With Georgian splendor in the terra-cotta, gilded, and black Italianate pillared hall, and Regency coziness nonpareil in the daffodil-yellow sitting room, Ballyvolane offers a setting as elegant as it is charming. Although this 1728 stone house looks imposing, life here unfolds with country-house informality. Expect to find old fishing gear and walking sticks lying about and the family dog greeting your return. The spacious bedrooms are beautifully decorated with a rich
assortment of antiques and heirlooms, but also display an unpredictable sense of humor—the tub in Roland's Room, in full view of all on a wooden pedestal perched to give a garden view, always raises a smile. The guest rooms look out onto wonderful gardens, with a 100-acre dairy farm beyond.
Castlelyons, Co. Cork, Ireland
Apr 29, 2003
Ballyvolane House was without doubt the most charming, beautiful, warm and inviting place we had the pleasure of staying in in Ireland, a real treat made all the more special by its charming hosts, Jeremy and Merrie. The comfort, warmth and delicious food befits a visit any time of year, but the gardens were particularly special when we visited in spring. We did some fishing too and not knowing the river (Blackwater) at all, we would never have caught
a salmon without our ghillie, who showed us round all the essential lies and runs on our beat. A highly recommended, relaxing and idyllic location from which to explore Ireland.