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Ballinacurra House - Kinsale-Ireland


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Ballinacurra House - Kinsale - Exclusive Use Weddings on a Totally Private Estate

Small, stylish weddings with difference - where Privacy is the ultimate luxury; Ballinacurra House, Kinsale has been rated Ireland's "premier private estate for exclusive hire" and is offering a whole new special day experience in the overcrowded wedding venue market.

Important Changes in Irish marriage law are taking effect from November 2007, meaning it will be possible for civil marriages after the above date to be held at venues other than Registry Offices for the first time; "provided the venue has been inspected and approved by the HSE in advance of the marriage ceremony and subject to a Registrar being available to solemnise a marriage at that venue on the date in question."

"This is set to change the landscape for weddings and making properties with extensive grounds an appealing alternative to the so called usual traditional church style weddings of the past," said Ballinacurra House owner Des McGahan.

"It means that it's a whole new self contained option, cutting out travel, more bespoke, personal and private. Venues with spacious grounds are set to become the new chapels of Ireland. These are the weddings of the future."

Ballinacurra House, Kinsale, is was voted "Best Exclusive Hire Property" at the International Luxury Travel Market (ILTM) in Cannes in January by the prestigious Luxury Travel Magazine , beating out stiff competition from Sir Richard Branson's Necker Island in the Caribbean and Dhoni Mighili resort in The Madives.

Ballinacurra House was the only nominee from Europe to have reached through to the final shortlist, alongside Virgin magnate Richard Branson's property and the Maldives resort and was crowned overall winner in the face of their longer established and more high profile competition.

The property was also a finalist for Best Marketing Innovation Award, recently in the HSMAI (Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International) Irish Chapter, in Dublin.

At Ballinacurra House customers can enjoy the experience of a 40 acre luxury, private country residence, complete with your own personal chef, butler and helipad in the inspirational setting of renowned tourist town Kinsale.

Owners Des and Lisa McGahan focused on creating Ireland's premier "private estate for excusive hire". This formula has attracted connoisseur, high end corporate and celebrity guests from around the world, including a recent visit by Michael Jackson and a host of other marquee names who treasure the need for discretion and ultimately privacy. They have also hosted a significant number of small unique weddings from overseas who appreciate the style and mood Ballinacurra and Kinsale has to offer.

The delightful mansion and coach house is just minutes from - Kinsale - the Gourmet Capital of Ireland, and 20 minutes by road from Cork International Airport.

The house, which opened for business in 2003 can accommodate up to 54 in its 22 individually-themed en-suite rooms, 14 in the main, 4 bedroom traditional stone cottage and 4 bedroom coach house. Facilities include a dining room, ballroom, news room, sitting room, living room, commercial and domestic kitchens, golf club drying room and massage facilities.

Magnificent south-facing walled gardens feature an outdoor entertainment patio, croquet lawn, playground, helipad, picnic lawn, stream and pond, and lead down to woods and a small boat jetty.

Ballinacurra, originally built in 1791, is available on an exclusive basis by the day, weekend or week.

The McGahan's have more than 25 years' experience in the hospitality marketplace, Des as the former owner of the Asian award-winning events agency Prism and Lisa as a regional corporate affairs director for Deloitte-Touche.

The first recorded owner of the Ballinacurra Estate was John Swete Esquire, who was the High Sheriff of Cork. The Swete family bought Ballinacurra with money inherited from their cousin who was the paymaster for the Duke of Marlborough. The house appears on an old road map drafted in 1770 which is the earliest record of the house yet uncovered.