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“We said that we would be back and we went!”
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The Farm Cottages
Lancs
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35 reviews
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“We said that we would be back and we went!”
Reviewed 24 June 2011

My wife and I have been going back to the Farm Cottages twice a year since May 2008, and will keep going back.
They are very roomy cottages with three double size bedrooms that will sleep 6 people easily.
The gardens are large and well kept, also there is a full size tennis court and swings for the young ones.
The village ( Castletownroache ) is 1.5kl away with good shops and a very good butcher, also the people are helpful and friendly.
Mallow & Fermoy are not far away if you need to go for the supermarkets to do a big shop.
You are also in a good position for going siteseeing as you are based in the middle lower half of Southern Ireland, so days out are on the cards.
The owners of the cottages also run a dairy herd on the farm 1/2kl away, in the spring they have calves that are a joy to see and feed, also chickens.
There is also fishing down on the river just below the farm, if you dont fish its a nice walk.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Edgmond
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Reviewed 20 June 2011

We have been holidaying for 20 years the Farm Cottages, I think only missing 4 years in the 20.
We have had fantastic extended family holidays with ages from 82 down to 1 years.
If you want a relaxing, stress free, typical irish hospitality holiday this is the place.
Great walks, fishing, beaches and great sight seeing all within an easy distance if not on the doorstep.
Gertrude and John are fantastic hosts and nothing is to much trouble.
"Good Crack in the local Spinning Wheel Pub"
Would highly reccomend if your considering visiting.

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled with family
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 May 2011

We stayed in Billy's Cottage which was spacious and nicely decorated, the kitchen contains a plethora of cooking utensils and aids, so you can actually cook when there (I have been to many self catering places where this is not the case). The lounge is cosy and has a real fire, and John and Gertrude kindly provided us with a bucket of coat, it was April in Ireland afterall. The bedrooms were light and airy, a great nights sleep, every night!

However the reality is that you will probably spend most of your time when not out exploring Ballyhoura County, (or the Cork Cost, Ring of Kerry or the Dingle Peninsula), will be in the Dining Room which adjoins the Kitchen, and overlooks the fields and looks across to Rock and Sand cottages. The Garden is a real treat, our dogs loved it, there is a picnic table and formal chairs too on the patioed area at the back of the property.

However what sets the farm cottages apart is the level of care from John and Gertrude, we had fresh made scones, I was even taught how to make them and although Gertrude is too modestto acknowledge this, I really do beleive that in a cook-off, Rachel Allen would lose. John's passion for his farm is really lovely to see and we were visiting when calves were being born, and it was lovely to see the new additions to his herd.

Sorry I digressed, what is great is the situation, at night there is no light pollution and you can see the stars, you are a short hop from the whole of South, the coast, mountains and all accessable for day trips away. Mallow has a great little town centre and Castletownroche, the 'Village' is amazing and has some lovely little pubs, village shops and is well worth a walk around.

I am afraid that my experience of self-catering has been set now, and I fear I will be unable to go anywhere else.....I would love to live in any of the cottages, we were lucky enough to have a peek at Rock and Sand Cottages too (my mother-in-law has stayed at Farm Cottages many times over the years and said that any would be fine and she was right. The Games rooms and in Rock and Sand were great and they both back on to the Tennis Court.......Although from Billy's it is just a few minutes walk along the lane.

Gertrude and John are consumate hosts and the care and attention to the properties is extended to the guests. It was a very welcome break and we even had amazing weather (we only need a fire once in 9 days). The whole holiday was amazing, and it was the Farm Cottages that made it so. None of us have ever felt so comfortable in a holiday let. John and Gertrude made it so. Highly recommend (unless of course it is when we want it!).

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  • Stayed April 2011, travelled with family
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Lochinver, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 10 March 2011

What a place! The only down side was having to leave. The farm is great, kids and adults all enjoyed the look around and seeing the animals. The walk down by the river to the old abbey is wonderful even in the rain. Fishing great and all around, countryside and towns, people and places, all added up to a truly memorable holiday for all of us.

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled with family
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Mauriceville, Texas
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Reviewed 18 August 2010

Gertrude and John are the ultimate when it comes to hospitality.They treated our grand daughters like they were their own.The cottage was well equipped with every thing we needed.We slept like babies,it was so comfortable.Gertrude taught my grand daughters how to bake scones and some traditional Irish dance steps.We saw the new calves being fed for the first time.We would love to return one day,it was the holiday of a lifetime for all of us.Thanks to you,Gertrude and John

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled with family
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Salisbury, Maryland
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Reviewed 20 March 2010

Off the beaten path, but easily accessible to the tourist spots by car. A beautiful, roomy, comfortable, convenient home (much more than you would expect from a "cottage")! Can't believe the price for all of the spaciousness and comfort! Three bedrooms and three baths....made traveling with two friends so nice. Each had her own private space! The Magners were helpful, gracious, friendly generous hosts! A perfect spot for you, if you don't want the hustle bustle of town life or tourist traps! For what you get, the price is unbelievable! Can't wait to go back!

  • Stayed October 2007, travelled with friends
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Coalinga, CA
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Reviewed 22 December 2009

Our favorite place in Ireland. John and Gertrude are wonderful hosts. We look forward to other visits in the future.

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled on business
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Property: The Farm Cottages
Address: Bridgetown | Castletownroche, Mallow, Ireland
Region: Ireland > Province of Munster > County Cork > Mallow
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Ranked #2 of 2 Speciality Lodging in Mallow
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Farm Cottages is a family-run business attached to our dairy farm. The owners John and Gertrude take great care and pride to present the best possible experience of luxury self catering in Ireland to all our guests. It is a charming property, set in a very scenic location of the Blackwater Valley with panoramic views of the Nagle mountains. ... more   less 

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