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What makes the perfect Country House? Well, we reckon Ballyvolane House, an Italianate villa set amid landscaped gardens and mature woodlands with winding paths for peaceful walks, is damn near perfection! A crunchy gravel drive leads to the courtyard and front door of the boyhood home of owner Justin Green, his wife Jenny, and their family. Your arrival will be welcomed by the hosts and the family dogs too! It's the first taste of what's to come in this "get away from it all' location with superb accommodation and fabulous food.
Ballyvolane House is well known as a country house accommodation for discreet and tranquil breaks away. But these days, its main business is providing the weddings of dreams, for couples who want a magical day with a difference during the season for outdoor weddings. Bridal parties take over the house and on site 'glamping' facilities are pitched for the special day.
Ballyvolane weddings are not your normal run of the mill affair. The house has a civil marriage licence so the happy couple can marry on site. This can happen in the house Drawing Room, with access to terraced lawns for an outdoor drinks reception. Blessings and ceremonies in the woods, gardens, or by the lakes on the estate also provide a fairy tale backdrop for plighting your troth.
An open topped Landrover Defender is part of the bridal party transport. A stunning permanent vintage style marquee situated in the original pig-house has an exposed stone wall, and is fully equipped for sumptuous wedding feasts for parties of up to 140 people. This has its own cosy bar with a retro feel, with a separate dancing area - scrubbed wooden reclaimed floorboards are just the spot for a right old celebration shindig late into the night!
For overnighters, house rooms are comfort personified - cloud like beds and pillows, period furnishings and antiques. Welcoming touches include things like home-made cordial and cookies to snack on. Each room is decorated differently. One has the large roll top bath
A short stroll away in the private gardens, luxurious bell tents tall enough to stand upright in are equipped with timber beds, super comfy mattresses made from organic lamb's wool and recycled jeans, covered with beautiful sheets, pillows and duvets. Each tent has a tea-light chandelier. A Glamping Box holds a torch, some home-made cordial, water and cookies and a map of the Ballyvolane Estate and its fishing lakes and gardens.
In addition to the tents, a fantastic 'pig hut' is modelled on the traditional pig arc; in keeping with the fact Ballyvolane has its own free range herd. Be prepared for full on luxury in the pig hut - a full double bed, bedside tables and with a number of finishing touches, it equates to a five star bedroom outdoors.
The unique 'Father Ted' caravan is an antique oval shaped caravan, complete with all its original fixtures, completely renovated to Ballyvolane comfort levels. Brides and Grooms are specially requesting this for their wedding night! Glamping guests have the benefit of heated luxury loos and first class shower facilities, with shampoos, towels and hairdryers provided. Glamping at Ballyvolane is fully catered and also includes an evening turn down service, where hot water bottles are placed thoughtfully in all beds.
Breakfast for glampers is served at a long table outdoors, if the weather is good. The house also has a superb period dining room and comfy sitting room for full use of wedding guests. At breakfast: fresh fruit, cereals, and local dairy yogurt are enjoyed before a light Continental with home-made preserves and house honey, or The Full Monty, rashers, sausages and the works, and freshly laid eggs from Ballyvolane's free-range hens.
The Atmosphere for all weddings is that of a relaxed house party, rather than a formal hotel experience, with country house cooking for the Wedding banquet focusing on seasonal, home-grown vegetables, salads, fruit and herbs from the House's pretty Walled Garden, to complement home reared beef and lamb and Ballyvolane free range pork, fresh fish from Ireland's coasts and sometimes, the day's catch from the nearby Blackwater River.
Bride and Groom are encouraged during the organisation of the wedding to make their own creative input into the day - from themes and colours for decorations, to music, to details in the wedding service itself. As Justin says, 'barefoot or ballgown’, we are happy to accommodate all kinds of weddings'.
Ballyvolane's links with Lismore Castle also mean the finest in Winter Weddings in a stunning location, with the unique style offered at the house. Ballyvolane House is also available for those wanting a quiet break in the heart of the Cork countryside.
Breakfast and dinner are taken around the large table in the house dining room, with all guests sitting together to enjoy a feast of local produce. Fully catered glamping facilities are also an option for a holiday in the great outdoors.
The house has three trout lakes and several fishing beats on the Blackwater River. A fully stocked Rod Room with angling equipment for hire is available and several angling and fly fishing courses run throughout the year for every level of angler.
Understated grandeur, the generous hospitality of the hosts, and the picturesque location, makes Ballyvolane House a magical wedding destination and a haven for those seeking to escape the madding crowds.