Ballyvolane House

Castlelyons, Fermoy

220 per day

Starting Based on 2-3 people

  • Category: Hotel
  • Location: Countryside
  • Standard: Upscale
  • Style: Traditional

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Run by a young family in southern Ireland, the six-room Ballyvolane House offers the comforts of home (plus a good bit of grandeur), live-in playmates, and a chance to experience a culture from the inside out. With a tree house to play in, woods to explore, animals to feed and fishing on premise, you can truly relax here and forget about the winding Irish roads for a few days. The hosts are very accommodating to families and go out of their way to make stays enjoyable. Since they have three kids, they have almost anything you forget to bring from toys to raincoats. You also have full run of the grounds, from the gardens (basically unchanged since the 18th century) to the lakes, where fly-fishing lessons are offered for grown-ups and kids. If you are looking for a true Irish country house experience that embraces your children too, this is it.

Favorite Features

  • Baby Ready: Crib and highchair available
  • Toddler Fun: Vast gardens for running around
  • School Age Action: Trampoline and treehouse onsite
  • Cool For Teens: Plenty of room for roaming and independence
  • Menagerie of animals to pet and feed
  • Family-friendly atmosphere
  • Hosts go out of their way to make guests comfortable
  • Owners children are active hosts – sponsoring things like daily high tea
  • Authentic Irish country house experience for everyone
  • Glamping Tents Offered (May-Sept) – 2 adults, 2 kids up to 16 yrs

Families Should Know

  • No connecting rooms or suites – families sleep in adjacent bedrooms
  • No swimming pool available
  • Showers-only in some guest units
  • Adult dining offered – one sitting at communal dining table at 8pm, 4 -course pre fixe menu €60
  • Kids dining offered – kids tea at 5:30pm, main course & pudding €15
  • Babysitting starts at 8.65€ per hour
  • WIFI is free

Ciao Bambino Recommends For Ages:

  • Baby Ready
  • Toddler Fun
  • School Age Action
  • Cool for Teens

More To Know & Do

Sports + Activities

  • garden exploration
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • croquet
  • bike riding
  • horseback riding
  • badminton
  • tennis
  • football

Local Excursions

  • Bantry House and Gardens
  • Blarney Castle
  • Beaches
  • Leahy’s Open Farm
  • Lismore Castle
  • Glin Castle
  • Fota Wildlife Park


  • guest rooms and 3-bedroom cottage
  • TV
  • coffee maker/hair dryer
  • fully equipped kitchen cottage only
  • fireplace some units
  • WIFI rooms and public areas
  • daily housekeeping
  • onsite dining room offering breakfast/dinner
  • picnic lunch on request
  • owners kids host high tea every evening
  • tree house
  • trampoline
  • extensive formal and informal gardens
  • farm animals
  • trout lakes
  • owners for local guidance
  • babysitting on request
  • private parking
  • pet-friendly