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Ballymaloe House, Shanagarry P25 Y070 Ireland
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#2 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Shanagarry
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Ballymaloe House is the birthplace of Modern Irish Cuisine; food served since 1964 is seasonal and largely grown onsite. Ballymaloe was one of the first venues globally to celebrate this now internationally celebrated culinary ethos. Experience genuine Irish Country House hospitality at Ballymaloe House, Shanagarry, East Cork. East Cork is an area rich in good food and beautiful scenery, plenty to see and do locally during a stay at Ballymaloe House. Bedrooms are all different and beautifully, and freshly, decorated in a country house chic style. Croquet, tennis, an open air summer swimming pool and woodland, garden paths through the working farm to enjoy onsite. Ballymaloe Shop and Café are also adjacent the house, as is the Ballymaloe Grainstore for weekly classes (Yoga, Bridge etc..), and music, art and theatrical events.
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POC-CW wrote a review 10 Sep
Johnstown, Ireland601 contributions318 helpful votes
Having stayed at the House a couple of times in the past, my wife and I returned to Ballymaloe with our toddler for dinner. Prior to booking, I enquired about whether or not, the dining experience was toddler friendly. We were assured that it was. However, when we asked about what options for our toddler when ordering, we were told they didn’t have any toddler menu and could do chips or vegetables. Instead we ordered pasta off our menu as it was the only thing our toddler would eat. My wife and I had 5 courses each, the soup and sorbets were very nice, as was the pesto tagliatelle. The main courses were only okay. I enquired about the possibility of getting mashed potato instead of roast but was told this could not be accommodated. The cheese board offered incredibly meagre portions. The dessert trolley was excellent as always. When paying, I noticed our toddler’s meal was €25! When I asked if this was a mistake, I was immediately told that he had pasta (small portion) and dessert (jelly & icecream which they charge at their 2 course adult price of €25. This left a really bad taste in my mouth. Pricing could definitely be more transparent and a greater range could be offered for little ones if this is a market they are catering for. Overall, our food was fine, but not to the standard we have had on our previous visits.
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Nannnnnnn wrote a review 8 Sep
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We're so happy we treated ourselves to a stay at Ballymaloe House! All of the staff were so kind and helpful, including taking our (heavy) bags upstairs when we arrived. The afternoon tea and Victoria Sponge Cake served in the sunroom were wonderful, as was the breakfast buffet in the morning. Our room was very comfortable, and the whole house has a charming, country manor feel. You MUST check out the collection of cookbooks in their little library! We also enjoyed shopping at the store right next door. I highly recommend a stay here.
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Date of stay: August 2022
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Dirk en Karen G wrote a review Aug 2022
Blaricum, The Netherlands4 contributions2 helpful votes
Finally we were able to visit and stay at Balllymaloe House (the Yellow room), and it was well-worth it. No wonder with such nice and hospitable staff and all the fresh ingredients from the land and sea around Shanagarry. And the kitchen knows how to keep as much flavor as possible in their soups, fishes, and other dishes. Also noteworthy is the excellent selection of biodynamic and natural wines, such as the Adele, made from southwest France's Mauzac grapes in an orange wine style: Fantastic with the crab as well as the turbot. We'll be back!
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Date of stay: August 2022
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Response from Fern Allen, Other at Ballymaloe House
Responded 3 weeks ago
Dear Dirk-Vine Winedesign, Thank you very much for taking the time to write such a lovely review. I am delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us. We are very lucky with our produce here in East Cork & we do try to keep our wine list interesting with a wide range of wines available. We look forward to your return visit! Fern Allen House Manager
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YorkshireFisherman wrote a review Aug 2022
Yorkshire19 contributions18 helpful votes
As visitors from England this was a visit to which we were hugely looking forward, but came away a little disappointed. It was very good, but far from perfect. Firstly we were left much to our own devices on arrival. We found our own way into a very pleasant conservatory area but had to ask to see the menus. Having reconfirmed our booking in the previous week, I had asked for as accessible table as possible due to my own poor mobility, but this request seemed to have been ignored, as the table we were given could not have been a longer walk. Now to the food. The starters were fine. No complaints there. For main course I had the chicken, served with a mountain of beans and mange tout. Totally out of balance. There was insufficient tarragon sauce. But, the most disappointing thing were the potatoes. I have never seen more uninteresting ones and the taste was similarly boring. Basically baked potatoes in their jackets, cut in half and stacked in a dish for the four of us. Two hakes were ok, but the beef ragout looked a dark, sticky mess. After sitting with finished plates for at least 15 minutes I had to ask for them to be removed. I got a slightly snippy response that our table was next. The legendary sweet trolley did look beautiful garlanded with cornflowers but there was nothing remotely innovative on it. Ice cream, chocolate sauce, strawberry parfait, mini meringues, small tarts filled with crème anglais, fruit compote. Nowt special. And so we waved goodbye to Ballymaloe. We can say we’ve been. The house is beautiful, but the lack of meet and greet staff, a quite average meal and poor service probably means we won’t make that trek again.
