“Having Ballinacurra as a fully private and exclusive venue was valuable beyond expectations as we had no issues over side meetings, confidential discussions and security. Its a beautiful setting and house and a shining light in the industry.”

Matt Jevon, Amscan Holdings Inc., Cork

Client Testimonials

“Have a Merry Christmas and thank you so much for taking care of the Apple Legal Team”

Apple Computers Paris.

“Such a rare pleasure to meet someone who not only lives up to his word but bastly surpasses it. I cannot speak more highly enough of you, your staff and the wonderful house…”

Joe and Maura, Cork

“You asked us to trust you with the music, which we did with some reluctance, but you knew what kind of evening we wanted and the band and DJ were great – everyone loved them!”

Emma and Tim, Channel 4, UK.

“This is a wonderful place – location, atmosphere, fun, wonderful people. We will definitely be back.”

Procter and Gamble, Ireland

“Being far away was not an issue – we only needed one visit before the wedding! When we decided that we wanted to get married in Kinsale, we thought it was going to be hard work, lots of visits and attention to detail would suffer as we live in London. But with you as our point of contact and organiser, the workload was halved. Through email, every detail was seen to. ”

Emma and Tim, Channel 4, London

“You have to see this place in person to believe it. This is not your typical restored Georgian mansion. It’s a light-hearted interpretation of the old theme, designed for good times…”

Jeanne Mills, Great Trips Unlimited, Mexico

“We had the best day ever, in the most amazing venue ever!”

Ted and Leona, Cork

“…Couldn’t believe what a beautiful place Ballinacurra really is and the words I keep hearing to describe it was ‘magical’… Have a Merry Christmas and thank you so much for taking care of the Apple Legal Team”

Apple Computers Paris

“I have stayed at some of the best hotel-resorts in Europe-USA and from a value for money and exceptional service and ambience point of view, would say that this is one of the best weekends we have ever had. Every aspect of our expectation level was exceeded. I could not recommend this property and couple in stronger terms. We will definitely go back.”

Credit Suisse/First Boston Group, USA

“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

“In addition to the quality of the surroundings, you and your colleagues were friendly and welcoming whilst being discreet; attentive but not pushy; and always obliging,”

Phoenix Equity Partners, London, UK.

“Your seamless service and constant good humour allowed me to feel completely at ease and host a weekend that was a triumph in event management. The Carphone Warehouse will certainly be back for more and if I have anything to do with it, so will many more clients of mine.”

George Goldsmith Sporting Agents, Scotland.

“The Old Head is the most spectacular golf course in the world”

Links Magazine

“I have been home for a few weeks and still smile because of the experience we have had with you. What you offer there is truly special. Any guests looking for something personal, different, private and family friendly – this is the place. Because I feel my words are not doing you justice, I am offering you 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, your staff, and your home, made our trip what it was … unforgettable!! Jeannie from USA”

Jeannie from USA (number and email available on request)

“We completely put our trust in you and Lisa with everything and you exceeded all our expectations and made our day so incredibly relaxed, stress free and great fun. We found Ballinacurra online and knew that it was for us and upon visiting, we knew there was nowhere else that would do. Everytime we went down to visit we left feeling wonderful. Your recommendations were the best: the bands, the photographer, singers were exactly what we wanted and more. All of our guests have commented what an amazing venue, food and how wonderful the staff all were. I have since recommended it to quite a number of people and will definitely throw another bash there in the future – if you’ll have us back!”

Sarah and James, Wedding, December 2009, Dublin

“The feedback on Ballinacurra has been unanimously positive and complimentary. The staff were efficient, warm, obliging and very professional. Declan, the manager is a real gem. The venue itself has the wow factor – stunning house with a real home feel, gorgeous grounds and very private. Everyone including myself thought the food top class. Would I book Ballinacurra again? Most definitely.”

Would I book Ballinacurra again? Most definitely – Apple Europe, Cork

“After several months searching for a suitable property to host my 60th birthday, I found Ballinacurra. Having looked at many different properties and venues from castles in Scotland to villas in the South of France, I now think the luck of the Irish was with me when by chance I stumbled across Ballinacurra House. What a find! After a phone call to Des, I decided to take a chance and booked the property without prior viewing. This could have proved a disaster but ended up being the best decision I have ever made. Ballinacurra House is wonderful, the grounds are stunning and the food excellent, but this was not what made my Birthday party such a success. It was Lisa and Des’ attention to detail, the wonderful staff who addressed you by name and were always there when you needed them. It was being in a beautiful house that felt like your home and the fact that all my family and friends (who are very well travelled) fell madly in love with the place and are still talking about it. Thank you for the best birthday ever!”

Gillian Spencer, UK

“Here are some of the glowing comments and feedback from my client in the USA after their stay at Ballinacurra: – the food at Ballinacurra was the best we had on our trip to Ireland. The chef uses ingredients from the garden and everything was fresh and wonderful. If I were you, I would recommend to all your clients to have their meals there – this was a grand slam dream come true. – Every adult and every child absolutely loved it, said it was one of the best times of their lives. – Old Head Golf Course is the most magnificent place I, or anyone else, have ever seen. – Ireland is soooo much more beautiful than I ever imagined. – By far and away the star of the show for our trip around Ireland was Ballinacurra House – the best place anyone has ever stayed at. Beautiful inside and out, huge rooms, beautiful, usable grounds that the kids played on for hours. – But the star of stars was the entire staff, who were beyond unbelievable. So thanks Des for all your help – the client was just absolutely delighted about everything.”

