Ballybeg is a colonial style lodge in Ballinglen, minutes outside the town of Tinahely, providing a venue for small, intimate house weddings for up to 60 people and marquee weddings for 60-150. Staff will meet your particular wishes and requirements. Ballybeg is an approved venue for on-site civil marriages.
Some of Ireland’s oldest oak and beech trees offer shelter to horses, cows and sheep grazing in the fields. Guests enter through the sunny front veranda, overlooking the garden, where pre-dinner drinks can be enjoyed. The spacious kitchen has been simply but tastefully refurbished, to encompass all modern amenities. There are five uniquely different and inviting bedrooms. The Blue Suite, with a comfortable four-poster bed, fireplace for big log fires, has sweeping views over Croghan Valley, partly obscured by oak, cedar and Spanish chestnut trees planted over 350 years ago. The master ensuite has a Victorian bathtub. A sitting room also converts to a very comfortable bedroom should you need it.
The history of Ballybeg House dates back to the early 1700s when the Rev. Michael Symes, the first in a long line of Trinity College educated Clergymen leased, from the Earl of Marlton, the lands at Ballybeg and surrounding countryside. During the 1798 Rebellion the original house was burned to the ground by the local insurgents. Occupancy remained in the Symes Family until 1873 when, on the death of Arthur Rowley Symes, a major George Newton became the new tenant of Ballybeg House under Lord Fitzwilliam of Coolattin Estate.
Major Newton died in 1910 and was succeeded in Ballybeg by his eldest son James Hibbert Newton. James Hibbert Newton lived a quiet and unassuming lifestyle until poor circumstances forced him to sell Ballybeg House and farm to a well-known circus family called Fossetts. The Fossett Family used the extensive farm buildings as their winter training quarters and being suspicious that the main residence was haunted, levelled it to the ground in 1948 and built in its place the colonial style residence that remains today.
Shortly after the completion of this residence, it was purchased by the present owner’s mother, Mollie, who with her husband Pat O’Toole carefully and lovingly maintained and enhanced the surrounding gardens and arboretum. Today Ballybeg offers the unique atmosphere and charm of the delicately restored residence and the surrounding gardens and extensive parklands rising high above the ‘Wicklow Way’.