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Date of stay: July 2022
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Response from Fern Allen, Other at Ballymaloe House
Responded 3 weeks ago
Thank you for your review. I am very sorry that you were a little disappointed with your visit to Ballymaloe. If you do come back another time please do make contact with me & I will make sure that we make up for a disappointing first visit. Kind Regards, Fern Allen House manager
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Colin M wrote a review Jul 2022
Northern Ireland32 contributions19 helpful votes
Following the successful showing of Ballymaloe House on Master Chef some months ago, I decided to take my family for Sunday lunch there on the 17 July. Whilst the surroundings and service was first class, the food was disappointing. Two of my family had a lemon and ricotta starter, that was small and lacked flavour. I enjoyed a very fine pate with excellent breads. Another son had a tasty broth. But it was the main courses, that were really disappointing. Two of us ordered the Hake and we were served two miniscule tail end portions which really should not have been put up in an establishment of its reputation. Whilst the carrots and potatoes were very tasty, they could not make up for the disappointment of the Hake. The desserts were equally unimpressive and it seemed as if they were attemping to maximize profits with minimal effort. The sweet trolley comprised a good raspberry and basil jelly, freshley picked cherries, small lemon tarts topped with blackberries, chocolate meringues and vanilla ice cream with chocolate sauce. There were no cheese cakes, gateaux, creme brulee, creme caramel, steam puddings, crumbles or other classic desserts. I would be hesitant to recommend this place as a special venue for food.It would appear that Ballymaloe has lost its focus and that this once Michelin star restaurant now relies more on its burgeoning reputation.
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Fern Allen, Owner at Ballymaloe House
Responded 25 Jul 2022
Thank you for taking the time to review us. I am delighted that you found the service & surroundings to be first class. Sorry that you thought the Ricotta was lacking flavour & the Hake was small. We do offer second helpings, so I do apologise if this did not happen. Our menu & sweet trolley reflects the seasons, so Rasperries & local Cherries were very much in season. We do hope that you will return another time.
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Julie H wrote a review Jul 2022
Hammondsport, New York100 contributions35 helpful votes
We spent two days here in a superior courtyard room with the lazy summer Sundays package. It was my favorite stay, of many amazing stays, in Ireland. The room was sumptuous and immaculately clean. The bed was large and comfortable, there were two wonderful and comfortable window seats overlooking the courtyard which was filled with flowers. There was a sizable dressing table, plenty of closet space, soft fluffy robes. They had an adapter that allowed me to plug in my curling iron (our adapter died while we were in Dublin so it was a bonus). The bathroom had a giant clawfoot tub and a sizable shower. The staff was attentive, friendly, and professional. They were always able to make suggestions Both check in and check out went smoothly. We were greeted upon arrival with a pot of tea and slices of cake in the sunroom.
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Date of stay: June 2022
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Response from Fern Allen, Owner at Ballymaloe House
Responded 27 Jul 2022
Thank you for the lovely review. I am delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us in your travels around Ireland. Our sweets department make a different flavour cake every day to be served with tea for our guests to enjoy! We look forward to welcoming you back in the not too distant future!
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Michael D wrote a review Jul 2022
La Manga del Mar Menor, Spain353 contributions575 helpful votes
After reading the rave reviews we were looking forward to a wondeful weekend. In reality the weekend was a major disappointment. Yes the house is wonderful as are the grounds, the room for which we paid over 800euros for 2 nights is comfortable but apart from that very poor. A quiet aspect overlooking a green area. Now the room itself yes a good size and also a good size bathroom. There is not a safety box, not tea or coffee making, not a TV (ok) not the end of the world.This is after all reputed to be a top quality hotel? Well all would be made good with the famous food, wrong. The breakfast cold buffet is good but our cooked breakfast was very poor. We have had much better cooked breakfasts in many 2 and 3 star hotels in fact at some B & B properties. I am sorry to say that this is not what we expected and were paying for.
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Date of stay: July 2022
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Response from Fern Allen, Owner at Ballymaloe House
Responded 25 Jul 2022
Thank you for taking the time to write a review. I am so glad you thought the house & grounds were wonderful & your bedroom comfortable. We have found over the years that our guests appreciate not having a television so that they can relax in peaceful surroundings. While we do not provide Tea/Coffee making facilities in bedrooms, we are always happy to serve loose leaf Tea & Freshly Roasted Coffee (Roasted on our farm) either to bedrooms or in any of our sitting rooms or conservatory for our guests to enjoy. We hope to see you again sometime.
