Looking for a real taste of Ireland? Then, welcome to Ballyknocken House, Farm & Cookery School, home to Ireland’s celebrated TV chef and award-winning food writer, Catherine Fulvio. Steeped in history, Ballyknocken House and farmlands have been a part of Catherine’s family (the Byrnes) for generations, with official records connecting them to Wicklow land as far back as the 1600s. Rooted in lush, green landscape at the foothills of the Wicklow Mountains; during the famine years, Ballyknocken House was a designated “Soup Pot” site (where soup was prepared in large cast iron vessels and served to the local community).
That historical link with food has stayed with Ballyknocken House right to this day as it proudly stands on a 280-acre pasture-based sheep farm, with “home from home” guesthouse accommodation and kitchen gardens bursting with vegetables, soft fruits and herbs, offering a delicious farm to fork experience. At the very heart of this Irish farmhouse lies Ballyknocken Cookery School; a world-class school that offers fun and interactive workshops, showcasing local, seasonal produce and based on recipes perfected by the Byrne family over generations