|Minimum Stay||2 - 3 nights|
Experience the beauty and elegance of a bye gone age at the charming 4 star approved country mansion, originally built as a castle, in 1627 and converted to a dwelling in 1748. Set in its own mature woodlands, with private access to the tranquil River Brosna overlooking a peaceful country village, right in the heart of Ireland. Just 80 kilometres from Dublin and Galway, adjacent to the N6 motorway.
A historic house in a peaceful setting adjacent to many of the midlands famous heritage and tourism attractions Clonmacnoise is just a short drive, likewise Durrow abbey and the shrine of St manchan crafted at Clonmacnoise is situated in the local parish church at Boher,
Telephone and fax facilities, open fires and TV in all bedrooms, 3 lavishly furnished reception rooms, fully equipped games rooms, beautiful rock gardens, riverside walks and your very own watch tower, bicycles available, golfing, superb network of golf courses within 12 kilometres, fishing, private fishing on the estate, Shannon and Grand Canal within 10 kilometres, equestrian, excellent facilities nearby, walking, excellent walks nearby, pubs and good restaurants.
Golf can be arranged for your added enjoyment at Mount Temple Golf Club just a short drive away,for details and to view the facilities please ask us for the website address.
The property is just a short distance from the ancient monastic site of Clonmacnoise ,and is adjacent to other popular tourist attractions, An Dun Museum, Lockes Distillery, Tullamore Dew Heritage centre and the bog rail tours are all just a short drive away. Birr Castle and Belvedere House and gardens are within forty minutes drive.
This property is an ideal venue for touring the Irish countryside, all areas of the country can be reached on a day visit.
There are excellent bus connections to Dublin and Galway, and the train station is just three miles, taxi services are available in the village.
We stayed at Ballycumber House in June/July. It is an easy 70 minute drive from Dublin, mostly on the M4/M6.
First, the house is enormous, larger than you might think from the description. Our family of seven occupied only a few of the bedrooms. It is very homey and comfortable, with nice, firm beds, good heating (LOL-irish summers), and large bathrooms. We spent many hours hanging out in (one of the!) living rooms by the peat fireplace, enjoyed cooking in the modern kitchen, playing pool in the games room, or tennis. There is a lovely rock garden, picnic table, and nice walk by the river at the foot of the garden.
A five minute walk down the drive brings you to the village, two nearby pubs (limited food but great beer selection), and grocery (Gussies has everything you could need).
We drove to Tara and Newgrange, to Galway and Cliffs of Moher, and to Dublin, in an hour, so day trips are easy. There are many whisky distilleries (Tullymore Dew!), monuments (Clonmacnoise is lovely), and small towns in a five to ten mile drive.
What we loved: the roominess and just sheer loveliness of the house (have a Downton Abby fantasy-this will give you some idea of what it was like to live in a period house), the location (nice village and people, close to tourist areas for day trips), and of course Connie, who gives you a full introduction to the house and makes sure you are comfortable. She is a great host.
Ballycumber House is an old home, so you will need to adjust to turning on heaters one hours in advance for the bath water, taking a bath (no showers), sometimes being chilly on a damp night (turn on the radiators-they work well). If you prefer city life, this is a country home.
We genuinely loved the Irish countryside, the privacy, and the comfort of Ballycumber. We WILL be back to stay again.
You will enjoy your stay. The listing is accurate, and the property is clean and maintained. We had a problem with the clothes dryer during our stay and it was replaced by the end of the day. Our owner, Connie was a delight, I simply can not say enough positive things! I would highly recommend the property for a large group. We had 9 in our group and we had plenty of space and beds. We loved the rural setting, the animals, and the history. Do not miss having Irish Coffee from the Pub in town. James makes the best!
Because of the age of the property, do not expect the most modern of accommodations. We had no issues, and found it part of the charm. We Americans had to learn how to bathe and not shower. But, we had fun learning!
Miss Ireland immensely, and wonderful friends we made.
I booked this magnificent property as a base for my family to attend my daughter's wedding in Tullamore. We arrived to a wonderfully warm welcome from the owner Connie who gave us a complete tour and history of the house. We were enthralled by the information, the property and it's amenities. To say this house is fully equipped is an understatement....we followed Connie from room to room, all falling more in love with Ballycumber House with each step. The children were delighted with the grounds, playroom and sheer expanse of playground both inside and outside.
The people of Ballycumber are wonderful and we were made to feel right at home from the minute we arrived. The children were even invited to the local to hold the 6 nations cup which was visiting the area. A photo was taken with the children holding the cup and we were sent a copy of the Ballycumber newsletter the photo appeared in. You can imagine how excited the children were to see it.
The place is heavenly, we cannot wait to return and are planning our next visit.
This was the cherry on the top of a 2 week stay in the beautiful country of Ireland. The first week we cruised down the Shannon River on a canal boat which was a great way to discover Ireland. It was great to head back to Dublin Airport to get our rental car and head out to the Ballycumber House. Its and easy hour drive to the house and this homes entrance will take your breath away. This home is very elegant of days of the past with beautiful grounds and river in the backyard. You can see the old castle guard towers when you approach the house up the long driveway. The owner Connie and her husband were there to greet and welcome us. She gave us the grand tour and history of this castle home. This house is centrally located in Ireland and great day trips in all directions. We recommend Kilbeggan Distillery tour just 10 minutes away. There are 4 little pubs down the driveway and across the street that are great for locals and a great pint. They welcome you with open arms and a healthy pint. There is a market next to the pubs and full town a short drive away that provide great shopping and larger market in Tullamore. The home is large with a nice kitchen and great dinning and gathering room. the utilities for the week were cheap as long as you do not leave during the day and leave the heat on. If your wondering if staying here or in Dublin would be best, we feel this was the better option. One reason it lets us be within 2 hours drive to many sites like the Cliffs of Mohr and Cork. the price can not be beat, especially over the high hotel room rates in Dublin. This home is perfect for families or a group of friends and brings your trip way under budget without sacrificing elegance.The pictures in the listing do not do justice of the grandeur of this house. We will definitely be back to stay at the Ballycumber House. We were actually sad to leave.
