Description(Reference number: 59546)
Ballinkeele is your home away from home - a bit grand, but equally as comfortable. This Irish country house was made to entertain and is perfect for vacations, get-togethers, birthdays & anniversaries. It is such a calm welcoming place and there is such a wonderful feeling of peace here. It's packed full of history but so relaxed that it isn't at all stuffy!
No parties / No Hens / No Stags
Built in the 1840s by your hosts the Maher family, your hosts are the 5th & 6th generation of the original family, so we really care about the old place and love sharing it with people. It has been decorated by us & previous generations in a classic style blending heritage with modern comforts. It's got everything you could need – WiFi throughout, efficient thermostatically-controlled heating, so the house is always warm & cosy. It has a stunning bespoke modern kitchen with every kitchen appliance you could ever need to cook up a storm.
You enter the Front Hall with its original stove and columns which lead you through to the library. The Library is a cosy room lined with books, collected by the Mahers over generations. Settle by the fire here, under the benevolent gaze of John Maher's portrait, and enjoy a good read. There is loads of space for relaxed dining in the kitchen or for more formal occasions, or just putting on the ritz (!), there is the rich red formal dining room which can seat up to 14 around the original mahogany dining table with the lead crystal chandelier sparkling above.
The drawing room also has a Smart TV with cable TV, books, cards, games etc. Sit in the armchairs by the bay window and take in the view or read your favorite book.
You can also venture out the bay window, down the steps out to the garden, there’s a patio with table, chairs, umbrella and BBQ to enjoy with friends and family on sunny days. Follow the paths leading away from the house to explore our rural idyll. Over 200 acres of grounds and farmland, with woodland & forestry, lakes, ponds and walled gardens. You might see our resident buzzards wheeling overhead or pheasants dashing into the rhododendrons for cover.
Upstairs are 7 large bedrooms, 6 with their own private bathrooms. All the beds are either king size or super-king and all are antiques, most original to the house, with bespoke comfortable mattresses and fresh linen. 2 of the rooms have superking beds which can be converted to twin beds - we also have 1 extra bed we can set up for you and have 2 travel cots available, with bedding. Let us know beforehand how you want us to set them up for you. All beds are made up with beautiful linen and there are soft white towels, shampoo, shower gel, hand soap & beach towels for your trip to the beach!
For the little ones we have a high chair and even a few toys & books you can borrow to keep them busy. The laundry room is tucked away in the wing off the grand staircase, with an washer and dryer..