Ballyfin is a 5-Star grand country house hotel in County Laois, the heart of Ireland, just one hour drive from Dublin. This lake Georgian House is majestically set at the foot of the Slieve Bloom Mountains, the historic Ballyfin is a place of tranquillity and natural beauty. The house has long been admired as the most lavish Regency mansion in Ireland, and after eight years of painstaking restoration, Ballyfin re-opened in May 2011 as a 5-star country house hotel offering the best of Irish hospitality in beautiful surroundings.
This opulent property houses an outstanding collection of paintings tracing the development of Irish art from the mid-seventeenth century to today, antiques from around the world, fine Irish mahogany, French chandeliers and mirrors by Thomas Chippendale. Guests are free to enjoy urbane leisure and refined relaxation in any of the house six reception rooms including an 80-foot library with roaring log fires and collections of rare books.
Wine and whiskey tastings, music recitals and art and architectural tours of the house are among the activities offered. With only twenty bedrooms for the 614-acre estate, this elegant hotel provides discretion and privacy and the ideal private setting for a very special celebration.
The Sir Christopher Suite This sumptuous suite, with its large bowed sitting room over the south portico, was the largest bedroom in the house.
The Wellesley-Pole Suite This magnificent suite, with its large bedroom and elegantly appointed sitting room, is situated in the centre of the garden front. The Duke of Wellington Suite This suite on the western side of the house has superb views to the west and south-west overlooking the lawns, conservatory and cascade while the bedroom with a sumptuous four-poster bed has glimpses through the trees in the pleasure ground to the temple at the top of the cascade.
The Butler 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. The Lady Caroline Coote Suite With its gracefully rococo stucco work ceiling, the Lady Caroline Coote Room (formerly Lady Coote’s boudoir) is among the most pleasingly elegant bedrooms at Ballyfin.
The Little Library Suite This spacious and comfortable room on the mezzanine is a welcoming bookish retreat. The Little Library enjoys a private balcony overlooking the kitchen court.
The Lady Kildare Suite Overlooking the lake and lawns to the front of the house Lady Kildare’s room has a wall fabric in a blue and white chinoiserie style.
The Lady Mornington Suite This south-east facing room with wide views of the lake and the lawns to the east and south-east front of the house is named for the Countess of Mornington Anne Wellesley, of Dangan Castle near Trim, Co. Meath.
"The finest hotel I've ever had the good fortune to stay at"
Michael & Deirdre, Dublin
"When you pull up the driveway the staff is awaiting your arrival outside with big smiley faces, ready to welcome you to Ballyfin... that is just the beginning of the ultimate royal service you will experience during your stay. The staff is incredible... so knowledgeable and absolutely passionate about this hotel. And they should be! The house itself is out of this world. The art collections, the antique furniture and embellishments are mind blowing. I stayed in the Lady Caroline Coote Room- the canopy bed was heavenly, the bathtub was HUGE, the complimentary laundry service was outstanding. And the FOOD. Ah the food! Chef Fred's cuisine is a culinary masterpiece... his tasting menu was 3.5 hours of pure heaven (and have to acknowledge Maitre d/ food manager Frederic for his wonderful wine-pairing.) The house sits on 600 acres and there is so much to see. Be sure to take out a golf buggy and explore the tower and gardens. As for activities, try the clay pigeon shooting and archery. Such a blast, and Patrick and Lionel are so patient!"
"Ballyfin has quite possibly ruined every future hotel experience for me-- I don't think any hotel can compare. I had high hopes about this property and it exceeded every expectation I had. Better than 5 star! I would visit Ireland again just to stay at Ballyfin"
Denise Barkley, Oxfordshire
"My only regret was that we had just one perfect night at this wonderful place - it was not enough!"
Richard E Grant
Ballyfin. It was like stepping back in the past without the inconvenience of no electricity. The personal attention...the welcome of the people, the setting, the food, I should be their PR manager.
Beautiful property and gardens. Homegrown vegetables used in kitchens. Excellent service. Impossible to fault the property and staff.
Had a really fantastic time at Ballyfin - it had just reopened this week. The food was great and I had an amazing time with the shooting, riding and falconry activities. One of my best holidays so far!
Amazing place. So Quiet and peaceful
Absolutely wonderful experience! The place is stunning and luxurious looking, it's great to take photos. Lovely staff, always ready to help.