On the boundary of Cork and Kerry, at the head of beautiful Bantry Bay and amidst the sheltered lawns and flower gardens, stands Ballylickey House. Bordered by the sea, the Ouvane river and mountains, and within easy reach of the world-famous Ring of Kerry and Killarney, Ballylickey House and the south west coastline are considered an idyllic and highly attractive holiday destination.
Ballylickey House was built some three hundred years ago by Lord Kenmare, as a shooting lodge. For the past four generations, it has been home to the Graves family, who have, through the years, enhanced and extended the property.
For 50 years the house was run as a hotel by George and Cristianne Graves, parents of the present owners Philippa and Axel. Ballylickey House Hotel was a member of Relais et Châteaux and because of George's passion for good food they earned a Michelin star. Cristianne's love for the garden is still evident to this day and is one of Ballylickey's special features.
The house which has been lovingly restored by Axel and Philippa is now available for short term rental.