Location:    Farren House, Ballacolla

                   Portlaoise, County Laois

66.7 miles from Dublin (1 hr. 22 min)

97 miles from Cork  (1 hr. 51 min)

84.1 miles from Galway (2 hr. 14 min)

62.5 miles from Limerick (1 hr. 15 min)

19.9 miles from Kilkenny  (32 minutes)

14 miles from Portlaoise    (21 minutes)

Contact:     Marty and Wendy Phelan

Phone:        (+) 353 (0) 05787 34032

Fax:            (+) 353 (0) 05787 34008

Email:         info@farmhostel.com

Website:      www.farmhostel.com

Open:          year-round


-double rooms

-twin rooms

-family rooms

-some rooms have wheelchair access


Traditional Farm Hostel is located in the tranquil countryside between the N7

(the Dublin-Limerick Road)

(take the Ballacolla turning between Borris-in-Ossary and Pike of Rush Hall)

and the N-8 (the Dublin-Cork Road)

(take the Ballacolla Turning in either Abbeyleix or Durrow)

(See map provided on Traditional Farm

Hostel website).


-20 euros per person per night

-Continental breakfast:  5 euros

-Evening meal (full four-course meal) available on request


-approved by Irish Tourist Board

-member of Independent Holiday    Hostels

-located in heart of Laois and providing

easy access to just about anywhere

in Ireland.

-visit Dublin (60 miles)

-the accommodations are in the  

courtyard of a working farm

that has been in the same family for

six generations

-twelve ensuite rooms  (with bathrooms)

-traditional open fire

-fully-equipped kitchen

-large dining room

-barbecue area

-large function room

-beautiful and tranquil country setting

-games room


Things To Do

- enjoy golf

- enjoy many walks in the area

- enjoy fishing (Laois Angling Centre)

- visit many historical and cultural sites

- enjoy the Slievebloom Mountains

- enjoy Granstown Lake

- visit the historic village of Clough

- visit the village of Ballacolla

- visit Donaghmore and the

   Donaghmore  Famine Workhouse


- visit the elegant heritage town of


-  visit Heywood Gardens

-  visit Ballinakill, a seventeenth-century

   market town

-  visit historic sites around Borris-In-


-  visit the planned estate village of


-  visit Kilkenny (only 22 miles) with its

   many historic sites and restaurants

   and shops and pubs

-  visit Portlaoise  (15 miles)

-  visit Rathdowney, Emo Court,

   Stradbally, Roscrea

-  visit Templemore

-  visit Dunmore Caves

-  visit remains of large Ormonde Castle  

   in Ballyragget



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