Home away from home this year in the tranquil Scragg Farm Cottage
We’re not a family that takes holidays abroad, for various reasons. However, this year we had planned on going away. Following much discussion with the children, we decided we would go to the UK in September. This is a big year for us. Mr. Simply Homemade and I will be twenty years married and we were making it a family celebration.
Then 2020 did what it has been doing best….through a mahoosive spanner in the works! We are fortunate in that we aside from settling on a location and dates, we hadn’t booked anything.
As restrictions began to ease and our little country opened up again, we decided to book a weekend away. We knew we wanted to rent a house on its own, preferably in the countryside. I went on to AirBnB and following a couple of days scrolling, discussing options with the rest of the family and scrolling again, I finally booked something. We all agreed that Old Scragg Farm Cottage (No. 3) looked lovely. The location too was perfect for what we wanted. I booked it straight away and soon after I received a lovely welcoming message from our host, Andrew.
Following our visit to Mount Congreve Gardens on Friday, we headed on to Old Scragg Farm. As soon as we arrived at the gate we were happy. The rustic charm was visible immediately from the sign on the gate, the abundance of wild cottage flowers and the beautiful stone buildings.
There are three cottages along with the hosts own home. They are all positioned in a courtyard surrounded by beautiful countryside.
Andrew warmly welcomed us and once he checked the kids were okay with dogs, we met his lovely sidekick too. We were shown around the house and told everything we needed to know. The teens were thrilled with the (as we soon learned, excellent) WiFi and Netflix! Andrew told us we were welcome to wander around his lovely garden and if we needed anything at all, just ask.
Cottage number three is a three-bed, one ensuite house that sleeps up to 6 people. You enter into a spacious living/dining room that oozes charm. The very pretty kitchen is equipped with everything you could possibly need throughout your stay. The main bathroom is huge with an excellent shower. Plenty of towels are provided, and the host has left extra toiletries in case they are needed.
The master bedroom is en suite, again with an excellent shower and extra toiletries. The first twin bedroom is downstairs and the second upstairs. They are lovely and like all the rooms, have stunning views. As one of the kids said, it’s a real-life escape to the country.
The house is a converted outbuilding and whilst it has remained sympathetic in it’s aesthetic it is finished to the highest standard and modern amenities have not been compromised. The teens were highly impressed with the smart tv, access to Netflix etc and the excellent WiFi.
Having stayed in quite a few self-catering houses over the years, Old Scragg Farm is hands down the best we have ever experienced. The little touches such as the vase of freshly picked flowers from the garden, the coffee if we needed it, even the ketchup, were all very much appreciated. We have arrived at houses at other times and needed to go to a supermarket for washing up supplies, toilet roll, even cloths on one occasion. We wanted for nothing at Old Scragg Farm.
Location wise, the farm is located on the Tipperary/Limerick border. It is in the depths of some beautiful countryside and quite remote. This is exactly what we were looking for. We didn’t want a holiday village or town/village location. Pure escapism is what we were after and what we got. It is a perfect location for exploring Tipperary, Limerick, North Cork and East Clare. We visited Bunratty Castle & Folk Park which was only a 25-minute drive away. There are lots of places to visit, though it is advisable to check what is open and if you need to pre-book during these times. We went to Clare Glens woods which was only a 30-minute drive.
When it comes to food, do your research. This was a mistake I did make. Lots of places are still only offering takeaway, or haven’t opened their doors yet. On our first night, we ate in the Stone Oven Bistro, 20 minutes away in the village of Caherconlish, Limerick. It was very good. On our second night, we got a take away from the local Chinese, 10-minute drive away in Pallasgreen. It was average at best to be totally honest. On Sunday with a trip to the woods planned, we decided to eat at the house, which was thoroughly enjoyable after walking the legs off ourselves! Breakfasts and lunches were all had at the house too as this weekend was about balance. There was as much relaxing as there was being on the go. We watched movies, read books and played lots of games of Scattergories….the small girl and I won most of those games!
If it is peace and tranquillity you are after I cannot recommend Old Scragg Farm enough. As I mentioned, it is an excellent base for exploring the region too. It would be remiss of me not to mention the cleanliness of the house. It was sparkling. This I would assume is a major deciding factor for people who are staycationing this year.
If you are interested in Old Scragg Farm cottage you will find them on Airbnb here.
Disclaimer: I booked and paid for our three-night stay at Old Scragg Farm Cottage myself. I was not asked to feature them on my website. As always, if I feel something will be of interest to my readers I am happy to share it.