Ballyknocken House and Cookery School, County Wicklow

Ballyknocken House and Cookery School, County Wicklow

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Ballyknocken Guesthouse was built in the 1850s for the Hetherington Family - Mr. Hetherington was the area agent (rent collector) for the major landlord at the time. At the time, a rent collector was a much more respectable job than that of a lowly farmer, hence the bigger house (most tenant farmers lived in thatched cottages).
 
However, it did not mean that one was more popular - on the contrary in fact for following a period of evictions, poor Mr. Hetherington was found murdered by the "watering hole" (for horses) a mere 800 yards from his home in County Wicklow, Ireland.
 
To this day, the locals believe that Hetherington's ghost haunts the road. They also believe that another ghost (named Whitty) occupies the spot where Hetherington was murdered - one can only conclude that Hetherington has sub let his spot - ever the rent collector!!!!
 
The name Ballyknocken stems from Gaelic - Baile an Cnocan - the town land of the little hill. The little hill in question is Carrick (meaning rock), which rises directly behind Ballyknocken House. (For the record, Carrick originally measured 999 feet - has to be 1,000 feet to be classed as a mountain - so, some enterprising locals sorted that and that is why there is a cairn of rocks piled atop Carrick!!)
 
Today Ballyknocken operates as a charming family run Victorian Farmhouse.
 
Ballyknocken Cookery School is scenically located on a 350 acre farm only a short drive from Dublin City Centre between Ashford and Glenealy in County Wicklow, Ireland. Run by celebrity TV chef Catherine Fulvio, the school offers a broad range of cookery classes from Southern Italian recipes to Gourmet on a Budget with something for everyone and accommodation available in our Victorian Farmhouse, Ballyknocken House.
 
Ballyknocken cookery school offers Gift Vouchers and Shortbreak packages on all courses. Cooking classes for private groups for Birthday Parties and Hen Parties as well as Corporate team building cookery classes are also available.

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