Lackan Cottage Farm is a permaculture smallholding near the beautiful Mourne Mountains in Co. Down. We live as lightly as possible on the land and offer the opportunity for visitors from all over the world to stay, volunteer and learn with us.

We want to demonstrate how a low impact lifestyle can be a practical reality, meeting our own needs for food, energy, waste and water from the land around us. Sharing our experiences with others is important to us, and as well as offering practical courses, we welcome volunteers from all over the world to learn everything from horticulture to green buildings.

As part of a wish to live more simply, reduce our environmental impact, and as a reaction to the threat of a changing climate, and over reliance on fossil fuels, we are establishing an off grid smallholding using permaculture and organic principles. Our aim is to be able to provide working, practical solutions that people can learn about, and take away to use in their own lives.

Sample Off Grid life for yourself

Come and stay in Northern Ireland’s only off grid self catering cottage and try the good life for yourself. Walk in the birchwoods, feed the hens and enjoy fresh produce grown right here. The ideal spot from which to explore the Mourne countryside.

Find out more about our self catering cottage

Barn renovations planned

I’m thinking about finally finishing off my work on the barn this summer, here’s the animated version of the plan. This architecture mullarkey is overrated 😉

Rock on

Volvo recliner. Its sooooo comfy.A reclining rocking chair with lumbar...

Back in the driving seat

Just like old times – the driver seat from my trusty 740 now in service as a work chair. If I can scrounge an old 12v solar panel, then I’ll use the heated feature...

Gotta get me one of these

Whilst looking around at how other folk have been making furniture out of their dead cars, I came across this beauty from Dark Roasted Blend My volvo swivel and rocker chairs seem pretty humdrum by comparison. Should have one together...

Finally a new site for Libertas

After over a year of experiments, fiddling, arguing and prevaricating, the new Libertas site design is finally completed and live. Everyone always commented on the old Eclipse site with the scenery that drifted past the window, and we couldn’t resist...

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If you would like to visit, look around or have a chat about anything from building to veg growing to low impact living


Lots of events happening all the time – find out more


We rely on volunteers from all over the world to make things happen here on the farm.Would you like to come along?

Trees Planted

kwh electricity generated

Rescue animals rehomed

Volunteers welcomed

Lackan Cottage Farm

Visitors – We are always happy to welcome visitors as long as you contact us in advance. Much as we love dogs, we ask that you leave them at home as we have free ranging animals and children around the farm. Smoking is not permitted anywhere here.

Contact us at – Lackan Cottage Farm, 79 Lackan Road, Ballyroney, Co.Down. BT32 5HR. Northern Ireland

You can email us – lackancottage [at] or use the contact form

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