From Dublin, Cork, Rinaskiddy Port and Rosslare Port, come to Fermoy town, take N72 towards Mallow. Drive through Ballyhooley village, continue for two miles, take a left at the sign for Bridgetown Priory, drive through the next cross roads, take the second left to farmhouse.
From Limerick, Kerry Airport and Mallow: At Mallow drive through the town, take the N72 heading for Fermoy, drive 9 miles, on right you will see a petrol station " Top ". Drive past it and take right directly after the station, then the next left, take the second right to farmhouse. If you are having difficulties ask at the petrol station, in this area we are well known.
Coordinates for our farmhouse: N52° 08.869’ W008° 28.174’ may find this useful if you have G.P.S.
Local amenities include golf ( Mallow, Fermoy and Doneraile within 12klm), angling at the farm, horse riding, walking - Ballyhoura Mountain walks - the Ballyhoura Bears welcome our guests on their weekly walks and heritage sites. Killavullen farmers market is a must for our guests. Stay with us and go Mountain Biking on the Ballyhoura Mountain BikeTrails 10 minutes from our cottages.
Swan by the farm
Nature can be experienced at it's best, take a walk to the river, enjoy the wide variety of plants on the hedge rows, count the many birds you will see, robin, swallow, trush and yellow hammer to name a few, sit by the river and watch the ducks and swans swim by and if you are lucky the shy otter may peep from under the over hanging bank. At dusk enjoy the flight of the bats.
The periquin falcon! This bird of prey can dive or 'stoop' at speeds of up to 200 mph or more. We have a pair who nest on the wooded bank opposite our farm. Patience and quiet is required to see them fly and 'stoop' but it is well worth it - they are magnificient. This summer the gardens have seen many feathered friends, including finches and a pair of yellow hammers. The swallows have flown from their nest in our cattle feeding house, I have never seen so many young ( I think 5, John says he counted 7) in that nest and what was wonderful was their willingness to be close to us humans.
Walk the river bank, (at the moment the swan parents are very happy to show off their young,) from our farm to Bridgetown Priory which was founded by Alexander Fitz Hugh Roche in the early 13th century. Its buildings are placed around the usual quadrangle. The church is on the north side, and is divided into two parts, with the eastern section having 13th century lancet windows and a good 15th century tomb niche. Considerable portions of the domestic buildings remain including a covered passage beside the cloister on the east side and a fine refectory with 13th century lancet with windows on the first floor of the southern range of buildings.
Sit by the river bank and watch the birds of prey.