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Ballyin Garden House, Lismore, Co Waterford
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  • 8 bedrooms
  • 6 bathrooms
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Period main house plus two additional guest houses

Just under seven acres of historic mature gardens laid out by the Dukes of Devonshire

c.400m of private salmon and trout fishing on the River Blackwater

Orchards, lawns, woodlands and sweeping gardens providing privacy and tranquility

A short walk to the heritage town of Lismore

Tax incentives for garden upkeep, subject to conditions


Described as a sight which no visitor should ever miss, Ballyin Gardens were laid out in the 1700s.

Those centuries of foresight, love and care have created an extraordinary swathe of lush beauty in one of the most picturesque parts of the South East of Ireland.

On the banks of the River Blackwater, renowned all over the world for its rich fishing, Ballyin Gardens has its own private beat, making it a fantasy come to life for aficionados.

Meanwhile, the spectacular gardens will endlessly reward horticulturalists, or those with a love of nature in all its seasonal beauty. From spring's carpet of thousands of daffodils, to the huge camellias and rhododendrons in full bloom, to the flowering of the rose gardens and numerous hydrangeas, this is an extraordinary and uniquely special spot.

The Georgian era property was once the Deanery for St Carthage's Cathedral, and the grounds were maintained by the Lismore Estate, Irish Seat of the Dukes of Devonshire. The main house was once a vast mansion, but in 1726 fire demolished the majority of it, leaving only one wing, now the main house. The guest lodge and coach house were built in the early 19th century.

Now you have a much more manageable, and utterly charming three bedroomed property, with two additional guest houses, giving ample scope for family living, rental income, or other ventures.

The gardens were formerly on the Waterford Garden Trail, which takes in sister properties including Mount Congreve, Salterbridge House, Cappoquin House, Tourin and Lismore Castle. Some of these neighbouring houses also host recitals during the Blackwater Valley Opera Festival, and dinners at the West Waterford Festival of Food, meaning that you have immediate access to an exceptional, welcoming and varied cultural life. Opening the gardens on public days qualifies for tax incentives for their upkeep.

The house and guest cottages at Ballyin Gardens are all delightful spaces.
The main house features a generous reception hall, triple aspect drawing room with open fire and marble surround, and French windows to the gardens. To the left of the hall, a large dining room leads in turn to the kitchen with a utility room / pantry off. The kitchen gives on to a pretty sunroom. This opens to a sheltered patio.

Upstairs, the three bedrooms are all doubles. The very beautiful dual aspect master is en-suite, with a 15ft high ceiling decorated with historic cornicing, and has deeply inset windows with wonderful garden and river views. The other two bedrooms share a family bathroom and there is also a study at this level.

Overall, the house is a charming, easy living space with an atmosphere of history and many original features intact. Here, you benefit from all the amenities of a Great House, in terms of gardens, outbuildings and grounds, but with a more manageable footprint.

The first guest cottage has four bedrooms, over two floors. Two of these are en-suite. There is also a kitchen, dining room and sitting room. The third cottage a very sweet space, is single storey and has one en-suite bedroom, a kitchen and sitting room.

Meanwhile a large two-storey coach house has huge additional potential.


Ballyin Gardens are both famous and spectacular. The earliest parts go back to the 1500s, and fragments of history are to be found everywhere, from an old archway dating from a much earlier life as a monastery, to garden sculptures, to beautiful walled gardens, and tree-lined walks.

It takes lifetimes to create a garden such as this. The planting, inspired by the husbandry of the Dukes of Devonshire, who took care of the grounds from the 1800s, was created with an eye to the pleasure of future generations. Today you benefit from beautifully mature rhododendrons, hydrangeas, azaleas, camellias, specimen trees including the largest Monterey Cypress in the county, and more.

Visitors to the gardens over the years have included such luminaries as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra.

The land is lush and fertile, with fruit trees, soft fruit cages, and vegetable gardens, as well as a rose garden, smooth lawns, aromatic borders and hidden paths and meandering walkways.

Of particular note to sports fishermen and enthusiasts is the approximately 400m of private fishing, on one of Ireland's most prolific salmon rivers, that comes with the house. Add the huge potential afforded by the additional guest cottages and coach house, ripe for conversion and you have an obvious income stream, or you may wish to keep this perfect place entirely to yourself as the ultimate Irish seat, and retreat.


On the banks of the famed River Blackwater, Ballyin Gardens occupies a key position as one of the historic houses of the Blackwater Valley, part of a cultural network that includes the Blackwater Valley Opera Festival. The heritage town of Lismore is within walking distance, and the Lismore golf club is next door.

Lismore itself has a lovely community feel, with good schools, a tennis club, and a farmer's market at the Castle gates. The Summerhouse Caf and Foley's bar and restaurant are favourite local spots. A riverbank walk brings you to the beautiful and historic St Carthage's Cathedral and on to Lismore Castle, the Irish seat of the Dukes of Devonshire. The gardens here are open during the summer, as is the contemporary art gallery.

Hill walkers will enjoy the Knockmealdown Mountains, while the Blackwater is known around the world for fishing. The coastal town of Dungarvan is a short drive away. Home to a burgeoning foodie scene, there's a popular Food Festival every spring, and the town is home to Paul Flynn's famous Tannery Restaurant and Townhouse.

Waterford City and Cork International Airport are both less than an hour away, making this an ideal place to live in a beautiful landscape, yet within easy reach of national and international connections.

1 km / 15 minutes walk to Lismore

25 km / 22 minutes drive to Dungarvan

60 km / 50 minutes drive to Cork

68 km / 50 minutes drive to Cork Airport

68 km / 1 hour drive to Waterford

93 km / 1 hr 40 minutes drive to Limerick

215 km / 2 hr 40 minutes drive to Dublin

226 km / 2.5 hour drive to Dublin Airport

All distances and times are approximate.


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Ballyin Garden House, Lismore, Co Waterford, Ireland
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