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our tours

Make everlasting holiday memories at Johnsfort House and Farm. See our beautiful island from the convenience of your front door with our bespoke tours ‘Ireland – At Your Leisure’. Take the stress out of your holiday and be chauffeured around in a luxury Mercedes V Class 8 seater with Richard Ball as your insightful and experienced guide. Come home to the warmth and character of Marianne Cottage or Bartholomew’s Loft, to be spoiled with a basket of homemade brown bread and fresh eggs and lots of locally sourced produce. Bairbre Ball will look after you during your stay and bring you on a tour to meet our charming farm animals here at Johnsfort farm – which has been in the Ball Family since the late 1700’s.

Four night farm stay and day tours of Ireland

See Ireland your way. Travel in style with Richard Ball – your wonderful guide and stay at our boutique farm cottages with Bairbre Ball as your welcoming host. For an authentic Irish experience become immersed in our organic farm with a stay at Johnsfort House – Meet Ború, Grace and Constance our Highland Cows, meet our Jacob sheep, Bantom hens, Dexter cattle, Shorthorn cattle, Dorset sheep and lambs. Bottle feed the baby lambs and collect your own eggs.

Day tours

• Romantic Couple Tours
• Boyne Valley Tours
• Wicklow Tours
• The Burren and Cliffs of Moher
• Food Tasting Tours
• Farm Stay Accommodation & Tours
* Family/Friends Farm Stay Accommodation & Local Tour

Farm stays and Private Tours all over Ireland

  • 9.7/10 on Air bnb

What our guests say!

Our stay at Johnsfort was one of the best parts of our trip. Richard was a great tour guide – very informative of the history of Ireland and able to answer all the questions we threw at him. And that was a lot because some of our group members are history aficionados and some are of Irish descent so we appreciated learning all we could.

Joni Cavanaugh

Google Review

Our family definitely had a trip of a lifetime, and it would not have been possible without Richard and his family. If you are planning an Ireland trip, stop researching on your own and contact Ireland – At your Leisure. You will not find a better company (or rather family) to give you all that Ireland has to offer. Why settle for a cookie cutter experience, when you can truly explore and enjoy “Ireland – at your leisure”?

Brian Ferulla

Google Review

When I first viewed Ireland At Your Leisure’s website, I thought it sounded too good to be true. But our stay at Johnsfort and sightseeing with Richard as our guide, was absolutely wonderful. The experience was everything it said it would be plus more. Thank you Richard!

Geri H

Trip Advisor

Richard took our group of 6 to Trim Castle, Newgrange, Hill of Tara and several other areas of interest. His knowledge and experience is phenomenal, and we all enjoyed the day tremendously. We would definitely recommend hiring Richard as a private tour guide/driver, and wouldn’t hesitate to call him again if we make a return trip to Ireland.

Nancy and Paul

Trip Advisor

We had a wonderful time at Richard & Bairbre’s place. They were very friendly, and met us for check in and gave great recs of places to visit. The place was beautiful in the countryside, the house had all needed amenities as listed in the description and sparkling clean. We loved staying there for lazy mornings and taking a walk through the grounds to say hello to the animals. Highly recommend!

Kara

Air BnB

What a fabulous spot! The Loft is beautiful, so cosy and perfect for a family of 5. The goodies that greeted us on arrival were a lovely treat and were quickly devoured. We had a lovely weekend and would highly recommend for anyone who wants to visit the area.

Fiona

Air BnB

Bairbre, Richard, Danny, Juliette & Douglas,

Thank you for this most wonderful one of a kind experience here on the farm, that is your beloved home. Nowhere else in the world could we have ever in our lifetime experienced something so unique, so special and so unforgettable. You best know we will be telling everyone we know how much it meant to us. What you are doing here is a gift to you, your children, Ireland and the world. Keep on! We know you will.

Pam

Handwritten

Farm Stay & Day Tours

Private Tours of Ireland

We are a family-run tour company with farm stay options! Our diverse range of tours invite you to experience the soul-stirring beauty of Ireland in distinctive ways. Bring a significant other on our Romantic Couple Tours, traverse the historic landscapes of the Boyne Valley, or soak in the serenity of Wicklow wonders. Feel the allure of the Cliffs of Moher and explore the enchanting Burren. For the culinary enthusiasts, our Food Tasting Tours promise a delectable adventure. 

Those interested in more than a Day Tour can experience a blend of tranquillity and exploration with Our Farm Stay offers; perfect for forging lasting memories.

