At only 20 mins drive from The Calves Field Holiday Rental, Birr Castle is a lovely local tourist spot. It has beautiful gardens, a cute cafe and "the great telescope" with links to space discovery and scientific innovation. It's real highlight for families is the truly enchaning tree house. Allow the little and not so little ones hours of fun while you chill and sip exceptional coffee from the adjacent cafe.



7 Reasons to Staycation in 2020

My family and I had planned a Mediterranean Cruise departing in May 2020. Like everybody else we could not have imagined what lay in store for 2020 and while we were ultimately relieved that the cruise was cancelled, we were obviously disappointed. Of course our health and that of those close to us was our main concern and we knew the decisions that were made were right, we had been looking forward to our trip abroad. While we still long for Mediterranean Sunshine and Adventure we have made the decision to remain in Ireland this year. We plan to look at this an opportunity to explore this stunning country. Here a few reasons why we would suggest you do likewise:

1. Protect your health and the health and safety of others without the worry of wondering if you will need to self- isolate when you return home.

2. Invest in the local economy - help Ireland get back on track post lockdown.

3. The Food - it's almost impossible to find the quality of food and dining experience that we take for granted in Ireland.

4. Airports - they are tedious and stressful environments at the best of times. Save yourself the hassle and avoid them.

5. The Money - while the cost per night of accommodation and daily spend may be less abroad, consider the total sum of your spend on prepping for your international trip, flight costs, additional baggage fees, transfers etc. A staycation need not me the more expensive option. Self catering accommodation may in fact prove to be more economical than that trip to Spain.

6. Time - Once you pack your car your holiday begins, no time is wasted queuing for Check In and Security.

7. Rediscover Ireland - there's no such thing as bad weather, rather bad clothing so get out there and enjoy this luscious, Emerald Isle. Just think of the time and expense it takes for tourists to travel to Ireland and see what’s been on your doorstep all this time!


December 2020 - When we travel again

Updated: Nov 20, 2020

Lockdown #2 was a bitter pill to swallow and it was with very heavy hearts that we shut our premises for the second time in 6 months, however we understood that it was necessary for the health and safety of our nation.

With the easing of Level 5 restrictions in sight, we are very excited to reopen our doors to guests on 1st December (Inline with Government Guidelines).

So if you fancy a truly relaxing break in the countryside in a large, modern space, with log fuelled stoves for cosy evenings in and catering delivered to your door after a brisk walk on the surrounding, picturesque roads, then The Calves Field Holiday Rental is a must. With contactless check in and entire property exclusivity you can take a break from social distancing and face coverings in our home away from home.

Looking forward to welcoming you with virtual open arms.

Stay safe,


Owner - The Calves Field


The Calves Field Holiday Rental - #discoverloughderg

Our large high spec Country House is set in a tranquil, picturesque location on our family farm, with only the tweeting of birds and the mooing of cows as a soundtrack. The area is surrounded by meandering country roads which lead to the charming local villages and to the stunning Lough Derg, located on the *"Broad Majestic Shannon", to quote local Punk Icon, Shane McGowan. His ancestral home is, in fact, next door.

Take a stroll down the lane to experience the unique local Ecosystem known as "The Calla". It takes its name from its unique white lime soil, which creates an ideal breeding ground for many rare breeds of butterflies and plants, exclusive to this area.

At The Calves Field we offer all the comforts of home, where you can truly kick back and relax. We have teamed up with local Artisan Caterers to offer a mouth-watering range of Gourmet Foods such as Evening Buffets and Breakfast / Brunch / Afternoon Tea boxes, all delivered to your door. With that in mind, we invite you to enjoy everything The Calves Field and local area have to offer.


Owner - The Calves Field Holiday Rental







The Calves Field Holiday Rental on The Elaine Show - Virgin Media TV

The Calves Field Holiday Rental was featured by The Novel Traveller on The Elaine Show, hosted by the Dr. Ruth Scott. We were thrilled to be short listed as one of the top Staycation Destinations for Summer 2021 and are so excited to host holiday makers at our large private holiday rental this Summer.

