Farming has been an important way of life in County Westmeath for many centuries. Our farmhouse replicates a typical farmer’s house from the 19th century. Houses of this type were solidly built of local materials, had a long rectangular shape with an exterior stairs, and a byre at the end to house the family’s animals.
The hearth or open fire-place was where meals were cooked, and at night after a hard day’s work, the family and neighbours would gather to tell stories, sing songs and play music. The farmhouse was sparsely furnished, the only heat being in the kitchen and from the animals in the adjoining byre.