Kinsale,Ballywilliam House,kinsale,8bedrooms,6bath


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16 guests, 8 bedrooms, 14 beds, 6 baths
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Built in 1816, Ballywilliam House is a majestic Georgian sanctuary situated in a magnificent private waterside setting perched on two acres of gardens adjoining the River Bandon. A five-minute drive from the picturesque town of Kinsale. Located just 35 min drive from Cork Airport. The property consists of 8 large bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, sitting room, dining room, large kitchen. It is ideal for large family gatherings and small weddings. We can accommodate extra guests if required

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Fáilte Ireland's Welcome Standard approved and approved accommodation located within the catchment of the Wild Atlantic Way

It’s a 3 day minimum stay over the festive season

At “Exquisite Holiday Homes” we allow guests to change their travel dates as required, if there are travel restrictions on their chosen dates. We also allow guests to swap bookings to another one of our 6 Kinsale properties, if their new dates are not available at the property they first booked with.

We allow hen weekends

Please note that only guests staying at the property are allowed within the grounds of the property.

Please enter the correct amount of guests staying when booking , so that adequate beds, bed linen, towels are left out for all guests, the cost of the property is based on how many guests are staying and this is checked at check in to make sure it’s correct at all our properties. Anyone found having extra guests on the grounds of the property will be asked to leave immediately and no refunds will be given.

We do not allow marques.

We do not allow music to be played outside in the grounds of the property as there are neighbours close by

We do not allow pets at this property.

You must be 27 or older to hire this property

You can book for a maximum of 16 guests directly on this site, but any numbers above that you would need to request a quote, the charge is €50 per person per night.

Built in 1816 Ballywilliam House is a majestic waterside Georgian sanctuary in a magnificent private setting perched on an elevated site on the banks of the river Bandon a five-minute drive from the picturesque town of Kinsale.
The property oozes history, its believed a house had existed on the land at Ballywilliam in some form since 1765, the IRA Anti Treaty tried to occupy the property in 1922. The house was owed by American singer/songwriter and pianist Tori Amos from 1995 until 2019 where many of her albums were written.
Spread over three floors, the property boasts eight large bedrooms and six bathrooms. There is a large sitting room with a period style fireplace, a large dining room with fireplace and a piano, perfect for entertaining. There is a compact kitchen with two large ovens for cooking or catered evenings.
The house is airy and filled with light, it has tall ceilings and extraordinary twelve over twelve sash windows. A curved cantilever staircase with a spectacular oriel window which leads to the upstairs bedrooms. The property has very recently been restored, decorated and refurbished to the highest standard, to ensure its Georgian status is still intact.
The property is situated on two acres of landscaped ground.
For the children there is a fifty-foot climbing frame, football pitch, trampoline and an outer building containing table tennis and football table.
To the rear of the house is a courtyard with original cut stone walls containing a large luxury thatched heated gazebo, with a dining table and relaxed seating area. For your comfort against the elements, it is enclosed with heating.
A path leads through the woodland to the magical waterfront and a drystone seated theatre and fire pit, with a pathway leading to a further large luxury thatched heated gazebo with the most amazing river views.
The house is at the end of a two-kilometer cul-de- sac and offers the utmost privacy. Once inside the gates, you enter a majestic haven that offers peace and tranquility away from today’s bustling world.

There is a damage deposit of €500 to be paid 1 week before arrival, this is released on departure as soon as the cleaner has checked the property on departure.

Places for sleeping

Bedroom 1
1 king bed
Bedroom 2
1 king bed
Bedroom 3
1 king bed

What this place offers

Free parking on premises
Washing machine
Patio or balcony
Security cameras on property
Unavailable: Carbon monoxide alarm

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Where you’ll be

Kinsale, County Cork, Ireland

Kinsale Boat Hire as above
Fishing - River
River Bandon

River Blackwater

Garden Tours
Brian Cross of Lakemount Gardens
Glanmire, Cork

Kinsale Golf Club,
18 holes
€25 - 40 per round

Old Head of Kinsale Golf Links Club
18 holes €160 - 230 per round

Horse Riding
Follyfoot Riding Farm,
Shanavally, Riverstick

Kinsale Equestrian Centre

Balllinadee Stables

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Kinsale quayside
Kinsale hosts an annual jazz festival, which takes place during the last weekend of October. Pubs and hotels in the town host concerts by jazz and blues groups throughout the weekend, including on the last Monday of October (which is a bank holiday in Ireland).[34][35]

The monumental steel, originally unpainted, sculpture The Great Wall of Kinsale, by Eilis O'Connell and installed in 1988 to celebrate Kinsale's achievements in the Tidy Towns competition, stands by Pier Road and Town Park.[36]

Bastion, a restaurant on Market/Main streets, received a Michelin Star in 2020.[4] Chef Keith Floyd was previously a resident of Kinsale.[37]

Kinsale is a holiday destination for both Irish and overseas tourists.[2] Leisure activities include yachting, sea angling, and golf. The town also has several art galleries, and there is a large yachting marina close to the town centre.