Our tours all over Ireland ensure a comprehensive exploration of the Emerald Isle. Let us know how you want to experience Ireland. Your tour, your way.

Romantic Couples Tours

Indulge in the magic of Ireland with our Romantic Couple Tours, tailored for love, adventure, and unforgettable moments.

The Burren & Cliffs of Moher

Ireland has many famous sites that are not to be missed including the Dark Hedges and Titanic Museum.

Boyne Valley Tours

Visit Ireland’s serene and isolated beaches and enjoy the day with your family or tour group.

Wicklow Mountains Day Tour

Visit Ireland and immerse yourself in our history by visiting scared ancient sites.

Heritage Tours

Track your family history in Ireland with Ireland At Your Leisure Heritage tours.

Tasting Tours

Welcome to our Tasting Tours of The Boyne Valley – The Winter Series.

Away from the City

Last year, 1.5 million people from all over the world visited Boyne Valley. Now it’s your turn!

Belfast & Giants Causeway

Explore Belfast and the magestic Giants Causeway

Kilkenny & Rock of Cashel

Delve in to the rich history of the medieval city, Kilkenny, and the awe-inspiring Rock of Cashel

Hidden Heartlands Tour

Experience Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands, a beautifully unspoiled part of Ireland where life moves at its own pace.

Our Farm

For an authentic Irish experience become immersed in our organic farm with a stay at Johnsfort House – Meet Ború, Grace and Constance our Highland Cows, meet our Jacob sheep, Bantom hens, Dexter cattle, Shorthorn cattle, Dorset sheep and lambs. Bottle feed the baby lambs and collect your own eggs. Walk down the fields and through the woods. Hear all about Irish farming life. Our tours are about simplicity and purity. Get back to nature. Learn how to bake brown bread with Bairbre. Meet our family and sample Richard’s mums delicious teabreac. Soak up the fresh air and rural charm of this beautiful farm which was built by The Ball Family – our ancestors, in the late 1700’s

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I book a farm stay with no tour?

Absolutely. We welcome guests all year round from all over the world who prefer to do a self drive tour of Ireland.?

Can I book a tour with no farm stay?

Yes indeed. Richard can collect you from your own accommodation and drop you back that evening.

Can we only do a four night stay and tour package or can we stay longer or shorter?

If we have availability we can take care of your group for up to two weeks. We can also arrange a two or three night farm stay and tour package if we have availability.

How long do the day tours last?

Most tours are 8-10 hours long. However we tailor each tour to what our guests require so please tell us if you need a shorter/longer day!

If we come on the farm stay only do we need transport?

Yes. While we have had guests who have no car, having your own transport will really enhance your stay as there is so much to see and do in the surrounding area.

Where is Clonmellon situated?

Clonmellon is lucky to be situated where The Boyne Valley sweeps into The Hidden Heartlands. We have a wealth of natural beauty around and lots of beautiful scenery. We are just 10 minute drive from the historic town of Kells and 25 minutes from Trim Castle where the movie ‘Braveheart’ was filmed. The ancient cairns and burial tombs of Lough Crew are just 15 minutes away. The village of Fore with its quirky Seven Wonder of Fore and ruins of Fore Abbey are just 10 minute drive away.

Can I get a bus to Clonmellon?

There is a limited bus service to Clonmellon but the towns of Kells and Athboy are well serviced but they are 10 minutes away from us by car.

Can I book a local taxi?

Yes we have numbers for local taxi services. They are detailed in our guest book or please get in touch with us.

How far away is Clonabreany House Wedding Venue?

The stunning Clonabreany House is just over 10 minutes drive. We are on their wedding list of accommodation nearby and we have guests year round staying with us who are attending a wedding there.

Are Marianne Cottage and Bartholomew’s Loft child friendly?

Absolutely. Marianne Cottage is all on one level so very safe for young kids. Bartholomew’s Loft has a stairs but we have a stair gate fitted on it.

Do you provide a travel cot/high chair?

Yes we provide both in both Marianne Cottage and Bartholomew’s Loft. We also leave our lots of toys for children of all ages to enjoy.

Have questions we didn’t cover?

Reach out to us and we will tailor your stay, your way!

    Contact us

    Unique and historical accommodation where the Boyne Valley sweeps into the Hidden Heartlands!

    Phone

    +353 86 3733644

    Address

    Johnsfort House and Farm, Ireland – At Your Leisure
    Clonmellon, Co. Westmeath, Ireland, C15YK20