Ballyvolane House Castlelyons, Co. Cork
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 trout 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 for fishermen 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’.
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.
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 also operates a Fly Fishing School and runs courses throughout the season. There are also stocked trout lakes on the estate.
Ballyvolane House is the perfect setting for exclusive country house parties, weddings, gatherings and corporate retreats. Children and dogs are always welcome.
County Cork has long been renowned for its artisan food producers and there are excellent farmers’ markets 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.