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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.

 

Warren 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 converted into individual cottages, while preserving most of their original beauty and character. 

 

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

 

Roger & Patricia

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