Weekend and Weekly booking options available with flexible cancellation up to one week in advance. Comfortably accommodating up to 8 Adults, bring the Grandparents and share precious moments together as you reconnect in a safe, private environment.

Looking forward to hosting you #whenwetravelagain.



Catherina - Owner

The Calves Field Holiday Rental

Relax. Unwind. Enjoy.



Massive congrats to all the newly engaged couples. It is such an exciting time for you all, enjoy the bubbles while you let it all sink in. Once you have had some time to process this massive life event you will start to consider the type of wedding you would like and the perfect venue which can make all your dreams come true. At The Calves Field Holiday Rental we are perfectly positioned between three stunning wedding locations.




Each venue is unique and spectacular and is well worth a visit. Grab the gang and come stay at The Calves Field as you explore these venues and enjoy complimentary Prosecco and Chocolates.



The Calves Field is awarded The Fáilte Ireland Welcome Standard.

The Calves Field Holiday Rental is both honoured and excited to be recognised by the National Tourism Authority in the self catering holiday rental category and also to be list on the www.discoverireland.ie platform.

We are so looking forward to hosting Staycations and Wedding Guests / Brides once permitted to do so.

Roll on Summer 2021 ????

All the best,


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Guided Hikes at The Calves Field Holiday Rental

Surrounded by the Arra and Silvermines Mountains, there is an abundance of hiking opportunities near The Calves Field Holiday Rental. From the spectacular undulations of The Arra Mountains and the Lough Derg views from the historic Graves of The Leinstermen to the breathtaking hills of The Silvermines, there really is something for everyone and every ability. Local tour guide, Cyril McLoughlin, has an unrivaled local knowledge of every step both on and off the beaten track and will work with you to create a bespoke hike or scenic walk to match your ability.

Simply contact Cyril directly to arrange a meeting point in Nenagh Town and off you go. Cyril does not run his tours as a commercial business but rather for the love of walking and the local area. He simply asks that you make a donation to his charity, which supplies pre-used medical equipment to Moldova.

Cyril McLoughlin - 0863721862



As a family we love to travel, explore new places, take a break from reality and just spend quality time together. We have tried out all types of family friendly options across Ireland, from 5 star hotels to self catering holiday rentals to glamping. Our preferred option is self catering with a twist. We love the space and freedom which self catering provides however we don't enjoy cooking and cleaning while on holidays as we want a break from our everyday chores. With this in mind we have worked with a local caterer to provide in house catering at The Calves Field Holiday Rental. We can offer everything from casual buffet breakfast and lunch to silver service dining. Take a look at our website for further details



Hosting Brides #hostingbrides

At The Calves Field we enjoy a superb location for wedding parties. We love hosting Wedding Guests and in particular Brides, Grooms and their families. It seems like only yesterday when my husband and I got married at the magnificent Coolbawn Quay @coolbawnquay, just a few miles away. Today, in addition to Coolbawn Quay there are two further locations to choose from - Ashley Park House and Cloughjordan house. @ashleyparkhouse @cloughjordanhouse. We love to make your stay as care free and enjoyable as possible, providing recommendations for local hair / beauty and transport suppliers. We can also offer in home catering from informal family buffets to silver service to Champagne breakfasts The mature gardens are also a fab spot for pre wedding photos and perhaps even a first look shot. We've added a bridal arch this year which elegantly frames those special snaps. Please feel free to contact me here or @thecalvesfield, I am always available to chat about all things wedding. Catherina x


Hosting Christmas #hostingchristmas

Christmas is our absolute favourite time of year. We love prepping The Calves Field holiday rental to make it a genuine home from home for you and your guests. We've got everything you need from keeping the kids occupied and comfortable to cooking up a yuletide feast for your family and friends. Our log fuelled stoves are idyllic for costing up by in the winter evenings and our rural setting ensures a calm and peaceful rest away from the chaos of everyday life. We look forward to hosting you soon. Catherina 


