Ballyvolane House

Castlelyons, Fermoy, Co. Cork, P61 FP70
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Ballyvolane House is a magical setting for your wedding. Tucked away in the beautiful Cork countryside, Ballyvolane has been in the Green family for generations, so you and your wedding guests can enjoy a slice of home-from-home ancestral chic. Ballyvolane House sits on magnificent gardens and parkland where you can have ceremonies and blessings in the woods, in the rustic hay barn and the gardens. Afterwards invite your guests for a beautiful 4 course meal in the dining terrace of our converted barn alongside the gardens and after, celebrate in style with dancing and more. Weddings often take place on Saturday, and the couple have exclusivity of the house and grounds from Friday (check-in) at 3pm until Sunday (check out) at 12 noon.

Our Wedding Ceremonies

Ballyvolane has over 80-acres of manicured gardens, mature woodland, lakes and parkland to get lost in. With our abundance of enchanting places there are lots of options inside and out. Have your ceremony inside the house, in our rustic hay barn or in the great outdoors where it can take place in the woods, gardens or beside the lakes. We can ensure you there will be a stunning backdrop to your wedding wherever you decide to have it!

Our Food & Drink

After the ceremony comes your Drinks Reception which would take place outside in the gardens and the main house. Your guests can mingle around the gardens, the hall, dining room and drawing room. You and your guests would be greeted on the lawn with our favorite wedding tipples such as; Prosecco or champagne, elderflower Bellinis, "B&T's" or our cocktails, using Bertha's Revenge Gin which is distilled in our small artisan distillery in the farmyard and lastly pints are available from our 1950’s retro caravan in the garden. While guests are enjoying their drinks, listening to live music and celebrating, our team would also be passing our beautiful homemade hot and cold canapes chosen by you.

We look after all catering in-house and our Head Chef Sarah creates stunning seasonal set menus where all our ingredients would be locally sourced from artisan food producers. Even more so, we grow a huge amount of our own vegetables and fruit in our walled garden and this would also be incorporated into our menus.

Party Time

We have created the perfect party venue! Guests can hit the dance floor or cosy up in the bar which are all connected to the dining terrace so that the party stays together and you can all dance the night away. Bare-foot or ball gowns, we are happy to accommodate all kinds of weddings.

Our Accommodation

We have six individually designed rooms in the main house which all have magnificent views of the gardens and the surrounding countryside, comfy beds you will get lost in and bathrooms with antique bathtubs. When you book your wedding with us you have the exclusive use of all the bedrooms in the main house, which sleeps 12 people. From May to September, another 20 wedding guests can also be comfortably accommodated in our garden Glamping tents and arcks. After that, we have some great accommodation recommendations in the local area and Cork city. We can help assist you in organising transport for all your guests who are not staying onsite.

Please do not hesitate to contact us via phone 025-36349 or by email [email protected] if you have any questions or would like to hear more about our wedding packages! 

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Louise O Sullivan Brick
Married on 23rd Dec 2023
Couldn?t recommend Justin and Jenny in Ballyvolane house more! Loved it there from the moment we first visited! Food is incredible and the setting is beautiful inside and outside so there is an incredible option for both indoor and outdoor which is ideal for Irish weather.
Added 25th Oct 2023
Jeanette & Chris
Married on 17th Jun 2023
We loved Ballyvolane House from the moment we arrived for our visit 18 months before our wedding. We were greeted by the lovely Lilian who was so warm and welcoming to us both. Once we met Jenny and chatted for a few minutes we both knew we were going to get married there. It is such a beautiful house and the whole vibe is so different to the hotel style wedding and this is exactly what we wanted. Jenny took us on a tour and we just fell in love with it all. The gardens, the animals, the dogs (our fave) and just the peace and chilled vibes. The coffee was excellent too!

Once we booked the date (pretty much the next day) the whole experience was just excellent and so professional. Jenny and Justin and the team at Ballyvolane are absolute pros and you know you are in excellent hands from the start. Every little question was answered so promptly and nothing was ever hassle for them. Everyone was a real pleasure to deal with.

We decided to book in and stay there a year before our wedding day and this was really special and we would recommend it. You get to see the place at the time of year of your event. We had a ball that day and evening, and we had our tasting menu and met such lovely people staying there. We were so delighted we decided to do this as it made us so excited for the big day. It was on this trip we first met Bernie who is an absolute sweetheart. She gave us such good little subtle tips for our day and we really listened. We also got to sample our now fave ?Bertha?s Revenge? gin cocktails which are just insanely fab!

Robyn was amazing to deal with and as we got closer to the day Grace was an absolute pleasure to work alongside, always calm and always having the answer and she genuinely helped us to enjoy it all and it felt like we were planning a great party! And that was exactly what we hoped for!

Once we landed for our wedding in June 2023 we came a day before our family which was lovely to settle in and have a moment to ourselves and got to chat to the team properly. Our guests arrived the Friday and we had an incredible evening hosting them in the house. The food, drinks, service and general vibe was so special. Everyone was genuinely blown away by it all and it just made everyone so excited for the big day.

