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Described as Ireland's Ultimate Wedding Venue, the eclectic and utterly fabulous Ballinacurra House is a coastal gem in Ireland’s gourmet capital, Kinsale, Co Cork. This 18th Century luxury 'must-see' Manor House sits on 40 acres of breath-taking grounds and brings back old-world opulence and personal service in a cosmopolitan and totally private way.

As the property celebrates 17 years in business - Ballinacurra House, Kinsale were the pioneers of the bespoke private wedding concept – that now has become the “must do” trend for weddings with a difference. Their weddings focus on a more personalised approach – as couples now realise that ambience of exclusivity offers so much more – and the occasion is all about them – rather than just another wedding day.

Choosing Ballinacurra House for your wedding is a unique experience that impresses guest from the moment they arrive leaving them talking long after the celebrations have ended. It's is no wonder that Ireland's elite flock to this estate and couples from as far as Dubai, Australia & the US can’t get enough of this magical, West Cork gem.

A private house party wedding with enormous style and atmosphere and quite possibly the best location in Ireland – Kinsale – a superb smart town with a cool cosmopolitan vibe, 65 bars and restaurants, 20 mins from the airport and often referred to as the Irish Riviera.

The house itself exudes country charm but with a cosmopolitan twist and every nook and cranny themed to reflect the travels of the owners. Indoors, each room in the house has been meticulously themed offering 22 suites throughout the Main House, Cottage and Coach House as well as various lounge and entertainment rooms.

Some uniuqe features at Ballinacurra, the Cuban Cocktail Lounge and the exclusive Motown inspired Bubbly Bar and accompanying Champagne Garden on the front lawn are an added bonus for weddings where you can enjoy a tipple after taking stunning photographs with your bridal party by the waterside – giving your day a truly exotic destination feel. But what impresses guest the most is the amazing food - it is the ultimate foodie choice for weddings!

It has attracted a stellar list of international clients and over the past year has hosted the Heads of State, CEOs of World Aerospace and the top executives from Fashion Avenue New York, King of Pop Michael Jackson. Even Kim Kardashian and Kanye West tried to book their honeymoon at the estate but were rebuffed as the venue was already booked!

When you book Ballinacurra, you are getting your own country estate for the duration of your celebration, where friends and families can celebrate with you in the most gracious of surroundings. This exclusive-use estate offers all of the luxuries you would expect in any five-star setting complete with the following features;

  • Private Jetty overlooking the Bandon River
  • an outdoor entertainment patio featuring outdoor BBQ kitchen
  • Italian Pizza ovens
  • croquet lawn
  • playground for children
  • helipad
  • private stream and pond
  • Cuban cocktail lounge & cigar bar
  • VIP Champagne Lounge – The Bubbly Bar
  • Champagne Garden on the Lawn

  • Exclusive use of Private Estate.
  • Smart & Stylish - individually designed estate - with cool bedrooms and 40 acres of stunning grounds.
  • Three minutes from Kinsale - Ireland's Top Tourist Town - known as the Irish riviera.
  • Top class F&B - with Private Gourmet Chefs led by David Rice.
  • Twenty minutes from Cork International Airport.
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Frequently asked questions

Venue Type:

Civil Ceremony License
Exclusive Use
In the Country
Stately Home
Unusual Weddings
Unique Weddings

Dining Options:

Alcohol Licence
Seated Meal Facilities
In House Catering

Evening Entertainment:

Evening Reception Facilities
Dance Floor
Entertainment Licence
Live Band Facilities
DJ Facilities

Overnight Accommodation:

Overnight Accommodation for Wedding Couple
Overnight Accommodation for Guests

Venue Staff Assistance:

Wedding Coordinator

Other Features:

Changing Room for Guests
Disabled Facilities
Car Parking
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Reviews for Ballinacurra House

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Mary Sent on 04/10/2019
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Quality & Expertise

Couldn’t have been happier with our choice of wedding venue. Ballinacurra is a beautiful property, the food was incredible, the location perfect, but what really sets this place apart is the staff. The level of attention and expertise you get at Ballinacurra is second to none, from the planning process to every little detail on the day itself. Everyone had a ball, thanks Ballinacurra!
Emer Sent on 30/09/2019
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An exceptional venue!