The Calves Field Holiday Rental is reopening 2nd June 2021 - #discoverloughderg

We are thrilled at The Calves Field to be reopening our self catering holiday home, located by Lough Derg, on the 2nd June 2021. Right now we are busy prepping the gardens, painting doors and adding pretty touches to ensure you have the most relaxing, thoughtful and chilled out experience at this home away from home. We are also updating our Guidebook to ensure all of the local lake activities, walking and hiking routes, family friendly recommendations, interesting heritage sites and fabulous foodie options are at your finger tips, and for even more convenience, Evening Buffets and Foodie Breakfast Hampers / Antipasto Hampers can be delivered to the house. *Pre ordering required.

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Reconnect at The Calves Field Holiday Rental

Are you craving wide open spaces, fresh countryside air and a large private stylish space with mature gardens to chillout in? Are you missing real, in person chats and are you tired of the endless Zoom calls?

Fancy a bespoke Foodie box for breakfast, afternoon tea or simply to graze on? How about an evening buffet from a local Artisan supplier delivered to the door, no time limits, no taxis, just kick back and relax?

Do you like to work up an appetite pre evening treats? How about a scenic bike ride around Lough Derg or an action packed Kayak / Paddle Boarding session on the lake?

Checkout The Calves Field Holiday Rental located just 15 mins from the M7 Motorway and an easy 2 hour drive from Dublin / Cork.

With a flexible cancellations period policy incase your plans change, why not book a break at The Calves Field Holiday Rental. We look forward to hosting you once restrictions lift.

All the best,

Catherina ??

Owner - The Calves Field Holiday Rental

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Staycation in picturesque rural Ireland:

It is a very strange world we inhabit these days. The lack of certainty around occasions, events and travel has thrown all of our summer plans into disarray. On a positive note, I do feel very privileged to live on our stunning Island with so many hidden gems to enjoy and explore.

Like so many others, we had planned a family holiday abroad this summer. Luckily, we were granted a full refund and now plan to invest in our local economy and have a family staycation in rural Ireland, once our government confirms it is safe to do so.

A staycation enables us to feel safe while reconnecting with family at a social distance. So if, like us, you would like a family break away in a quiet, rural, 'home away from home' where you can self cater or have meals delivered to your door by our local caterer, then a trip to The Calves Field Holiday Rental is a must do. With this in mind I have designed a 7 night itinerary which will keep the whole family entertained and thus make your stay as easy and relaxing as possible.

We look forward to welcoming you #whenwetravelagain.

Catherina ??

Day 1:

Stop off at Obama Plaza rest top, Exit 23 on the M7 motorway. Have a bit to eat and travel into nearby Moneygall Village Activity Park and Playground. Or, if it’s a rainy day, exit at Junction 22 for Roscrea Leisure Centre with a very impressive public swimming pool with multiple pools and a big slide.

Arrive at The Calves Field and enjoy catered buffet dinner delivered to the door (Pre booking required, additional charges apply) . Kick back and relax with a bottle of wine and cosy wood fired stove.

Day 2:

Enjoy Water Sports for all the family at Lough Derg Water Sports. (Pre booking required). Then visit nearby Terryglass Village, feed the ducks and follow the Fairy Trail. Enjoy lunch / dinner at The Derg Inn in Terryglass Village, which includes a play area for the little ones.

Day 3:

Visit Portumna Forest Park with buggy friendly trails and a large picnic area. Next visit the recently refurbished Portumna Castle and Tearooms, followed by a not to be missed trip back in time to Famine Time Ireland at Portumna Workhouse Centre. Travel over the bridge and enjoy lunch / dinner at The Ferry Inn Bar.

Day 4:

Visit Bunratty Castle and Folk Park for a fun filled day of Medieval Mystery and Fairy Village Magic.

Next hit Funworld Bowling Alley and stop into the adjacent diner for some tasty treats. (Pre booking is a good idea)

Day 5:

Visit Birr Castle and Gardens with Irelands largest playground tree house, stunning gardens, a cute cafe and the great telescope with links to space discovery and scientific innovation.

