= Glamour + Camping!
Glamping at Ballyvolane is not only glamorous but also a luxurious and romantic way to experience the magic of nature without forgoing your creature comforts! Glamp in the garden from May to September.
Commune with nature
The glamping bell tents and glamping arks are situated in the glorious gardens at Ballyvolane House and are surrounded by trees, shubs and nature.
We have 4-metre bell tents with double or twin beds (sleeps 2) and 5-metre bell tents for families (sleeps up to 4 people - 2 adults and up to 2 children).
Our glamping arks (1 big, 2 small) have double beds (sleeps 2). The glamping arks are inspired by traditional pig ark structures and are constructed from timber and clad with rounded crinkly tin.
The glamping units are fully connected to the mains electricity and are equipped with electric lighting, plug sockets and USB ports for charging up your phones and devices. The units are pitched on raised timber decking platforms and are furnished with perfectly dressed beds, clothes hooks, mirrors, chairs and hot water bottles are provided at bedtime. Free Wi-Fi is available in the barns. The heated loos and showers are located in the barns adjacent to the glamping area and are a very short stroll through the gardens. Towels are provided and the wash house has private shower cubicles, full-length mirrors, coat-hooks and hair-dryers.
‘Glamping Box’ – an old apple crate in placed in every unit containing bottled well water, Crinnaughtaun apple juice, homemade chocolate cookies and maps of the estate.
The house is still central to your stay as breakfast and dinner is served in the dining room in the main house. We offer a fully-catered glamping experience only at Ballyvolane House and there are no cooking facilities on-site. This means all food and drinks are provided by the house.
Please note ‘check-in’ time is from 3pm and ‘check-out’ time is at 12 noon.
Breakfast and dinner in the house
Breakfast is included in the rate and full Irish breakfast is served in the main house dining room every morning until noon. Glamping guests are always welcome to join for dinner in the main house. We do just one sitting at 8pm and we offer a seasonal 4-course set menu which changes daily. Most of our produce come from our walled-garden and from the local area. We also serve children’s high tea at 6pm and this also changes daily and would consist of something like spaghetti Bolognese or pizzas baked in our wood-fired pizza oven followed by a pudding. With prior notice we can arrange for a babysitter to come in and look after the children while the adults are having dinner.
Relax and unwind or be active
Guests are not confined to their tents or arks, the spacious rustic barn located adjacent to the glamping area is the perfect place in which to relax. The gardens are glorious and vast. The barn is decorated with an eclectic assortment of antiques, country and mid-century furniture, comfy sofas and chairs. There is a good selection of board games available as well as table tennis. Free Wi-Fi is also available in the barns.
Relax and unwind with a good book in a hammock or have a snooze on a sun-lounger on the lawn. Stroll around the extensive gardens, woodlands, lakes and parkland and pooches are welcome too. And with breakfast served until 12 noon, there is never a rush in the morning to get up!
For the active, there is so much to do onsite. Why not have a game of tennis or badminton? Whack a croquet ball or try clay pigeon shooting for the first time? (pre-booking required). There are fantastic cycling and jogging routes around Ballyvolane House too.
In the beautiful surrounding area, there are many exciting things to see and do. Why not book a fly-fishing lesson, or a go on a guided canoe trip on the river Blackwater? Visit our local bustling farmers markets and many historic houses and gardens along the Blackwater valley. Hit the beach and head to one of many gorgeous sandy beaches in west Waterford or east Cork. We are always on-hand to help plan day-trips from Ballyvolane House.