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Homestead Revival: Profiting from Farmhouse Renovation and Self-Catering Ventures

Host Barry Caslin, Teagasc was joined by Niamh Byrne, Abhainn Ri Farm, Blessington Co. Wicklow and Tomás O’Keeffe, dairy farmer from Tipperary and owner of Suir Valley Cottage.

The webinar gave an overview of the potential of restoring old buildings or repurposing them for self-catering income. The panellists provided an insight into the ins and outs of self-catering.

Tomás O’Keeffe, from Suir Valley Cottage in County Tipperary, shared his journey of seamlessly combining dairy farming with traditional Irish hospitality. Suir Valley Cottage stands out for its commitment to sustainable practices and community engagement, making it a beacon of responsible tourism. Tomás highlighted the importance of identifying a unique selling point and targeting a specific market. His experience underscores the value of connecting with local businesses and leveraging natural and cultural assets to enhance the guest experience.

Niamh Byrne, Abhainn Ri Farm, has passionately combined farming with hospitality. Abhainn Ri Farm, nestled in the picturesque landscape of Blessington, offers guests an authentic rural experience. With dedication to providing tranquility and a connection with nature, Abhainn Ri has become a sought-after destination. Niamh discussed the journey from starting with four self-catering units to developing farm trails and partnering with national wildlife organizations. The focus on offering unique experiences, such as farm walks and interaction with animals, has been key to their success.

Both stories highlight the potential for farm diversification to provide a sustainable and complementary income.

Watch the webinar recording below

Watch back previous Farm Business Options webinars here

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