|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
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Irish Ridge Farm is a B&E (that’s Bed and Eggs!). Our farm house is located five miles east of Rochester, MN making it a convenient, homey spot for any Rochester visitors, especially Mayo patients, who will find a relaxing and rejuvenating environment. We are quiet and rural, yet 10 minutes from downtown Rochester with all the city amenities. Our home is cozy but not fancy and we hope you’ll find it imbued with a warm energy that comes from all of the happy memories that our family made over the last 60+ years.
We have three bedrooms (one queen and two doubles) that comfortably sleep six people. The kitchen is stocked with cookware, dinnerware, silverware, coffee maker, microwave, toaster, and dishwasher. You can also have a cook-out with the outdoor gas grill. In season, we stock the fridge with a carton (or two) of fresh eggs from our happy, free-run chickens. As with many houses of its era, there is a single modest bathroom, with an extra shower and vanity in the adjoining laundry room. A shed protects your car from those frosty Minnesota winter mornings. Irish Ridge Farm provides central A/C, WiFi, flat screen TV with cable, free laundry, games, and books to peruse. A new addition to the home is a baby grand piano; you can create beautiful music whether you are a accomplished pianist or just like to tinker.
Children are welcome. Kids find it great fun to explore 160 acres of meadows, trails, and woods as well as the red barn that has hosted many barn dances over the years.
We have chickens, geese, sheep, a couple of barn cats and two friendly Labs. Favorite farm activities include walking mowed trails, hiking to the woods or up the country road to a small lake. Cranes, eagles, hawks, swans and pelicans are commonly spotted. Bird watchers will be delighted. Some outdoor activities in the area include biking, hiking, swimming, canoeing, fishing and x-country skiing. Rochester has a Saturday Farmers Market, many cultural activities, and plenty of great restaurants.
Irish Ridge Farm presents a myriad of opportunities to relax. Each season has its own character: from spring-time morel-hunting to summer-time gardening and watching the glow of the fireflies; from savoring the fall colors to star gazing and snow shoeing in the crisp winter air.
Our ancestors, Irish immigrants, settled the area in 1858. In 1949 our parents bought the farm where they lived and raised a family for over sixty years. Martha moved back to the farm 20 years ago and she and her husband are raising their children in the house across the driveway. Margie lives in Madison, WI with her family and returns often to spend time on the farm. Guests from around the world have found that the Bowman family on Irish Ridge welcomed them with open arms. We want to continue the tradition by hosting you and your family at Irish Ridge Farm. There are no strangers here, only friends we haven’t met.
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Our ancestors, Irish immigrants, settled the area in 1858. In 1949 our parents bought the farm where they lived and raised a family for over sixty years. Martha moved back to the farm 20 years ago and she and her husband are raising their children in the house across the driveway. Margie lives in Madison, WI with her family and returns often to spend time on the farm.
We loved our stay here. Our little boys loved having all the space to run, the barn to play in and the animals to visit. The old country house was comfortable and had plenty of space and character. We hope to stay here again on our next visit to Minnesota.
Words can't express how wonderful of an experience we had at the farmhouse. We stayed 3 nights over last weekend with our 2 kids (ages 4 & 7). We had our extended family drop by on Sunday for a reunion lunch, so my nieces and nephews got a glimpse of farm life as well. The rec room in the barn was fun for the kids, it has a foosball table, basketball net, stage with electric piano, skateboards, etc. They also have a tree house with swing and lots of area to run around and play. Our favorite thing about the farm was the fresh batch of kittens! My kids couldn't leave the kittens alone, they had hours and hours of fun playing with those adorable little furballs. The house was a cute little farmhouse that reminded me so much of my grandparent's growing up. The house had all the amenities we needed and Martha and Mark were such lovely hosts. We had the time of our lives. We'll be back next summer for another family gathering for sure!!!
We had a wonderful week at the farm! My seven year old daughter was undergoing treatment at Mayo, and the farm was the perfect escape! She truly had the time of her life. She loved playing with the kittens, feeding the animals, climbing trees, gathering eggs, and just running around the farm. I also enjoyed it immensely, I miss being there! It was very relaxing, and Martha and Mark really helped make our visit extra special! We can't wait to return to the farm!
We visited Irish Ridge B&E for a last-minute summer trip to Rochester, and we had no idea what a beautiful, special place this farm would be! Our children (11, 9, and 6) were absolutely crazy about the farm, its' many animals, and the outdoor adventures to be had, while my husband and I fell in love with the peaceful setting and the warm welcome we received from Mark and Martha. We had initially planned to make several short day trips while visiting MN, but once we arrived at the farm, our kids wanted to just stay put and enjoy the beautiful grounds, and spend time with the animals! Our trip turned out to be so much more interesting, fun, and relaxing than we could have ever imagined! Fresh eggs, soda bread and jelly were waiting for us upon arrival, the house itself is immaculate and has everything you could need. There is space to read, walk, and just enjoy fresh air and quiet. We were invited to pick any vegetables from their garden that we wanted, as well as walk the paths that surround the farm property, and we took full advantage of both. On top of all that, one of the cats at the farm had kittens the night we arrived, and our kids were in LOVE! It was so exciting to spend time on the farm and enjoy a lifestyle that's so different from our daily lives in Chicago. We've promised the kids we will return next summer, as they've been talking about the farm since we left. Thanks, Mark and Martha, your warm hospitality made this trip the highlight of our summer. See you next year!
I drove my friend to Rochester because her doctors were sending her to the Mayo Clinic for a week of testing. Because of our husbands jobs, I brought my two boys and she brought her daughter. I chose Irish Ridge Farm because I knew being cooped up in a hotel while my friend had testing done was not going to be pleasant.
Irish Ridge Farm was a true blessing from God! Martha greeted us as we pulled in and then her husband and daughter greeted us. They gave us a tour of the property, told the kids all about the farm and animals. They welcomed us with open arms. The farmhouse was perfect! It was clean, simple and just what we needed. We were blessed with 70 degree weather, (back home in St. Louis we were still in the 90's) and the kids and I spent most days playing outside at the farm. Martha brought over a corn hole game and tent for the kids as well. Our kids absolutely loved the cats, dog, cows, chickens, ducks and sheep. Our kids were sad to leave "their farm". My littlest one when looking at pictures of him talking to one of the cows said, "that's me with my cow friend!" We couldn't have been more blessed!! Thank you Martha and your family for your friendship, support and love. As the sign reads above the door "there are no strangers, only friends we haven't met yet". May God continue to bless you!
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£245|
|Cleaning fee||£41 + Tax|
Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. Cancellation policy: Full refund if cancelled 14 days in advance.