Ballinacurra House

Ballinacurra House

5 Star Hotel
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Venue Overview

Kinsale, Cork
Ballinacurra House is an Exclusive Use Private Residence, set within a walled garden with 10 foot-high stone walls, security gates and 40 acres of woodland and lawns, this elegant country mansion brings back old-world opulence and personal service in a unique and totally private environment . One of our key benefits is that we are on the doorstep of one of Ireland’s premier tourist towns – Kinsale.


Ballinacurra House has been voted the Best Exclusive Hire Property by the Luxury Travel Awards and is perfect for both small intimate weddings and larger celebrations.  We are not a hotel where you would be sharing the venue with anyone else – we are your own unique country estate and only ever Strictly Private.  If you are looking for something other than a “factory packaged wedding”, we offer you the privacy and freedom to plan your day as you please.  It is the biggest day of your life and should reflect your own personal style – whether it be a more traditional wedding or something simple, fun or unique.

Ballinacurra House is located a five minute drive away from the “Ultimate wedding destination” of Kinsale, a heritage town with its spectacular harbour, forts and culinary reputation which contributes to the “destination wedding” atmosphere.

With over 30 years of event planning experience, the owners Des and Lisa McGahan work attentively with you to plan your wedding, manage your budget and lend their expertise to design a bespoke private wedding that is unique to your taste and style.  We have also handpicked a team of professional and personable staff including your own in-house wedding co-ordinator, personal chef, maitre d’ and service staff to cater to your every need.

The manor house was built in the late 1700’s with its first recorded owner of John Swete Esquire, the High Sheriff of Cork.  The House was completely renovated from 2000 – 2003 to its current modern standards.

Every room in the house has been meticulously themed and offers 22 suites throughout the Main house, Cottage and Coach House as well as various lounge and entertainment rooms.

Whether you are looking for an elegant formal sit down dinner for your Wedding Day, a casual family rehearsal dinner the night before or a fun barbecue for your ‘recovery day’, we have many different dining options.  Our maximum capacity is 180 people using the conjoined Ballroom and Garden room or smaller groups can use the Garden room for up to 132 people or the Ballroom for up to 50 people. 

Venue Type

  • Country House
  • Exclusive Use
  • Gardens
  • Independent/Family Run


  • Classic
  • Destination


  • Civil License
  • Guest Accommodation
  • Outdoor Ceremony
  • Parking

Meet the Dream Maker

Mary O Kirby Donovan & Orela Walsh
Events CoOrdinators
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Real Weddings

Summer Sun + Cuban Cocktails At Ballinacurra House

Fun-loving Roisin and Greg had a clear vision of what they wanted at their wedding. They chose Ballinacurra House in Co Cork as the perfect location to exchange vows. The uber-organised bride from Kildare and her handsome groom from London opted for a chi

Touching In Every Way: Daryl & Ray At Ballinacurra House

Truly emotional with an eclectic setting. A long-distance love that grew into so much more. Daryl and Ray were the first same-sex couple to have a non-civil ceremony wedding in Ireland…


The fabulous team at Ballinacurra House in Kinsale have done it again! This gorgeous wedding day is certainly a must-see and the lucky couple were blessed with a sunny day that most Irish brides only dream about! Take a look at what this one-of-a-kind wed

What people are saying!

Average Rating: 5 out of 5 - based on 9 reviews
on Wed, 12th of October, 2016
Hi Orela and all of the Ballinacurra House Superstar Wedding Team,

We arrived back in New York last weekend and we're still on a high from our amazing wedding weekend at Ballinacurra House. We can't thank you all enough for making it so incredible. From start to finish everything was perfect.

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All of the planning that we did together paid off as everything ran so smoothly. This is probably going to turn into a long email as we don't want to leave a thing out.

If we hadn't come across Ballinacurra House I'm not sure we would have got married in Ireland as we had very clear idea of what we wanted and viewed 8 venues and only Ballinacurra House ticked all the boxes - we wanted exclusive hire for at least two nights (we did three), rooms for our guests onsite, near a nice town for guests who couldn't stay onsite (major bonus that you're near Kinsale, which everyone fell in love with), separate dining area to dancing area so we don't have to move tables to create a dance floor, excellent chef and food, contemporary decor (we're not into the old style houses with walls covered in old creepy portrait paintings)... to name a few.