From the moment we set foot in Ballinacurra House we knew it was the ideal wedding venue for us. The interior of the house is so unique, charming and full of character. We were lucky enough to have our ceremony outside and the grounds are spectacular. All our amazing photos were taken on site. It was more that we could have hoped for.
All the staff are so attentive and professional and made us feel at home from the beginning. From day one Orela helped us every step of the way. Nothing was a problem and she was always on hand to offer some advice and guidance. She made our lives so stress -free and as a result we enjoyed every second of the day. We trusted her implicitly and she didn’t disappoint! Her attention to detail is second to none.
There was huge transparency when it came to the budget which meant no surprises at checkout. The day was tailormade to suit our budget and tweaked to our needs.
The food is exceptional, what you would expect of a fine dining restaurant. We had been to a tasting day beforehand so lots of attention went into choosing the menu with advice available from the head chef David. We decided to go for the four-course tasting menu which was delicious! All our guests with dietary requirements were well catered for. We decided to go for midnight pizzas and they went down a treat. The Cuban cocktail bar was a huge hit and the bar staff were fantastic. James is super, such a pleasure to deal with. Our families and friends were hugely complimentary on the whole day which was fantastic to hear.
We would definitely recommend Ballinacurra House for your wedding or any special occasion. It’s a hidden gem!
Paul Sent on 04/01/2019
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Best day possible

We had our wedding there on 8th September 2018. The custom, professionalism and service of the staff was second to none. We had to ask for very little as everything was thought of and attended to with such ease. It felt like you were a guest in their home.

When planning a venue, like anywhere else, you have to be careful with your budget, and, because Ballinacurra House offers so much extra, you have to be very careful with your spending. Like most venues, there are hidden costs and it is very important that if you would like to do something, fully explore all pricing.

4 months on from our wedding and I would safely say, if I was to do it all over again, I would change nothing and I would choose Ballinacurra House every time.
Jessica Sent on 13/12/2018
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Simply Outstanding!

Fantastic experience from start to finish for our wedding in Aug 2018. From the very first contact staff at Ballinacurra were prompt in their responses, super helpful and personable yet professional. We booked Ballinacurra without ever having even visited, as we live abroad. This also meant that we had an 8 hour time difference to contend with but our coordinator Orela was brilliant and we managed everything smoothly via emails and Skype calls.
The venue is absolutely stunning and we loved the fact that it is an exclusive hire venue. If you want to hold the ceremony at the venue there are lots of beautiful location options both indoors and outdoors. The food was delicious, service staff were great and the on site accommodation is amazingly unique. I would thoroughly recommend this venue to any couple planning a wedding in Ireland.
Tony Sent on 06/10/2017
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WOW what an amazing venue!

If you’re considering Ballinacurra House for your wedding, think no more and get booking, you will not regret it! We cannot recommend Ballinacurra House enough. This is an amazing venue with awesome food and an outstanding team that will make your day more special than you could’ve dreamed. We met Des who made us feel that this was the right venue for us but we had no idea at that stage just how special the entire experience would be. We organised our wedding from abroad and Orela made planning our three days there very easy for us. From the moment we arrived on the Thursday, Orela, Elaine, James, Paul and the team made us feel at home for the entire weekend to the point where the team knew the names of all our guests and their relation to us, a beautiful touch that our guests are still talking about. The food throughout the weekend was second to none, from the canape’s to our four course wedding meal through to the late night pizzas and posh bacon butties - thank you chef David and his team. Nothing was too difficult for this team, who were attentive, accommodating, fun and effortlessly made our wedding day and in fact our entire weekend one that ourselves and our guests will never forget. You will not get this experience at any hotel or cookie cutter wedding venue – this is a unique and special place with awesome people. I cannot thank everyone at Ballinacurra House enough for exceeding all expectations and making what we thought would be really good, absolutely amazing!
Tony and Merle – September 2017.
Gareth Sent on 02/08/2017
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what an amazing venue

We planned our wedding from Australia and knew we wanted to get married in Ireland. Having spent some time looking at the options available we came across Ballinacurra, what lucky find. from the first contact we have been nothing but impressed with Orela, Des and the rest of the team. They were amazing at making us feel like the only people having their wedding at the venue. this continued right through to us leaving the venue the day after our wedding, when we were shocked to find out there was another wedding the day after ours - we would never have guessed as the service and attention from the team at the house was 100% focused on making us have the best day we could possibly have.
From the moment we arrived at the house we were all made to feel 100% welcome which helped everyone relax and feel 'at home' which continued throughout he whole wedding.
We couldn't have asked for a better team supporting us and they made our plans come to life in the most incredible way which gave us a truely unique and memorable way.
We can't thank them or praise them highly enough. theres isn't anything that we would say is a watch out, if you're going for a private, exclusive use venue, this is the one.
Kiera Sent on 01/09/2015
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Kiera and Conor

Thank you for your help we had such a fantastic day on Friday. You guys made it so easy for us and were so accommodating, Declan was amazing on the day and Saturday please let him know we are so grateful for all his help. And all the staff were brilliant we even had a singing bartender on Saturday :)
Nikki Sent on 01/09/2015
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Nikki and Damian

