Ballyvolane House

Castlelyons, Co. Cork

With breakfast served until noon, afternoon tea by the drawing room fire, shooting, fishing and communal dining, a house-party atmosphere prevails at this Georgian country house. More

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With breakfast served until noon, afternoon tea by the drawing-room fire, shooting, fishing and communal dining, this Georgian country house has a house-party atmosphere. Approached along a winding, tree-lined drive, and sitting in parkland, it is the home of third-generation owners and experienced hoteliers Justin and Jenny Green. The interiors are filled with the accumulated treasures of seven decades: quirky antiques, clocks, books, ornaments, paintings. The bedrooms, decorated in fashionable shades, have a coffee machine, home-made cordials, Voya toiletries, and homemade chocolate biscuits. One has a vintage, mahogany-encased bath. Produce from the kitchen garden, farm, river and foraged from the estate appears at night in four-course set menus that might feature potted smoke mackerel with celeriac and fennel remoulade, and glazed loin of bacon. Be sure to try the house drink – Bertha's Revenge Gin. In the morning you awake to a full Irish with home-baked bread and homemade jam. Children love to collect eggs from the hens. You can take a picnic lunch and explore the grounds. Happy glampers follow the laburnum walk to their bell tent or ‘pig ark’.

Hotel details


Co. Cork
P61 FP70


00 353 25 36349


6. Plus glamping tents May–Sept.


all year, but closed Sun, Mon, Tues in winter, Sun, Mon in high season, except for group bookings, Christmas/New Year (self-catering only).


hall, drawing room, garden hall (honesty bar), dining room, wedding facilities, barn (table tennis), 80-acre grounds (15-acre garden, croquet, tennis, trout lakes).

Background music



all ages welcomed, free cots, extra bed €35, high tea for under-13s €17.


allowed (max. 1 per room, no charge) but kept on lead during shooting season July–Jan.

Credit cards

MC, Visa.


B&B doubles from €280. Set dinner €70. Min. 2-night stay some weekends.

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