From the moment we and our guests checked in to Ballinacurra House we felt at home. Everyone is still commenting on how Elaine knew everyones names from the moment they arrived - she is such a wonderful person. All of the staff that greeted us and showed us to our rooms were so friendly, welcoming and professional. Big thanks to James also for making everyone feel so welcome and providing incredible service in the bar.

The food was amazing, and as you know we have high standards ;) - we like to call ourselves foodies. From the wedding day to the recovery day the food was 5 star. The fish, the beef, and the lemon desert were so yummy and on the recovery day the food was equally delicious - we all had seconds of the pork that Dave had slow roasted from the night before. Oh and the late night pizza was yummy!! The food wasn't 'wedding food'
on Fri, 7th of October, 2016
Hi Orela,

I just wanted to take the time to officially send a thank you to you and everyone at Ballinacurra.

We had high expectations, but boy did ye manage to excel them! From day one of booking you have been absolutely excellent- so easy to deal with-helpful, organised, efficient and

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always friendly. You made what can be an overwhelming experience into one of pure ease.

On arriving to the house on Friday evening, this standard continued- every member of staff we met was polite, helpful, and seemed to have learnt everybody's names in about an hour!! You made us free that our weekend was the most important thing, and made us all feel so special. Ye were constantly attentive without every being invasive, nothing was too much trouble.

The house itself was absolutely perfect- beautiful to look at, intimate enough to allow for a close knit feeling, but with just the right amount of little hide always should people have needed them.

The food was simply amazing- from the Friday night one pots, to canapes and the wedding dinner- even the breakfast was delicious!!

And it wasn't just us who thought this (as admittedly we may have been slightly biased!!)- we had countless compliments from family and friends with praise for the house, staff and food.

Please pass out thanks also onto Diane (who was excellent and so lovely), and all the staff involved over out weekend with you.

We would pick Ballinacurra over and over again if we had the chance!!

Aisling and Alex xx
on Fri, 7th of October, 2016
Dear Mary, and all the team at Ballinacurra,

We are finally getting around to sending (a long overdue) email to thank you
and everybody at Ballinacurra House for the fantastic weekend we had for our
wedding last March.

From Declan and Elaine who were fantastic to the bar and wait staff,

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were all absolutely brilliant. Everybody found the service and attention to
detail absolutely outstanding. In particular, we'd like to thank you, Mary,
for being so helpful in the lead up to the big day and for the help and
assistance you provided to us both prior to the wedding and over the weekend

From arrival, the reception, the meal, breakfast, the rooms which amazed
people, the grounds, having the rugby on the big screen, the recovery
dinner, the cocktail party. Everything about the whole weekend we couldn't
have loved or asked for more. It really is a special place and one we would
not hesitate to recommend to any prospective couple.

The house is WOW and that includes everything and person about it!

It really was a great weekend, one we will always treasure. We are just
hoping that one of our friends chooses to get married in Ballinacurra so
that we can attend as guests and experience it all again without the
spotlight on us.

Thank you again
Robert & Carol
on Tue, 10th of November, 2015
All our guests commented on how stunning the venue was and also how amazing the staff were. They were so impressed with the welcome they got at the front of the house upon arrival and how helpful everyone was. You were so incredibly easy to deal with and always there to answer my many questions and

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of course, very organised! Declan was also amazing - he kept things running so smoothly and always informed us about how things were going - so many people commented on how fantastic he was and both of you were so happy and enthusiastic about the wedding and seemed genuinely excited for us, which is so lovely especially considering how many weddings you must have. Our guests also mentioned how brilliant Elaine was - how she remembered everyone's names and again, just kept everything running so smoothly.

We are so delighted that we chose to have our wedding at Ballinacurra and will never forget it. We were so happy to have been able to have the wedding outside as it was so beautiful and a lovely walk to the top of the aisle.

Again, thanks so much for all you have done. This was such a special time for us and it was made better by all you did in the lead up to the wedding and the staff at Ballinacurra did while we and our guests were there. I would recommend Ballinacurra to absolutely everyone as I do not believe there is a better venue out there! The fact that it is in Kinsale which is so stunning and near Cork airport just makes it even better.
on Tue, 10th of November, 2015
We just wanted to drop you a note to say how grateful we were for how special you made our day. Thank you so much for having us so organised in the weeks coming up to the day and on the day itself. You made everything so relaxed and run so smoothly.

We were so impressed with all of the staff

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especially Elaine and Declan and a lot of guests remarked on how excellent the staff were.

We had the best day ever.

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