Moloney Travel, Dublin

“I just want to let you know what a great time we had at Ballinacurra House last week. The entire staff, and of course Declan in particular, were wonderful, helpful and friendly. They put up with our requests and generally made our stay great. The grounds were spectacular and the kids had free run of the place, which also gave all the adults a huge level of comfort. It probably helped that there was no rain while we were there, but if there was, the party just would have been moved indoors! Thanks again”

Sawyer Family Group, USA

“My wife and I were married at Ballinacurra House in July 2011. Though my wife is Irish, we both live outside of Ireland and so began planning 8 – 12 months in advance. From the very first day to the very last minute, Des and Lisa were a pleasure to work with; professional and personable in every way. They were flexible and informed, made suggestions when needed (about every possible details), are connected to any support services required (from bands to babysitters), and responded promptly and professionally. The grounds are stunning. The staff is courteous, friendly and fun – going that extra mile to make you and your guests welcome and special. The food is phenomenal! And – when it was all said and done, planned expenses and actual expenditure were almost exact. Des, Lisa and the rest of the Ballinacurra House staff made our wedding a true fairytale and we recommend them highly and unreservedly.”

Peter and Anne, Hong Kong and China

“Everyone had a wonderful time at Ballinacurra for our corporate event. The entertainment and the food was genuinely some of the best we have seen in a while. I would recommend the Murder Mystery in Ballinacurra in a heartbeat.”

RedHat, Cork

“I wanted to tell you how much we all enjoyed Molly’s wedding at Ballinacurra. The home and grounds are absolutely beautiful; even more beautiful than we had dreamed. I cannot say enough about your staff. Declan is one in a million. Everyone was wonderful, warm, efficient and so very very accommodating. What I particularly loved was that they were 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. In the words of one of our guests – it was a fairytale wedding!”

Mary Kay Dorgan, USA

“Thanks to Des, Lisa and all the staff at Ballinacurra House for making our wedding weekend so special and unforgettable. We live in New York and both are very, very busy which gave us pause in booking a Destination Wedding and having to deal with the logistics involved from another continent. However both you and Lisa made everything easy and straightforward. You gave us stellar recommendations for a cake maker, bands, DJ, printers, etc. We spent 3 nights at Ballinacurra, had 40+ people stay at the house, had 80+ people at the wedding, had breakfasts, snacks, soups, bar, wedding ceremony, cocktail hour, 2 different bands on 2 nights, a DJ and transportation services. EVerything was co-ordinated and organised for us and your suggestions were spot on. The house and setting is totally spectacular, but Des, Lisa and the staff are what made the occasion truly great (special thanks to Declan and Bianca). The attention to detail, professionalism and genuine friendly hospitality of everyone at Ballinacurra was fantastic. The weekend could not have been better, everybody had a fantastic time and all our guests are still talking about it. We ourselves had the greatest experience and thoroughtly enjoyed our special time. There is not one thing we would have done differently – nothing. A heartfelt thanks to all at Ballinacurra House.”

Harvey and Sheila, New York, USA

“I am writing on behalf of the Carbon Group, Cork. We booked Ballinacurra House for our Christmas party this year. We availed of the extensive facilities for a team building session in the afternoon, then everyone was shown to their bedrooms and was blown away by the imagination and decor of each room, with its unique theme. We had pre-dinner drinks reception in the contemporary yet cosy bar and then enjoyed a Murder Mystery game over a delicious three course meal. I would highly recommend Ballinacurra House to anyone who would like to mix business and pleasure in a secluded and relaxd environment. The owners Des and Lisa could not have been more accommodating in the planning leading up to the event and on the night itself. We hope to stay there again soon.”

Carbon Group, Cork

“Ballinacurra House recently hosted a significant international strategy event for one of my major clients, Amscan Holdings Inc. Hosting delegates from all continents, representing the boards and including the global CEO and President, Ballinacurra offered us the opportunity to plan strategy through to 2015 with no external distractions. Des, Declan and staff were completely unobtrusive, but exceedingly professional. The level of food, accommodation and hospitality was outstanding. Having Ballinacurra as a fully private and exclusive venue was valuable beyond expectations as we had no issues over side meetings, confidential discussions and security. Its a beautiful setting and house and a shining light in the industry. If you need to break out of your thinking and into spaces not dominated by the same boring ‘corporate conference’ environment, then look no further than Ballinacurra House Kinsale.”

Matt Jevon on behalf of Amscan Holdings Inc.

“A huge thank you for all your help, patience and support in making our wedding day so special. Your beautiful house is the most amazing venue for anyone to become husband and wife, and I’m sure we’ll be back in 25 years to celebrate our silver wedding anniversary! Thanks a million.”

Damien & Heather, Scotland

“Thank you for creating the conditions and environment for a truly magical weekend. All the feedback we are getting suggests that everyone had a really wonderful time. Chris, Sam and Ben summed it up from all of us when they said they did not want to leave Ballinacurra – ever! Jeremy and I know that Janet and Graeme have had a wonderful start to their married life and will have fond memories of a special day shared with their closest friends in the beautiful setting of Ballinacurra. You and your staff paid such attention to detail that we all felt incredibly well look after. A special thank you to all those in the kitchen and elsewhere you prepared such delicious food for us throughout the weekend. It was truly enjoyed by all. While all the staff could not have been more helpful or attentive a special word must go to Bianca and Declan who were always there when needed as indeed were both of you. It was all very special and we will cherish the memories. We hope to visit you soon when we return to Kinsale.”

Dame Joan Harbison, Belfast