The town is known for its restaurants,[3] including the Michelin-starred Bastion restaurant,[4] and holds a number of annual gourmet food festivals.[5]

Historical buildings in the town include St. Multose's Church (Church of Ireland) of 1190, St. John the Baptist (Catholic) of 1839, the Market House of c. 1600, and the so-called French Prison (or Desmond Castle, associated with the Earls of Desmond) of c. 1500. Charles Fort, a partly restored star fort of 1677, is in nearby Summercove.[6]

Kinsale, County Cork is all about scenery, stories and surprises. let's start with the surprises, Kinsale is hopping like no place else in Ireland in the cool of an Irish spring. The town is busy with locals and tourists alike, with many French, recently arrived overnight from Roscoff giving a well dressed look, to an already well heeled and presented town. Steeped in stories, the defeat of the Irish in the Battle of Kinsale 1601 changed the course of Irish history forever with the Flight of the Earls (the old order of Irish chieftains) and the arrival of the British planters. But, long before even that event, it was an important trading port on the route to the new world. Landmark taverns and the Dutch style courthouse, where the inquest into the sinking of the Luistania in 1915 was held as well as medieval Desmond Castle still survive as do most of the other character houses in and around the narrow maze of streets that thankfully have not been demolished in the name of progress or greed....
Kinsale thrives on its waterfront location, the galleons which once sailed right up town have been replaced with leisure craft for both sailing and fishing. The Kinsale regatta is one of the longest running in Ireland and as popular as ever. Thirty years ago, Kinsale pioneered the Slow Food Movement with local artisan food producers getting together with chefs to produce the most wonderful food. In fact there seems to be more bars, restaurants and cafes per square mile here than in Dublin and as I say its busy, busy, busy. But the people are warm and friendly and for the most characters like Martin Shanahan who’s mad about fish and is leading a nationwide campaign to get us all back cooking and eating it. You will spoiled for choice restaurant wise and there is certainly somewhere to suit all tastes and pockets. A great weekend destination or starting point on a scenic road trip around West Cork....
10 Other Things To Do and See in and around Kinsale.....

1 First up Dermot Ryan’s walking tour of Kinsale is a must, tailor made, instantly, to suit the interests and nationalities of the various individuals who show up on the day. Warm, witty and informative, it’s the best €5 you will spend in Kinsale, tour departs daily at 10.30 from the Tourist Office on the quay and takes about an hour.

2 In these days of online everything is there anything better when on holidays than browsing a real bookshop rather than a virtual one and having a book talk to you or fall into your hands as well as a chat with the owner of the Kinsale Book Shop who’ll advise you on the latest arrivals re Irish interest or just a downright, good old-fashioned read, as well as the state of the industry!

3 Followed by coffee and the best lemon meringue pie in Ireland at the Lemon Leaf or a real hot chocolate in Jo’s. I must say I like this kind of niche marketing, it certainly adds to the relaxation element of a pleasant saturday morning shop when my stomach nods in agreement without even having to bother my mind.

4 The Boathouse Gallery with an electic selection of sea inspired images, I particularly liked but couldn’t afford, as usual, the Dee Pieters landscapes of West Cork with their mirror like water elements and bottomless lakes. With a warm Cork welcome from the owner, who knows well you are only browsing and unlikely to buy, well not this time perhaps, but maybe next time?

5 And then there are the stalwarts like Jim Edwards, the Blue Haven and the Spaniard out the road, that have been there forever. There’s a great line up of music most nights throughout the summer, good food and perfect pints all day and plenty of atmosphere all with walking distance of each other.

6 And no shortage of restaurants obviously in the Gourmet Capital of Ireland, cheap and cheerful Crackpots and Brunos to more expensive Finns Table and Fishy Fishy with the Black Pig doing tapas but my absolute favourite is up next?

7 Bulman Pub, Summercove, never was a place more aptly named, location? tick! sunset, if you are lucky? tick! atmosphere? most definitely! great pints, cold beer or glass of wine? for sure! And the best oysters, lobster and seafood you will eat anywhere in Ireland.

8 Charles Fort, after the defeat of the Irish in 1601 the English built this French style star shaped fort at the mouth of the harbour and installed a garrison of over 1000 troops which remained in Kinsale for over 400 years until we got our independence in1922. You can visit by car or on foot, a nice walk out via Scilly, take a Harbour Cruise or Hire a Boat during the summer.

9 Old Head, Kinsale, known as the 'Edge of the World’ at the time, it still looks like that, a rugged peninsula, jutting out 3 miles out into the Atlantic with its famous lighthouse and Celtic marriage stone. It now belongs to private consortium who have developed a world class links and exclusive golf club which is on every golfers bucket list of courses to play before they die

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