Reservations & Booking

This page provides all the information you need to decide if we have accommodation to suit your requirements before you contact us about availability.  Additional information, such as pricing, can be found via the links in the blue column on the right hand side.

General Enquiries

You can telephone, email, WhatsApp or message us through social media for general enquiries, or use the simplified contact form on our Homepage. For specific Reservation enquiries, please complete the more detailed form at the bottom of this page.

Ballynoe House is not part of the short-stay/hotel/B&B hospitality sector as we operate with a 3-night minimum-stay policy (subject to availability and time of year), i.e.  we do not provide 1- or 2-night stays or short-stay accommodation by the room. Stays less than 3 nights may be available but are priced at the full 3-night rate. We provide entire self-catering guesthouses/holiday homes/vacation rentals for an agreed period. Between September & April special monthly rates are available for longer-term guests.

For the high season of July & August, remaining availability and cancellations are advertised on our Facebook page. Please follow for updates.

Making a Reservation

As part of the Booking Direct movement you can make a Reservation by contacting us directly. Please use the form provided below. This ensures our accommodation, facilities, and available bedroom configurations, which are customisable, are the right choice for you.

Reservations do not require a deposit and are non-binding on either party. Reservations are held until two calendar months prior to your arrival date when they expire, unless full payment has been received or they are cancelled by you. Full payment converts your free Reservation into a firm Booking which is subject to our Terms & Conditions (T&Cs). If making a Reservation within a 2-month period prior to arrival, it is held for 48 hours allowing time for full payment to be made. Please keep us informed of any changes to your plans. A Reservation confirmation that is already issued will be invalidated by any change and a revised confirmation must be issued.

Our Reservation Book is open for advanced holiday, wedding/event planning, film crews and agency photoshoots until the end of 2025. We are open all year including Easter, Christmas & New Year holidays. High Season months of July & August are often reserved a year or more in advance so we are happy to plan ahead if you can. A free reservation also avoids your preferred slot being booked by TripAdvisor and other online websites where we are listed. We also reserve the period around the West Cork rally just for rally crews.

West Cork is a popular film and photoshoot location. We provide short and longer-term accommodation for agencies, film crews and their support staff, as well as for infrastructure and construction projects. Off season, we also provide temporary accommodation for families who are looking to relocate to this wonderful part of the world, i.e. house hunting, moving house or are in the process of having homes renovated. Please contact us for availability and details.

Our three Guesthouses are available for Reservation, subject to any Government restrictions that may be in force due to the Covid pandemic which remains ongoing. Changes to operations are described below. Policy changes are announced on our Facebook page.

Ballynoe House is associated with leading local and award-winning wedding venues Dunmore House Hotel & Fernhill House Hotel. We also provide support accommodation for wedding events at the Celtic Ross Hotel, Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa, Camus Farm, and neighbouring Dunowen House. Contact us to discuss accommodation for your bridal party or wedding guests, especially those who would like to spend a little more time exploring West Cork ahead or after your event. Our grounds are large enough to support several marquees.

Generous off-road parking allows us to support the annual West Cork Rally by providing accommodation for up to four competing teams, support vehicles and their families.

Pricing & Payment

Our price list (link in the right-hand column) is a 7-night minimum price based on full guesthouse occupancy. Rates are all-inclusive of utilities, services & amenities as advertised plus VAT. For stays less than 7 nights a single short-stay supplement is payable for each guesthouse. Any stays agreed for less than 3-nights are priced at the 3-night minimum rate.

Guests and returnees who have made reservations for 2024 up to the end of September 2023 have been guaranteed our 2023 price list. Unfortunately, due to the 50% increase in VAT, our price list for 2024 & 2025 has been amended. Please refer to the price list for details.

For longer-term guests with the special monthly rate an additional side agreement is required. Normal T&Cs still apply.

Payment is by bank transfer (IBAN provided on the Reservation confirmation). Final booking documentation and joining instructions are issued once full payment is received. You can pay anytime but no later than two calendar months prior to arrival, the point at which all reservations expire. Please leave additional time for international payments to clear.

