Ballyvolane House

A mildly bohemian air filters through the Green family’s wisteria-hung Georgian country house hotel, bordered by bluebell woods. More

Contact details

Ballyvolane House
Castlelyons
Co. Cork
P61F P70
Ireland
00353 (0) 5363 49

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, tennis, 3 trout lakes, woodland, fields), 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 EUR198, D,B&B from EUR258. Set dinner EUR60.

Other reviews

Good Hotel Guide Review

A mildly bohemian air filters through the Green family’s wisteria-hung Georgian country house hotel, bordered by bluebell woods. Jenny and Justin Green are the ‘wonderfully relaxed, informal hosts; they welcome guests as though they are a favourite relative’. The ‘magnificently furnished’ public rooms display ‘judicious good taste, yet it is clearly the family’s home’. There is an appealing mix of antiques and retro furniture, stacks of (‘mostly Irish’) books and squashy chaises longues; children’s music sits on the grand piano. A well-stocked honesty bar includes ‘wonderfully fragrant’ Bertha’s Revenge Gin from the house’s own distillery. Each bedroom is individually styled, though all have thoughtful comforts: home-made fruit cordial, freshly baked cookies, an espresso machine. ‘Our spacious room’ had a large bed; a ‘noble bathroom, with mounting steps up to a very deep bath’. New chef Steven Mercer continues the farm-to-fork ethos, serving perhaps nettle soup with Pernod; roast marinated butterflied leg of McGrath’s lamb, green sauce, wild garlic mash; home-made pistachio ice cream. Breakfast (served till noon) is a ‘splendid’ start to a day filled with tractor rides and exploring woodland trails.

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Ballyvolane House
Castlelyons
Co. Cork
P61F P70

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. ' - RG - 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

    The traditional seat of the kings of Munster for several hundred years prior to the Norman invasion. The most-visited heritage site in Ireland.

  • Ring of Kerry

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