Tori Amos to sell beloved Ballywilliam House in Kinsale

Celebrated singer-songwriter is selling her Irish residence after more than 23 years of use as a personal and creative haven for herself and many other writers, artists and musicians.

Celebrated singer-songwriter Tori Amos has decided to sell her Irish residence after more than 23 years of use as a personal and creative haven for herself and for many other writers, artists, and musicians who wished to work free from the intrusions of outside life.

Due to her work schedule, Amos has not been able to spend as much time at her beloved Ballywilliam House as she has wanted in recent years. Says Amos, "It really breaks my heart to see her go, but this magical place needs to find a new owner who can fully live and breathe everything that she has to offer. I will miss her, but will always cherish the memories, both personal and artistic."

Artists at Ballywilliam House

Many songs have been written in the house and on the grounds of Ballywilliam.

The house was transformed into a residential recording studio in 1995 for the album Boys For Pele by Tori Amos and her team. In 2011, the classical label Deutsche Grammophon released Night of Hunters, Tori's twelfth studio album.

The label asked Tori to compose a modern song cycle based on variations of existing classical themes. The protagonist in the song cycle narrative finds herself at Ballywilliam House. As magical forces guide the protagonist on an emotional and spiritual journey into the unknown, the house and grounds serve as her protector.

The photographs for the Night of Hunters project were all taken at Ballywilliam House, including the river shots and the bonfire sequence. The video for Star Whisperer, which was designed for a song on the album, was filmed here as well.

This home has been a place of creativity for Tori and for a multitude of other musicians who have recorded at the house. Ballywilliam has had several artists in residence. Visual artists talk about the light as an inspiration in different seasons. Novels have also been written here, with one author vowing that echoes of the faintest music, possibly from another century, kept him company while writing one of his books.

The kitchen is the heart and soul of the home, and its faithful AGA stove and oven have made multicultural feasts for visiting artists. Many dinners have been followed by a bonfire in the outdoor theatre, where stories were shared and songs were sung under the stars.

Ballywilliam House sits on an elevated site overlooking the River Bandon in one of the most desirable waterfront locations in the country.

Ballywilliam House

The accommodation briefly consists of a large entrance hall, splendid light-filled drawing and dining rooms, a country kitchen, four bedrooms, two bathrooms, and an array of rooms downstairs. Superb grounds surround the house together with spectacular frontage onto the renowned river Bandon.

The house and grounds have been entirely restored, with great care and attention taken to maintaining the original form and spirt of Ballywilliam House, thus making it the wonderful family home it is today.

Ballywilliam House provides the rare and exclusive combination of peace, privacy, direct water access, and far-reaching views.

For full details on the property please click here for the Brochure.

Wilsons Auctions is seeking offers in excess of €1,450,000 (approx. US $1,675,000) for Ballywilliam House.

Contact details

Celia Lamb on 00353 (0)1 464 2800 or email

Wilsons Auctions, Kingswood Interchange, Exit 2 Naas Road, Dublin 22 Ireland.

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Property Details

Ballywilliam House

Kinsale, Co Cork

On c.0.98 ha - c.2.42 acres

For Sale by Private Treaty


To view a video of Ballywilliam House which is accompanied by a composition by Tori Amos, dedicated to the property: Click Here


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