Where everyday is St. Patty's Day! Happy, fun with a caring staff! 5***** Rating! We re-created the memories of staying at a cottage built on a tiny lake in the 40s, 50s or 60s and then we added alpacas, llamas, ducks, geese, friendly dogs and over 20 species or birds - even baby squirrels. Not like the same old places with noisy and nosey rooms that look like all the others? Opened in in Aug. of 2013 - 20 minutes North of Dallas or Fort Worth and 20 minutes South of the Oklahoma Casinos. Nestled under a canopy of over 100 year old pecans and oaks and resting on the banks of a beautiful small lake with fountains -an ADULTS ONLY AND FRIENDLY oasis. Rock on your private porch, get a massage for one or both of you. 6 acres of total privacy surrounded by 12 to 18 foot fences. Alpacas and llamas are right out your door; playful, frolicking and friendly wanting you to be part of their natural setting in harmony with nature. They will eat right out of your hand or even give you a lucky Irish kiss! This is a happy, fun and special place; a working alpaca ranch with beautiful, Great Pyres greeting you in the pastures. Want to work from the ranch for a few hours; no problem - FREE WI-FI. Prefer romantic times? Sit in our gazebo on a heart shaped island or walk holding hands, listening to the wind chimes sing. Sit by the lake or on the dock, get a tan or catch a fish (and release it), watch the turtles, frogs and geese enjoy the peace! Be happy and at peace again!
5 on April 02, 2016
A very serene getaway. An awesome place to unwind and unplug. Can be as private or as interactive as you want. Jim and Rita are amazing hosts. They are experts in making one feel welcome, comfortable, and at home. Loved the Alpaca experience and meeting all the pets. Will definitely be going back.
5 on March 23, 2016
My wife and I had an excellence here while visiting Dallas. The breakfast was great and Jim entertained us while we ate. The rooms were cozy, clean, and the mattress was VERY comfortable. My wife loved the Alpaca Experience and it is definitely a must if you are staying here. The animals were very friendly and cuddly. We definitely recommend this place if you are visiting the area.
5 on March 20, 2016
Our innkeepers Jim and Rita went out of their way to show us a good time. We tried fishing their lake, kissing a Llama and listening to an Irish joke or two over a sumptuous breakfast. So much fun to be truly in another world!
5 on December 09, 2015
Was a rainy cold day unfortunately but they did everything possible to make our stay a pleasant one including upgrading our room to one with a hot tub. Very pleasant place with some farm animals and a few small ponds. I would recommend to anyone looking for a quick get away.
5 on October 20, 2015
I would go 10 stars if allowed. The wife and I selected this place to stay due to the reviews we had read over a few weeks of looking and I can honestly say that the reviews we had read were great. We can say with all honesty that our stay was beyond what the reviews had led us to believe and The owners made the stay even better than we thought. The privacy is absolutely great, The Breakfast, including fruit, eggs, sausage and Bacon along with mini cinnamon rolls were plated well and tasted even better than it looked. The breakfast comes with good coffee and great conversation. The amount of attention we got was not even close to being intrusive, they checked on us when we were available and made sure our stay had everything we needed. The Alpaca experience was so much more than i thought it would be, We got to feed and even hug the Alpacas The experience was even better due to the knowledge of the Inn Keepers, Jim and Rita, which they shared with a passion that made you know they love what they do. I am going to be sharing the video i took of the Alpaca experience with Jim and Rita so they could post on the site along with the MANY PICTURES I took during our stay. I have to give a 5 star rating only because it goes no higher. You would never know that the owners have full time jobs on top of the B&B that they run because of the amount of attention and care they put into the place. We are already looking to book our next stay there in the beginning of next year and plan to make this a yearly visit for us. I have 3 regrets from this stay we had and will share them with you so you do not make the same mistakes. 1. The stay we booked was for checking in Friday evening and checking out Monday morning. The stay was great but not even close to long enough!!! 2 more nights would have gave the relaxation time to set in and be so much more enjoyable. 2. I did not bring my fishing rod to enjoy the catch and release 3.to many characters
5 on September 27, 2015
Words come to mind like “oasis,” “retreat,” “serene,” “decadent,” and “rustic.” Owners Jim and Rita created a world within a world where you decide how much interaction you want with others. You enjoy both their nature and their nurture. Our cottage, the Carenna, was snug and cozy with an incredible mattress on our four poster bed, an attached private side porch and a private hot tub. Irish and natural touches abound, coffee is right in the room (and its GOOD coffee) and Alpaca shaped spearmint soap engaged the senses during a hot shower. We got up early (we have young children, it was inevitable, even without them being there) and I took a relaxing soak in the hot tub while my husband caught four catfish that ranged from 8-15 pounds on the dock. Did I mention breakfast in bed? Or on the porch? Or anywhere you want to have it? I am a vegetarian. My husband is not. Our gorgeous wooden breakfast trays arrived looking exactly the same. Forget about a guest being a vegetarian? Ar ndóigh, ní ! “Of course not!” Soy bacon and sausage for me, meat version for my husband, with scrambled eggs, Irish breakfast potatoes, raspberries, strawberries, special banana (amazing), cherry pastry and, since its Fall, petit pumpkin cakes in an incredible icing with streusel on top. And orange juice. And, of course, that coffee. Next up, the Alpaca experience. We heard about the evolution of the alpaca while sitting at a picnic table next to a fenced off area where Valentino, the alpaca that kisses the ladies on the cheek (it’s a nice, soft, dry kiss) eyed us. Then we got right into the fenced off areas where these beauties ate directly out of our cupped hands. We did it again with the babies. Their tongues swept our palms and then the babies decided we should cuddle. Maybe they knew it was our anniversary.
