Retreat to Nature

in North County Cork, Ireland


Balllyhooly Lodge is steeped in history, and is now in private use as residence and family home since approx. the year 2000.  Prior to this it was open to the public as a popular public house, fishing lodge and B&B, providing accommodation for holiday makers in the mountains of North County Cork.  In earlier times it was known as The Castle Tavern, where the small dance hall was home to many live music concerts and a focal point of the community.

Sometime in the early 1920’s, The Castle Tavern was demolished when it was blown up by the Black & Tans in a revenge attack, after a nearby manor house was blown up by the rebel Irish army.  The Castle Tavern was re-built during 1930-1940 by the British Government as part of their treaty agreement, where a number of significant buildings of Ireland were required to be rebuilt including Cork City hall, such was the significance of the Castle Tavern in Irish colonial history.

New Owners

After a year of preparations during 2022 and 2023, Ballyhooly Lodge is now under new ownership.   New owners have now relocated from Cork City, and Ballyhooly Lodge is now their family home.

Glorious Woods on One Side

Riverside Walks on the Other

Castle Views

Views across the River Blackwater
to Ballyhooly Castle across the river beyond.