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A traditional family farmhouse in a picturesque country setting near JFK Arboretum, JFK Ancestral Home, 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, with stone outbuildings for use as stables and coach house alongside.

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 tobacco were grown, and there was grazing for beef cattle, cows and sheep.

In the early 1900s Patricia’s grandfather, Samuel G. Warren, bought Piltown Bacon Company for processing and distributing the large quantities of bacon being produced  on the farm and on other local farms.  SGW developed a Sausage factory in a portion of the building now known as Doyle’s Cottage, employing up to 22 workers, while the living room of Dairy Cottage was formerly used as a refectory for all the workers on the farm and in the farmyard.  Ever the entrepreneur, Samuel G set up many other business activities in the farmyard, while his sons and farm workers continued the business of farming.  Horses were shod by the blacksmith in the Forge which was also a hub for other enterprises including coach-building, trailer-making and the manufacture of various farm implements such as gates, ladders, sack trucks, wheel-barrows and so on.  The farm buildings near the Forge were called the Workshop, the Paint Shop, the Sawmill, with others called the Weighing House, Slaughterhouse, the Sausage House as well as the more usual names like the Dairy and Washhouse.  Work was always available at Warrens Farm, and it was known locally that if you arrived here seeking a job, you’d be given a paintbrush, a saw, or a shovel, as appropriate or given work in the washhouse, dairy or dwelling house.

Times change, as has the usage of the farm buildings over the years, and this evolution has continued with the conversion of some unused stone buildings into self-contained cottages, a process which began in the early 1990s.  Dairy Cottage, possibly the oldest building on the farm, has had a variety of  lives and names over the years, including use as a dairy, a refectory for workers, and a corn mill.  Doyle’s Cottage was named after Martin Doyle, the last blacksmith on the farm, who lived in the upper portion of the building, which was also called the Sausauge House from when it was used for sausage-making.  Horseshoe Cottage was formerly used as stables and the adjoining building used for wintering of livestock.  Coach House previously housed the horse coaches and traps, as well as a piggery.  Built in 1899, Granary Cottage was used for bacon curing and potato storage, while its upper floors were ideal for corn storage, and a lean-to housed the hens.

Patricia & Roger created the cottage gardens from scratch in 1996 in what was the original farmyard, winning 2nd prize for New Gardens in the Shamrock Irish National Gardens Competition and over the years the gardens have blossomed and matured, becoming a haven for butterflies, birds and bees.

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 character.