Review Date: August 2008
The Apple Farm is a small 3-star caravan park on a fruit farm located 6km from Cahir and 9km from Clonmel in County Tipperary. It opens from the start of May through to the end of September.
This was to be the second overnight stop on our fifth trip of the season and I attempted to book the site a week in advance. We wanted to check in on the Sunday and out the Monday.
I spoke to a foreign lady on the telephone who turned out to be the owner of the park. I had a little trouble communicating with her. I’m not sure if taking bookings was normal, as I had to press her a little in order to get booked in. Eventually she did however tell me that she had “written my name down”. A booking deposit was not required which was good.
The interactive map below shows The Apple Farm’s location. Zoom out on the map to see the caravan park’s location in proximity to the nearby town of Cahir and Clonmel.
The Apple Farm’s address is: Moorstown, Cahir, Co. Tipperary, Ireland
Telephone: +353 52 7441459
We approached the park by coming off the N8 (southwards) at Cahir (pronounced ‘Care’) and then turned on to the N24 towards Clonmel. A few kilometers along on the left we reached our first sign indicating that the Apple Farm was approaching.
The entrance to the farm was also well marked and that was good as traffic moved quickly along the N24. We arrived at approximately 3:00pm on the Sunday.
For a touring caravan and two adults we paid €12 plus €2.50 for electricity upon arrival. This was an excellent price and better still, all other facilities were included e.g. hot showers. Cost was €6 per person per night so this worked out extremely cheaply for us (a couple) but may not seem as reasonable for a large family.
The Apple Farm is a small park that caters for about 60 people per night. Entrance to the park is via a long lane with acres of apple trees on both sides.
The lane gives way to a yard with a large house and donkey paddock to the left, a farm shop straight in front and a large barn to the right.
The barn houses the reception, a large camper’s kitchen, toilets and showers.
Behind the barn lies the campsite.
Upon arriving in the park, we spoke with a farm worker who checked us in and explained to us about recycling and use of the facilities.
Not all sites in the park have a hardstand but she spotted one from where we stood and said that if we were quick we could grab that one. Just before we departed we were presented with a complimentary bottle of pure apple juice which I later thoroughly enjoyed! We parked up on the site she suggested. We were located in the central area of the park and although we didn’t have electricity, water or drainage actually on our site, our electricity cable easily reached a double socket just across one of the gravel tracks. Water and drainage were also available there.
All sites are just a short distance from the toilets and showers. Ours was a peaceful site and our caravan looked out over part of the fruit farm. As the park has a lot of hedges and trees around it felt sheltered.
The Park provided for touring caravans, motorhomes and trailer tents.
The touring area was grassy with dirt/gravel tracks.
Most touring pitches had hardstands. Electric hookup, water taps and drainage were not on a per site basis but were generally not too far away.
Around outside of central area there were 7 hardstands with Electric hookup (doubles), water and drainage. There were also 2 extra water taps.
In the center there were 4 hardstands with only one pair of electric sockets between them. Most of the tents were erected in the center ground.
At side of building there were some extra electric sockets. 16 amps of electricity was supplied.
There was one toilet / shower block on the park.
Inside the male side of the toilet block there was 1 toilet, 1 shower, 1 urinal and 3 wash hand basins.
The female side was the same layout except there was an extra toilet instead of a urinal. In addition to this, there were a number of individual toilets and shower rooms that were unisex.
The showers and toilets were cleaned on a regular basis (closed each afternoon for a couple of hours) and each time we visited them we noted how clean they looked.
The showers were included in the price. In addition, they were hot, had a reasonable jet and a temperature control
On site, there was an area for washing clothes.
There was also a washing machine. A mangle (!) was available for drying clothes.
We did not see an iron although these may have been available.
The camper’s kitchen included an area for washing dishes.
The staff were heavily into recycling.
A Chemical Disposal Point was available for emptying the cassette toilet.
People are free to wander round the farm and admire the apples
There was a dedicated children’s play area in the park with a very tall swing that adults seemed to enjoy using!
At one point I wanted to go fishing. I went to the site office to enquire where I could find a shop that would sell me some live bait. Instead I was pleasantly surprised, if not a little apprehensive when the owner (Con) suggested I borrow a farm spade and join with the donkey in the donkey paddock to dig for some worms.
True to his word, Con walked down to one of the large sheds and selected a spade for the job. I joined the donkey who like everyone else on the site was friendly. He was a little taken back about why I was digging up his home and pulling worms out of the ground.
The Apple Farm has a shop.
They sold their apple juice here for €2 per bottle.
It was approximately double this price in the shops in Cahir. The farm shop also sold other juices such as Apple and Raspberry (€3.50) which I thought was delicious, jams, punnets of raspberries, cherries and other home-grown produce.
The shop did not sell general groceries and for these it was necessary to travel into Cahir or Clonmel.
The Apple Farm is a fantastic campsite in Co. Tipperary. It has a great ethos that blows away a lot of the commercialized competition. Extremely cheap price, free hot showers, and freedom to roam the fruit farm at will are some of things that make this site stand out. It has some disadvantages but the homely, commercial-free feel make this park a highly recommended winner. We stayed an extra night as we liked it so much and visited again a couple of weeks later.