Fermoy, Co. Cork
Escape to Ballyvolane House this spring. Stay in a glorious historic Irish country house, feast on delicious home-grown food meticulously prepared by our chef Olive Brennan, sip on our own Bertha’s Revenge Gin tipples, explore the delights of the locality such as cliff walks on the coast, hike up the Knockmealdown or Galtee mountains, graze at farmers’ markets, visit Cork City and Kinsale, cast a fly on the river Blackwater or gently glide down the river in a canoe or simply relax here. Enjoy late breakfasts, curl up by the fire and immerse yourself in all the latest glossy magazines, stroll around the gardens and if inclined, come and help feed the pigs, donkeys and poultry. We are always happy to help plan day trips during the day and book a table at some of our excellent local eateries.
Originally built in 1728, Ballyvolane House is a magical house surrounded by woods, vast gardens and parkland. The house has a charming, peaceful and homely atmosphere. There are three lakes and the huge gardens are impeccably maintained by Jeremy Green. Jeremy and his late wife Merrie, a fly-fishing expert, first opened their home as luxurious country house accommodation about twenty-five years ago, and it now run by their son Justin and his wife Jenny.
There’s a series of grand, well-proportioned reception rooms and the bedrooms have stunning views of the garden or park. The pillared hall has a baby grand piano and the huge drawing room to the rear overlooks the terraced lawns where fan-tail doves flutter. The bedrooms are spacious and comfortable and are described by Travel & Leisure Magazine as ‘having the loveliest, most peaceful views and are enduringly furnished with an organic assortment or wing chairs, alabaster lamps, sofas that are models of shabby chic’.
Farm to Fork
Guests enjoy delicious home-cooking in the grand dining room. The ingredients are grown in Ballyvolane’s own walled garden, reared on the farm and sourced from local artisan producers. There’s an excellent wine list and breakfast is served until noon.
Grass to Glass
Ballyvolane House is also the home of Bertha’s Revenge Small Batch Irish Milk Gin - the distillery is located in the farmyard at Ballyvolane House.
Field Sports - Fishing & Shooting
Ballyvolane has over six miles of privately-managed salmon fishing on the renowned river Blackwater, with a wide variety of spring and summer beats. Ballyvolane House also operates a driven pheasant and duck shoot and we shoot from November to mid-February. We have spaces available for individuals and for groups. Clay pigeon shooting is available on-site year round.
A Romantic Country House Venue
Ballyvolane House is the perfect setting for exclusive country house parties, weddings, gatherings and corporate retreats. Children and dogs are always welcome.
Ireland’s Gourmet & Cultural Riviera
County Cork has long been renowned for its artisan food producers and there are excellent farmers’ markets, craft breweries and distilleries nearby. The beautiful Blackwater Valley is well worth exploring in detail, as are Fermoy, Lismore and Youghal. Fota House and Arboretum and Blarney Castle are nearby; Kinsale and Cork City are within easy reach, as is the Rock of Cashel, while Killarney, the Ring of Kerry and Waterford are both within a comfortable drive. On the coast there is sea fishing, beaches and wonderful coastal walks and elsewhere there is horse racing, traditional Irish music, and 23 golf courses all within an hour’s drive.
We asked some of our guests how they enjoyed their stay with us in Ballyvolane House and here is what they had to say….
“Ballyvolane House is a perfect mix of classic ambiance mixed with modern notions of farm to table dining. Jonathan and the rest of the staff were warm and friendly and made us feel like old friends and house guests. Jonathan made us the best Gin & Tonics I’ve ever had, with Bertha’s Revenge gin that is made right on the premises. Dinner was brilliant in every respect. A four course dinner with fine artisan Irish cheese at the end. All locally sourced. Breakfast the next morning was fantastic as well. They could not have been better hosts. We look forward to visiting again!” (Murgo, March 2020 Trip Advisor)
“Staying at Ballyvolane House was one of the highlights of our trip through Ireland. From the moment we arrived, it felt like we had been invited to a weekend dinner party with the most lovely people. The food was exquisite and the laughs were plentiful. The tour of the Bertha’s Revenge distillery, the pigs and ducks on the property was outstanding. I only wish we had stayed longer than one night. Highly recommend!” (Tracy Kennedy Flynn, November 2019 Trip Advisor)
“My husband James and I had our wedding in Ballyvolane House in August 2019. It was perfect. By the time of our wedding, Jenny and Justin and the staff felt like friends and part of the family. We hired the house for two nights (Friday and Saturday) and our immediate family stayed with us on the Friday night. We had a very relaxing evening and morning. There was no stress at all!” (Paul C, August 2019 Trip Advisor)
Bespoke Vintage Weddings at Ballyvolane House
Ballyvolane House is a magical setting for your wedding. Nestled deep in the beautiful north Cork countryside, Ballyvolane has been in the Green family for generations, so you and your wedding guests can enjoy a slice of home-from-home ancestral chic. Originally built in 1728, the house was remodelled in Victorian times to give it a more Italianate style; it’s filled with family heirlooms, portraits and antiques. The house is stylish, homely, has heaps of character and is more “house party” than hotel.
Stunning backdrop to your big day
On arrival, guests enter through the front door into the striking pillared hall with its Blüthner baby grand piano and hand-stencilled doors. The large drawing room at the rear overlooks vast terraced lawns where fan-tailed doves flutter. The drawing room can be used for the drinks reception or Civil Marriage Ceremonies. The formal gardens to the rear also provide the perfect setting for the drinks reception and lawn games. Ballyvolane has over 80-acres of manicured gardens, mature woodland, lakes and parkland to get lost in. Blessings and ceremonies in the woods, gardens or beside the lakes will ensure a stunning backdrop to your wedding wherever you decide to have it.
Unique Wedding Venue
We have a large rustic tin party shed for wedding ceremonies if it’s raining. The meal itself would be held in the vintage-style tent in the gardens (max capacity 140 guests) and the dancing and party would take place in the old stone barn which is attached to the marquee. Bare-foot or ballgowns, we are happy to accommodate all kinds of weddings. We are delighted to have made it into the One Fab Day 100 Best Wedding Venues.
Food glorious food is a huge part of what we do; we keep rare-breed pigs, hens and ducks and we grow a vast amount of vegetables in our walled garden. We forage and where possible, we source all our ingredients from local artisan producers. We are delighted to have won a Gold Medal Award 2015 in the ‘Field-to-Fork’ category in recognition of our approach to food.
Ballyvolane House, Castlelyons, Fermoy, Co. Cork, P61 FP70, Ireland
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