Ballinkeele is your home away from home - a bit grand, but equally as comfortable. This Irish country house was made to entertain and is perfect for vacations, get-togethers, birthdays & anniversaries. It is such a calm welcoming place and there is such a wonderful feeling of peace here. It's packed full of history but so relaxed that it isn't at all stuffy!
No parties / No Hens / No Stags
Built in the 1840s by your hosts the Maher family, your hosts are the 5th & 6th generation of the original family, so we really care about the old place and love sharing it with people. It has been decorated by us & previous generations in a classic style blending heritage with modern comforts. It's got everything you could need – WiFi throughout, efficient thermostatically-controlled heating, so the house is always warm & cosy. It has a stunning bespoke modern kitchen with every kitchen appliance you could ever need to cook up a storm.
You enter the Front Hall with its original stove and columns which lead you through to the library. The Library is a cosy room lined with books, collected by the Mahers over generations. Settle by the fire here, under the benevolent gaze of John Maher's portrait, and enjoy a good read. There is loads of space for relaxed dining in the kitchen or for more formal occasions, or just putting on the ritz (!), there is the rich red formal dining room which can seat up to 14 around the original mahogany dining table with the lead crystal chandelier sparkling above.
The drawing room also has a Smart TV with cable TV, books, cards, games etc. Sit in the armchairs by the bay window and take in the view or read your favorite book.
You can also venture out the bay window, down the steps out to the garden, there’s a patio with table, chairs, umbrella and BBQ to enjoy with friends and family on sunny days. Follow the paths leading away from the house to explore our rural idyll. Over 200 acres of grounds and farmland, with woodland & forestry, lakes, ponds and walled gardens. You might see our resident buzzards wheeling overhead or pheasants dashing into the rhododendrons for cover.
Upstairs are 7 large bedrooms, 6 with their own private bathrooms. All the beds are either king size or super-king and all are antiques, most original to the house, with bespoke comfortable mattresses and fresh linen. 2 of the rooms have superking beds which can be converted to twin beds - we also have 1 extra bed we can set up for you and have 2 travel cots available, with bedding. Let us know beforehand how you want us to set them up for you. All beds are made up with beautiful linen and there are soft white towels, shampoo, shower gel, hand soap & beach towels for your trip to the beach!
For the little ones we have a high chair and even a few toys & books you can borrow to keep them busy. The laundry room is tucked away in the wing off the grand staircase, with an washer and dryer.
Ballinkeele House: Please share your stay experience
Ballinkeele House totally exceeded our expectations. The house itself is gorgeous both inside and out and the grounds (all 370-odd acres) were so much fun to walk around and explore, from farm, forest and the occasional old structure! Val and Laura were fantastic hosts, giving us the grand tour at the beginning and also recommending different walks and sights on the estate throughout our stay. We couldn't recommend Ballinkeele enough!
Our stay in Ballinkeele House was just perfect, it is a beautiful period home with interesting pieces and family history throughout. Large and airy but also cosy. The modern kitchen made it so easy to do self catering with a group because it was so well stocked with kitchen ware and high quality appliances. There was enough room for all 16 of us to sit together in the sitting room and also to have dinner in the beautiful formal dining room. It was spotlessly clean and the beds were very comfortable. Laura was very kind and made us feel very welcome. She had some lovely personal touches for us on our arrival and although she and her family lived in the wing they were very discreet and we never saw them the entire weekend although Laura was on call if we had a question. Would highly recommend this beautiful home and would love to return in the future. Thanks Laura & Val
We had a fantastic time in Ballinkeele House. Laura was so easy to communicate with beforehand and gave lots of useful information. The house itself is amazing and so clean, we all had great fun exploring it. We cooked the first night and made use of the modern well equipped kitchen. The next night we ordered catering in from Westgate which was a great call, delicious! Hopefully we will get to return again for another family holiday in future!
"Very nice stay and helpful hosts. Will be back!"
I went to Ballinkeele house with some friends to celebrate my 30th birthday and it was truly a weekend to remember. The property is stunning, both the interior and the external grounds. Everything was sparkling clean. Laura and Val were amazing hosts and made us feel very welcome from the start. We were left chocolates and Prosecco on arrival which was such a lovely touch. The two dogs were a big hit with everyone and it was just such a fantastic stay from start to finish I would recommend this property to anyone and will 100% be back again.
Our family surprised us for our 40th wedding anniversary with a stay here for two nights recently with some of our extended also. A total of 14adults and four children. To say it was amazing is an understatement. We felt we were stepping out of reality for the two days and it was a total chill out break. The house is everything it says and more. Bedrooms were great and en-suite. Kitchen had everything we could ever need. The best bit was we were all able to sit in the dining room for our meals .
We had a fantastic stay at Laura and Vals. From the moment we got in touch with Laura everything was perfect. All communication had lots of relevant detail and any questions we had Laura responded instantly. The house was fantastic. Clean, great layout, lots of space! Laura was very attentive even throughout the stay, even keeping the dogs at bay for the non dog lovers, when requested! Playground on site was a great bonus for the family and lots of outdoor space for bbq etc. We will definitely be back and have recommended to all our friends!
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