5 on August 30, 2015
This was our first getaway to a B&B and it was perfect. Not too far, but worth every penny to get away from the rat race of the city. We will definitely be back soon as we can. Jim, the owner, was great and willing to go the extra mile to meet every accommodation. Oh and Alpacas are cool too ! Mario & Krista.
5 on July 28, 2015
This place is so much fun. The atmosphere is relaxing and Jim, the Inn Keeper, is great at making the stay enjoyable. Even though you're only 8 minutes away from great restaurants and shopping, you feel like you're away from everything during your stay. The service is incredible. The cabins are extremely comfy and peaceful. Even though it is on a working farm, you don't have any of the issues of smell or noise you might expect. The air is fresh and clean and the animals are friendly without being aggressive. The food is amazing, made from fresh ingredients grown on the farm. Jim tells great jokes and the Alpaca experience is not to be missed. The alpacas are fun and softer than you would think. My husband and I weren't sure what to expect as this was our first visit to a BandB but it was far beyond anything we could have anticipated. We plan on returning for our anniversary. I highly recommend this place as a fantastic romantic getaway.
5 on July 10, 2015
My customer asked me to come down for a couple of days to help them out. I was not looking forward to staying at yet another chain hotel, eating processed eggs and sausage. Whenever I travel, I like to see if there are any B&Bs near where I will be working. With the luck of the Irish at my back, I found the Old Irish B&B and it was closer to the customer than any of the hotels!! This is not your typical B&B where all the guests stay in the same house. We all get our own 'little' house to stay in. I also liked the breakfast basket as I needed to be at the customer fairly early and did not have the time for a sit down breakfast. Jim and Rita are cognizant of the weekday guest's needs as well as the weekend guest where it is more relaxed. The cottage is clean and comfortable. The bed was also comfortable. It sure beats a hotel room! The good news is that my customer is asking me to come back and I will definitely stay here again!!! woohoo.
5 on June 01, 2015
My partner, Robbie, and I stayed at the Old Irish Bed & Breakfast over this past Memorial Day 2015. I had never really stayed at a Bed & Breakfast before so I was unsure of what to expect. However, once I picked up the phone and called the Old Irish and spoke with Jim, the owner, all my hesitation was put to rest. Jim is a very charismatic and charming gentleman. He is warm and endearing. From just that brief talk, I felt that I had picked the right place for a memorable weekend. Of course, this was all just after a brief conversation on the phone. Well, after arriving at the Old Irish and settling in, I discovered that the Jim on the phone is the real deal. He is the same wonderful guy in person as well and even so much more. He and his wife, Rita, run an amazing place. The cabin where we stayed, the facilities, the gourmet breakfast, the alpacas, the dogs, the good company more than met all my expectations. The hot tub was wonderful. The atmosphere was wonderful. The little store was unique and interesting. The alpaca experience that Jim shared with each guest was incredible. The alpacas eat right out of your hands, cuddle right up to you and even give you kisses! I can’t wait to return. I especially enjoyed the morning breakfasts which Rita cooks to perfection and serves up in a beautiful presentation. She a warm and caring person herself, and I enjoyed the breakfast chats that she has with the guests. I would return again and again, and I would recommend the same to anyone.
You are very sweet...thank you and come back soon.
This room is green with a nature theme. It has a private bathroom and parking reserved for only its guests' use. When you arrive, you will be welcomed by a complimentary bottle of champagne or wine and a fresh fruit basket. On weekdays, we invite you to enjoy our continental breakfast, but on weekends, guests are pampered with a gourmet breakfast in bed. This cottage offers the premium alpaca experience, with alpacas roaming right in front of your patio. This patio not only has alpacas close by, but it allows you to enjoy the outdoors on this spacious area, complete with privacy shades and comfortable chairs with plenty of room to spread out. The room has a 32" LED TV with DISH network Premium channels, DVD player with loaner movies, stereo with CD and MP3 player, Sirius radio, microwave, coffee maker with coffee and tea provided, WI-FI, hair dryer and radio/clock.
