Thursday Doors – Strandfield House and Farm

I had a really good time capturing shots for this Thursday Doors post from Strandfield House, Ballymascanlon, County Louth. On a working farm we found a beautiful barn converted to an all-organic vegetarian restaurant. After a fabulous lunch that included the best sourdough bread I have ever tasted, we browsed around the adjoining bakery, florist and homewares shop. For this week’s post let’s explore the inside of the shop, where we bought some of that lovely bread we had for lunch.

Next week, I’ll post some images of the restaurant, it deserves a post all to itself.

The restaurant is through those blue doors on the right. You can see from the goods on display why I spent so much time in here. I’m really grateful to my youngest sister for bringing me there, it was so relaxing and in a beautiful setting. I had never been before but it’s the first place I’ll be making to for lunch on my next trip.

Of course, as this was a Thursday ‘Doorscursion’, I made sure I captured as many doors as possible.

There were hats everywhere, with a mirror provided to see how well (or not) they suited you. That’s my colourful summer maxi skirt you can see reflected.

There were as many surprises outside as there were inside. Let’s go out and have a look.

We used to have one of these back in the nineties. Ours was blue, with a few characterful patches of rust here and there.

What else is an old cast iron bath for, if not a planter? An animal trough, maybe?

This cute little donkey might not agree – he seemed happy enough drinking out of his ceramic sink.

These lovely ladies came over to find out what I was doing but toddled off when they realized I wasn’t the paparazzi.

I loved the look of this wee shed next to the shop but it took three attempts to get a photo without any people in it. Every time I took aim, someone inside opened the door and looked surprised when they saw me. I was beginning to feel like the paparazzi. The joys of Thursday Doors hunting.

This beautiful scenery surrounds Strandfield House and Farm. Now you can see why it was such a relaxing place to spend an afternoon. The vintage van was a bonus and I know the landscape will have changed by the time I revisit but the food will still be as tasty, I’m sure. Thanks for coming along, I wish I could have shared some of my delicious lunch with you, but if you’re in the area, it’s worth a visit. Find out what kind of Thursday Doors Norm has posted on his blog this week.


About Jean Reinhardt

Author of 'A Pocket Full of Shells' an Amazon International best seller, Jean writes young adult and historical fiction. She has been known to shed a tear over Little House on the Prairie.
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36 Responses to Thursday Doors – Strandfield House and Farm

  1. What a beautiful place, Jean. Enjoyed the tour!

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  2. sydspix says:

    That looks like a great place to have lunch and just enjoy the scenery. Would love to try the sourdough bread!

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  3. Ally Bean says:

    This looks like a beautiful place to wander around and take a few photos. Your doors are great but I do like the bathtub turned flower pot. Clever use of an old object.

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  4. TCast says:

    Great tour of the place, Jean. Thanks for that, there’s so many things to like.

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  5. Joanne Sisco says:

    This looks like the kind of place I love to poke around. The bakery and amazing sourdough bread would just be an added bonus!!

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  6. seaangel4444 says:

    Wonderful pics, Jean! I sure would love to visit! Cher xo

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  7. Norm 2.0 says:

    Looks like a beautiful place to spend a few hours of leisure and enjoyment. It’s a good thing I’ve just had lunch because you now have me thinking about nothing else except the wonderful smell of fresh baked bread πŸ˜‰

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  8. This is absolutely my kind of place and don’t even get me started on sourdough bread! I am really wanting to paint something in my house that shade of blue too! I love it!

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  9. Junieper2 says:

    What a tempting store you were in! I don’t think I could have left without a hat – they kind of grow on me, before I leave the store:):)

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  10. sjhigbee says:

    What a wonderful, magical set of photos today:)). Thank you, Jean!

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  12. slfinnell says:

    Wheat fields are so pretty against that shade of sky blue! Loved the shop tour πŸ™‚

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  13. Dan Antion says:

    You have a great collection of doors and photos today, Jean.

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  14. This is one gorgeous spread with handsome doors. But, I LOVE the the blue shed. It would make an amazing potting shed. πŸ™‚

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  15. joey says:

    Oh, Jean, that’s so pretty! What a pretty place, inside and out. πŸ™‚

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