County Laois, Ireland
Ballyfin offers a chance to stay in Ireland's most opulent Regency country house but with all the trimmings of modern life. An amazing restoration that took 8 years to complete has left this glorious mansion and 600 acre estate as a haven in all seasons.
At a Glance
Situated in the heart of Ireland, surrounded by stunning countryside and natural beauty
With just 15 rooms, Ballyfin is the perfect place to stay for a secluded getaway
Famed for its 600 acres of parkland, luscious gardens and medieval out buildings, Ballyfin has plenty to the nature buff entertained
The sumptuous interiors of the hotel reflect the rich historical and artistic past of the surrounding Irish landscape
Award winning restaurant, with a celebrated head chef
An array of activities are available in the hotel grounds, from boating on the lake, to fishing, to falconry and horse riding
If it's good enough for Kim Kardashian and Kanye West! The pair spent 4 days here on their honeymoon.Scott Dunn team
It took 8 years to fully restore the property and no expense was spared in returning it to its former glory, but with all the mod-cons.Scott Dunn team
Portraits of the original owners, the Cootes were recently returned after a 90 year absence.Scott Dunn team
The gardens are marvelous and the landscaping very much in keeping with the style of the famed Capability’ Brown who designed some of Britain's finest gardens.Scott Dunn team
Outdoor types are spoiled for choice with fishing on the lake, croquet, clay pigeon shooting, tennis, archery and falconry all available.Scott Dunn team
Learn about the history of the house in the 1hour relaxed tour for guests at 4pm each dayMilly Walker
Head up to the picnic house in the horse and cart for a civilized picnic lunchMilly Walker
To start planning your vacation to Ballyfin
Ballyfin is a magical place. Set amidst 600 acres of lush parkland, with lakes for fishing, woods for exploring, a walled garden beautiful in every season, and landscaping with follies and grottoes inspired by the famed ‘Capability’ Brown making it a stunning retreat year round.
Ballyfin is best described as a luxurious country house. With just 15 rooms, despite its vast size, this Regency mansion prides itself on creating a homely atmosphere and guests often say they feel part of a period drama! The reception rooms are magnificent but yet you can easily find a quiet corner to relax in. The Library is particularly lovely as it runs the length of its south façade, making it bright and beautiful, as is the sun-filled Conservatory that leads off this great room, though finding the door is tricky as it's hidden amongst the bookshelves.
Despite the formal surroundings and the opulent decor, Ballyfin is charming and welcoming and the focus is for guests to ease into their stay as if visiting friends. A croquet set lies on the lawn ready for an impromptu game, there is a clay pigeon trap for those fancying a pop and the lake is stocked with roach and pike if you want to wander off with a rod. Inside you can sign up for a wine or whiskey tasting or slope into one of the drawing rooms for a music recital. There is even a dress-up box stuffed with period costumes sourced from the Lyric Opera Company in Chicago which guests can delve into to make themselves feel even more at home!
If relaxing by the fire or traditional outdoor pursuits aren't your thing then there is a gym equipped with the latest equipment, an extensive spa treatment list and the indoor 14m pool is big enough for laps. Excellent golf is available within half an hour's drive and the Slieve Bloom Mountains offer a wealth of walking and hiking routes through glorious unspoiled scenery.
Eating and drinking at Ballyfin is amazing too. Pre-dinner cocktails are served to guests. Picnics are prepared for adventurous types. Dinner is served in the magnificent State Dining Room or the smaller Van Der Hagen Dining Room. And the Ballyfin Bar serves beers on tap, local whiskeys and in the summer spreads out into the former kitchen yard.
Ballyfin's location makes it perfect for a luxurious long-weekend or as a base to explore this gorgeous part of Ireland.
With just 15 guest rooms and suites, this traditionally styled hotel exudes a regal and luxurious air. All of the rooms have been recently renovated to reflect their once grand state and are furnished with an array of antiques and tapestries.
The rooms and suites feature queen or king size beds, twins are available on request. There is a complimentary mini bar in each room, which is restocked daily with water, soda, juice and gourmet snacks. The rooms also have Voga Bath and Body products which are 100% organic and made locally.
All rooms and suites come equipped with a flat screen HD television, iPod docking station, DVD library and WiFi.
|The Morrison Room - Single||
This single room was formerly part of the nursery, looking out over the grounds including the Cascade, walled garden and eighteenth-century gardener's house. It takes its name from the architects of Ballyfin, a father and son team.
|The Montrath Room - Deluxe||
This bedroom is named after the town of Mountrath located six kilometers south of Ballyfin. The Mountrath Room is situated on the garden front and enjoys pleasing views out over the conservatory and across the gardens. The room is filled with original and traditional artwork.
|The Viceroy Room - Stateroom Twin||
A spacious and welcoming room with a double bathroom, and also due to the location in the hotel's former kitchen wing this room boasts extra seclusion and privacy. The half-octagon shape of the room is particularly pleasing and exemplifies the subtle manipulation of space for which the Morrisons, Ballyfin’s architects, are famous. The large windows make the room light and comfortable.
|The Knight's Room||
This room takes its name from a suit of armour displayed on a gilded console between the windows. The room enjoys stunning views over the lake, while inside sections of the room are painted to imitate oak panelling. The Regency chimneypiece in white marble was moved here from the former Billiard Room.
|The Butler Room - Junior Suite||
Originally the bedchamber of Lady Caroline Coote’s private suite, this handsome room overlooking the lake, with its dramatic red wallpaper, has now been restored to its original proportions. Many of the furnishings are Georgian and it boasts beautiful views of the grounds.
