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
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Call us on 858 345 1764 to start planning your vacation to Ballyvolane House or take a look at our itineraries to Cork Kerry and the South
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.
Location & Directions
Castlelyons, Co. Cork, Ireland
Ballyvolane House is located near the village of Castlewhite in County Cork.
When to go
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.