Our family trip to Ireland was many years in the planning and, thanks in great part to our choice of Ballycumber, all I had dreamed. Connie, the owner, is a delightful person and she gave us outstanding service. Her helpful, encouraging emails as we prepared for our trip trans-Atlantic reassured me that our holiday would be memorable. Sure enough, as our jetlagged group drove onto the beautiful grounds there was Connie and her husband ("the gardener") to greet us warmly and give us the grand tour. She left her phone number in case anything was amiss (it was not), left us alone to enjoy our amazing private estate, and then returned at the end of an all-too-quickly-over week's stay to bid us a fond farewell.
Connie mentioned that she did not want to oversell Ballycumber House and so, with that in mind, I will say that if you are looking for a sleekly updated property this is not the location for you. The photos here are accurate; Ballycumber is old, large, and full of interesting furniture and family heirlooms. It is quirky in the very best sense of the word. Our family of 10 had loads of room to spread out, relax and explore when we wanted and then to come back together again when it was time for a family meal or celebration. And celebrate we did! Our daughter's boyfriend was so charmed by his Ballycumber research before joining us that he chose the old watch tower/castle ruin in the field next to the house to propose to our Katie. What a perfect spot for an engagement!
We chose Ballycumber because we were traveling with a toddler and thought it would be easier to locate centrally and take day trips than to pack up and move on every day or so. That worked well. Some of our group opted for daily excursions; visiting the Cliffs of Moher, Galway, Clonmacnoise, Blarney, and even the Ring of Kerry. Others stayed closer to home on the "long drive days", shopping in Moate and Athlone, visiting a local petting farm, or climbing trees and playing in the billiards room or "Claire's playroom." And all of us thoroughly enjoyed taking the short stroll down our picturesque drive to one of the local pubs for a late breakfast or a late pint. The folks in Ballycumber made us feel very welcome.
So the house was massive, historical, comfortable and the grounds (fields, gardens, river) were picture perfect serenity-- an amazing week and all for about the same cost as our 2 nights in a small Dublin hotel.
Would we go back to Ballycumber? In a heartbeat!
My very large, extended family have stayed in Ballycumber House several times over the years at Christmastime. She is a grand, welcoming and comfortable house, child and family friendly, warm and cozy yet cavernous and expansive to spread out!
Incredibly hospitable friendly townspeople (until Christmas next, Sully!xoxo), someone was always able to get us what we needed. Three pubs at the foot of the property gates (hmmm, which one today-Gavin's, Gussie's or Healy's) to choose from, two markets to provide our grocery needs (Mrs. Egan, a million thanks!) - 200 foot walk from property to pubs and markets. Bus and rail stations a short 10 minute drive, close to major cities for shopping, etc.
The boys fish for eel and salmon in the Brosna River just off the back door, chased the ponies in the yard, caught a rugby match in nearby Tullamore and sipped many, many a pint o'the black stuff at Gussie's (Our love to Tony and Eammon!)! Chipper truck serves yummy fish and chicken sandwiches, curry and garlic chips until the wee hours- parks at the foot of the gates (Kisses to Mags for us)! Just DIVINE after a night of drinking as we stumbled home.
We drove from one coast to the other sightseeing in the middle of winter, no problems! Visited Dublin, Galway, Kerry, Cliffs of Mohr, Clonmacnoise, Shrine of Knock, Kinnity Castle, Locke's distillery, Tullamore distillery, Burr Castle (closed in winter as many touristy sites are, check ahead of time) and many other local sites in our 14 days stays.
We cannot say enough about the value, the central location for Ireland and the care shown us by the owner and her family. If a quiet, country atmosphere with helpful folks and a REAL Irish experience are what you seek...Ballycumber House is for you! We are asked time and again why we come in the dead of winter during Christmastime...well, coming from California - real weather, real people and a real Irish experience are exactly what we are seeking, and it's what we love, miss and cherish at Ballycumber House! We leave a part of our heart there every time we leave!
We've talked about going other places and experiencing other cultures on our annual family trips, but our hearts, the Motherland, the people of Ballycumber Village and the Grand Dame, Ballycumber House, call us back every time.
We miss each and everyone, we count the days until we return, we cherish our memories...God Bless Ballycumber, County Offaly!
The Monaghan Clan
Orange County, California
Ballycumber House is situated in the village of Ballycumber which is just seven kilometres from the M.6 Dublin Galway motorway,and approx ten minutes drive from the town of Moate,twenty minutes drive from Tullamore and likewise from Athlone,which is often described as the centre of Ireland
Other Activities: pony treaking , nature study.
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£172|
Weekend rates for 2 and 3 nights are available also mid week rates - price ranges from 700 euro(2 nights) to 750 euro(3 nights).
Weekly rates vary:
From 1100 euro in June, 1350 euro July, and Aug.
1100 euro for Sept and May.
A rate of 975 euro is available for the rest of the year.
Special quotes available for periods over 2 weeks.
Heating and electricity are extra, charged at current rate.
100 euro booking deposit ,remainder on arrival.