I’m a harsh judge. I admit it.
I spend a lot of time on the road and have developed a pretty high standard for accommodations. So please consider that when I say Rigney’s Farmhouse was the best stay my wife and I had during our 10-day holiday in Ireland. My first 5-star review. (Also consider that, prior to our stay at Rigney’s, we had just spent three nights at Ashford Castle.)
This was my first stay at a B&B (and my first time to Ireland), so I really didn’t know what to expect. There were SO may B&B’s to choose from in Ireland, I really didn’t know how to go about picking one. After weeks of fretting, I simply had to choose one. So I picked the one with the prettiest picture on its website. Talk about getting lucky! (A lot of B&Bs we drove past were little more than someone renting a room in their suburban home.) Rigney’s Farmhouse is a proper B&B, with private rooms and baths.
Caroline, Joe and Rebecca were all wonderful hosts and excellent stewards of their land and animals. Even the housedogs were well-mannered and polite hosts! Breakfast is something that can only be experienced, not described. Meats, puddings and eggs all from right outside your window. Vegans, you might be in trouble….but you can survive quite well on just the homemade bread. The bread. Oh dear lord, the bread. You will only really need that one meal…but a myriad of dining options are available a short drive into town. Relaxing in the sitting room in front of the fire with a Hot Toddy made from local honey made for a perfect end to each evening. (by “local honey”, I mean from the next door neighbor’s hives.)
Helping out with the farm chores was a treat (…even if all I managed to do was slow Joe down!) Horses in from the pasture, eggs gathered, turkeys and chickens in their pens, pigs fed…Oh, and if you think pigs stink, they don’t! Cleanest critters on the farm. It’s only when they’re housed in giant industrial pork mills that they wreak havoc on your nose. Rigney’s free range porkers have no smell at all. Learn something new every day.
The location lends itself to easy day-trips to most any of Ireland’s landmarks. Cliffs, castles, cities…everything is within an hour’s drive so this makes an excellent ‘home base’ from which to tour Ireland from.
A stay at Rigney’s Farmhouse isn’t just a night at a B&B. At the risk of sounding like a hippie (which I’m not): It’s a glimpse into a holistic, free-range, organic way of life. It’s mildly life-changing. I don’t know how it all works; it just does.
- Also Known As:
- Rigney's Farmhouse Bed & Breakfast Ireland/Kilcornan
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- B&B in Limerick situated on a real working rare breed pig farm in the heart of the West Limerick countryside close to many tourist attractions. See life in a real farm - collect your own eggs for breakfast! ... more less