If you are into fun, have a great sense of humor and bit of a penchant for adventure to match, you will want to take a trip to Denton, Texas. There, you will find Jim Patrick and his wife, Rita, the self titled “masochists crazy enough” to get into the business of running the Old Irish Inn Bed and Breakfast.
A unique lodging, located on a 5.5 acre alpaca ranch, adult guests will find a wonderful place for fun, relaxation and romance. Though there are the standard amenities, Old Irish Inn is not your typical bed and breakfast.
Just scroll down below the slider photos on the home page of their website and you will immediately know that the Patricks’ goal is for this place to be anything but your average bed and breakfast. Note that the tagline under the logo reads “The Happiest and ‘Funnest’ Bed & Breakfast in the World.” The secret success formula, according to owner Jim Patrick, with an extensive background in travel and hospitality as well as entertainment (speaking, radio, literature, etc.) – is FUN. As the homepage intro states, a stay there is “more like being in an Irish Pub on St. Paddy’s day with a group of fun people.”
Military and medical professionals – who make up over 50% of the guest population, will find that the Patricks are hands-on B&B owners. Interacting regularly with guests, Jim, the self-titled “chief leprechaun,” generously shares his quirky sense of humor and dry wit, adding to a lively and festive atmosphere –often at the “Irish pub” on the premises. “We have fun with our guests. We entertain them and laugh with them.” By the same token though, they do understand that guests often come for a getaway and to that end, they hold privacy in the highest regard.
Diversity is cited as the main factor in achieving over 500 5-star reviews. Seriously, a bed and breakfast located on an active alpaca and llama farm is at the very least, unique! Guests can enjoy the Alpaca Experience, where they will “learn more than you ever wanted to know about these fun guys.”
Nature lovers will…er…love…the treed and canopied property – a rare find in Texas. Listen to the music of some 40 species of birds while staying here. You will also find domestic fowl on the property, providing organic eggs for breakfast. Want to go fishing? There are three ponds to choose from, with a variety of fish. Jim and Rita proudly boast a silver level eco-friendly rating on TripAdvisor™.
In addition to the cottages, each with its own porch (and two with their own private hot tubs), guests can now enjoy RV and tent camping at Irish Acres, also located on the property. Extended stays are an additional option at Old Irish Inn. Attention seniors: explore Shamrock Shores when considering retirement living – a small gated community – now offering tiny homes!
Continuing with the fun and celebratory atmosphere, weddings and meetings are a significant part of the offerings at Old Irish Inn. From proposals, to weddings to multiple year anniversaries, Jim and Rita have seen it all, and they aim to provide the “funnest” atmosphere for your celebration.
There’s something for everyone at Old Irish Inn…most of all, fun!