Next visit The Stables Cafe / Shop for a bite and a little retail therapy.

Finally enjoy lunch / dinner at local Gastro Bar Kelly's Bar or Pizza at Cristiano's Pizzeria.

Day 6:

Visit the iconic Rock of Cashel and grab a tour.

Next on your way back stop in to Templemore Park and Fairy Trail including Playground and Pitch n Putt.

Then enjoy dinner at The Thatched Cottage outside Nenagh.

Day 7:

Visit Turoe Pet Farm with Inflatable City, Jungle Town and Indoor Sand Area. Enjoy a coffee and a treat in the cafe while the kids explore and play.

Enjoy dinner at Maggie May's restaurant in nearby Loughrea.

Day 8:

- Enjoy a leisurely stroll along the meandering country roads on the doorstep of The Calves Field. In summer months a walk down "The Calla" is a little explorers and nature lovers must.

- Checkout at 11am - late checkout available on request and when possible.

Note: Some activities may be limited due to Covid 19.


Staycation 2021

So here we go again... while it's looking increasingly unlikely that we will travel abroad this summer, a staycation looks probable. With the arrival of the elusive Covid 19 Vaccine there is, however, a sense of hope and the emergence of light at the end of what feels at times, like a very long tunnel.

On the brightside, we are blessed in Ireland to have an abundance of private holiday homes in low population densities such as coastal and rural areas, which offer the ideal space to vacation safely.

At The Calves Field, we were delighted to welcome all manner of staycationers in 2020, where the large 4 bedroom property confortably accommodates 8 adults. From families, to young professionals to ex pats wishing to reconnect with loved ones we were delighted to be fully booked throughout the July/August period. This self catering property has all the comforts of home with value added services such as in home catering for the nights when want to kick back and chill out.

Lough Derg itself is a stunning, expansive lake located on the River Shannon. It offers a multitude of water sports activities from Paddle Boarding to Gin Cruises to River Cruises, to inflatable obstacle courses to bathing. The area is also a wash with Award wining restaurants and Gastro Bars.

If this sounds like your cup of tea or 'pint of plain' take a look at thecalvesfield.com for Rates and Availability or click on the Chat Now Button for more information.

Stay safe and stay well.

Catherina - Property Owner


There's life after lockdown

Lockdowns have forced us to look at our local areas with fresh eyes and a new perspective. Where before we would spend hours cooped up in our cars traveling to the cities and well worn tourist trails for fun and activities, once lockdown hit we had no option but to look inwards, think local, get creative and make the most of our lot.

One of the positives to emerge from this is a new found respect and indeed love of the great outdoors and landscape which we are blessed with at Lough Derg. Those who traditionally headed for the Motorways were now heading for the lake for bathing, swimming, forest trails, kayaking, sunbathing, fishing, cruises and the discovery of historical knowledge and folklore.

Lough Derg has so much to offer from Family Fun to Chartered Cruises to Gin Tasting to Guided Kayak Trips and Winter Swimming to Artisan Local Eateries and Gastro Bars. The standard of accommodation from Hotels, to Guesthouses to Luxury Private Holiday Rentals is second to none in Ireland.

It's the perfect staycation location, book your stay and we're sure you'll agree.



The Calves Field Private Holiday


#walking #staycation #visittipperary

The Calves Field is ideally situated both in the heart of Ireland and within the famous Golden Vale, the most fertile agricultural land on the Emerald Isle. The numerous mountain ranges from The Silvermines in Nenagh to The Comeragh mountains on the Tipperary / Waterford border make for a plethora of walking trails from Beginner to Advanced levels. The Devils Bit is a famous loop walk suitable for moderate walkers. Below is a link to all Tipperary has to offer walking enthusiasts.

Relax and Unwind in the luxury of The Calves Field Holiday Rental after an adventurous day's walking. We can arrange In-House Catering for you and your group so that everyone can relax, kick back with a glass of wine and enjoy a bespoke evening buffet for you and your friends.