at the top of the leader-board. After a very warm welcome we first enjoyed a nice relaxed dinner in a pub nearby, then admired the horses, played with the dogs and then relaxed in the living room with a great cup of tea from one of the biggest tea pots that I have ever seen  Bernadette made us feel completely at home and we enjoyed every minute of our stay. If I could give more stars, I would … the five should have a golden shine to it.
Guest Name: Werner
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Farmhouse: Murphy’s Farmhouse
Location: Castlemaine, Co Kerry

Murphy's Farmhouse Castlemaine Co KerryReview: Quaint, cozy, charming… these are the words that come to mind with regards to our stay at the Farmhouse. The house is immaculate and perfectly kept, the property is spacious, off the beaten path and quiet; yet very easy to find. The breakfast was just perfect. Could not have been any better – thank you for a lovely stay.
Guest Name: Jeff & Kristin Eldridge
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Farmhouse: Cherryville House
Location: Kildare

Cherryville House KildareReview: Un très bon accueil, chambre spacieuse et confortable, le petit déjeuner est excellent. Tout près de Kildare où il y a pubs et musique pour la soirée.
Guest Name: Fred Leblanc
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Farmhouse: Ross House
Location: Riverstown, Co Sligo

Ross House Riverstown Co Sligo
Review: Oriel and Nick were fabulous hosts. Very accommodating, warm, charming, and chatty. From the moment we arrived until we left we felt like extended family members. Their place is definitely in the middle of nowhere, making it a bit tricky for us to find at first, but we really enjoyed walking the long farm road in either direction looking at nothing but rolling hills, farms, and ruins of old stone buildings. The evening chat in the parlor with Nick and the other guests was so engrossing before we knew it it was after midnight!
Guest Name: Richard Higgins
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Farmhouse: Glasha
Location: Ballymacarbry, Co Waterford   

Glasha Farmhouse in Ballymacarbry Co. WaterfordReviews: This was our fourth B and B in Ireland and, by far, the best! What a beautiful place! The gardens are lovely with many statues, a water feature, and lots of flowers. The large patio makes it a wonderful place to sit and relax. The rooms are exceptional and decorated quite nicely. The house itself features beautiful decor and Olive is the BEST hostess ever!! She was so accommodating. We arrived late one evening and she was so willing to fix dinner for the weary travelers. It was much appreciated. The experience we had at Glasha was one that will always keep the memory of our trip to Ireland alive. Olive is an A+ hostess with a beautiful B and B.
Guest Name: Max and Vicki Stites
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Irish Brown Bread Recipe

Irish Farmhouse Brown Bread Recipe

Irish Farmhouse B&Bs include home-cooking and baking as part of the farm-stay experience for their guests. Traditional Irish brown bread is delicious and bed and breakfasts in Ireland tend to serve it with breakfast in the mornings or complementary along with tea/coffee on arrival.  Real butter and home-made jam on a slice of Irish brown bread is a tasty treat that everyone should try!

This is a great brown bread recipe that you could try yourself at home.

Ingredients

Home-baking is a specialism of Irish Farmhouse B&B hosts12 ozs extra coarse brown wheaten meal
8 ozs plain strong white flour
3 handfuls of bran
2 handfuls of wheat germ
1 tsp baking powder
11/4 – 11/2 pints of fresh milk
1 dessertspoon treacle
1 dessertspoon oil
1 level teaspoon salt

Method

Preheat oven to 240C/475F.
Prepare 2 x 2lb loaf tins greased.
In a large bowl combine all the dry ingredients.
Add treacle and oil to lesser amount of milk and stir into dry mix.
The mixture at this stage should be soft and moist. If too dry add some more milk, but do not make it too wet.
Spoon mixture into the prepared tins and smooth tops, making a slight hollow along the centre of each.
Sprinkle with bran or sesame seeds.
Place in the oven and bake for 20 minutes.
Reduce oven temperature to 150C/300F and continue to bake for a further 30 minutes.
Remove bread from oven and turn loaves out onto a wire rack to cool.

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Wild Atlantic Way Coastal Route

The Wild Atlantic Way

The Wild Atlantic Way coastal route on the west coast of Ireland has all the ingredients that make for a fantastic holiday experience. 2,400km of beautiful unspoilt natural landscapes that will, without doubt, take your breath away!

Counties

Mullaghmore in Co Sligo along the Wild Atlantic WayThe Wild Atlantic Way is the longest defined coastal driving route in the world. The spectacular Atlantic coastline encompasses the counties of Donegal, Leitrim, Sligo, Mayo, Galway, Clare, Limerick, Kerry and Cork, each one offering unique experiences. The route is well signposted and can be joined at any point. You don’t have to complete it all in one vacation, in fact, it’s best to break your journey up into sections and spend a few days exploring each location.

