Long before Bertha, there was Ballyvolane. Before Justin Green, there was his father and his grandfather.

Located just outside Fermoy in County Cork, we had the pleasure of making a personal pilgrimage of ours to the beautiful period property of Ballyvolane House, a small, family-owned guest house, gardens and event space – as well as being the home of our favourite Irish gin, Bertha’s Revenge.

You might have listened to our Chew The Fat episode chatting to Justin and his business partner Antony about Bertha’s Revenge – the incredible, award-winning gin they produce at the on-site distillery – but before a whey gin named after the oldest cow in the world, there was Ballyvolane House – so what’s so special about this place? Other than being known as “the place of springing heifers” translated from Gaelige, this might just be one of our most favourite places to stay in all of Ireland.

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