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Eric D wrote a review Jun 2016
Fethard, Ireland73 contributions43 helpful votes
we stayed at forest farm camping and caravan park for 3 nights - travaling as a couple with our 2 dogs- (one aged 17 yrs and the other 3 yrs) we found this site to be very quiet and relaxing- the owners we very friendly and helpful and the site itself was kept clean and tidy- the toilet block and showers were well maintained and the campers kitchen and lounge also well looked after. we met a couple of the residents who live full time on the site one elderly lady from the uk keeps a beutiful rose garden outside her mobile home and invited us in for a cup of tea- there was another couple who kept and trained dogs for a display and agility business- we found no problem with their dogs in any way at all. the 'bottom' end of the site leads onto a large field where the grass is kept quite high -ideal for walking and excersizing dogs ,but it is close to the main dublin road so having your dog on a lead is essential at all times. the site is just a few miles outside of athy town centre -5 minutes by car or a local taxi which was just 8 euro each way into town- there is a large supermarket on the outskirts of town for all those 'essential' items we all forget to bring when going away ! some nice pubs and cafe's /bistros and for the angler amongst us a very well stocked tackle and bait supplier in the town hardware shop , this is where you buy your day ticket for fishing the athy and district anglers run watersincluding the well known 'marina' stretch. there is also plenty of fishing available on the canals and river barrow around the area. we had breakfast in a small 'home bakery' bistro on the main street opposite the dunnes stores car park- excellent valuee for money and all fresh cooked- we bought some homemade bread and scones for our supper that evening and they were wonderful- there is a hotel just a few hundred yards from the caravan site on the opposite side of the road- we had a sunday lunch there and a few drinks- it was reasonably priced and the food was of a good standard- -worth a visit- there was also a large 'car boot' sale held in a disused pub carpark on the sunday morning- though it was more like a market with many of the stalls being closer to retail outfits (and prices) than carboot ! we would recommend this site to 'older' couples as a place to get away from it all- but close enough to be able to enjoy the town- there are no real facilities for children ,just open fields,which in my childhood would have been seen as bliss, but todays kids want playparks and amusement arcades ,their not content to make their own entertainment ! this is the sort of park to just pull in - set up -sit back and enjoy the peace and quiet- maybe do a bit of painting, relax with a good book or (as i do) go off and do a bit of fishing - a nice summers evening ,barbecue on the go - cold glass of beer and a lounger - and this place is perfect to enjoy it.
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Date of stay: September 2015
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Helena R wrote a review Jul 2013
Dublin, Ireland83 contributions17 helpful votes
We go camping to spend some time with our dogs. This place is not at all suitable because they have a serious roaming dog problem. 3 of the neighbours dogs hang around the site begging for food and rooting in bins if left unattended for any length of time. Despite management picking them up and dropping them home, they are never gone for any more than a few mins. They try to get into the tents and this obviously makes it very difficult for people to relax with their own pets. This goes on all night and we have been woken by these dogs during the night both times we've visited this site. There is also an elderly dog who seems to live under one of the caravans, and then the very sweet house dog, Billy. We've been there twice, and both times had to make the trek home to drop our own dogs back due to the roaming dogs on site. We also received an awful welcome from the self appointed site police woman, an elderly woman who informed us she lives in her caravan there. She came down to complain about us speeding around in a silver car (our car is not silver), she then started questioning us about how we care for our dogs in a very condescending and insulting way. She mentioned us cleaning up our rubbish, despite us having 2 bins there, one for recyclables and one for general waste and cleaning up after the dogs, despite the dogs being secured, with one of us at all times to facilitate cleaning and despite the other 5 dogs roaming about the site. It was very off putting and we felt very unwelcome in the place after our conversation with her. The people who run the site are all lovely, it's quiet and clean enough. There is not a whole lot to do unless you're going to go driving. It could be a lovely place if management could sort the problem of the dogs and the lady who polices the site. Until then we can't return.
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Date of stay: July 2013
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iobhan M wrote a review Jul 2012
Dublin, Ireland3 contributions3 helpful votes
I stayed on the camp site with my husband and three young children. The man that welcomed us at reception was very friendly and chatted with us about things to do in the locality. The price was the lowest that we have paid for camping anywhere in Ireland. We were told that we could pitch our tent anywhere in the large camping field. The facilities were clean and had everything that we needed. There was a group of scouts camping at the same time so it was great that there were other people around. I would recommend this campsite highly for families. Lots to do in the area also.
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Date of stay: June 2012
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Willowtree Glamping Mournes wrote a review Jan 2012
Annalong, United Kingdom23 contributions22 helpful votes
Showers smell and dirty Very poor cleaning But it is a lovely place and would be great for kids if using your own bathroom in caravan,
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Date of stay: September 2011
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Lynn E wrote a review Sep 2010
London, United Kingdom9 contributions2 helpful votes
I stayed in one of the self-catering apartments for three nights with my Dad and my sister. The apartment smelt as if it had not been properly cleaned or aired for a very long time. The dishes in the cupboard were dirty, facilities were basic (e.g. there was no bottle opener or cork screw), it seemed as if the owners had simply left it up to the individual visitors to clean up after themselves, so the bigger cleaning jobs like cleaning the cooker out and mopping the floors didn't seem to have been done. There were also dirty clothes in one of the cupboards in the bedrooms and lots of cobwebs. The heating is controlled from the main house and as it was a little chilly I asked if we could have it on in the evenings - the owner didn't complain but did seem reluctant. I only really spoke to the owners when we arrived, when I asked about the heating and when we left I didn't find them particularly warm or friendly although they were helpful when I asked about places to eat nearby when we checked in. Location wise it's very close to the Irish National Stud - which is why I chose to stay here. The camp site is huge and there are a lot of self-catering apartments however it's very quiet and you need your own transport to get to and from the farm as it's a couple of miles from the nearest town. I would neither stay again nor recommend it to a friend.
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Date of stay: September 2010
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IrelandProvince of LeinsterCounty KildareAthy
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Frequently Asked Questions about Forest Farm Kildare
Which popular attractions are close to Forest Farm Kildare?
Nearby attractions include Athy Heritage Centre-Museum (1.4 km), Clancy's Athy (1.3 km), and Burtown House and Gardens (6.8 km).
Is parking available at Forest Farm Kildare?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Forest Farm Kildare?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Emigrant Bar & Eatery, The Bay Tree, and Bailey's Bar & Bistro.
Are there any historical sites close to Forest Farm Kildare?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Oakvale Monastery (11.9 km) and The Irish Pewtermill (10.3 km).