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The idea of a farm stay is heaven to many visitors to Ireland, and to families living in cities. Quality farm stays have huge potential in Ireland, as there is great - and growing - international demand for really good accommodation tied in with the experience of staying on a working farm. Yet, surprisingly perhaps, only a relatively small number of farming families have so far taken up the challenge of offering a high end experience to visitors, so it is always a special pleasure when we find it is done well.
The Mernagh family offer B&B in a pretty grand style, with a working farm that boasts a real castle (that may be climbed, with care, to the very top), a charming 17th century house to stay in, and lots to do including a farm walk, pitch & putt, and watching the milking.
With excellent rooms, terrific food and hospitality, and great pride of place, this is the perfect spot for stressed townies - especially with children in tow - and a wonderful discovery for visitors from abroad.
And, while not every farm has a Norman castle waiting to be restored (although many do have interesting ruins that might be developed), it’s not only a great place to stay but also an ideal place to visit for any farming family seeking business inspiration.
And perhaps the best thing of all about this farm is that it’s moving into a new generation, with Kathleen Mernagh and her son Paul currently involved - and it just goes on getting better.