Ballyvolane was built on the site of an old house in 1728, but modified 120 years later in an Italianate style. Surrounded by its own farmland, in a setting of magnificent trees and wooded grounds it has formal, well maintained gardens and a croquet lawn. Ballyvolane is an elegantly furnished, centrally heated and very comfortable 6 bedroom house. The reception rooms and pillared hall have open fires.
The Cork Blackwater is Ireland's premier salmon river. It is 70 miles in length, rising in east Kerry and reaching the sea at Youghal. Due to its size and numerous tributaries, the Blackwater maintains a steady height of water, making fishing possible even in dry conditions.
The Blackwater is privately owned, and Justin and Jenny Green at Ballyvolane are able to offer fishing on what is accepted as one of the best sections of the river with beats at Ballyduff, Fermoy and Killavullen. The season runs from 1st February to 30th September and there are considered to be four distinct runs of salmon into the river; the spring run from opening day until April, which coincides with the first grilse which last to the end of July; the early summer run of salmon in late May and early June; and the back end from August to the end of the season. There is also a run of sea trout from late May onwards.
The Ballyvolane beats experienced some fabulous grilse fishing in recent years. One rod had a day of 11 grilse all on fly, and the best day for one beat was 14 fish. On one July day the Ballyvolane beats produced a total of 24 salmon, again all on fly. There is also 3 small stocked trout lakes which is ideal for beginners to learn to play a fish.
A comfortable, old style, totally refurbished cottage overlooking the Bride Valley with 3 double or twin bedrooms, one en-suite bathroom and another bathroom. This provides a self-catering alternative to Ballyvolane House. Additional farmhouse accommodation can be arranged.
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