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“Immaculately restored, opulently furnished, Regency country mansion situated at the foot of the Slieve Bloom mountains. Five-star luxury throughout. Sumptuous rooms filled with original Irish art. The price tag is steep but it's an iconic stay.”

“Immaculately restored, opulently furnished, Regency country mansion situated at the foot of the Slieve Bloom mountains. Five-star luxury throughout. Sumptuous rooms filled with original Irish art. The price tag is steep but it's an iconic stay.”

Hotel Review

To stay at Ballyfin is to experience a bygone era (all be it complete with fully functioning plumbing and high-speed Wi-Fi). Maintaining the feel of a country house, rather than a hotel, this 21-room neo-classical masterpiece has experienced its ups and downs over the years. Dating back to the 17th century, it was abandoned by its British owners, during a period of unrest following WWII, after which it became an all-boys Catholic school, until in 1998, when in a state of almost disrepair it was bought by American billionaire Fred Krehbiel. Years and millions of pounds later it reopened as Ireland's most luxurious country house hotel, the likes of which Kim and Kanye have honeymooned.

Surrounded by over 600 acres of parkland, woodland, paddocks, and walled gardens, once you've entered its wrought-iron gates, there's little reason to leave. Horse riding, archery, clay-pigeon shooting, boating, fancy dress evenings, or treatments in the award-winning spa, are just some of the on-site activities. Dining is smart, with eight-course tasting menus, expertly paired by their in-house sommelier, on the menu each evening - plus more relaxed dining in the saloon. Breakfast is similarly sumptuous with homemade jams, honey, Irish soda bread, and locally sourced sausages.

Each of the rooms is uniquely decorated, with ornate fabrics and period furnishings, many complete with four-poster beds and capacious baths. Each with views out across a cascading waterfall or the 21-acre man-made lake: Ballyfin doesn't have a bad angle. The perfect weekend getaway, it gets particularly busy during the summer and Christmas season.
Recommended for
  • Hotel
  • Artworks
  • Collection of Irish art and china
  • 5* Luxury
  • Country House
  • Considered the most lavish Regency mansion in Ireland
  • Heritage
  • Romantic Break
  • Outstanding location
  • Set in 610 acres of parkland and manicured grounds
  • Hideaway
  • Country Escape
 

Written by Megan Lambert

Recommended For

  • Hotel
  • Artworks
  • Collection of Irish art and china
  • 5* Luxury
  • Country House
  • Considered the most lavish Regency mansion in Ireland
  • Heritage
  • Romantic Break
  • Outstanding location
  • Set in 610 acres of parkland and manicured grounds
  • Art Classes
  • Croquet
  • Hideaway
  • Country Escape
  • Other Activities
  • Clay pigeon shooting and falconry on site. Let the butler take you out boating on the lake.
  • Archery
  • Fishing
  • On Ballyfin's own lake
  • Great walks
  • There is a qualified guide on hand to point you in the right direction
  • Riding
  • Stables on site with experienced staff to guide you round the 600 acre estate
  • Sights nearby
  • Wine tasting
  • Wine and whisky tasting with the sommelier
  • Tennis
  • Opulent
  • Wedding license
  • House party feel
  • Good wine list
  • Full of character
  • Literary
  • Secluded setting
  • Views
  • Romantic
  • Historic
  • Restaurant
  • Lakeside
  • Spa
  • Gym
  • Antiques
  • Luxury
  • Exclusive use
  • Traditional

Facilities

  • Airport transfer
  • Internet
  • Private chef / butler
  • Fireplace
  • Car not required
  • Bicycles available
  • Library
  • A choice of over 5000 titles to browse
  • Good wine list
  • Wedding license
  • Swimming Pool
  • Large Indoor Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Spa
  • Gym
  • Views
  • Wifi
  • 24 Hour room service

Activities

  • Croquet
  • Other Activities
  • Clay pigeon shooting and falconry on site. Let the butler take you out boating on the lake.
  • Archery
  • Art Classes
  • Fishing
  • On Ballyfin's own lake
  • Great walks
  • There is a qualified guide on hand to point you in the right direction
  • Riding
  • Stables on site with experienced staff to guide you round the 600 acre estate
  • Wine tasting
  • Wine and whisky tasting with the sommelier
  • Sights nearby
  • Tennis

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