Brought to you by Ballylickey House, Garden Lodges & Poolhouse.
Looking for a unique base for your next trip west?
If you’re on the hunt for luxury lodgings and a truly memorable dining experience, pop this one on your ‘must visit’ list for summer 2022.
Nestled in the lush countryside near bustling Bantry in West Cork, Ballylickey House, Garden Lodges & Poolhouse is one of the area’s best-kept secrets.
First things first; guests have exclusive access to that rare Irish sight, a heated outdoor pool. That means no matter what the temperamental Irish weather is doing, you can start or finish your day with a muscle-soothing dip (without risking frostbite at the local beach).
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All the accommodation options enjoy pool views, with a selection of stylish and comfortable custom-built lodges nestled around the lush grounds and landscaped gardens.
Each lodge is designed to be a tranquil haven where you can unwind and soak up the unique atmosphere that surrounds Ballylickey House, which was built some 300 years ago by Lord Kenmare, as a shooting lodge.
These days, however, guests enjoy all the mod cons, including large en-suite bathrooms, HD LED flat-screen televisions with international channels, free wi-fi, tea and coffee making facilities, USB points and hairdryers.
Dine in the Poolhouse Restaurant or the Phoenix Lounge
An a la carte breakfast is served each morning in the Poolhouse Restaurant, where you can also curl up with a book in front of a flickering fire on a dull afternoon or pop the cork on a bottle of bubbly while relaxing on one of the leather sofas.
After a long day of sightseeing on the Wild Atlantic Way, guests can take a table in the Phoenix Lounge & Restaurant for a sumptuous dinner cooked by Michelin Bib-Gourmand awarded head chef Richard Milnes.
This is a treat that is reserved for Ballylickey House residents and booking is essential.
There is so much to do locally that you’ll be spoiled for choice. Bantry Bay Championship Golf Course and Glengarriff Golf Course are nearby, along with gorgeous Glengarriff village and Garnish Island.
History buffs will love a ramble around Bantry House, while adventure fans can enjoy whale watching, surfing and kayaking at various locations in the area.
The gardens at Ballylickey House, which were created some 80 years ago by the owners’ grandmother and mother, are one of the most special features of the property. Stroll the wild water garden, scented rose garden, and riverwalk before dinner, or take in the spectacular views of Bantry Bay from the long lawns surrounded by old mature trees and shrubs.
How do I book?
The Lodges at Ballylickey House & Gardens are open for booking now and you can check for available dates here. Overnight stays start at €230 per night for the Superior Garden Lodges, with the Family Lodge available at €240 and a Superior Family Lodge at €250 per night. The Grand Self-Catering Lodge is €260 per night.