What’s your impression of being a guest at the typical Irish country house? A bit stuffy? Older, probably retired fellow guests, people with a bit of money and conservative points of view? Owners who are mostly concerned about paying to fix the roof? Tired food, probably overpriced for what you get?
Now, consider Ballyvolane House, near Castlelyons in north County Cork.
It's an Irish country house? But it’s not like any other Irish country house.
In her great book, Home ,Trish Deseine calls Ballyvolane House “a little piece of Irish paradise.”
Indeed it is. But it’s actually more than that. Ballyvolane is a disruptor, a genre-breaker, a new archetype for the Irish country house, and the Irish country house experience.
Ballyvolane, in short, is funky as all get out.There is nowhere else like it.
And their gin, Bertha’s Revenge, made with whey, is just magnificent.
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