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Intimate Country House Wedding Venue in Cork

Ballyvolane House is a magical setting for your wedding. Tucked away in the beautiful north 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.

Tying the knot at Ballyvolane House (pic by James Fennell)
Tying the knot at Ballyvolane House (pic by James Fennell)

Idyllic Country House Wedding Venue

Drinks reception in the dining room
Drinks reception in the house or gardens (pic by Katie Quinn)

Originally built in 1728, the house was remodelled in Victorian times to give it a more Italianate style; it’s filled with family heirlooms, portraits and antiques. The house is stylish, homely, has heaps of character and is more “house party” than hotel. Ballyvolane is run in an unstuffy and relaxed manner but you get all the attention to detail you would expect in a top-notch hotel. Couples also get the entire house and grounds on an exclusive basis for the duration of their wedding.

Bespoke vintage weddings

Step back in time…

On arrival, guests enter through the front door into the striking pillared hall with its Blüthner baby grand piano and hand-stencilled doors. The large drawing room at the rear overlooks terraced lawns where fan-tailed doves flutter. The drawing room can be used for the drinks reception or civil marriage ceremonies. The formal gardens to the rear also provide the perfect setting for the drinks reception and lawn games.

Woodland Wedding Ceremonies

Outdoor woodland wedding ceremony Cork (pic by Savo Photography)
Outdoor woodland wedding ceremony (pic by Savo Photography)

Ballyvolane has over 80-acres of manicured gardens, mature woodland, lakes and parkland to get lost in. Blessings and ceremonies in the woods, gardens or beside the lakes will ensure a stunning backdrop to your wedding wherever you decide to have it. We have a large rustic hay barn for wedding ceremonies if it’s raining, and have also teamed up with Lismore Castle nearby for winter wedding ceremonies.

The Meal & Wedding Reception

Table set for the wedding feast in the romantic garden wedding venue
Dining terrace long table dinner (pic by David McClelland)

The meal is served in the eclectic glazed dining terrace (max capacity 140 guests) – one side overlooks the gardens, and the other adjoins a beautiful old stone barn which accommodates the bar and dancing area.

Food for thought

Food glorious food is a huge part of what we do; we keep rare-breed pigs, hens and ducks and we grow a vast amount of vegetables in our walled garden. We forage and where possible, we source all our ingredients from local artisan producers. We have just won numerous awards and accolades for our ‘Field-to-Fork’ ethos. We also have a gin distillery on-site where we produce Bertha’s Revenge Irish Milk Gin.

Real Ballyvolane Weddings »

Groom arriving at the woodland wedding ceremony in a military Land Rover Lightweight
Groom and groomsmen arriving at the woodland wedding ceremony in the old Land Rover Lightweight

To give you a sense of the variety of eclectic weddings that we’ve hosted here at Ballyvolane, we’ve compiled a list of links to some real Ballyvolane weddings here & also added some videos and photoshoots to our blog here

We are also delighted to be featured One Fab Day’s 100 Best Wedding Venues.

For a tailor-made quotation for your wedding at Ballyvolane House, please phone us on 025 36349 or…

Your Hosts

We (Justin & Jenny Green) are experienced hoteliers, having gained international management experience in some of the best hotels in the world. We, and all the team at Ballyvolane House, will take endless care to ensure you and your guests have a day to remember forever.

A Secluded but Accessible Location

Located only 30 minutes drive north of Cork City and 2.5 hours drive from Dublin, Ballyvolane is highly accessible but still feels wonderfully remote. Cork airport is only 35 minutes away and has flights coming in daily from many parts of the UK and Europe.