Ballyfin Demesne

Ballyfin, County Laois
 
Bedrooms: 15
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Ballyfin Demesne: Laois

Synonymous with grace and luxury since the eighteenth century, Ballyfin is a romantic 5-Star country house hotel majestically set at the foot of the Slieve Bloom Mountains just one hour from Dublin.

Admired as the most lavish Regency mansion in Ireland, this opulent wedding venue houses an outstanding collection of paintings, worldly antiques, fine Irish mahogany, French chandeliers and mirrors by Thomas Chippendale.

With only fifteen guestrooms for the 600-acre estate, this particular wedding destination provides discretion and privacy for the ultimate wedding celebration in a truly spectacular setting.

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vonserelli - Ireland
February - 2018
Sublime !! My partner and I were lucky enough to stay in Ballyfin for three nights which began with a family wedding. The first thing that strikes you as you drive up to the grounds of Ballyfin, is just how magnificent the environs are. I could not wait to explore the grounds when we had some free time over the weekend. There is a wonderful anticipation once you go through the entrance gates that lead up to a building that can only be described as prodigious and majestic The restoration of Ballyfin has left no stone unturned and on entry it is impossible to fault it in any way. The interior is very much 'Downton Abbey' esque and if old world glamour is your style then Ballyfin is certainly for you. Everything is really grand and one of the things I adored about my stay is that the staff are mainly local and thus it makes for a very relaxed non stuffy atmosphere yet sheer luxury. I stayed in the Lady Caroline Coote suite which overlooks the front of the property and the room is huge with a very grand four poster bed and what looks like silk on the walls. It was the kind of room where you feel like a princess. The bathroom is like something from a movie with a large cast iron bath in the centre of the biggest bathroom I have ever been in and you can actually look out the window at the spectacular scenery. The are gorgeous bath salts and little bags of lavender for your clothes. The bed feel like it has about 5 mattresses on it that envelopes you and you never want to get up. The food was superb right throughout our stay and the service impeccable. Every single detail has been thought of and the breakfast is to die for. My partner still talks about the sausages which are all from local suppliers and sublime. No request is too much for the team here and my only hope is that I get to return someday soon.
Very_Last_Minute71 Dublin, Ireland
November 2017
"In a word "WOW" A number of years ago I had the pleasure in staying in what was described as one of the best hotels in the world in Thailand. I stayed for a number of days, and it was perfect, but for some reason, that I couldn't put my finger on, I had an underlying feeling of disappointment. When I recently had the pleasure of spending a day in Ballyfin, this memory from years ago was on my mind. As Ballyfin was voted one of the best hotels in the world, will this accolade be just too much to manage the expectations of the guests. Well I can say with absolute certainty no. Ballyfin is an absolute gem. From the moment you ring the buzzer on the gate, to the very sad moment of leaving through the same gates, the experience is just wonderful. I believe the difference in my experience with Ballyfin was down to the staff. The interactions with the staff, are not the polished, sometimes cold experience you get in high end establishments, but one of personal honesty, and warmth. This approach ensures you snap into relaxation mode as soon as you get to the door. As the manager said to me when leaving, "they want to create the feeling of staying in a home, rather that a hotel". Well they cracked it, actually no, they smashed it. The only down side I can come up with has been, its been a number of weeks since my stay, and the place is still on my mind. I may now never be happy in any other hotel ever again.
bfhk London
September 2017
"Outstanding" We have now visited Ballyfin twice and I would rate this as one of the best, if not the best, hotels we have stayed in. The house itself is beautiful and staying here feels like stepping back in time. This experience is made better due to the relatively small number of rooms; at times it feels like you have the place to yourself! On top of this the service is impeccable, the staff couldn’t have done more for us. The grounds are also lovey to spend some time exploring. I would highly recommend the massages and clay shooting. We will definitely return!
seyyes los angeles
August 2017
"Extraordinary...." In review after review, the common words are wow, excellent, outstanding, extraordinary, once in a lifetime, etc. This property is such a rare gem. From the moment you drive through the gates onto the property, you know that you are in for something special. Everything about this place is magical. The accommodations and common areas are over the top stunning. The service is beyond compare. The dining is exquisite. The grounds are vast and breathtaking. From Falconry to dressing up in 1800 period costumes for dinner, your days and nights can be completely filled with activities, or not. Because its a very small property, you feel like its your own private estate. This place is a MUST for anyone ready to be pampered.
Roscoe11 - Ireland
May - 2017
"Very enjoyable" Had a wonderful 24 hours here for our 25th Wedding Anniversary. You are made feel most welcome and certainly the service is impeccable. The building is fabulous both exterior and interior and the pre-dinner drink was so enjoyable with the black tied pianist playing the Game of Thrones title music (amongst others) on the Grand Piano! Ballyfin is expensive as you would expect but for that extra special occasion, it was worth it.
vonserelli Dublin
March 2017
"Sublime !!" My partner and I were lucky enough to stay in Ballyfin for three nights which began with a family wedding. The first thing that strikes you as you drive up to the grounds of Ballyfin, is just how magnificent the environs are. I could not wait to explore the grounds when we had some free time over the weekend. There is a wonderful anticipation once you go through the entrance gates that lead up to a building that can only be described as prodigious and majestic The restoration of Ballyfin has left no stone unturned and on entry it is impossible to fault it in any way. The interior is very much 'Downton Abbey' esque and if old world glamour is your style then Ballyfin is certainly for you. Everything is really grand and one of the things I adored about my stay is that the staff are mainly local and thus it makes for a very relaxed non stuffy atmosphere yet sheer luxury. I stayed in the Lady Caroline Coote suite which overlooks the front of the property and the room is huge with a very grand four poster bed and what looks like silk on the walls. It was the kind of room where you feel like a princess. The bathroom is like something from a movie with a large cast iron bath in the centre of the biggest bathroom I have ever been in and you can actually look out the window at the spectacular scenery. The are gorgeous bath salts and little bags of lavender for your clothes. The bed feel like it has about 5 mattresses on it that envelopes you and you never want to get up. The food was superb right throughout our stay and the service impeccable. Every single detail has been thought of and the breakfast is to die for. My partner still talks about the sausages which are all from local suppliers and sublime. No request is too much for the team here and my only hope is that I get to return someday soon.
Wedding date enquiry:
+353 (0)5787 55866
  • Wedding Venue 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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