Ballynatray Estate Cottages

Ballynatray Estate has evidence of human activity dating back to the Bronze Age and has over the centuries amassed a rich and colourful history. It is the site of Molana Abbey, famous for its collection of Irish Canon Law, the battle ground of Viking raiders, resting place to Raymond (le Gros) Fitzerald, and not least the location of a Desmond Castle at Temple Michael owned at one time by Walter Raleigh and home to his advisor Thomas Hariot.

The surrounding landscape was laid out in the first quarter of the nineteenth century, during which time a causeway was built connecting Dairinis, where Molana Abbey is built to the shore east and west. The effect is a Romantic and Picturesque circuit from the House and Garden. Mrs Mary Grice Smyth romanticised the Abbey with inscriptions commemorating Mael An Faidh, and Raymond le Gros. Take a Ballynatray Picnic with you and explore the stunning parkland and gardens with commanding views of the Blackwater River.

The Garden House

The Garden House is a beautifully appointed cottage over two floors on the Ballynatray Estate and is located with stunning views of the garden that is kept in pristine condition. Originally the home of the head gardener, this cottage is an ideal getaway for two people who wish to enjoy a luxury self-catering holiday while still have the feeling of grandeur that you feel when staying on an Irish estate of which Ballynatray is one of Ireland’s premiere Estates. Complete with an open fire in the master bedroom there is no other way to describe the Garden House other than quaint & cosy.

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The Boat House

The Boat House is another beautifully renovated self catering option for two people on the first floor of the original Boat House. Sitting on the balcony of the Boat House with breathtaking views of the Blackwater River and some of the Ballynatray Estate it would be impossible not to let the hustle & bustle of the working week to float down river! Tastefully designed, the master bedroom comes complete with a free standing bath and a view that can be found nowhere else!

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The River Cottage

The River Cottage on the Ballynatray Estate is perched on the edge of the Blackwater river which flows through the Estate. This fabulous one bedroom Cottage has often been called the “love nest” on the Estate. A feeling of relaxation greets you as you enter the River Cottage and you can leave the outside world behind you for a little while as you absorb the atmosphere that can only be gotten from a quaint cottage on the Ballynatray Estate. With more stunning views of the River Blackwater and it’s own patio to enjoy morning coffee the River Cottage is a must stay for two!

Rates available directly from Ballynatray House by clicking “Book Now” and making an enquiry.

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Explore the area






Fota Wildlife Park - 40 min drive
Cork City - 60 min drive
Blarney Castle & Gardens - 80 min drive
Ardmore Cliff Walks - 20 min drive
Leahy's Open Farm - 30 min drive
Cork Airport - 55 min drive

Ballynatray Estate (Hosts)

1 bedroom - Sleeps 2

Rates available directly from Ballynatray House by clicking “Book Now”

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Ballynatray Estate


Each Cottage - 1 bedroom - Sleeps 2


Rates available directly from Ballynatray House 


Open All Year


Visa, MasterCard & Paypal


Self Catering.

Click for more Information

Explore the area






Fota Wildlife Park - 40 min drive
Cork City - 60 min drive
Blarney Castle & Gardens - 80 min drive
Ardmore Cliff Walks - 20 min drive
Leahy's Open Farm - 30 min drive
Cork Airport - 55 min drive

Don't Take Our Word For It...

“Stunning location , situated on the blackwater is the picturesque Ballynatray House. The house reflects on the blackwater and a stunning opportunity for the photographers out there. The house and gardens are used as a wedding venue, for prices you would have to contact them. The estate also includes an abbey ruin from which the most stunning scenery is available , Worth a visit”

Courtesy Tripadvisor

“The most perfect location for a small intimate wedding. Amy helped us create an magical experience for our guests for the whole weekend, and we felt like we were at home. Beautiful setting, surroundings, food and all enjoyed with close family and friends. Such an amazing picturesque estate.” 

Courtesy Tripadvisor

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