Welcome to Ballard Farm Holidays. We provide self-catering accommodation in two of our converted farm buildings set in the beautiful and tranquil landscape of Co Wicklow, Ireland.
The Granary was originally used as a grain barn and still retains many unique features. Conversion adaptations include full wheelchair access, with a downstairs twin bedroom and bathroom, and large sliding doors that lead out to a private patio where stunning views extend across the Wicklow valleys.
Ballard farm, facing south west into a beautiful Wicklow valley, has been held by Michael and Denise Sloan for over fifty years. In the early days the farm bred and managed a jersey dairy herd and later changed to sheep and tillage. The farm is situated a full kilometer from the road, with a glorious avenue edged by spring bulbs and mature trees.
The farmyard has a traditional courtyard design with the rear of the family house facing stables opposite, flanked by Swallow Barn (originally for livestock) to one side and The Granary (originally a grain barn) opposite. On occasion we have had joint rentals of the two houses to accommodate for family reunions and large holiday celebrations for which the situation of the two houses works perfectly.
The substantial grounds, in and around Ballard Farm, are a gardeners delight. Full credit must be given to Denise Sloan, whose creative and natural green touch is evident by the spectacular array of blooms and sweetly scented flowering throughout all seasons, including a productive vegetable garden, orchard and wild flower paddock. The large shared garden is ideal for relaxation, play and shade with the old apple tree as host to an array of jungle ropes, swings and hammock amongst the leafy branches.
Since the conversion to self-accommodation of two of the main farm buildings, Swallow Barn and The Granary, we now have many regular visitors and always enjoys meeting new guests. Both houses are open all year round.
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Guests are welcome to enjoy the farmyard and large shared garden which is ideal for ball games and running around. Barbeques are available for both houses with outdoor patio furniture to relax and enjoy the sounds and tranquility of the countryside. Guests are welcome to collect eggs from the henhouse and seasonal fruit from the orchard and hedgerows. We have a 12 foot yurt that resides in the wildflower paddock in the summer months. This is particularly popular with kids who tend to claim it as their 'den' however if you are lucky enough to be allowed in, it is a lovely space for reading a book, drawing or just closing the eyes for an afternoon snooze.
There is a small screen printing studio in what was originally the tack room. This is largely used by Denise and Stephanie Sloan however if you are interested in printing something of your own have a chat to Denise who time permitting is very happy to help you out. A great rainy day activity for children. We also recently acquired a potters wheel (manual) and guests are welcome to give it a go (we are still learning ourselves!)
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Michael and Denise Sloan live permanently in the main house. Farming is a 365 day job and they are always on site if you have any questions or would like to know more about the farming life. They are very welcoming and have been hosting holiday makers for over 30 years now, with many guests returning year after year.
We provide kitchen essentials for cooking including a continental breakfast at the start of your stay. This includes cereal, bread, butter, juice, tea, coffee, milk, fresh eggs and usually a pot of homemade marmalade or jam if Michael Sloan hasn't polished off the last pot!
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All of our animals are free range on the farm. In addition to the sheep (although we do try to keep them in the fields!) there are 3 large dogs. A working sheep dog, an Irish setter and a spaniel. They are very friendly especially with children and would like nothing more than to have be pampered all day by adoring guests. We also have a pair of geese who tend to pad off together in a field and an array of hens and guinea fowl.
We really want you to enjoy your stay and hope you have the time to appreciate the beauty of our location as much as we do. We do not charge for servicing however we ask that the place is left as it is found. We do ask that guests do not smoke inside the buildings however their is patio furniture for both houses to relax outside. We do not usually permit pets due to the free range nature of our animals and especially around the lambing season (spring). We ask that guests observe the necessary general precautions around the farm especially in the working barn. As exciting as a tractor is to a young child we ask that they do not climb onto it or the stored hay and straw bales. We do have two rams on the farm who are normally kept separate from the main flock however they are introduced at certain times of the year and can be a little boisterous to say the least. For this reason we ask that guests do not enter the fields without prior consultation with Michael or Denise.