Cross country riding holiday in Ireland

“Stay on a working horse farm and enjoy four days of riding on this short holiday in the Irish countryside”


Two riding sessions a day | ride with an expert tutor | stay in a listed Georgian house | Irish music night | home cooked meals | lively group atmosphere

Description of Cross country riding holiday in Ireland

Based on a working horse farm near the pretty town of Thurles, in Ireland, this cross country riding holiday has the facilities to cater for all standards of rider, from beginner to expert. You’ll get the attention you need to design a personalised trip, based previous riding experience and personal preference.

If you’re less confident or are looking for a more relaxing experience, there are gentle rides around the farm. If you’re looking for a challenge, there are plenty of cross country obstacles and gallops to keep you occupied. Expert tutors and horses well-trained in cross-country riding will help you develop the confidence to tackle a range of obstacles, should you wish.

As well as spending time in the saddle, you’ll get the chance to go for a walk on the farm, visit Farney Castle, and go out either for a night of Irish music at a local pub, or an evening at the races.

This is a sociable experience and everyone gathers around in the evenings to eat home cooked meals. Food is prepared using local produce, including vegetables from the garden, and all dietary needs can be catered for.

You’ll stay in a listed Georgian house in either an en suite room, a private room with a shared bathroom or a dorm room, according to your preference. Groups of eight people or more can book the venue exclusively.

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements

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Cross country riding holiday in Ireland

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We are approved and a member of the Green Hospitality programme. We strongly believe in working as closely as we can in harmony with nature. Domestically we have an energy saving and a recycling policy in place and all our heating and hot water needs are provided by a log burner, using logs from fallen trees and thinning from our forestry. As we have a planting programme in place, this is a totally renewable source of energy.
On the farm, we use straw for bedding which given time to decompose, is then used to fertilise the land. All waste from the maintenance of the pleasure grounds are composted and used as fertiliser for the shrubs and plants.

Meals are a focal point of the day when guests get together to talk about the day’s exploits. Good home cooked meals using local and fresh produce, including from our vegetable garden when possible.

We are a working horse farm with a number thoroughbred broodmares and many of their young stock on the farm. The limestone land of the region is famous for producing quality horses for all disciplines, but our passion has been to produce good steeplechasers over the years. We sell some of our foals, while others we keep on until they are 3 year olds when they will be sold or kept here for racing. The horses we keep spend their lives in herds, on rotating pasture throughout the year. This is as one with nature and we believe that this allows them to realise their full potential, mentally and physically before embarking on a career in racing. Our mares also live outside all the time, just coming in to foal in the Spring, before returning to the broodmare herd with their foal. It is a wonderful part of staying here, watching mares and foals grazing on the rolling pasture while on walks about the farm. Many guests have even witness-ing a foal being born during their stay!

We are always reusing and recycling paper, in our guest house you will find two different bins for wet and dry waste. Because we take care of environment our marketing policy is based on social media and e-commerce marketing, we don’t use brochures, flyers, leaflets, pull-ups.

Our Holidays are in 100% Eco-Friendly, and we are trying to keep everything how it was 50 years ago.


Holidays are run by Mark Molloy, one of six children who grew up on the farm. Mark’s parents Tony and Veronica also live on the farm and run a well known and award winning preserves company which produces an extensive range of handmade preserves. These exciting flavours are sampled by our guests on a daily basis!

This has always been an open family home with people and horses being an integral part of day to day life. This has not changed and our guests have a real sense of being part of it all. It is a pleasure to share our way of life with guests from around the world, many of whom become regular visitors and friends. 2016 marks 25 years since we had our first guests, it has been a truly wonderful journey to date and we hope to continue to build on this by seeing lots of regular faces as well as new ones in the years to come!

To support our economy and local community, we use local brands and hires local people to work. Family business includes production of preserves made in small batches, exactly as you or I would in our own kitchens. Six pounds of fruit is used at a time so there is no large-scale production. It’s obvious that the highest quality ingredients combined with traditional cooking, without using any artificial colourings, preservatives or flavourings, gives a product that is not only unique but has a distinctive flavour.

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