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Louise wrote a review May 2022
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This hotel was everything you can imagine an Irish country house would be. The grounds are so naturally beautiful and peaceful. The hotel itself, guest rooms, bar and drawing rooms, you just don't want to leave. Friendly, welcoming staff every step of the way - from reservations to everyone you meet in the hotel. We arrived in the evening after dinner but breakfast was delicious, all local and house-made. The hot items are irresistible! One night was too short - we will be back!
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Date of stay: May 2022
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Responded 25 Jul 2022
Thank you for giving us such a lovely review. I am delighted you enjoyed our Breakfast so much & we do hope to see you again soon, with a little bit more time so that you can have dinner in our dining room!
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jolene211 wrote a review May 2022
mnta617 contributions237 helpful votes
Delayed four years - COVID the evil intruder - we were in May 2022 able to rediscover the sublime specialness that is Ballymaloe House (BH). A bit off the so-called beaten path East of Cork, down a classically narrow (remember to drive on the left side) Irish road, BH appears as a bucolic mirage/oasis. The House is an elegant, rambling 'mansion' centered on 400 acres of pristine meadows and woodlands. "See it to believe it" - trite but true. Fern (extraordinary Lady) and her terrific team are committed to maintaining traditional hospitality and renowned dining while adapting to the world of WiFi and smart phone. You can feel the esprit, a sense that you are genuinely welcomed, truly appreciated for choosing BH as your vacation destination. We chose the same room (Grey) as in 2018. Upper floor, corner with large windows affording memory-making panoramic views. Spacious and loaded with amenities. The bathroom alas remains quirky-tight quarters with a tub requiring a big step up and in. A little tricky and cautious climbing is the advice. And for those Americans used to and expecting air conditioning? No...just pure, refreshing Irish air. Fresh is better than Freon! BH offers a multiplicity of activities including personal house and garden/property tours. We enjoyed both. Tobias, esteemed - and busy - groundskeeper, spent an hour with us explaining the flora and fauna. He gave us a heart-keeping lesson about how Nature, if given even the slightest chance, has amazing restorative powers. And how bio-diversity holds out hope for the natural world, so long as we remain committed "trustees." Take the tour and feel renewed! Dining at BH (we recommend going with a package-inclusive plan) is a gustatory journey to a land of the freshest farm-to-table and fishing boat-to-table fare to be found anywhere. Hyperbole earned and allowed. Five courses (never thought I would go for oysters but happily took the plunge) of deliciousness capped by the arrival of the world-famous dessert "trolley." If there is a sweet tooth heaven, BH is the angelic escort. Ballymaloe remains the quintessential Irish country manor - a private, personal, quiet, serene experience. We are happy to recommend unconditionally. And we will not let four years lapse before returning. Bravo, Fern and Team!
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Fern Allen, Owner at Ballymaloe House
Responded 25 Jul 2022
Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a wonderful review. We were delighted to welcome you back for a much delayed break. I am so happy that you enjoyed your stay & availed of some of our 'guest experiences'. We very much look forward to seeing you again in the not too distant future!
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Kris wrote a review May 2022
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Had a pleasant stay at Ballymaloe house. Highlight was the free tour around the grounds learning about the diverse plant and animal species on the beautiful property. Also heard about the progress to increase biodiversity through the care of the lands. Tobias led the tour, highly recommend it!
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Travelled solo
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Response from Fern Allen, Owner at Ballymaloe House
Responded 27 Jul 2022
Thank you for taking the time to write a review. This year we have developed several personalised tours of the house & grounds. I'm so glad you enjoyed the biodiversity tour with Tobias. We look forward to welcoming you back another time.
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US$318 - US$427 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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IrelandProvince of MunsterCounty CorkShanagarry
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Frequently Asked Questions about Ballymaloe House
Which popular attractions are close to Ballymaloe House?
Nearby attractions include Ballycotton Cliff Walk (5.8 km), Ballycotton Lighthouse (7.6 km), and Midleton Farmer' Market (6.9 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Ballymaloe House?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
What food & drink options are available at Ballymaloe House?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Ballymaloe House?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Ballymaloe House?
Conveniently located restaurants include Ballymaloe House Restaurant, Skinny's Diner, and Cush.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Ballymaloe House?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Ballymaloe House offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to meeting rooms and a banquet room during their stay.
Are there any historical sites close to Ballymaloe House?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Camden Fort Meagher (15.6 km), Titanic Memorial Garden (14.0 km), and Heartbreak Pier (15.1 km).
Is Ballymaloe House accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.