|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
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, now electric solar-powered, 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.
My family thoroughly enjoyed the beautiful farm setting between appointments at the Mayo Clinic. While rural, the farm is close enough to the conveniences of Rochester to enjoy the best of both worlds. The owners are very nice and considerate people whom we enjoyed visiting with.
This stay was an annual get together of girlfriends. First of all, the owners live at the farm. They never came over, other than to greet us and say goodbye. They assured us that if we needed anything to please give them a call. This quaint little home has everything one would need. Comfort of home. The beds were great. We were greeted in the house with fresh soda bread and homemade organic jelly and fresh eggs were in the fridge. The kitchen had all the gadgets one would want. There is path that you can go for a nice hike. They have a barn that has been redone, please check that out. Whether in Rochester for Mayo Clinic or needed a family place to stay or a friends get away, this is a great gem.
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.
My husband and our daughter's family enjoyed Irish Ridge farm very much. Martha and Mark were wonderful hosts. Our three granddaughters had so much fun and were encouraged to roam the farm and enjoy the animals. They fell in love with the kittens. The house is warm and cozy with a large kitchen table to gather to eat a country breakfast with eggs and sofa bread provided by our hosts and to play games around. A lot of hiking and exploring close by in Elba and Whitewater State Park. Kerry
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!
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£240|
|Cleaning fee||£40 + Tax|
Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. Cancellation policy: Full refund if cancelled 14 days in advance.