Ballymurrin Quaker Farmstead is situated in the hamlet of Kilbride, 8 kilometres from Wicklow. The farmstead and burial ground offer a fascinating legacy, invoking the life of settlers during a calamitous period for religious communities.
Quakers began to move to Ireland from 1654, after the English Civil War. Set in a historic landscape of undulating contours, moods and hues, Ballymurrin Quaker Settlement is a farmstead of simple, rural charm, occupied over almost 350 years since Quakers first constructed it in 1669.
Uncover the stories of this farmstead, those who lived, died, were imprisoned, or emigrated. Visit the house, its meeting room, the forge. Learn of the difficulties experienced by enlightened Quakers principles, which recognised neither priest nor tithe.
Stonebake ovens, inglenook fireplaces with wattle and daub canopy, open joists, limewashed walls, unadorned architecture that reflects a life of simplicity, gentleness and belief, that God speaks in our being, not in our possessions...“That of God in Everyone”…
During opening times, 3 tours/day are provided, commencing 2pm, 3.30pm and 5pm. This corner of Wicklow has a lot to offer. So, when you visit us, make a day of it.
Close to everything, yet apart, this location will allow you to pop into the wonderfully restored nineteenth Century arboretum of Kilmacurragh, just minutes driving from us, managed by the National Botanic Gardens. Experience Mount Usher, voted the most romantic garden to visit in Ireland. Stroll the structured Italianate gardens of Powerscourt, or enter the magical landscapes and vistas of the Wicklow Mountains, where time stands still.
Savour gourmet cuisine in the Avoca Cafe, Mount Usher, just 10 minutes driving, from whence the best- elling cookbooks derive, or sink into one of the sumptuous sofas of Romany Stone in front of a blazing fire. Enjoy a lunch of fresh, well balanced ingredients and even buy the sofa after. The food is unforgettable, so is the venue.
Let coastline beckon you to arguably the most beautiful beach of the east coast, Brittas Bay. With no headlands to interfere with the peaceful rhythm, it is ideal for bathing and walking.
In pretty Wicklow Town, visit the haunted Gaol and prepare to be ‘afeared’. Browse in the excellent fashion boutiques; enjoy a coffee; peruse the bookshelves of Bridge Street Books, you won’t get a better selection anywhere. Enjoy lavished attention in one of the many beauty parlours or local spas, or simply savour the lovely town, dating from Mediaeval times and the fine harbour. Include a round of golf at one of the many world class courses, Druids Glen, the European and many more.
There is simply so much to do within a tantalising distance, that you may choose to make us your base. Stay in the Old Milking Parlour of Ballymurrin Quaker Farmstead. Voted one of the “top 100 cool cottages”, by the Sunday Times 2010 in UK and Ireland, featured on RTE’s 'About the House', in the Guardian, the Irish Times, 'Ecoescape: Ireland' by Cathy Mack, Alistair Sawdays and twinned with the Ritz Carlton, the Old Milking Parlour offers something different.