About the House
The surname Maher means 'Gracious Host' and we really do live up to the name! Drive up the avenue to Ballinkeele and be greeted by your hosts Val & Laura, the fifth generation of the Maher family who built the house in the 1840s. Irish Country houses were built to entertain in style and this house certainly doesn't disappoint.
Val's parents before them have been welcoming guests to Ballinkeele since the 1980s and we have hosted numerous family gatherings before and since, so we know how to make you feel welcome and well looked after.
Laura - a proud Galway Girl - and Val - an IT whizz - met while working in the IT department of Guinness at St. James's Gate back in 2000. The rest as they say is history... 4 gorgeous children and 2 doggies later, we've found a new way to share our house with people using the technology we know well.
Laura is a mine of information on the house and the family and is constantly finding out new things. She'll give you a tour of the house on arrival
Ballinkeele is located in the heart of County Wexford, Ireland’s ‘Sunny South East' and is an ideal base for exploring all that Ireland's Ancient East has to offer with Kilkenny, Waterford, the Wicklow Mountains and Dublin all within easy reach.
The house is the perfect location for exploring the intriguing county of Wexford, with a wide range of historic and archaeological sites, beautiful gardens and many glorious sandy beaches all nearby.
There are six golf courses within one hour’s drive and riding stables just 30 minutes away. We are surrounded by pretty much any activity of your choice, be it fishing, golf, riding, walking or even coasteering or stand up paddleborading. For guests that prefer to stay and relax in Ballinkeele’s elegant surroundings, they can stroll through the grounds, play boules on the lawn or head indoors for a game of cards or chess or simply put their feet up and relax by the fire.