Terms & Conditions (T&Cs)

Terms & Conditions (link in the right-hand column) should be read before making a Reservation. They respectively summarise and detail what constitutes “fair use” of the accommodation on offer. Importantly, they also guarantee what we provide to you, as our guests, i.e. accommodation that is fully equipped and ready to go. We provide you with a basic starter pack of essentials covering the first 24 hours of your occupancy, after which the terms of use are entirely self-catering.

We strive for transparency by having everything clear and upfront, so you can book with confidence. Contact us if you have any questions. All our accommodation is customised to meet the requirements of each guest group, and bedroom configurations must be agreed at the time of Reservation to ensure we can accommodate you. Please note we require 24 hours if you are Booking at short notice. Please ensure your Reservation details are complete and accurate and all changes are included prior to finalising your Booking,


For operational and logistical reasons, we are unable to accept pets except registered service dogs where official registration documents are provided at the time of Reservation.

Children & Environment-Friendly Accommodation

Ballynoe House is child-friendly, providing two acres of grounds for kids to explore. A highchair and one cot are included free of charge in each Guesthouse (cot bedding not provided). Parents can bring their own travel cot and portable stair gates as required. For families that need to accommodate an additional child above the standard sleeping configuration, a floor mattress can be supplied upon request (available only in each Mews house, suitable for a child or small adult bringing their own sleeping bag or bedding – we will supply the pillow). Please mention this requirement at the time of Reservation.

For operational reasons and the low-allergen interiors, we operate with a no-smoking/no vaping policy.

To preserve the tranquil setting of our home, the rights of other guests, neighbours, and the local environment, any social events or functions that exceed the contractual number of occupants in any of the guesthouses must be agreed in advance.

We Support Clonakilty Autism-Friendly Town

Ballynoe House supports Clonakilty as the first autism-friendly town in Ireland. We provide tranquil indoor and sensory outdoor spaces for those that need it. We have a degree of flexibility in our autism-friendly accommodation, so please contact us ahead of making a reservation to ensure that we can support your stay. We are delighted to be recognised as one of the best holiday destinations in Ireland for families with autistic children.


Guests are responsible for obtaining their own insurance covering any late booking or wedding/event cancellations, travel disruption, accidents, or health emergencies of any kind, where refunds are not applicable. This includes the current and any future pandemic. Making payment is taken as acceptance of all T&Cs, including the cancellation and refund policies detailed therein.

Covid Protocols

We continue to operate with the following recommended Covid protocols for accommodation providers:

  • Same day changeovers with a later check-in and earlier check-out time to allow for proper ventilation post-occupancy ahead of servicing and next guest arrival. This is a health & safety measure for the protection of all. Our revised standard check-in time is 18:00 with guest check-out at 09:00 prompt. Flexibility is subject to time of year, servicing and availability, and will be agreed with guests nearer the time or on the day by text message.
  • Social distancing when meeting with the Owners on check-in.
  • Only the beds required in the booking will be made up. Only one pillow is provided for each guest. Additional pillows available on request.
  • Before leaving, guests are kindly requested to place their used bed linen and towels in duvet bags in the foyer of the guesthouse ready for laundry collection, as well as ensuring all remaining used utensils, crockery, glasses, and cutlery are placed in the dishwater and the machine turned on. If using more than one guesthouse, to return all ‘borrowed’ inventory to the guesthouse they came from.
  • Our electronic Guesthouse and local tourism guide is provided as part of the final documents.

Guest Reviews

Check out our guest reviews where we are rated 4.9 out of 5 on average on all platforms. We aim to exceed your expectations for self-catering accommodation.

See our Guesthouse accommodation in detail before you make a reservation.


We look forward to receiving your enquiry and helping you plan a memorable stay in West Cork.

Mark & Felicity Grace
Ballynoe House – September 2023

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