Ballylickey Manor House

Ballylickey, Bantry Bay, Co Cork

On the boundary of Cork and Kerry, amidst sheltered lawns, flower gardens and parkland, and bordered by sea, river and mountains, stands Ballylickey House, commanding a magnificent view over Bantry Bay. Built some 300 years ago by Lord Kenmare as a shooting lodge, Ballylickey has been the home of the Graves family for over 4 generations. Robert Graves, the poet, was an uncle of the present owner. The house was burnt down 8 years ago, but it has been rebuilt incorporating the best of the old features with a new standard of comfort.

This elegant residence is exquisitely decorated with many pieces of antique furniture. One of the main features of a stay at Ballylickey is the food, which is superbly prepared and presented, and served with great elegance in the attractive dining room. The bedrooms are luxurious, and all have TV, phone, hairdryer and trouser press. Five suites include a bedroom, drawing room and bathroom. Five of the rooms are in the manor house, and there are four delightful garden cottages around the swim ming pool and gardens. A restaurant by the pool is open to non-residents. The 10 acres of grounds include another Georgian home for self-catering and 2 rookeries, which are helieved to bring a special blessing for a house. There are 2 golf courses nearby and miles of mountainous coastline. Visa and Mastercard accepted.

Open from the beginning of April to the end of September. Rooms: 5 suites, 6 twin (all en-suite)