|The Lady Caroline Coote Room - Junior Suite||
An elegant room with ornate ceiling and striking, electric blue wallpaper. The room contains a welcoming four poster bed and beautiful antiques from the era.
|The Westmeath Room - Stateroom||
The Westmeath Room perfectly evokes the nineteenth century character of the house. It is ornately decorated in richly patterned wallpaper with a wonderfully carved French bed positioned prominently in the center of room.
|The Mayborough Room - Stateroom||
This room is situated above the library on the South-East corner of the house and it is named after Henry VIII’s daughter, Mary. The views from the room across the Pleasure Grounds are outstanding.
|The Sir Christopher Coote Suite - Suite||
This sumptuous suite, with its large bowed sitting room over the south portico, was the largest bedroom in the house. The suite enjoys a handsome sitting room, its curved windows looking out to beautiful views over the fountain and the Pleasure Grounds.
|The Wellesley-Pole Suite - Suite||
This magnificent suite, with its large bedroom and elegantly appointed sitting room, is situated in the center of the garden front. The views lead out into the sheltered slopes of the Pleasure Grounds and look directly towards the sensational Cascade.
|The Marquis De Massigny De La Pierre Room||
This charming room is decorated in beautiful French. It has original late eighteenth century oval mirrors hanging on either side of the bed and a large double window offering beautiful views of the grounds.
|The Tapestry Room - Deluxe||
Hung with seventeenth-century Flemish tapestries, this is one of the most atmospheric and comfortable of the bedrooms. It was formerly Sir Charles Coote’s dressing room. The white marble chimneypiece in this room originated from the Georgian house that formerly stood at Ballyfin and was moved here from the former bachelor rooms on the ground floor.
|The Lady Sarah Pole Room||
With views out over the Pleasure Grounds and the Cascade, this delightful room on the mezzanine floor, this room retains its corner fireplace with an attractively carved rosette and the original grate.
|The Little Library - Junior Suite||
This spacious and comfortable room on the mezzanine is a welcoming retreat. It is filled with great literature and is a delight to any book lover. It also boasts a large bathroom which looks out over the pleasure ground and the cascade.
|The Sir Charles Coote Room - Stateroom||
This wonderfully elegant space known originally as the Writing Room, was the business room, or study, of Sir Charles Coote. It is the only bedroom on the ground floor and is discretely hidden away at the foot of the stairs. The bedroom is dominated by a four-poster bed and lots of original artwork and antiques. The luxurious marble bathroom contains a sarcophagus bath, a Roman trophy from the 9th Baronet’s Grand Tour collection.
Children over 9 years of age are very welcome at the Ballyfin. If the property is hired out by one group of guests, children of all ages are welcome.
Kids who stay at the hotel will be just as well looked after as their parents, with mini bathrobes and slippers, 'Ballyfin Bear', a playroom full of toys, bikes and helmets and boating activities on offer.
The 600 acres of parkland that surround the Ballyfin are the perfect escape for kids on vacation, from exploring the grounds, to going on a pony trek, joining in with a treasure hunt and dressing up in period costumes, the little ones will never have a dull moment.
The restaurant at the Ballyfin Demense is one of the highlights of the hotel and has recently been voted 'Andrew Harper's Grand Award Winners 2013 - Hotel Restaurant of the Year' and 'Food & Wine Magazine Best Style 2011 Award'.
The renowned executive chef, Ryan Murphy, has trained at some of the top restaurants in the world, including The Savoy, The Essex House under Alain Ducasse and at the Jean George in Trump Tower.
The eclectic dishes served at the Ballyfin are all made from locally sourced ingredients and some of our favorite meals are Alaskan King Crab with pickled Ballyfin radish, cucumber and aioli, Irish Dexter Cote du Beouf with triple cooked duck fat chips and purple sprouting broccoli and Valrhona Chocolate and Orange with dried orange and Manjari chocolate sorbet.
The Ballyfin has a fully equipped fitness center and spa, with a range of treatments and massages on offer. Relax and unwind, while the therapist pamper you with locally sourced organic products, which are used in all of the treatments.
The hotel also has an indoor, heated pool, which looks out over the picturesque gardens.
With 600 acres of grounds surrounding the hotel, there is something to keep everyone occupied. Rambling through the gardens, boating across the picturesque lake and exploring the follies and medieval ruins are a great way to while away an afternoon. For those who fancy something a bit more action packed, try some clay pigeon shooting and archery, followed by an hour or two with majestic birds of prey such as eagles, falcons, hawks and owls.
If the weather isn't great, don't panic, there is plenty to do inside the traditional country house. The 80ft library has roaring log fires, sofas you can sink into and over 5000 books to while away the hours. There is also the Ballfin costume department, which is a treasure trove of fantastic clothing dating back to the Regency era.
The hotel Cellar is also a great place to visit, and for many guests is the highlight of their trip. Well stocked with a superb selection of wine and whiskey from around the world, the tasting sessions on offer are second to none.
Location & Directions
County Laois, Ireland
Located in the heart of the rolling, green Irish countryside, at the foot of the Slieve Bloom Mountains, Ballyfin is the perfect hotel for escaping the hustle and bustle of city life and exploring the wild.
When to go
It is very difficult to predict the weather in Ireland - in the summer from May to late September is generally seen as the most pleasant time to visit. Rainfall is difficult to predict - but it does not receive as much as many are led to believe! In the winters, temperatures do fall, but there is nothing better than finding a remote pub with a roaring fire to sit beside after a long walk in the country.