1. Ireland
  2. Ballacolla, Co. Laois
  3. Traditional Farm Hostel

Traditional Farm Hostel

Location and atmosphere

Farren House is located on a working farm where the principal enterprise is sheep, but there are also cattle and horses. It is a converted grain loft and stable, constructed with limestone over 100 years ago. The building has been tastefully converted to a comfortable living. You find yourself right in the heart of Ireland.


Traditional Farm Hostel offers en suite accommodation in 12 rooms for one to five persons. Some rooms have wheelchair access. During your stay you can make use of the fully fitted kitchen and the cosy, shared sitting room. Besides the hostel there is a small camp site where you can pitch your tent. Guests can make their own meals (vegetables are for sale on the farm), but can also enjoy a biological two course diner prepared by Marty and Wendy. If you want, you are welcome to assist them with the daily work on the farm.

Surroundings and activities

While exploring the neighbouring countryside, walking or biking, you may spot falcons and field birds. On the banks of murmuring streams you will see yellow broom and soft green moss. Fishing is possible on the rivers Nore and Barrow. In the northwest you will find the more desolate Slieve Mountains with their gloomy oak forests. The many historic houses in the area include Ballyfin House, Emo Court, and Durrow Castle.

General information

Opening times accommodationyear round

Languages spoken



Number of persons45Number of rooms14Price single room per night20Price double room per night€ 40


Breakfast€ 5Dinner


Tours of the farm

Facilities and activities in the surroundings (< 15 km)

Marked trails

Special target groups

(Partially) wheelchair accessible (ramp, doorsteps, stairlift, elevator, etc.)

Landscape characteristics

Farm production

A full-time farm

Small, traditional and ecological farm

Horticulture, Stock breeding

Route description

Nearest cityKilkennyNearest villageBallacolla