Ballyvolane House

Castlelyons, Co. Cork

Amid gardens and parkland, with bluebell woods and trout lakes, this Georgian country house, remodelled in the 19th century, is not a hotel but a family home, say third-generation owners Justin and Jenny Green. More

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Amid gardens and parkland, with bluebell woods and trout lakes, this Georgian country house, remodelled in the 19th century, is not a hotel but a family home, say third-generation owners Justin and Jenny Green. It is filled with possessions accumulated over nearly 70 years – antiques, portraits, landscapes, stuffed pheasants, lamps, figurines, vintage sofas. Log fires blaze; spaniels fawn. Bedrooms are full of character. Some have views to the Galtee mountains, or a huge bathroom with a trophy stag’s head over a freestanding bath. All have a coffee machine, home-made cordials, cookies and chocolate. A convivial dinner might include home-reared meat, salmon from their beats on the River Blackwater, fruit and vegetables from the walled garden, and foraged ingredients. Or perhaps nettle soup; gravadlax; roast saddleback pork, baked apple, Longueville House cider sauce; lemon posset; artisan cheeses. Children love to pet the donkeys, feed the hens and collect eggs for breakfast, or hop aboard for a trailer ride around the estate. A laburnum walk leads to bell tents and a ‘pig ark’ if you want to ‘glamp’ under the stars.

Hotel details

Address

Castlelyons
Fermoy
Co. Cork
P61F P70
Ireland

Telephone

00 353 25 36349

Bedrooms

6. Plus ‘glamping’ tents May–Sept.

Open

all year, but closed Mon, Tues, Wed in winter except for group bookings, Christmas/New Year (self-catering only).

Facilities

hall, drawing room, garden hall (honesty bar), dining room, wedding facilities, barn (table tennis), 80-acre grounds (15-acre garden, croquet, tennis, trout lakes).

Background music

none.

Children

all ages welcomed, free cots, extra bed €30, high tea for under-13s €15.

Dogs

allowed (no charge) but kept on lead during shooting season July–Jan.

Credit cards

MC, Visa.

Prices

B&B doubles from €250. Set dinner €67.50.

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Last updated: November 12, 2021