Set at the foot of the Slieve Bloom Mountains in the center of Ireland, Ballyfin is a place of history and romance, tranquility, and great natural beauty. The house has long been admired as the most lavish Regency mansion in Ireland, and after eight years of restoration, Ballyfin re-opened in May 2011 as a 5-star country house hotel like no other. Offering the very best of Irish hospitality in the most beautiful surroundings imaginable. With only fifteen rooms for the 600-acre estate, this 5-star luxury hotel is the perfect place for a break from the modern world's stresses and provides discretion and privacy like few other destinations. With just 15 bedrooms, it is also the ideal place to take over for an extraordinary celebration.
Irish country houses were created as places for entertainment. The recent restoration aimed to return Ballyfin as closely as possible to how it functioned when it was built. Conceived on a generous scale for receiving guests, Ballyfin combines magnificence and intimacy in its State Rooms. The decoration of these interiors has long been acclaimed as among the finest of the Neoclassical and Empire periods in Ireland. From the enormous Saloon at the heart of the house to the eighty-foot Library, which runs the length of its south façade, the State Rooms make for a glorious backdrop to a stay in the house. The Library is perfect for whiling away a few hours with plenty of quiet corners for conversation. Alternatively, guests may enjoy the Drawing Room's elegance, with its French-inspired decoration and beautiful ceiling of rich stucco work, the Saloon's grandeur, or the informality of the sun-filled Conservatory reached through a secret door hidden in a bookshelf of the Library. At Ballyfin, formality is blended with ease and enjoyment. Guests are invited to enjoy these splendid interiors, decorated with Irish art and antiques from around the world, in the same spirit of refined elegance as visitors to the house did in the 1820s when Ballyfin was built.
The estate is fabled for its natural and human-made beauties. As the house is open to residents only, Ballyfin offers a perfect opportunity for rest, tranquillity, and outdoor activities. At Ballyfin, stone walls enclose 600 acres of parkland, a lake and ancient woods, delightful garden buildings, follies and grottoes. The landscape, laid out in the mid-eighteenth century, is among the finest examples in Ireland of the natural style of gardening inspired by ‘Capability’ Brown. Many highlights will keep garden lovers and outdoor enthusiasts exploring for days. These include the medieval-style tower, built as a folly in the 1860';s, the walled garden with its formal borders and kitchen gardens, the abundant wildlife to be seen on early morning walks, and the now nearly restored Edwardian rock garden.
Every room and each suite in the house offers an impressive array of amenities, specially chosen to give their guests a sense of Irish tradition and hospitality. Dining options All meals, snacks, and coffees are included in the room rate, and a wide choice of dining options is offered in delightfully elegant surroundings. Should you choose, the day at Ballyfin can be centered around truly outstanding gastronomic experiences – from a customized breakfast to a delicious lunch of your choice and onwards into the evening with a bespoke dinner. Guests hiking, biking, or simply relaxing may opt for a traditional, gourmet picnic hamper to enjoy in any location across the grounds, or select an alfresco meal on the terrace of the main house. The cocktail hour is back at Ballyfin, ushering in dinner where you may choose from the grandeur of the State Dining Room or the intimacy of the Van Der Hagen Dining Room. Alternatively, something simpler can be served in the Library, the Bar, or the magical, sun-lit Conservatory. Downstairs private dining can be arranged in the Porcelain Room lined with the famous ‘Flora Danica’ set of china or atmospheric Wine Cellar.
At Ballyfin, the rooms' architectural splendor and their historical resonances combine with the food to make truly memorable dining experiences. Guests dine at individual tables unless a preference is expressed to dine with other guests. The Ballyfin Bar Discreetly hidden away in the former Servants'; Hall downstairs, the Ballyfin Bar is the perfect place to enjoy the convivial hospitality for which Ireland is famed. The relaxed atmosphere is perfect for a quiet drink and the chance to admire some of Ballyfin's collection of contemporary Irish art. On a summer’s day, the bar opens out onto the former Kitchen Yard, which is now laid out as a courtyard garden.