There was an amazing calmness on the wedding day and we decided to avail of the clay pigeon activity for the guys that morning and we were so glad we did this. They had a ball with Justin and it was the highlight of the morning for sure. We were lucky enough to have our ceremony in the woods and it was just so special and almost indescribable. The peace and quiet and the stunning surrounds just made it breathtaking. We genuinely loved every second (even when the rain came) it honestly made it such a fun and memorable experience. Nothing was hassle on the day and even some rain didn?t get anyone in a flap. Everyone was having that good a time this was just a tiny detail.

We had our little girl and her cousins at our wedding and they just loved the adventure that Ballyvolane brings. They were welcomed with open arms and that meant so much to us. Justin was kind enough to take them to feed the pigs the day we checked out aswell and they loved it.

The staff at Ballyvolane are different level and the service is a ?subtle 5 star? and not at all fussy or formal. It?s a cool and relaxed vibe and we had the best day ever!! There was a really unique atmosphere the whole day and it was the best party we had ever been to (taking our bias out of it) Jenny & Justin are the nicest couple who are such experts and it just meant we didn?t worry about a thing (why would you ?!) you knew there was a dream team behind it all. Every single member of the team just couldn't do enough for us, always going the extra mile, and more.

We have had so many friends say to us what an amazing wedding it was and they all mention Ballyvolane and how cool it is. We loved Ballyvolane before our big day, now we genuinely adore it and are already planning our next visit there.

Thank you Jenny, Justin, Grace, Lilian, Bernie, Mathilde, the doggies, and every single other person who helped us and made our special day one we will never forget. You guys work so hard to create something unique and you do that so brilliantly.

If you are considering Ballyvolane House for your big day. Don?t dwell, just do it. You will not regret it.
Added 28th Jun 2023
Jennifer and Simon
Married on 13th Aug 2022
Beautiful venue, amazing food and staff made planning a wedding from overseas so easy.
Sometimes can be hard to imagine how everything will work as you will end up with so many outside suppliers/teams but BV team know their stuff and on the day everything flows seamlessly!

BV team willing to work with some of our quirkier requests and the staff who worked on the day were so kind and lovely. All our wedding party and guests commented on this and they added to the day.

We couldn?t speak more highly of them!

Added 1st Feb 2023
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?ine & Ben
Married on 7th May 2022
We had our dream wedding at Ballyvolane House. It was more than perfect and better in real life. The house, grounds, blossoms, woods and flowers are magical. The staff and team in the build up and on the day are terrific and so helpful with lots of advice and tips. The food and drinks were amazing across the whole weekend. Everyone loved it from start to finish. A special place.
Added 8th Feb 2023
Pia Broughan
Married on 23rd Oct 2021
We had such an amazing wedding weekend in Ballyvolane House. From the day we visited everything was very relaxed and easy which was such a great sign. The owner Jenny was a dream to work with. The biggest advantage was that we had the house for the weekend, which made it feel like ours, from the supper & running getting ready the night before, to the breakfast with Bernie who runs the house and is such a fun person to have around.

The food was really special, we had heard this from a few people who had attended weddings there in the past but it was just fantastic on the day. For wine suggestions Jenny?s recommendations were excellent. We tried a few at our tasting but her suggestions were by far the best and complimented the meal perfectly.

On arrival, we were greeted by Eva the coordinator, who was just super. Nothing was too big of an ask. On the day of the wedding, we didn?t need to worry about anything, there was a lovely buzz about the house that added to the excitement of the morning, and during the reception if they thought we needed anything Eva was right by my side to check-in.

Post the wedding the staff were also extremely helpful and attended to our every need. We were encouraged to take our time when finishing up the day after and the staff was very helpful in working with suppliers moving items out of the venue. Overall we had a great experience and felt that we couldn?t have asked for a better venue to have our wedding day.
Added 14th Dec 2021
S?le & Marcelo
Married on 18th Sep 2021
Our original wedding date in France was cancelled due to covid and I'm so happy to be able to say - it could not have worked out better!

We were incredibly lucky to find Ballyvolane House had availability on the exact day we wanted, with only 3 months notice (due to a cancellation). Eva was our wedding coordinator and from start to finish she was so unbelievably amazing to deal with. For a very short lead in time, she made absolutely everything happen, came back to every question asked and even remembered the tiniest of detail I mentioned in passing. The special touches on the day were amazing and the venue staff were just phenomenal to us, our guests and to other vendors who were providing services on the day. They really made it home for the duration of our wedding weekend.

Our ceremony was in the woods and was so special. And the drinks reception that followed was just perfect too. Over the weekend, Jenny personally brought my two young daughter to collect eggs from the chickens and to feed the pigs. And if we had wanted, Justin was more than happy to do some tours on the second day of the onsite distillery where the award winning Bertha's Milk Gin is produced (we included small bottles of this on our tables as favours, which was a lovely way for people to take a little bit of Ballyvolane house home with them ... although it's so delicious, I'm not sure many survived).

