Our Story

We will welcome you to Johnfort House and Farm, where you will be staying in our boutique self catering Marianne Cottage or Bartholoemew's Loft. We have been hosting guests at our farm since 2017, with over two hundred and fifty 5* reviews in the process. Now in 2022, we are embarking on an exciting  new venture to combine this accommodation with our tour company 'Ireland - At your Leisure'. We designed the d├ęcor of the cottage and the loft to reflect our selves and what we stand for. So much of what you see is original with some very modern takes as well as modern comforts. We cannot wait to start bringing our guests here to Johnsfort and give them the  opportunity to see the whole country from outside their door.

OUr Family

Barbara and Richard with (L-R) Danny, Juliette and Douglas Ball on the top of Lough Crew Megalithic Cairns just fifteen minutes drive from Johnsfort House. These cairns date back to 4000BC. The cairns are also know as Hills of the Witch or Sliabh na Cailliagh in Irish. There are at least 30 passage tombs. Lough Crew is one of the most important prehistoric cemeteries in Ireland and a fabulous fifteen walk uphill with panoramic views of the beautiful Irish countryside.

Richard Ball-
Your delightful tour guide!

Richard: 'Ireland is an incredible little country especially when you know where to go, and I get huge satisfaction in bringing  guests around, showing it off in all its beauty. I have brought groups all over the land, people of every age from young babies to Octogenarians, sometimes in the same group, and have always managed to adapt the tours to suit their exact needs. I strongly believe that, above all, the guest must always be put first.'  Read more...

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CroAGH PATRICK cO. MAYO 2019

Johnfort House is a beautiful place to live and work. I feel very lucky that our children are being brought up in the countryside, on a farm and that for the most part it is my place of work. I am also a teacher and teach two days a week. Since we started the accommodation in the courtyard we have met wonderful people and Johnsfort is an exciting place to live as there is always someone new coming to stay. Read more..