Ballyvolane House - Fermoy, Co Cork

Family Friendly Hotel of the Year 2011 - Ballyvolane House Fermoy County Cork ireland Family-friendliness is increasingly important in Irish hospitality as more people prefer to choose the simplicity, relaxation and - if chosen wisely - better value, that airport-free home holidays offer.

Our Family-Friendly award is more highly-valued each year, as times change; we look for the places that cater especially well for families by providing a range of services and activities for varying ages and interests that make for a stress-free break - to date we have singled out hotels (and, with their leisure centres and other all-weather activities, the best are a very good option indeed), but this year’s award is an invitation to families to consider less obvious choices.

“A country house break tends to be seen as rather grown up and sophisticated – not the first idea that would come to mind for a family holiday.

Yet many country houses fit the bill perfectly offering a magical ‘big house’ experience, with gardens and woodland to explore, farm animals to meet and lots for all ages to do.

To prove the point, Jenny and Justin Green of Ballyvolane House, Fermoy, Co Cork offer special ‘Little People’ breaks throughout the year for a few days of family fun.

It’s ideal for little people, with vast grounds to get lost in, a tree house to play in, woods to explore, hens to feed, eggs to collect, donkeys to pet and lots more entertainment nearby, such as Fota Wildlife Park, Blarney Castle and Leahy's Open Farm.

Each child is given a storybook and a jar of cookies on arrival, and ‘Farmer Justin’ takes all the kids on a tractor and trailer ride around the estate after breakfast; then each evening at 5.30pm, Justin and Jenny's kids Toby, Jamie and Fleur host a High Tea Party. Magic!”

Ballyvolane House - Fermoy County Cork
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Ballyvolane House

Fermoy, Co. Cork
Country House
A selection of establishments outside the standard categories that should enhance the discerning travellers experience of Ireland Has Good Hotel Guide Url Denotes genuine Irish food culture, ie special Irish food products/companies/producers, and highlights the best places to shop for regional and artisan foods; the selection excludes obvious 'non-Irish' elements regardless of quality, eg ethnic restaurants and specialists in coffee, wine and other drinks, unless relevant to local production or history. Eat & Stay establishments are chosen for their commitment to showcasing local produce and Irish hospitality. Highly Recommended as a Special Place to Stay Previous Georgina Campbell Guides Award Winner The "Best of the Best" - Only the very best establishments across various categories have been chosen for this accolade
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. The Italianate style of the present house - i ...

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