First of all I wanted to say how the House and Grounds we everything we had every hope for and we couldn't have asked for better . The setting was so beautiful and breathtaking every time one of our guest drove up the drive to the house seeing their faces and hearing their comments made very minute of the whole experience worth it.
From the moment we arrived on the Friday July 3rd the welcome reception we received was outstanding from Declan & Elaine and Orela and all the staff they truly were second to none . It didn't matter what we asked it was never a problem and there was very little we had to ask for everything and every detail was in hand . The preparation that Orela had put in before made everything run so smoothly with no stress or fuss and for that we cannot thank you enough . Declan was beyond a gentleman and every single guest remarked at how helpful kind and truly great he was his attention to us was fantastic. Elaine is someone that every guest also is talking about every single morning she greeted every single guest by name with a smile it truly is a remarkable gift to remember everyone's name to make everyone feel so comfortable and welcomed.

On behalf of myself and Damian we want to thank you so much for the most memorable magical wedding it was beyond our hopes and dreams and we want to thank from the bottom of our hearts for making it so special . I believe some of my family have written too which is so nice to hear .

Thank you for everything.
Oonagh Sent on 01/09/2015
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Ciara and Cathals Wedding from Oonagh

Just a quick note to say thank you to all involved with Ciara and Cathal's wedding especially Virginia, Elaine and Declan and all the bar staff. You were all amazing - so friendly and helpful. Nothing was a problem and everything went like clockwork.

Thank you again.
Cathal Sent on 01/09/2015
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Cathal and Ciara

Hope you're well - getting into the next event after last week's madness no doubt.

Just wanted to drop you another note now that we've had a chance to relax, recover from and reflect on last weekend.

We truly had an amazing weekend and that was due in no small part to you and the team at Ballinacurra. Everything was just perfect - venue, food, staff and service, setup, accommodation, day 2 BBQ, (even weather) - absolutely top class. The amount of comments / compliments we've had from people since has been amazing.

So, we just wanted to take the time to thank you again for everything that helped make last weekend so wonderful. You responsiveness and attention to detail were superb and so thanks for everything.
Clare Sent on 01/09/2015
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Clare and Marc

A massive thank you to you and all the staff at Ballinacurra House for making our wedding on 8th August such a wonderful event. We enjoyed every minute and it was in large part due to our complete confidence in the Ballinacurra team. We immediately felt relaxed and at home didn't have a single worry the whole weekend. The food was just as good as everyone told us it would be - I am still dreaming about the pannacotta as is Marc about the crackling... thank you to the chef and team.

We would happily recommend Ballinacurra House to others and are sure our guests will do the same!
Katie Sent on 01/09/2015
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Katie and Vincent

Vincent and I want to say the biggest of thank you's to everyone there for making our two days with you in February an experience we will remember forever and for giving us memories we will treasure for the rest of our lives. From the second we drove up to the front door and stepped out of the car, we felt so unbelievably special - all the stress of the days leading up to that Friday were forgotten at the gate and we were cocooned by an atmosphere of calm where we instantly knew we were in very, very safe hands.

To be completely honest, I'm not sure that my words will ever convey just how wonderful you all made the big event. Things seemed to happen around us as if by magic - things that we hadn't even taken into consideration were just dealt with by invisible hands, suppliers came and went with little or no interaction with us, personal needs of guests were dealt with with such attention to detail and efficiency that it blew our minds.

It's June, and our friends are STILL talking about the food, the guests are still blown away by the fact that they were all known on a first name basis, my whole family still smiles every time we talk about our two days, and it still brings a tear to my eye to think about how completely and utterly gutted I was to have to leave there on the Sunday.

One of Vincent's friends said to him after the wedding "Well Vince, we all wondered how to pull off a wedding like that, and you just showed us all how it's done!" But we didn't really - it was all the staff at Ballinacurra.
Orla Sent on 01/09/2015
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Orla and Shane

Thank you all so much for everything you did for our wedding. From the planning all the way up to everything over the weekend itself, everyone was so professional, helpful and so friendly.
Declan was fantastic on the day, the dinner went so smoothly,everything was perfect.

Guests staying at the house couldnt get over how Elaine remembered their names and all the different little things like helping my friend when he was sick and had to go the doctor on Sunday.

The food was amazing, one guest said you could eat the beef with a desert spoon ;)
All the way through from the canapes, wedding meal,pizzas and dinner the next day (the curry was so tasty!),everything was perfect!

Last but not least, the venue itself is spectacular, really stunning interiors.

Great memories were made there, thanks again for helping us have the best weekend ever!
Rhys Sent on 12/06/2012
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Beautiful setting and excellent service

I was a guest at a recent wedding reception at Ballinacurra House. The venue has a cozy bar area, a stunning dining room and plenty of beautiful grounds to explore during the day. I stayed at The Coach House with friends and found the accommodation clean and tastefully decorated.
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