From the moment we booked at the Old Irish bed and breakfast we knew we were in for a treat. Patrick was hilarious on the phone and even funnier in person. Even though it was 30° out and gloomy, that didn’t stop us from enjoying the grounds and the entire stay! From the kissing alpacas and sharing drinks at the inn with Patrick, to the clean and relaxing hot tub the old Irish b&b was one of the most enjoyable and meaningful getaways we had. I highly recommend staying here no matter the occasion, you are always welcomed with love and care and will sure have a memorable experience.
We've stayed in castles in Spain that weren't as engaging as The Old Irish B&B! This is hands down one of the best overnight experiences we've come to know. From the lodging to the staff, nothing was short of excellent. Jim and his 'extended' family of alpaca and great Pyrenees were an absolute treat and always kept us smiling throughout our two-day stay. Breakfast in bed, a personal hot tub, and environmentally friendly in design, I will never hesitate to suggest this place in the future to all friends and family.
Jim and Rita made our long trip from Kansas to Houston and back a very relaxing experience. We stayed 2 nights. The second night was on our return trip from Houston with a young bull and 4 steers that we bedded down for the night in a corral adjacent to the main house. Jim ensured that adequate hay and water was supplied and the animals remained calm the entire night. It made our stay exceptionally relaxing knowing that the animals were safe. We will be returning next time without the cattle.
Jim and Rita are awesome hosts. Our stay was very relaxing. We enjoyed walking around and seeing and petting the alpacas and dogs. The rooms are cozy and the beds were excellent. This is a nice getaway with or without family. Little ones will enjoy all of the animals.
Rita and Jim bent over backwards to help make our son's rehearsal dinner a huge success! We are so grateful to them and we loved the cottages which were immaculately clean. Great weekend breakfasts as well!
My wife and I (on the spur of the moment) decided to check out nearby B&Bs for a couple of nights (Saturday and Sunday, since we both has Monday off) in order to celebrate our 33rd wedding anniversary. We came across Old Irish B&B, and saw that it was only about 30 minutes from us, but also was only about 3 miles from our granddaughters. A perfect location, so we booked online (which was very easy). We got a call from Jim, to discuss when we'd arrive, and what we needed to do when we got there ... and, when we pulled up, there was initially a bit of question for me, but my wife reminded me this was a working alpaca farm, and to wait to see what we were headed into ... and, she was SO right!!! Jim met our vehicle, and escorted us to our room/cabin ... and, Jim was fun and just a pleasure to deal with. The room we had (the Nancee Gee Room) was just wonderful. Very clean, very comfortable, and the private hot tub was real nice. (Note, Jim stated that they were looking to upgrade the hot tubs soon, and we can't wait to return to try the new one.) Jim and Rita were wonderful hosts. Breakfast in bed on Sunday morning was wonderful. The continental breakfast on Monday morning also hit the spot. Was nice to be the only guests on the property on Sunday night, as we roamed around, and Jim showed us some of the uniqueness of the property. That alpaca were fun, and we just loved the dogs (and puppies) that were always there to greet us. (The chickens seemed to want to try to come into the room with us, but ... LOL) Overall, this was a great experience. We are fairly regular to B&Bs, and have tried the more elite to the very basic ... and all in between. And, for amenities and service, Jim and Rita at Old Irish do rate the 5 stars they have overwhelmingly earned. The fact that they are so close to our home, and even closer to our granddaughters ... this will become a regular "getaway" for my wife and I. -- Allen & Jonita Harris, The Colony, TX
Was a great break from the monotony of our everyday life. Fun experience to remember for the both of us. Cozy, clean, nice rooms. Llama experience was hilarious and quirky.
This place was absolutely incredible. Jim's hospitality and jokes made the stay incredible with just the right amount of personal attention and privacy. The alpacas are a joy to watch and pet and there was even a new litter of puppies on the ranch! If you are looking for a truly unique experience with great food, lots of laughter, and a little Irish luck, this is the place to go!
A tucked away place not too far from Denton but serene enough for fireflies to gather there at night. The owners were the best hosts we've ever met, and we travel quite a bit, they really pay attention to details. We recommend this place and will go back again! I'm sure Jim has many more jokes to tell.
Jim & Ritta are consummate host. We enjoyed learning about the Apaca's, sharing some scotch in the Irish Pub and relaxing in nature, the private hot tub was a nice touch. The well water is soft. The cottages are very well designed and furnished with everything you can think of. We will be back! S & L
My wife and I had an amazing weekend getaway and were completely blown away by how nice and welcoming the atmosphere was. The animals were great and Denton square is close by, so there's plenty to see and do. Without a doubt I would recommend this place to everyone :)
The cabin is in a quiet and beautiful location. Excellent cooking facilities (open fire pit, oven/stove, gas grill, etc) and comfortable amenities. There are plenty of comfortable places to sleep so bring the whole gang. The best part is definitely the hostess. Lynne is the best B&B host I have ever had the pleasure to meet. She was very responsive when I first reached out and was beyond helpful in getting my stay arranged. She will go far above and beyond to make sure you have the best stay possible. 5 stars for sure!
We travel all over the country for a living, which requires us to stay in a lot of houses and hotels. This cabin was the nicest and cleanest place we have ever stayed at! Lynn provides everything you can think of and more! It's an excellent price and you can't beat the Texas hospitality that comes with it!!
This was our first getaway to a B&B! And it was awesome! Jim is so very warm and pleasant! He took his time to welcome and set us up for a great stay! Perfect little getaway for time away with the one you love. The farm is a working farm, however it’s well maintained no offensive odors and the alpacas are super friendly! Jim went over and beyond to ensure we enjoyed ourselves and had a great stay! Rita provided us with a great and filling breakfast on the day of checkout. Already looking forward to our next visit. ~The Fields
We loved our time at Red Gate Inn! The breakfast was amazing and so filling we didn't even need lunch. It is also located close to the Square in McKinney so it is easy to find lots of delicious options nearby for dinner. We tried Hutchins BBQ and Harvest and both were excellent and nearby. All around a great choice for a few days away!
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.
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.
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!
The actual owners were not there so we didn't get the full experience. There were a couple of creature comforts that were missing from room and out heater stopped working but the service was quick to respond and the food was great!
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.