The Finnegan Cottage is named after a little guy that holds a very special place in our hearts, as he was born here and died here. Finnegan was the grandson of the famous Hemingway and was pure white with a personality that made him very special. He and his buddy, Lamont, who was pure black and a Black Bart son, were born within days of each other in 2005. The cottage has all the items as our other cabins, but it is graced by the charm of our dear Finnegan! The Finnegan Cottage includes DISH Network TV with DVD (free loaner movies available from our library), refrigerator, and microwave. Want to use your laptop? Of course you do! Free Wi-Fi available 24/7. Spa, theatre, and casino packages available with advance notice.
Enjoy a dip in this cottage's completely exclusive, secluded, and private outdoor hot tub that seats six. This room is a Texas-themed, honeymoon cottage. It has a private bathroom and parking reserved for only its guests' use. When you arrive, you will be welcomed by a complimentary bottle of champagne or wine and a fresh fruit basket. On weekdays, we invite you to enjoy our continental breakfast, but on weekends, guests are pampered with a gourmet breakfast in bed. Enjoy your breakfast while experiencing special mood lighting that syncs with music. This cottage offers the premium alpaca experience, with alpacas roaming right in front of your patio. This patio not only has alpacas close by, but it allows you to enjoy the outdoors on this spacious area, complete with privacy shades and comfortable chairs with plenty of room to spread out. The room has a 32" LED TV with DISH network Premium channels, DVD player with loaner movies, stereo with CD and MP3 player, Sirius radio, mi
The Greystoke Shamrock Cottage is tastefully done with the executive look with a black queen size bed and white drop leaf dining table with a antique cabinet that beckons back the late 40s and early 50s. It also has a pull-out love seat for a 3rd guest. The Greystoke Shamrock includes DISH Network TV with DVD (free loaner movies available from our library), refrigerator, microwave and a natural surroundings. Walk right out your door to pet and feed our very friendly alpacas...enjoy their frolicking...their natural beauty. Spa, theatre and casino packages available with advance notice.
This cottage is decorated to invoke the feel of a time gone by, maybe your Grandmother's time, with a very romantic, black queen size bed that whispers 'welcome.' It also has a very elegant love seat with matching foot stool. The cottage is trimmed out with a white drop leaf table, curio cabinet and a plethora of Capote's ribbons, photos and keepsakes.
Texas Horse Country, 35 - 40 miles from casinos, TX Motor Speedway, University of North Texas, Texas Woman's University, Denton Jazz Festival, Airport, City, Countryside, Downtown, Lakefront, Ranch, Small town, Suburban, Tropical, Urban, Village, Waterview, Wine country
Dallas, TX (DFW-Dallas-Fort Worth) 25 miles
Take either I 35w or I 35e to highway US 380 (University Ave), we are 6 miles East
Amusement Park, Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Art Galleries, Beach, Casino, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, NASCAR, College and pro sports, Texas Woman's University, University of North Texas, DFW, Nature trails, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Rodeo, Ruins, Winery, Zoo
Other, Private Home Bed and Breakfast, Bed and Breakfast, Cottage, Country Inn, Urban Inn, Guest Ranch, Working Ranch, Spa, Farm, Boutique Hotel, Cabin, Ranch, Pub
BBQ grill, Billiards, Board games, Childcare, Clothes dryer, Computer, Conference Rooms, Copier, Fax Machine, Library, Movie library, Outdoor grilling, Parking, Secretarial services, Spa, Sports equipment rental, TV Video games, Telephone, VCR, Washer/dryer, Wedding Facilities, Wheelchair access , Workling Alpaca Ranch, Catch and release fishing, Hiking trails, Alpacas ----Boating, Live entertainment on property or 10 min, Casino Gambling or Nascar 20 minutes
Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, CD player, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, Desk, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Internet Service, Microwave, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Turndown Service, Videos, Wet bar, Wi-Fi, Wired internet
Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bicycles, Billiards, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Horseshoes, Hunting, Kayaking, Mountain Bike trails, Live theatre, Casinos, wild life area, get back to nature, naturally, alpaca ranch, spinning and weaving, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Water sports
Rita and Jim Patrick
Texan, English, German, Spanish
Cats , Dogs , alpacas. llamas, ducks, geese
Married 40 + years, traveled the world and been in executive management, broadcasting, former professional speaker and CPA. Met heads of states and celebrities. Author of Blood Profit$ series.
Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian , Vegan
Mexican eggs, fresh fruit and berries, pastry or pancake with strawberry cream cheese or banana with cinnamon, Potatoes Patrick, sausage and thick cut bacon (sometimes ham or pork chops), Italian salad (on occasion), orange juice. Continental + breakfast served M-F.