Kinsale, Co. Cork
Ballinacurra House is an elegant Georgian Mansion built around 1770. It consists of the main Manor House, the Stone Cottage and the Coach House – all providing a total of 22 ensuite bedrooms. They are all individually themed to reflect the eclectic nature of the House and its past owners – but have been fully renovated so you don’t miss out on any of your modern luxuries like power showers, flat screen TVs and free WiFi.
History of Ballinacurra House
According to local historian Dermot Ryan, Kinsale has surprisingly few great houses but Ballinacurra House, overlooking a tributary of the Bandon River is an exception. Situated 2 miles west of Kinsale amid beautiful mature woodland overlooking a tributary of the Bandon river. This tributary divides the parishes of Kinsale and the Clontead and it is also from it that the townland derives its name Baile-na-Coradh, meaning ‘place of the weir’.
A short distance from this property on the side of the public road is what is known locally as the Shincough Well where for centuries people came to drink its cool crystal-clear water that is said to have had a cure for whooping cough.
It is not clear exactly when Ballinacurra House was originally built or by whom. The first recorded owner was John Swete Esquire who was the High Sheriff of Cork. The Swete family built or bought Ballinacurra with money inherited from their cousin Benjamin Swete Esq. who was the paymaster for the Duke of Marlborough.
Weddings at Ballinacurra House
Civil Ceremonies or Church Wedding
Whether you wish to marry in a traditional Church Ceremony in one of the many churches in Kinsale and the surrounding villages, or whether you wish to have a civil marriage ceremony in the House or Grounds at Ballinacurra House – The Choice is Yours!
We were approved for our first civil wedding ceremony in April 2008 and this has paved the way for many couples to design the wedding they want and the venue of their choice.
This has changed the way venues in Ireland operate and making those with extensive and private grounds an appealing alternative to the so called usual traditional church style weddings, making them the new ‘chapels of Ireland’.
All in the privacy of your own unique private estate for your bespoke wedding venue.Every couple is different and have their own tastes and priorities – so every wedding should be different to reflect the couple. So for that reason, we don’t do set packages which dictate what you can have. The landscape for weddings has changed dramatically in recent years: the desire for ‘something different’ for those couples suffering ‘wedding fatigue’ of the traditional hotel offering. This means couples want a more creative choice for their special day and there is a definite shift to more alternative or private venues, where the focus is on quality not quantity – without breaking the bank.
Full of romance, luxury and charm, we pride ourselves on being one of the best wedding venues in Ireland. Our experienced team are delighted to hold your hand through the planning process and will help to arrange a bespoke day for you to treasure forever.
Whether your style is intimate elegance, BoHo chic, quirky decadence, uniquely-themed, rustic charm or luxuriously romantic – our personal, discreet and attentive service will ensure that all of your wedding dreams come true.
We understand the need for privacy and not sharing your special day with strangers, so we only ever operate on an exclusive hire basis. This allows you and your special guests to enjoy the whole property with no interruption and total exclusivity.
So for a variety of reasons, more and more couples are choosing smaller, more intimate wedding venues and having their family and friends stay longer. Why does this work?
You get to celebrate one of the biggest days of your life surrounded by the people that matter most to you.
You feel more relaxed on your wedding day. Your wedding will feel more like a celebration with close-knit friends and family – rather than a production.
How many weddings have you felt that the bride and groom are struggling to fulfil their social obligation and don’t seem to really enjoy themselves? By celebrating over two or even three days, you get to spend quality time with your guests.
By arriving the day before your wedding, you have time to personalise the House, have time to properly greet your guests, are able to have a rehearsal dinner the night before as an ice-breaker for the families – and be in the House and relaxed the following morning to start your preparations like hair, makeup, etc.
A Wedding House Party has a different vibe!
The ‘Recovery Day’ party is often the highlight of any wedding. We find the Bride & Groom in particular get to enjoy this day once the formalities of the Wedding Day are over.
Were there some relatives, colleagues or friends you weren’t able to invite for the Wedding Day? Then invite them to the Recovery Party instead.
Pick a Location where there is plenty to do for your guests and they pay their own way for other activities – Kinsale is a heritage town has all sorts of attractions including wonderful walks, shopping, water based activities, golf etc and most importantly is easily accessible. You don’t have to worry about keeping your guests entertained during the daytime – just send them down to Kinsale – they’ll be delighted you did.
Beyond sharing the most important day of your life, a smaller wedding allows you the freedom to focus on those areas of the wedding that are most important to you and might otherwise have been out of your reach or a budget breaker.
Ballinacurra House, Ballinacurra House, Ballinacurra, Kinsale, Co. Cork, P17 YF76, Ireland
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