“The staff are so friendly that they never once gave the impression that this was a job – instead they seemed to be having fun right along with us. I do not recall every having such exceptional service. The dinner also exceeded expectations.”

Mary Kay Dorgan, USA

Arts & Crafts, Gardens and Historical Tours

Arts and Crafts

We are next to the Kinsale Pottery School/Olcote Gallery which is a renovation of one of the original coachhouses of Ballinacurra House.  Adrian can organise a variety of excellent teachers in many disciplines.  As well as the Glucksman Gallery in Cork – listed in the book “1001 Buildings to See Before You Die” – and the Crawford Gallery, there are many local art galleries both in Kinsale and Cork.

Gardens

There are numerous day trips from Ballinacurra to both East Cork and West Cork where you can enjoy many stunning gardens ranging from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.  And the area is noted for its sub-tropical climate and plants thanks for the Gulf Stream’s proximity.  In our own grounds we even have a forest called Kippaugh Wood which is a prime example of an ‘old Irish wood’.

Historical Tours

Kinsale is the sight of the famous ‘Battle of 1601’ which marked a  turning point in Irish and world history.  There are many historical sights in Kinsale including Desmond Castle (now the Kinsale Wine Museum), Charles Fort Kinsale (a 16th Century Star Fort) and the 800 year old St Multose Church – and much more which can be enjoyed on guided historical walks.  And further afield, there is also much more this area has to offer such as the world-famous Blarney Castle where you get the chance to ‘kiss the Blarney Stone’ and Cobh which was the last port of call for the Titanic as well as one of the primary ports for the millions of Irish emigrants.