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Ballyvolane House is an historic Irish country house of extraordinary warmth, style and comfort that provides luxury accommodation and salmon fishing on the river Blackwater, located in the north Cork countryside of southern Ireland.
Ballyvolane House is not exactly a hotel, nor a guesthouse, nor a bed and breakfast, but is an elegantly furnished, family owned period home. It offers warm hospitality and extremely comfortable accommodation in a relaxed atmosphere of informality and friendliness.
Ballyvolane was originally built in 1728 for a Lord Chief Justice of Ireland, Sir Richard Pyne, as a classical Georgian home and modified 120 years later in an Italianate style. The house is situated on an estate of idyllic landscaped gardens and magnificent parkland, located in the historic region of the Munster Blackwater Valley in County Cork. Being only 30 minutes drive north of Cork City and three hours drive from Dublin, Ballyvolane is highly accessible, but still feels wonderfully remote.
The sitting room, dining room and six luxuriously appointed bedrooms have beautiful views overlooking formal gardens, parklands and trout lakes. All of the guest bedrooms at Ballyvolane are spacious, individually furnished, and tastefully decorated. Above all, they are indulgently comfortable, equipped with essential tea and coffee making facilities, WiFi, a television and a wide selection of books and magazines. All the rooms have ensuite bathroom, some of which have large, and beautiful antique baths.
The food at Ballyvolane is of the country house style and is meticulously prepared by the house chef. The menus feature lots of good roasts, fresh and salt water fish, and game in season, supported by home grown vegetables and fruit. Ballyvolane House now distills a delicious gin called Bertha's Revenge.
Salmon fishing on the River Blackwater is unique. As a proud member of the Great Fishing Houses of Ireland, Ballyvolane offer eight privately owned beats, stretching from Killavullen to Ballyduff. If you prefer the smaller game of trout fishing, you can try your cast on the recently restored lakes in the parkland.
To keep little people entertained, there are vast grounds to get lost in, a tree house to play in, woods to explore, hens to feed, eggs to collect, donkeys to pet and lots more entertainment nearby such as Fota Wildlife Park, Blarney Castle and Leahy's Open Farm. Ballyvolane House has a tennis court and a seven a side soccer pitch.
Ballyvolane is also a magical setting for a wedding or an ideal location for a country house party.