Set in 15 acres of beautiful countryside Ard na Ciuin is also run as a subsistence farm.
What is a subsistence farm? Well, we plant and grow almost all of our own food right here, for ourselves and our guests and our livestock to enjoy and not primarily for sale elsewhere.
We never use chemical fertilisers or pesticides instead we use sound organic principles, even if it does lead to a lot of weeding! Biodiversity is high on our list of priorities and the abundance of insects, wild birds and native plants is testament to that fact.
Anything we can’t grow on our homestead we usually buy or trade using our surplus produce with other like-minded people. For example, we trade sea fish for our Dexter beef with a local trawler fisherman, bedding straw
for our free-range pork, and even our free-range eggs for bags of rolled barley…you get the idea! This leads to a charming, low stress and slow pace of life. One that is in touch with nature, dictated by the seasons, punctuated by the weather and very good for the soul.
Animal welfare is at the top of our list of priorities and our livestock is reared, fed, and tested in line with the highest standards of practice. We use local butchers to keep stress levels to a minimum and the quality of our meat as high as possible.
We deplore waste and use virtually all parts of the animal concerned. Our wool is turned into felt products and our animal skins are tanned and the leather worked in to useable items by local artisans.