Ballyvolane House

There’s ‘an atmosphere of warm hospitality’ and ‘a genuine sense of welcome’ at Justin and Jenny Green’s historic, family-friendly country house in the North Cork countryside, say Guide inspectors in 2016. More

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Ballyvolane House
Castlelyons
Co. Cork
P61 FP70
Ireland
00 353 25 36349
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Hotel information

Bedrooms

6. Plus ‘glamping’ tents May–Sept.

Open

all year except Christmas, New Year (self-catering only).

Facilities

hall, drawing room, honesty bar, dining room, free Wi-Fi, wedding facilities, 80-acre grounds (15-acre garden, croquet, 3 trout lakes, woodland, fields), artisan distillery producing small batch milk gin, unsuitable for disabled.

Background music

none.

Children

all ages welcomed (tree house, farm animals, games, high tea).

Dogs

allowed, but kept on lead during shooting season July–Jan.

Credit cards

MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

per room B&B from €198, D,B&B from €258. Set dinner €60.

Other information

Good Hotel Guide Review

There’s ‘an atmosphere of warm hospitality’ and ‘a genuine sense of welcome’ at Justin and Jenny Green’s historic, family-friendly country house in the North Cork countryside, say Guide inspectors in 2016. ‘Magnificently furnished with antiques and fine art, the house nevertheless remains a family home (with children’s music on the grand piano, for instance).’ Treats abound in the characterful bedrooms: magazines, home-made cordial and chocolates, fancy coffee. ‘Our spacious room had a large bed, ornate bedside tables, a marble fireplace with an eclectic selection of (mostly Irish) books; the bathroom, with a deep bath approached by mounting steps, was pure class.’ The house-party atmosphere, perhaps steeped in glasses of the ‘wonderfully fragrant’ house gin, Bertha’s Revenge, encourages guests to dine communally. ‘We summoned up the courage to eat with strangers, and shared a fascinating, totally unpredicted evening of humour and common enthusiasms. The food, meanwhile – crab brûlée; beautifully rare sirloin steaks; lemon meringue pie – was immaculately, informally served.’ In the morning, breakfast is ‘splendid’.

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Ballyvolane House
Castlelyons
Co. Cork
P61 FP70

Guest comments

'Genuine sense of welcome. Beautifully maintained grounds; magnificently furnished public rooks. Open, friendly owner. Large bedroom with bathroom of noble style. Honesty bar with gin distilled on the premises. Communal dinner, immaculate but informally served. ' - R G - February, 2016

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Tourist attractions

  • Blarney Castle

    Kiss the Blarney Stone, the legendary 'Stone of Eloquence', found at the top of the castle's tower.

  • Rock of Cashel

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  • Ring of Kerry

    An area of outstanding natural beauty, with some of the best beaches in Europe.