It’s not often that you find a hidden gem sitting right on your doorstep, but this Summer we hit solid gold when my husband and I decided to take our two girls camping. As they are only 2 and 5 we didn’t want to venture too far from home for too long.
We were already familiar with Traas Apple Farm just outside Cahir, Co Tipperary, having spent many happy afternoons there picking strawberries.
So we decided to check out their camping facilities for a night, and we were not disappointed!
As you drive down the lane towards the Apple Farm, you are surrounded on either side by beautiful green trees that open out onto the courtyard of the farm. Here they have a large barn where you can purchase their gorgeous farm produce; apples, sparkling juices, Con’s cider, apple cider vinegar and of course their award winning apple juice.
And it’s here you check into the camping facilities. Situated behind the working barns, the campsite is spaciously laid out with plenty of trees for shelter. You can take your pick of where to pitch. By the evening, even after several more families had arrived, the site still didn’t feel overcrowded and was wonderfully quiet!
After we had set up camp, we decided to take the girls to explore. The Apple Farm stretches out across quite a large area, and we had great fun roaming through the plum orchard and chasing rabbits through the apple trees. (We may also have snuck a berry or two from the raspberry bush at the side of the barn…)
I had been a bit worried about keeping the girls entertained there for an evening, but as well as an indoor area with tables and couches and a pool room, there is also a tennis court and a small playground that kept them happy for hours. Never underestimate the good, old-fashioned fun of a slide and an enormous swing!
We were absolutely blessed with the weather while we were there. After sweating our way through pitching a tent and chasing rabbits, we were able to enjoy a lovely cold cider as we relaxed for the afternoon, eating our barbecue and chatting to our neighbours from Dublin, who are regular visitors to the Apple Farm.
Come evening time, we took the girls to get ready for bed. The facilities on the Apple Farm are fantastic, with men’s and women’s shower/toilets, another separate block of loos, a kitchen area with fridge, freezer and sinks, clothes washing facilities and a recreational area. And it is all absolutely, spotlessly clean!
In the morning, we enjoyed a munch on some fresh fruit from the farm shop along with our complimentary bottle of award-winning apple juice before we reluctantly packed up to head home. But not before we said goodbye to our friend…
We paid €23 in total for our night’s stay which we felt was great value for all that we enjoyed. I honestly cannot recommend the Apple Farm highly enough if you are looking for the ideal spot for family camping.
I’m almost reluctant to share this hidden gem with you!
For more information about the Apple Farm, check out their website.