Ballymacmoy is the estate of origin of the Hennessy's of Cognac, and is still owned and inhabited by their descendants.
30 kilometres from Cork International Airport, Ballymacmoy is a 23 acre estate located at the edge of the little village of Killavullen (200 inhabitants). It is made up of grasslands and wooded areas with 3.5 miles of exclusive fishing rights along the Blackwater river. It includes a 1 acre walled garden and a unique prehistoric private cave reserved for our guests.
Built on a rocky promontory over the river Blackwater, this listed Regency house was fully refurbished in 2008/2009 and has recovered its past character with full modern comfort. Three double bedrooms and two twin bedrooms, all en-suite, on the first floor overlook the river, the mountains, the village or the estate. On the ground floor a library leads to a large living room opening on to the river. Also on the ground floor the bar leads to a large dining room. The kitchen is very central and is fully equipped with new and modern kitchenware and electric appliances.
The house is offered on a self catering basis for one week periods or 2/3 days all year long. Guests can use our recently refurbished kitchen for lunch and dinner or we may on request organise catered lunches and or dinners for our guests.
Ballymacmoy House comes complete with large dining room (seats up to 24), adjoining bar and full modern kitchen facilities.
History: Ballymacmoy was the seat of the Hennessys, founders of the French Hennessy Cognac distillers, famous for their brandy. Originally derived from a branch of the family of MacEnnis, Lords of Iveagh. Co. Kerry, they were direct descendants King Caher Mor. One member of the family, Richard, left Ballymacmoy aged 20 in 1740 as a captain in the regiment of Clare, famous for its participation to the Battle of Fontenoy, at the side of the French King Louis the XV. After 10 years in the French army, he moved to Cognac and started the Hennessy Cognac Company. His descendant James of France, purchased Ballymacmoy from his Irish cousin Christopher Hennessy in 1930. James' great grandson Frederic made his residence in Ballymacmoy.