Castlelyons, Co. Cork, Ireland
At a Glance
Fabulously authentic historic country house in rural County Cork
Delicious farm-to-table cuisine and the warmest of welcomes
Great option for families, with summer glamping options and fun activities on the estate
Excellent base for discovering Cork, from Blarney Castle to the foodie mecca of Kinsale
Some of Ireland's finest fly-fishing can be arranged on the nearby Blackwater River
Best time to Visit
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It is very difficult to predict the weather in Ireland - in the summer from May to late September is generally seen as the most pleasant time to visit. Rainfall is difficult to predict - but Ireland does not receive as much as many are led to believe! In the winters, temperatures do fall, but there is nothing better than finding a remote pub with a roaring fire to sit beside after a long walk in the country.
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Set among lovely gardens in the Cork countryside, Ballyvolane is a historic house offering Irish country living at its finest. Step back in time and enjoy Ballyvolane’s warm hospitality along with exquisite farm-to-table cuisine and great salmon fishing.
Situated among walled gardens, lakes and wooded parkland, Ballyvolane House is an award-winning early eighteenth century classical Georgian home deep in the gently rolling hills of northern Cork. Ballyvolane is the perfect place to unwind and re-charge the batteries for a few days, and a delightful atmosphere of relaxed informality pervades the house. It’s just the sort of place where you’ll quickly make new friends, abetted by the supremely capable and convivial hospitality of Justin and Jenny Green and their family.
There are just six finely appointed en-suite bedrooms at Ballyvolane, all boasting elegant period furnishings and inviting views over the grounds – some come with a stand-alone antique bathtub ideal for a contemplative soak as you happily anticipate dinner. In tune with Ballyvolane’s ‘forget the rest of the world’ philosophy, there are no TVs in the rooms. During the summer months, Ballyvolane also offers the opportunity to enjoy a fully serviced glamping experience in couple’s and family-sized Bell tents with raised timber beds and cotton sheets, hot water bottles, a box of goodies and a nightly turn-down service.
Whichever accommodation option you prefer, meals are served in the main house. A full Irish breakfast sets you up perfectly for the day ahead, while dinners are an integral part of the Ballyvolane experience, with guests generally sitting down together around the main dining table to enjoy a wonderful four-course set menu, prepared with love and skill, and featuring locally sourced rare-breed meats, wild fish, fruits and vegetables, more often than not raised on the estate itself. If you’d prefer a little more intimacy, private tables are also available. Afternoon teas with a wide choice of teas and infusions, along with cakes and brownies, are also something of an institution.
While most of Ballyvolane’s guests are content just to enjoy an authentic slice of country living, curling up with a good book by the fire in the drawing room, having an amiable conversation with a fellow guest or going for a stroll through the magnificent grounds, the more active will still find plenty to do.
Kids will especially love playing in the woodland tree house, feeding the hens, collecting eggs, petting the donkeys or getting a tractor and trailer ride around the estate with farmer Justin, while keen anglers should take note that Ballyvolane is a member of the Great Fishing Houses of Ireland, and offers eight private beats along the Blackwater River, one of Ireland’s top salmon rivers. The excellent on-site fishing school can arrange lessons or send you out with an experienced fishing guide to show you the best spots to cast a line. Ballyvolane also makes an excellent base for kissing the Blarney stone, exploring the history of Cashel Rock or meandering along the delightful coastline of Cork and Waterford.
Ballyvolane offers unpretentious but elegant accommodation in a comfortable family home. With just six bedrooms all with huge sash windows and incredible views, en-suites and some with luxurious antique freestanding bathtubs, accommodation here is brimming with Irish country charm. Each room is different from the next although all are spacious, pleasantly decorated and feature complimentary WiFi, locally-made bathroom products, Nespresso coffee machine, teas, homemade cordial and a jar of freshly baked cookies. Televisions, are however not included in rooms, so relax and forget about the rest of the world. During months May to September, Ballyvolane also offers fully serviced glamping in the gardens with comfy mattresses, hot water bottles and meals prepared and provided in the main house.
There aren't any specific childcare facilities at Ballyvolane, however children are welcome.
Locally sourced food is the basis for the country style cuisine served at Ballyvolane. Each night there is a 4-course set menu normally with all guests around a main table in the "house-party style" affair but there are also separate tables should you wish. There is also the option to take a picnic lunch on a day trip or to be eating in the house or gardens and Afternoon Tea in the hall, drawing room, your bedroom or in the garden in fair weather.
At Ballyvolane, guests can fly fish for salmon and trout or leisurely explore the grounds and wonderfully landscaped gardens. There are other impressive gardens to explore nearby, great beaches and many other activities from cycling to horse-riding.
Rock of Cashel
Sometimes known as Cashel of the Kings, the Rock of Cashel in County Tipperary is a spectacular collection of medieval buildings set on an outcrop of limestone rock.
Enjoy a sea kayaking adventure as you enjoy the beautiful Irish coastline , navigating sheltered waters to hidden coves. Keep your eyes peeled for local wildlife such as puffins or seals whilst listening to the calming lap of the ocean.
The Beara Peninsula
Located mostly in County Cork, the Beara Peninsula is the third major 'ring' in Ireland's southwest after Kerry and Dingle. Here you can escape the hordes and find in its tiny coastal communities captivating views and Ireland at its peaceful best.
Location & directions
Castlelyons, Co. Cork, Ireland
Ballyvolane House is located near the village of Castlewhite in County Cork.
How to get there
Fly to Cork followed by a 40-minute drive. If coming from Dublin, Ballyvolane is approximately a three-hour drive.