Barnabrow Country House

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Barnabrow Country House
Barnabrow, Cloyne , Midleton Co Cork
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Geraldine Kidd’s sensitively restored seventeenth century house enjoys views across East Cork farmland to Ballycotton and - while mainly an events venue - it is open for Sunday lunch
  • Equestrian (nearby)
  • Fishing (coarse nearby)
  • Fishing (Sea Angling nearby)
  • Forest / Woodland with trails nearby
  • Garden Visits (nearby)
  • Golf nearby
  • Quad Biking nearyby
  • Walking (established walks)
  • Banqueting
  • Broadband WI/FI
  • Children's Baby Sitting Arranged
  • Dogs permitted - staying in bedroom
  • Family Friendly
  • Ground Floor Bedrooms (accessible for less able)
  • Location - Beach <5km
  • Location - Peaceful
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Open New Year
  • Pet Friendly
  • Private Parties
  • Romantic Venue
  • Self Catering Also Avail
  • Wedding Venue
  • Contemporary Irish
  • Atmospheric
  • Attractive Views
  • Coeliac Friendly
  • Informal
  • Party Venue
  • Romantic
  • Sunday Dining
  • Vegetarian Menu

Barnabrow Country House

With views of Ballycotton seen across beautiful East Cork farmland, Geraldine Kidd’s sensitively converted seventeenth century house is located just a stone’s throw from the gates of Ballymaloe House. While renowned as a wedding and private events venue, it is also open to the public for Sunday lunch and to small groups for dinner.

The house, which dates back to 1639, has been owned by Geraldine Kidd since 1996 and she has brought it back to life. The ruined coach house and stables have been painstakingly restored and are now private guest rooms, while a custom-built dining hall can seat up to 150 guests.

Better still, Barnabrow is an environmentally aware property with an organic Victorian walled garden, and their land is a wildlife sanctuary as well as being home to Geraldine’s own free-range geese, ducks, hens, goats and donkeys. Work is also currently under way to develop a decorative garden with a triskel theme.

The bedrooms tastefully combine a feeling of luxury and comfort and the rooms in the main house are particularly spacious and airy. Some exotic additions to the décor include hardwood flooring from environmentally managed forests in Zimbabwe and furniture made from recycled teak railway sleepers from Botswana.

Chef Stuart Bowes focuses on local, organic and seasonal ingredients at Barnabrow, including produce from the house’s own garden and greenhouse. He also runs cookery courses and chef’s table dinners for small groups.

The name Barnabrow comes from Bar na Brugha in Gaelic, which translates as ‘top of the fairy fort’ (local legend has it that there was once a fairy fort on the lands). At any rate, the name is fitting for the house’s hilltop setting on 30 acres of parkland. With beautiful views of the rolling Cork countryside sweeping down to Ballycotton Bay, there’s a touch of magic to Barnabrow.


Conference/banqueting venue (60/150); broadband wi/fi. Rooms 19 (17 shower only, 2 family, all no smoking); B&B (guests attending event) €50pps, ss €25. Children welcome (under 1s free in parents' room, cots available, free of charge, baby sitting arranged). Dogs permitted (stay in bedroom). Chef's Table dinner by arrangement (groups of 8-10 adults), €60; group may stay overnight by arrangement. L Sun Only 1-2.30; menu and price on application. Licensed. House closed 23-27 Dec. Diners, MasterCard, Visa. abbreviations
Last Updated: 18-08-2016
Author: Georgina Campbell


From Cork N25 to Midleton roundabout, right for Ballinacurra, left for Cloyne, then on to Ballycotton road for 2km.

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