Country houses do tend to make a speciality of breakfast, and this year’s country house breakfast award winners, Ballyvolane House, are a class act: they don’t have a huge number of rooms, so don’t expect the kind of big buffet display that some of the larger houses do so well – but what they do is delicious, and all the details are right. Lots of lovely fresh juice, fresh and poached fruits, good yogurt and “whatever you like” cooked to order – including irresistible Caherbeg sausages. Yummy.
Fermoy, Co. Cork
The Green family’s gracious mansion is surrounded by its own farmland, magnificent wooded grounds, a trout lake and formal terraced gardens - garden lovers will find a stay here especially rewarding.
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