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Ballyvolane House

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The Fishery: From the Notes of Peter O'Reilly

Ballyvolane has over ten miles of salmon and trout fishing on some of the best known beats on the Munster Blackwater, including Killavullen, Ballyhooly, Carrigacunna, Kilbarry downstream of Careysville Weir and Gairha at Ballyduff.  This allows for a wide variety of water with the upper beats offering the best prospects of a salmon early in the season and the lower beats usually produce more fish in low water summer conditions.

Ballyvolane House also has three stocked trout lakes and access to wild brown trout fishing on the nearly River Bride.  Gillies are available and should be booked in advance.  They are highly recommended especially for those new to the river as they can provide detailed information on where fish lie and the best flies and fishing methods in the prevailing conditions.  Tuition in all styles of fly casting can be arranged with a qualified instructor.

The House:

Ballyvolane house is an award-winning Irish historic country house. There are six guest bedrooms at Ballyvolane, all of which are spacious, individually furnished, tastefully decorated and above all indulgently comfortable. All the rooms have en-suite bathrooms, some of which have beautiful big old antique baths which beckon a good long soak after a hard days work or play. All the rooms are bright with natural light that pours through the large double sash windows. Magnificent views overlook the formal terraced gardens to the south and to the north, ancient trees, parkland and the lakes. We use the luxurious Irish-made organic seaweed Voya bathroom products. A Nespresso coffee machine is installed in each room, complimentary Nespresso coffee, teas, homemade fruit cordials and the all important jar of freshly baked cookies are always within easy reach. Excellent free wifi through the house.

Glamping is also available for the more adventurous and romantic types in the gardens from May to September. We also operate a fishing school with a qualified fishing instructor. Please visit our website for details. Delicious home-grown food is taken communally in the grand dining room each night. Ballyvolane House is also the home of Bertha's Revenge Irish Milk Gin.