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Wild Atlantic Way in County Mayo

Ireland’s Natural Beauty

Ireland’s Natural Beauty

The first thing that you will notice when you arrive in Ireland is its stunning natural beauty. The Irish countryside really does offer forty shades of green and an abundance of exceptional landscapes. Having recently returned from a trip abroad, the first thing that hit me was the beautiful lush green fields that surrounded me as I travelled down the road and I realised how much I had missed Ireland’s natural beauty.

Beautiful Places

Ireland's Natural Beauty includes the Sliabh Liag Cliffs in Co DonegalThe one thing that we take for granted living in Ireland is its jaw-dropping beauty. It is home to natural phenomenon that you just won’t see anywhere else in the world! Locations throughout Ireland such as the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland, The Burren in County Clare, Sliabh Liag Cliffs in County Donegal, The Copper Coast in County Waterford, the Wicklow Mountains National Park, and the Beara Peninsula in County Cork will astound you and as far as these magnificent places go, the list is endless. The Wild Atlantic Way on the West Coast of Ireland is the longest defined driving route in the world.  It spans nine counties and is truly breath-taking with so much to see and do.

The Great Outdoors!

Macgillycuddy Reeks, Ring of Kerry in County MayoIn Ireland, you are spoilt for choice, from beautiful landscapes that are perfect for outdoor adventures such as walking, cycling, golf and horse-riding, to a coastline made for surfing, sailing, fishing and more. There are mountains to climb and parklands and woodlands to explore, all offering something that little bit special. Ireland has no less than six National Parks including, Killarney National Park known as the “Jewel in Kerry’s Crown”. This park alone is famed for its beauty and is home to Macgillycuddy Reeks (Ireland’s highest mountain range), Ross Castle, Muckross Waterfall and the Lakes of Killarney.

Accommodation

Farmhouse bed and breakfasts are located across Ireland and offer modern and comfortable accommodation, yet retain the old traditions that make them so unique. You have the option of taking part in farming activities or to just sit back and enjoy the tranquillity and peace of your beautiful surroundings.  They are the perfect base for exploring Ireland’s undeniable natural beauty.

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Irish Farmhouse B&B Hosts

B&B Hosts

From their idyllic locations to their excellent facilities, there are so many reasons for choosing to stay in an Irish Farmhouse bed and breakfast during your stay in Ireland. However, it is without doubt that the B&B hosts are what make your vacation that extra bit special. They go above and beyond to ensure that their guests have the best experience possible!

Warm Welcome

Irish Farmhouse B&B HostsFrom the moment you arrive at your chosen B&B, your hosts are on hand to welcome you into their home. They treat their guests as if they are a member of their own family, making sure that you are comfortable and settled at all times. On arrival, you are greeted with tea/coffee and delicious home-baking. Its little gestures like these that can make a big difference to the enjoyment of your holiday!

Home-baking

B&B Hosts provide home-baking such as sconesAs well as their warmth and friendliness, B&B hosts are excellent cooks and bakers! When staying in one of our homes, you can look forward to a mouth-watering full Irish breakfast after a comfortable night’s sleep. Hosts are more than happy to cater for any dietary requirements and will ensure that you are completely looked after for your entire stay. Their fresh home-baking is also a real treat, such as delicious scones with jam and cream!

Hints and Tips

B&B hosts can help with your itinerary plan so you don't miss out on places like Bunratty CastleYour B&B hosts can lend a hand when planning your itineraries, as they will have a wealth of local knowledge. From the best sights to see, to the tastiest places to dine, they have all the hints and tips you need to ensure you don’t miss out. Hosts are also a great help when organising activities, as they can provide you with any necessary contacts or information.

Authentic Irish Experience

Overall, the B&B host is a very important factor in an authentic Irish holiday experience. From giving you an insight into their traditions and culture, to helping you get to grips with the locality, they make your stay an unforgettable one. When you choose to stay in an Irish bed and breakfast, you arrive as a stranger, but leave as a friend.

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Book a stay in an Irish Farmhoue B&B near to the Cliffs of Moher, Co Clare

Top 5 Attractions to Visit in Ireland

Ireland is a beautiful and unique island that lends itself to the perfect holidays for getting away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. There is so much to see and do when on holiday in the Emerald Isle, from its famous landmarks to its hidden gems. Here are my top 5 attractions to visit in Ireland, to ensure you’re not missing out:

The Cliffs of Moher, Co. ClareBook your stay in a Irish Farmhouse B&B near to the Cliffs of Moher, Co Clare

Arguably one of the most well-known attractions in Ireland, you cannot miss the opportunity to check its magical natural beauty out. Stretching for 8km along the Wild Atlantic Way, and standing 214m at their highest point, these cliffs truly are a sight to behold. Looking out at the breath-taking views, with the waves crashing down below you and the wind whipping in your hair, the Cliffs of Moher give you a unique experience that you will never forget.

Giant’s Causeway, Co. AntrimBook your stay in a Irish Farmhouse B&B near to the Giant's Causeway, Co Antrim

The origins of the Giant’s Causeway have dumbfounded people for hundreds of years as it is one of the most unusual and stunning unspoilt landscapes around. It is a World Heritage Site and is something you have to experience on a vacation to Ireland. The Giant’s Causeway is a series of over 40,000 basalt columns leading in to the sea, which is guaranteed to astound and amaze you.

Rock of Cashel, Co. Tipperary

Book your stay in a Irish Farmhouse B&B near to the Rock of Cashel, Co TipperaryThe Rock of Cashel is one of Ireland’s most famous and iconic historical and medieval sites. It is also known as St. Patrick’s Rock and attracts visitors from all across the globe. According to the fascinating mythology that surrounds it, the Rock was originally found in the Devil’s Bit Mountain but landed in Cashel as a result of St. Patrick banishing Satan from a cave! It is both historically important, but also stunning to admire.

Brú na Boinne, Co MeathBook your stay in a Irish Farmhouse B&B near to Bru na Boinne, Newgange, Co Meath

Part of the ‘Ireland’s Ancient East’ experience, Brú na Boinne is a ‘World Hertiage Site’ that contains one of the world’s most important prehistoric landscapes. It is home to three large passage tombs, Knowth, Newgrange and Dowth. These tombs were built over 5,000 years ago in the Neolithic or Late Stone age. The area is an important archaeological site with no less than ninety monuments having been recorded.

Cork City Gaol, Co. CorkBook your stay in a Irish Farmhouse B&B near to Cork City Gaol, Cork City

Cork City Gaol is an experience like no other! The former prison in Cork City is open to visitors and will transport you back in time, giving you a true insight into the harshness of the 19th Century Irish penal system. A guided tour inside the impressive prison walls is available, exhibiting life-like figures of prisoners and guards, furnished cells and even sound effects to make it all that much more realistic!

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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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Glasha Farmhouse Ballymacarbry, Waterford

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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