Choose from a selection of different rooms to suit your family. Our Family Rooms have a Double and Single bed with ample space for a cot or additional bed, or enjoy the luxury of two connecting rooms with additional space.
Promising an action-packed day for all the family, choose your Family Adventure Day below and give the kids a taste on what’s on offer in Bruff and our locality Ballyhoura Country.
Bruff has free activities such as feed the ducks in the park by the morning star river or a gentle stroll from our home is Bruff Playground, Across the road from the playground is Bruff Pitch n Putt club Bruff pitch and putt offers a fun filled afternoon for the whole family or a group of friends. It is an 18 hole course which is well maintained to give you the best Pitt and Putt experience possible. They are open all year round and invite all visitors to the area to try out , you won't be disappointed!! The cost is €5.00 per person and clubs can be got from the Old Bank reception.
To the North of Bruff is Lough Gur
a horseshoe lake and an area full of rich archaeological and historical past and home to Ireland largest Stone circle- Grange Stone circle
with burial mounds and Iron Age forts Where there is nature there is of course an abundance of fairies
. Lough Gur in particular is home to a great number and it is reported that the King of the fairies
lives in the hill of Knockadoon. He is known as Fer Fí and to be sure that we stay on his good side you will find a purpose built fairy throne outside the front entrance to the Lough Gur Heritage Centre. A miniature castle is also in place their for Aine who is Queen of the fairies
. On the hill behind the Heritage center you will climb 100 steps which takes you to the fairy village at the top.
The new nature trail in Lough Gur will see children Eco hunting around the grounds to spot tree species, insects and wildlife with a fun activity sheet developed by artist Gemma O’ Mahony and tree expert Brian Collopy. The sheets will be available from the Lough Gur Heritage Centre as part of the exhibition tour that brings the tour of Lough Gur from the inside out. The newly developed Nature Trail is suitable for all levels from 4 to 12 years and is designed to develop a greater appreciation for the magnificent landscape that often goes unnoticed.
A short drive away is the magical Gardens at Terra Nova Garden a dynamic space full of the unexpected. Home to an exotic Thai House with tropical plantings, a magical woodland where pixies, fairies and other elementals live in shady places, sensational seasonal plantings throughout the garden, a Hobbit Tea House based on Bilbo’s Bag End and Ireland’s Largest Fairy Gift Shop.
Doneraile House & Wildlife Park was named as Ireland’s fourth-most-popular ‘free to enter’ by Fáilte Ireland, attracting over 480,000 visitors last year!
The Park comprises approx. 166 hectares and is an outstanding example of 18th Century landscape and is a place for all ages where the pathways are generally accessible for people with special needs. Explore the numerous paths and walks by foot or on bike , where numerous deer herds can be viewed along many of these paths, have a picnic by the lake while watching the swans or letting the kids enjoy the very large playground.
Doneraile Court is the stunning centrepiece of one of Ireland’s most beautiful estates and has reopened its doors once again to resume its rightful place at the heart of this great estate. From 27th March 2020, book a tour with one of our experienced guides to learn more about the fascinating history of the house and estate.
Nearby is The Donkey Sanctuary- Visitors are welcome to visit the donkeys at their Open Farm in Knockardbane. The farm is nestled in the beautiful hillsides, outside Liscarroll village. Take a stroll along around beautiful walkways, enjoy a picnic or buy a snack at their Visitor Information Centre.
Geocaching is an outdoor recreational activity, in which participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or mobile device and other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, called “geocaches” or “caches”, anywhere in the world. A typical cache is a small waterproof container containing a logbook (with a pen or pencil). The geocacher enters the date they found it and signs it with their established code name. After signing the log, the cache must be placed back exactly where the person found it.
In order to take part, you must log on to https://www.geocaching.com/play, to create an account which is free to sign up to. The Ballyhoura area is home to approximately 30 caches or more. The beautiful scenery and friendly people add to the wonderful experience you are sure to have when you visit. Once you have set up an account each member of the geocaching community gets a username. You can then message other “Geocachers” through this. For any information you might have our local Geocacher can be contacted through his name which is Ballyhoura1.
There are so many walks locally to be enjoyed with children- these two are my favourite. The Cannon Sheehan Looped Walk is a beautiful family walk mostly along a river in unspoilt landscape, this path is not suitable for buggies but you will have tierd kids. The second walk is The river Keale walk again not suitable for buggies, the walk brings you to a picnic are and is perfect for Fairy hunters. ( I suggest you return back the same pathway again)
Ballyhoura Mountain Bike Trails are the largest trail network of its kind in Ireland. 98km of trails including forest road climbs, tight twisty singletrack with loads of ups and downs, board walk, tight turns and technical rocky sections are guaranteed to leave you smiling. The trails range from the moderate 6km Greenwood loop which is perfect for children aged 7+ to the demanding Castlepook loop, over 50km in length! The loops between are Mountrussell 17km loop, Garrane 35km loop and Streamhill 41km loop.
Facilities at the trailhead include map boards, car parking, toilets, showers and bike wash facilities. On arrival, there is a secure car park with monitored CCTV cameras. There are also snacks and tea and coffee available for a reasonable price. For bike hire & sales contact Ballyhoura Trailriders. There is a pay barrier at this Forest Park. Parking Fee: €5.00 Per Car (Coins Only) I often bring our own bikes to the park and our kids love the Training skill section and the Green loop. (Make sure to bring a bag for your drinks)
Lots local attractions we have visited include Ballylanders wildlife bog which is situated at Griston Bog on the west side of the village. It is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna, bees and insects and different types of water life, some of which are now in danger of extinction in many parts of the world. It is rich in insect life which in turn supports many birds and other animals such as frogs, newts and lizards. This site is part of The Ballyhoura Outdoor Class room where activities can be Down loaded
Mitchelstown Cave is one of the largest and most complex cave systems in Ireland.You will follow ancient passageways and visit massive caverns in which you are surrounded by indescribable dripstone formations, stalactites, stalagmites and huge calcite pillars and one of Europe’s finest columns the inspiring “Tower of Babel” which stands some 9 meters in height.
Experience the thrills of the inflatable aquapark in Ballyhass Lakes one of Ireland’s premier outdoor experience providers. Offering over 15 different adventure activities from kayaking, Rock climbing, Zip-linning, High ropes courses, low ropes courses, Raft building designed for groups of 10 or more. Ballyhass Wakepark Irelands largest wakeboarding cable park. Offering 2 straight line wakeboarding systems with over 7 different obstacles to hit come down for 1 on 1 coaching with every booking and master Europe’s fastest-growing watersport. The newest addition to this already impressive venue is Munsters most Unique Aquapark. Think floating inflatable wipeout course with climbing walls, balance logs, trampolines, 3m slides and lots more.