A traditional family farmhouse in
a country setting
near JFK Ancestral Home, JFK Arboretum, Dunbrody Abbey, Tintern Abbey and
The National Heritage Park in County Wexford, Ireland.
Farm gets its name from Patricia's family, the Warrens, who
have lived at Warren Farm for many generations. The current
farmhouse was built in the early 1800's, or earlier, and it was
later enlarged and then given a second storey in 1905.
Warrens have owned the farm since about 1860, although family ownership goes
back further on the female line, with the name changing through marriage, as has
happened again when Patricia's surname changed from Warren to Knight !
In the past, the farm
enterprises have been mixed and varied, according to the needs of the
family & wider community at any given time. Crops of barley, wheat
and sugar beet and even tobacco plants were grown, and there was
grazing for beef cattle, cows and sheep.
|During World War II Patricia's grandfather bought Piltown Bacon Company to process and distribute the
bacon produced from the piggeries. There was a Sausage factory in part
of what is now Doyle's Cottage, which employed up to 22 workers, while
the living room of Dairy Cottage was used as a refectory for all the
workers on the farm and in the farmyard.
Patricia's grandfather left the business of farming to his sons
and farm workers, while he set up other business activities in the farm
yard, which included coach-building, trailer-making and the manufacture
of various farm implements such as ladders, sack trucks, wheel-barrows
etc. There was always work available at Warrens - you would be given a
paintbrush, a saw, sprong, shovel or work in the house where lots of
help was needed too!
There are lots of farm buildings as a
result of its varied history!
Roger was born in Nottingham but he has now lived in Ireland for longer than he ever did in the U.K.!
In the more recent past, Roger & Patricia have had
an intensive sheep rearing operation, but market forces meant that this
was no longer viable, with very little reward for lots of hard work !
At the moment the farm enterprise is mainly tillage,
with some grazing for cattle and sheep, and the farmyard stables
and stone outbuildings have been lovingly converted into individual cottages,
while preserving most of their original beauty and
Patricia & Roger created the cottage gardens from scratch in 1996/7 in what was
the original farmyard.
In 1997 we won 2nd Prize in Ireland in the Shamrock
Irish National Gardens Competition in the "under 3 years old" category!
Nearby Country Road