Irene Dairy Farm

391 Nellmapius Drive, Irene, Gauteng


The Irene Dairy Farm is a picturesque gem that nestles between the sprawling cities of Pretoria and Johannesburg. A visit to this old-style, storybook dairy farm is a must. Started in 1889, the Irene Farm has been run by the van der Byl family for five generations and has become an iconic landmark in the Centurion countryside.

The Dairy Shop sells the raw, certified milk that is produced right on the Irene Farm. The five litre buckets of fresh farm milk are a sight unique to Irene. The Shop also has a wide range of cheeses and other fresh fare. A favourite of the locals who frequent the shop is the Irene Dairy's unique and luxurious thick cream which can't be found anywhere else.

Moving into the farmyard, visitors should stop by our Deck or Barn Restaurants, both of which serve a wide range of freshly-made breakfast and lunch options. The Barn Restaurant, which retains so much authentic ambience because it is situated in one of the original farm barns, also serves sumptuous breakfast and brunch buffets every weekend.

In addition, the Barn boasts an 80-seat conference centre, perfect for business meetings, year-end functions and staff parties. Functions at the Irene Farm Conference Centre enjoy the same top-class food and service that the Barn Restaurant offers.

From the dairy farm, one can walk across to the Irene Country Lodge to enjoy fine cuisine at its Meadow Green Restaurant overlooking a large tranquil dam rich in bird life. Spending a weekend at the lodge will afford you the opportunity of visiting the dairy farm, the Smuts House Museum, the Rietvlei Nature Reserve and playing golf at Irene and Centurion Golf courses.

The Dairy Shop

The Irene Dairy Farm Shop is a stalwart landmark in the local community. Many Irene residents will still remember when the only way to receive your milk from the Dairy was to have it delivered by the daily milk cart that traversed the village. The Dairy has seen many changes since those days but the quality of the products it produces remains just as good.

Where to eat

The Irene Dairy Farm boasts two farm-style restaurants - The Barn and The Deck. These restaurants are open from 8am to 5pm, 365 days a year.

The Irene Country Lodge

A little further afield from the Irene Dairy, you'll find the opulent beauty of the Irene Country Lodge. With a lakeside view to rival most paintings, the Irene Country Lodge is a luxury hotel, function venue, and also now boasts a five-star wellness centre. Stop by for sundowners at our €œLounge on the Lake

The Irene Country Lodge is centrally located between Johannesburg and Pretoria, and a mere twenty-five minute drive from Johannesburg International Airport.