Keep Calm it’s your Wedding Day!

You dream about the wedding forever. The day arrives. You wake before the sun even rises and you check the weather (again!). Then the lists in your head start to go racing…. will the flowers arrive, the hair, the makeup people etc. It all starts to get a little crazy. If you let it.

Yoga Ballroom

Photo by Tomasz Kornas

So here’s an idea. Imagine getting up and starting your day with a little yoga, surrounded by your family and friends. No stress, no drama. Just starting the day with good intentions of being present and in the moment for the most amazing day that will follow.

Yoga 2

Photo by Tomasz Kornas

A recent wedding did exactly that. Bride Sarah started the day with a yoga class in the ballroom with Cork-based yoga teacher Lisa Fahy. The class went for an hour and a half and then she was joined by 9 of her guests who all agreed it was the ideal start to the day. It helped calm the bride’s nerves and left her feeling relaxed and ready for the day ahead.

Terrace Food BH

Photo by Tomasz Kornas

The groom, Andrew, and his friends were entertained by the Ireland v Australia rugby match which the staff put on in the bar complete with Bloody Mary breakfast cocktails. The bridal party and the house guests had a relaxed, hearty breakfast in the breakfast room. Andrew was served on the terrace so that they wouldn’t run into each other before the ceremony.

Food Shot

Photo by Tomasz Kornas

Both bride and groom had great spaces to get ready with their bridal party, which made for special backdrops for the photos and a lovely relaxed morning for all.

Terrace Brunch

Photo by Tomasz Kornas

If you would like to explore the amazing house and grounds at Ballinacurra and explore ways of making it your own for your perfect wedding – get in touch 021 4779040

Photos by:


Styling: Stuart Immelman Rococco Dreams

Family Reunions

“Thanks so much for having given us the opportunity to spend the weekend at your wonderful home. We will always remember your wonderful hospitality. There are so few places to go where adults, teenagers and small children alike all enjoy themselves - stress free!” the Fitzpatricks Family Reunion – Fiitzers Restaurants – Dublin.

If you are looking to spend an extended time with your family and not worrying about cooking for a large group or entertaining all ages, Ballinacurra House is ideally suited to devising a programme which will suit all.

We can put together recommendations for all ages from children, teens, parents and the young at heart.

We are also flexible in our catering arrangements. You may wish to eat in one of the local bars or restaurants on some nights, have casual meals or barbecues at Ballinacurra on other nights, and maybe a more formal dinner on the last night to celebrate the end of your extended stay. The key is our flexibility.

Our rooming configuration is also suitable for groups with children.  We have a number of larger rooms which will comfortably take 2 adults and 2 children, plus enough space if you need us to put in a travel cot or bunk bed for another child.  And the fact that the property is in three different buildings means that groups of families or friends can have their own private space within the property.

Referral from a US-based Family Group – 2009

“I have been home for a few weeks and still smile because of the experience we have had with you.  It was by far the most amazing family trip we have ever taken.  I am struggling to find the best words to express my gratitude.  Sometimes in life you meet people and there is just something special about them.  You don’t understand it or know what it is but they just put you at ease and make you feel at home.  Well, that was your entire staff.  You made all of us feel comfortable as if we were family.

Des and Lisa – you were both meant to do what you do.  Everything could not have been more perfect!  The menus, the staff, the house, all the transfers, all the late night snacking, down to every last detail … I still shake my head in awh!  In addition to that, your event planning made it just more memorable.  I am so glad I followed all of your suggestions:  the cooking class, the pottery class, the train ride, scavenger hunt, in-house live music, to the private charter sailboat.  All was absolutely amazing.  Especially not to forget your children’s special dance performance.

What you offer there is truly special.  Any guests looking for something personal, different, private and family friendly, this is your place.  I feel my words are not doing you justice though.  I am therefore offering my number and email to anyone trying to decide – as I was.  I cannot tell you how thankful I am that we chose you.  You and Lisa, your staff, and your home made our trip what it was … unforgettable!”

Name and email address available on request.