If you want to tune out of the world, to get to a peaceful place where there is unobtrusive excellence in service and dining refinement: book a few nights' stay here. The price is at the higher level - the all-inclusive package covers all but alcoholic beverages. Ballyfin is a wonderful 600 acre escape where the staff are informal and extremely well-qualified for the work and welcome.
From arrival to departure, my partner and I felt we were the only people at the hotel - a warm welcome, superb surroundings, every detail attended to. We loved this place - it leaves other 5* establishments (that I have been to in Ireland or US) in the shade.
There are ample spaces for a quiet read by the fire, a quiet pint or take a bike and blow the cobwebs with a cycle around the lake. Then a delicious meal and lovely glass of wine at dinner.
This is not a child-friendly place (I think they welcome >12 years?), but there are places which are more suited to younger visitors elsewhere in the market. Ballyfin is perfectly pitched to the person/couple who want to escape the cares of the world and be pampered for a few days. The shout-out goes to the entire team and their manager - a pleasant and informal presence on the premises . We'll be back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set at the foot of the Slieve Bloom Mountains in the centre of Ireland, Ballyfin is a place of history and romance, of tranquility and great natural beauty. At Ballyfin formality is blended with ease and enjoyment. 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 small 5 star country house hotel like no other. It offers the very best of Irish hospitality in the most beautiful surroundings imaginable. Enjoy the splendid interiors decorated with Irish Art and antiques from around the world. With only twenty rooms for the 614 acre estate, it is the perfect place for a break from the stresses of the modern world and provides discretion and privacy like few other destinations. Conceived on a generous scale for receiving guests, Ballyfin combines magnificence and intimacy in its State rooms. From the grandeur of the Saloon at the heart of the house, the eighty-foot library, the sun filled Conservatory which is reached through a secret door hidden in a bookshelf in the library. At Ballyfin, stone walls enclose 614 acres of parkland, a lake and ancient woods, delightful garden buildings, follies and grottoes. Whether you feel like swimming some laps, enjoying some water exercises or simply relaxing, our indoor pool, overlooking the courtyard garden, will be a beautiful space for invigoration and wellbeing. Come and enjoy life!! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Ballyfin Demesne Hotel County Laois