My family and I also stayed an extra day and had a fabulous lunch in the afternoon on day 2 followed by homemade wood-fired pizzas in the evening. Weather wise the staff were so accommodating and flexible when it came to eating outdoors verses inside due to last minute weather changes. But really over the course of the entire weekend the staff just couldn't do enough for us, but with a genuine and lovely personal approach.

My only slight negative on the flexibility side was around curfew on the actual wedding night. The main house is locked at 1am, which meant guests staying there (including the bride and groom) had to be back in their rooms before then - even though our guests who were staying on site were free to continue festivities over at the glamping area. To be honest, we just ignored this and went back over anyway. We had such a gorgeous night as did all our guests, but had we adhered to this - we would have been sitting in our room listening to our guests enjoying the celebrations across the way without us. A bit silly and unnecessary - but we got around this.

But that was literally the only thing I could fault. I cannot pick out a single thing that I would change or that could have gone better. And that is all down to Jenny, Eva and her team. I couldn't recommend Ballyvolane House more to anyone thinking about having their wedding (or any other event) here. If you are looking to host your celebration in beautiful surroundings, with the highest quality food and drink, incredible service from warm and professional staff, in an elegant, but homely environment you really could not find a better venue. You will not be disappointed!
Added 1st Mar 2022
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Mary O?Sullivan
Married on 31st Jul 2021
Our wedding at Ballyvolane house was simply incredible. We had the most wonderful unforgettable summer wedding. I will never get over it. From the second we arrived at the house we were treated like royalty. The house is nestled away in the peaceful countryside of North Cork. The surroundings of this stunning unimposing house are vast and tranquil. We were welcomed to the house with roaring fires lit in each room which made them cosy and inviting. All our guests were personally greeted and shown to their rooms/glamping tents. The house is steeped in history, each room a treasure so comfortable and elegant .
What set Ballyvolane house apart for us was the exclusive hire for the three days, we had the place to ourselves and we felt so welcome and at home immediately.
The day before the wedding we had drinks under the Indian tent in the garden giving our families a chance to meet. This was followed by a gorgeous intimate rehearsal dinner and the attention to detail was extraordinary, personalised menus, beautiful flowers placed all over the table and our personal playlist playing. The wedding day itself was so relaxing and stress free. The weather gods cooperated and we got married in the woods beside the house with the sun beaming down on us. The ceremony in the woods was such an intimate, romantic experience. Saying our vows surrounded by nature, the huge trees, green leaves and hydrangeas was something very special. The area has access to a powerpoint so the sound travelled well in the outdoor space.
Our drinks reception was the epitome of chilled vibes. Guests in deck chairs in the sun, the band playing on the lawn and the drinks flowing. The canap?s were top notch and there was lots of them ( many guests commented on this).
For wedding photos the only downside to Ballyvolane house is there?s too many options to have them taken. So many beautiful scenic spots you could spend all day taking the shots.
The food was another huge selling point for us. I knew the venue has one of the best reputations in Ireland when it comes to this. So much produce is grown in their walled garden. It was a winning combination. The food was outstanding. The chef catered to our guests every dietary need of which there were many!!
There was so many lovely touches throughout the three days such as Justin inviting the children to feed the pigs one morning which made their time there magical. The groom and groomsmen were also driven to the ceremony in a Land Rover through the woods which was hilarious and added to a fun atmosphere.

Jenny Justin Eva and all the staff were wonderful in every possible way. From the first email sent to the morning we checked out they were so lovely to deal with. The service was impeccable the whole time. We were so well looked after. The venue doesn?t churn out weddings every weekend and only host a small number each year. You can really tell that they go above and beyond to make each wedding perfect and deliver the 5 star experience.
Ballyvolane house surpassed our expectations in every way and we would highly recommend for anyone to get married here .
Added 29th Nov 2021
Daniel and Declan
Married on 10th Jul 2021
We had the most amazing wedding day at Ballyvolane. Jenny, Justin and all the team made it the perfect day. The team are so flexible and dedicated to making your day extra special. Our families are still talking about how fantastic everything was especially the food and service! A beautiful setting for a wedding at any time of year.
Added 11th Dec 2021
Kate & Aonghus Smyth
Married on 3rd Aug 2019
From the minute you drive through the gates you are transported to a state of serenity. Ballyvolane is renowned for its incredible food but that's just one aspect of what can only be described as a truly magical experience. It is wonderfully grand without being at all stuffy. Service is relaxed with an ethos of ?Nothing is too much trouble?.
It is very alluring to those seeking tranquillity in the country but without foregoing their Friday night cocktail. This made it the most perfect wedding venue for us. An exceptional weekend from start to finish

Love Kate & Aonghus
Added 25th Nov 2021
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