Ballyvolane House is managed by Justin and Jenny, the Owners.
125 - 240/night
Suitable for 1-3 people

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Ballyvolane House - Ballyvolane House, in East County Cork, Ireland
— Justin and Jenny: “We’ve got antique furniture and antique portraits and lots of deer heads on the walls. We’re offering tradition in abundance.”
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— Please tell us a bit about the history of Ballyvolane House.

Justin and Jenny: “Ballyvolane House was built in 1728 by Sir Richard Pyne who was Lord Chief Justice of Ireland at the time, which is basically the top law man in the country. His family lived here for nearly 250 years. My grandfather then bought the property from one of Sir Richard’s descendants in 1953 and we’ve been here ever since.

My father was farming the estate when I was a child, and then in 1985, my parents started taking in paying guests for the first time. The whole house was restored over that period and my wife and I took it over in 2004. We’ve been carrying on where my parents left off.”
Ballyvolane House - Ballyvolane House, in East County Cork, Ireland
— Ballyvolane House

— You and your wife have lived in different parts of the world. What made you come back to Ballyvolane House?

Justin and Jenny: “Part of my plan was always to come back and run the house. We have a very strong emotional attachment to it. If one is lucky enough to inherit a house like this, you should try and live here.

My wife and I both went to hotel school in Switzerland. We have worked in Hong Kong, Bali and Dubai running several five star hotels. After that, I made a conscious decision to work in smaller, boutique properties because you get a more rounded experience.”
Ballyvolane House bedroom - Ballyvolane House, in East County Cork, Ireland
— Ballyvolane House bedroom

— The interior is absolutely beautiful. How would you describe the style of Ballyvolane House?

Justin and Jenny: “It’s a traditional Irish country house, a little shabby but very stylish. We put in antique baths in all the bathrooms, took out the carpets, polished up the floors and things like that. We’ve tried to keep it as authentic as possible.

We restored the drawing room that used to be the kitchen. We moved it down to where it’s supposed to be, in the wing of the house, and then returned the drawing room to its former glory. We also just restored an old barn and turned it into a wedding venue in the farmyard, which is adjacent to the gardens.

We’ve got antique furniture and antique portraits and lots of deer heads on the walls. We’re offering tradition in abundance.”
Ballyvolane House lounge - Ballyvolane House, in East County Cork, Ireland
— Ballyvolane House lounge

— Please tell us a bit about the facilities and the rooms.

Justin and Jenny: “Ballyvolane House has six rooms that all have high ceilings and overlook the gardens or the park land. They’re all beautifully appointed rooms in the main part of the house. They all have their own bathrooms, many with antique cast iron baths. One of the baths is one of the biggest in the country.

We use the highest quality bathroom products produced in London and we have the best mattresses money can buy with top quality linen sheets and pillows. It’s the best night’s sleep. We charge quite a lot to stay here, so everything has to be top quality.

There are antique radios in all of the bedrooms, which kind of suits the style of the house, but we also have TVs. Breakfast includes all the usual stuff you’d get in a nice hotel and we serve breakfast until 12 noon. In the bedrooms there are little touches like homemade chocolate biscuits and elder flower cordials to give it a more homely touch.”
Ballyvolane House bathroom - Ballyvolane House, in East County Cork, Ireland
— Ballyvolane House bathroom

— Ballyvolane House also has a beautiful vegetable garden and is still a working farm.

Justin and Jenny: “My father looks after all the gardens. His input is much respected and we rely on him very heavily in that department. We grow all our own vegetables and the food we offer is either grown by ourselves on the farm in our huge vegetable garden or we source it locally. We have pigs and cattle and we even do our own smoking of fish. People really appreciate that, as they like to know that their food is not full of chemicals.

At dinner all the guests sit around one big table. It’s like a house party, like having a bunch of friends staying. People really seem to enjoy that because they’ve been traveling around Ireland and had dinner every night with their spouse, then they come here and get to meet other people and have a good time. Of course, if someone wants privacy, we give them their own table but most of the people participate in the communal dining.”
Ballyvolane House fireplace - Ballyvolane House, in East County Cork, Ireland
— Ballyvolane House fireplace

— With many years of experience in the hospitality business, what in your opinion is the secret of being a good host?

Justin and Jenny: “I think you’ve got to be warm and friendly and flexible. You’ve just got to give people what they want. That’s basically it. It’s really simple. You give people a really warm Irish welcome when they arrive and be generous of spirit.

We spent a lot of time making sure we create a lovely space for people to relax in, as well as having supreme comfort and ambiance. Good food with good design is a winning combination.”
 - Ballyvolane House, in East County Cork, Ireland
 
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