Ballyvolane House

Fermoy, Co. Cork

With a seven-a-side soccer pitch, glamping tents, Bertha’s Revenge Gin distilled in a converted cattle shed, and breakfast served until noon, this is no run-of-the-mill hotel. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

With a seven-a-side soccer pitch, glamping tents, Bertha’s Revenge Gin distilled in a converted cattle shed, and breakfast served until noon, this is no run-of-the-mill hotel. A Georgian mansion, it stands in ‘beautifully maintained grounds’ with a lake and woodland trails. Within, it is ‘magnificently furnished’, yet obviously a family home. Owners Jenny and Justin Green run the place house-party style, creating a ‘relaxed, informal’ atmosphere. Bedrooms have a Nespresso machine, home-made blackcurrant cordial and cookies. The views are of parkland, lakes and distant mountains. A typical bedroom had a marble fireplace, ‘a vintage portable radio’, an antique bath ‘approached by varnished steps’, with an enamel jug for a makeshift shower. At night, chef Steven Mercer plans his menus around artisan produce, rare breed pigs, ducks and hens raised on the estate, wild salmon, game in season, fruit and vegetables from the walled garden, foraged berries, plants and sea vegetables. Perhaps nettle soup with Pernod; a ‘beautifully rare’ steak Béarnaise, walled-garden kale, potato dauphinoise or wild garlic mash. At breakfast there are new-laid eggs, home-baked bread, the full Irish. (RG)

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 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

MC, Visa.

Prices

per room B&B single €200, double €200–€260, glamping €160–€185. Set dinner €65.

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