Céad mile Fáilte

A warm welcome awaits at an Irish Farmhouse B&BFarmhouse B&Bs make ideal accommodation bases and will definitely add to your Wild Atlantic Way adventure. You’ll receive a warm Céad Míle Failte and you’ll experience the true meaning of Irish hospitality. Relax and enjoy tranquil surroundings with hosts that will make sure you have everything you need. They’ll guide you on the must-see sights that make the Wild Atlantic Way so special, from the most famous landmarks including the Cliffs of Moher, Ring of Kerry and the Sliabh Liag Cliffs in Donegal to the lesser known hidden gems that don’t appear in the official guide books.

See and Do

Sliabh Liag in Donegal along the Wild Atlantic WayNo matter where you decide to base yourself along the route, there will be plenty of sites to see, historical ruins, castles, secluded beaches and scenic harbours that will have you reaching for your camera. You will love the friendly towns and villages along the way, with charming restaurants and quaint pubs where fresh seafood is a specialty on the menu. The west coast of Ireland is a haven for outdoor leisure pursuits, so whatever your passion, from walking and cycling, to sailing and golf, your interests will be catered for.

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Irish Farmhouse Holidays Irish Breakfast Scones recipe

Irish Breakfast Scones

Your taste-buds are in for a real treat when you stay at an Irish Farmhouse B&B. Our B&B hosts are renowned for their cooking skills, so you’ll be enjoying delicious Irish home-cooking throughout your stay. Ard na Greine B&B, one of our bed and breakfast homes has kindly shared a recipe for Irish Breakfast Scones for you to try at home.

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1 lb self-raising flour
4 ozs butter
2 ozs caster sugar
2 eggs – whisked
1 cup of milk – approximately

Method

1.   Sieve dry ingredients into a bowl.
2.   Rub in the butter.
3.   Make a well in the center
4.   Add the whisked eggs and milk into the mixture.
5.   Mix to a loose dough.
6.   Keep a little of the egg mixture for brushing over the scones.
7.   Turn onto a floured board and knead lightly.
8.   Shape into a round about 1″ thick.
9.   Cut out scones, put on a baking try and brush with the remaining egg mixture.
10. Bake in a hot oven – 200C / 400F / Gas 6 for 20 – 30 minutes or until golden brown.

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Top 5 reasons for staying in a Irish farmhouse B&B

Top 5 Reasons for Staying in an Irish Farmhouse B&B

There are so many reasons why an Irish farmhouse B&B is the perfect choice of accommodation when visiting Ireland. Here are my top 5 reasons why it could be the ideal choice for you…

Farmhouse B&B Hosts

Host will be on hand to make sure you have a wonderful holidayFrom the moment you arrive at your farmhouse B&B, your hosts will be the ones that make sure your holiday is the best it can be. They’ll be there to welcome you and make you feel at home from the moment you arrive.  You will be greeted with refreshments and as all farmhouse B&Bs are family run, hosts will be on hand throughout your stay to ensure personal attention. They have a wealth of local knowledge and will be happy to share this information with you. From local history to tourist attractions, restaurants to pubs they’ll point you in the right direction.

Home-cooking

Home-cooking is a specialism of the Irish Farmhouse B&B in IrelandHome-cooking is a specialism of the farmhouse B&B. Hosts like to grow their own crops, keep their own hens for eggs and use their own produce in food they prepare for guests. The full Irish breakfast is a tradition of Irish B&B, but menus are always varied. From pancakes to smoked salmon and scrambled eggs you’ll be spoilt for choice. Homemade scones, brown bread
and fruit preserves will delight your taste-buds.

Working Farm

A chance to feed the farm animalsYou have the opportunity to be part of the whole working farm experience. Pull on a pair of wellingtons and enjoy a variety of farm activities from collecting eggs to feeding the farm animals. A farm holiday is the perfect way to get away from it all and get back to nature. You’ll leave the stress and strains of life behind with a stroll across the open field of the beautiful Irish countryside.

Authentic Irish Experience

An authentic Irish experience when staying in an Irish Farmhouse B&BIf you are looking for an authentic Irish experience, you’ll find it by staying in a farmhouse bed and breakfast. Farms are run by Irish families who have been welcoming guests into their homes for many a year. Irish traditions are very important in the country areas of Ireland. Most families have members that sing, play an instrument or Irish dance, so don’t be surprised by an impromptu music night. If you choose to stay in a Gaeltacht region, the Irish language along with English will be used in the home.

Countryside Location

Irish Farmhouse Holidays in stunning countryside locationsChoosing a farmhouse holiday means you are surrounded by natural beauty, scenic landscapes and green pastures. Bed and breakfasts in Ireland are conveniently located close to lots of must-see attractions, from historical ruins to sandy beaches along the Wild Atlantic Way. No matter which county you choose to stay in, there will be a wealth of activities just waiting for you.

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