Ballyfin Demesne

Ballyfin, County Laois
Bedrooms: 15
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Ballyfin Demesne: Laois

Ballyfin is 5-Star grand country house hotel in County Laois, the heart of Ireland, just one hour drive from Dublin.

Majestically set at the foot of the Slieve Bloom Mountains, the historic Ballyfin is a place of tranquility 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 fifteen rooms for the 600 acre estate, this elegant hotel provides discretion and privacy and the ideal private setting for a very special celebration.
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AidanGallagher - Ireland
May - 2018
"Outstanding!" We visited BallyFin to jointly celebrate our 60th Birthdays. This is a truly unique Heritage Property on beautiful grounds. The Hotel and Restaurant are outstanding - the history of the house and the quality of the refurbishment make this a fascinating experience if you are interested in history and culture but the real difference is the quality and friendliness of the service. A truly unique experience - We would recommend it highly!
joanieplanr - USA
April - 2018
"Beautiful Ballyfin..." Literally, heaven on earth...the most exquisite place you can ever imagine to Ireland or any other place. From the moment you arrive (and actually, before you exit your transport to the property) you are made to feel as if you are the welcomed friend of the owner of this gorgeous estate. The rooms are beyond divine and the food? There are no words for how exquisite every last detail is... Never have we stayed at a property where we were planning our return before departing... "Excellent" doesn't begin to scratch the surface...
Joan D - USA
April - 2018
"Fit for a Queen or King!" I built an entire trip to Ireland and Scotland based on a recommendation to go to Ballyfin from my travel agent. And yes she was correct! Unbelievable, fabulous, luxurious and at the same time, it was "warm and homey!" I have to say that this is the best hotel I have ever visited, and I have been to some of the best in the world. First let me say that the property is exquisite. There are acres and acres of gorgeous fields and as we drove into the property, my jaw dropped. Every person who worked there went out of their way to make sure we were happy. In fact, my husband and I both had bad colds and they took great care of us. I loved absolutely this hotel and it deserves to be considered "The Best in the World."
jeje68 - USA
April - 2018
"Speechless...." If you want to experience the life of a crowned head a couple of centuries ago, look no further. Ballyfin is one of those extremely rare, decadent, extraordinary places ! 615 acres walled in à différent time capsule. 90 personal members to attend to 40 guests when the « hôtel « is fully committed. The rooms are all different, the grounds are incredible with a lake, a grotto, walled gardens a medieval tower, it’s own church... Even under the rain ( this is Ireland :) the place is magical ! I’m hesitant to actually write a review, as I hope to go back very soon, and I’m afraid this place is about to be « discovered « . The service can be slow , but it is also a way to let you forget about time! Where’s the rush when you are already in heaven ! I wish I could personally thank the owner for restoring and creating such a gem! We need more places like Ballyfin in the world :)
HerDudeness - Ireland
November - 2017
"Always a pleasurable experience" Myself and a couple of friends try to make it to Ballyfin to dine once if not twice a year and it is always fabulous. It’s eloquent and not too fussy , the staff are down to earth and make you feel really comfortable / at home . The guided tour is a nice touch and the food is always gorgeous too :-). If you’re not staying over I’d recommend popping over during the summer so you can take a walk around the grounds.
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  • Property Features
  • Lavish Regency mansion
  • 600 acre parkland estate
  • At foot of Slieve Bloom Mountains
  • Indoor pool
  • Spa rituals
  • Art collection and history tours
  • Wine & whiskey tastings
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