Ballyvolane House

Approached up a long drive, this ‘beautifully maintained’ 18th-century country house stands in extensive grounds – ‘a delight tn the eye’. More

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

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), 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

[2017] per room B&B from €198, D,B&B from €258. Set dinner €60.

Other reviews

Good Hotel Guide Review

Approached up a long drive, this ‘beautifully maintained’ 18th-century country house stands in extensive grounds – ‘a delight to the eye’. The Georgian dwelling, thick with legend, has been home to the Green family since 1953; today, Justin and Jenny Green run it as a family-friendly spot with a house-party atmosphere. ‘We were greeted with great charm,’ Guide inspectors say. The public rooms are ‘magnificent’, stuffed with antiques, art and the marks of ‘warm domesticity’. Individually styled bedrooms are supplied with home-made fruit cordial, freshly baked cookies and an espresso machine. ‘Our spacious room had a marble fireplace with an eclectic selection of (mostly Irish) books.’ There’s no television in the room, but plenty to see and do outdoors: a walled garden and bluebell woods to explore; tractor rides for the children; a visit to the distillery in a converted cattle shed. (The house gin, Bertha’s Revenge, is ‘wonderfully fragrant’.) The traditional Irish country house dinner is ‘immaculately but informally served’ (guests may choose to eat communally); 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. ' - RG - February, 2016

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Tourist attractions

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