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Ballymaloe House

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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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Free parking
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Peaslake-Family-of-4 wrote a review Oct 2023
Peaslake, United Kingdom250 contributions93 helpful votes
A delightful place with lovely drawing rooms, conservatory and extensive gardens. The history tour was delightful. The bedrooms are beautifully appointed. And of course the food in this place is exquisite - it’s not without merit that it’s widely hailed as the home of Irish cookery.
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Date of stay: October 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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MJH161 wrote a review Sept 2023
Denver, Colorado219 contributions202 helpful votes
After a disappointing greeting from a very distracted front desk, we grew to like this place a lot over our two night stay. It also helped that we had one very sunny day. Our room was the honeysuckle, and it was pretty comfortable. One odd thing was we could hear the water running through the wall of our room every time the group above us flushed the toilet. We especially liked our solarium room attached to the front. We took a bio diversity tour and that allowed us to get a nice introduction to the spacious grounds at the resort. If you get a chance, be sure to visit the herb garden. You might want to also seek out the chicken coops. The very friendly staff include Fern Allen and the sommelier, as well as the groundskeeper. The restaurant is foodie heaven, and a must visit despite the expense.
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Date of stay: September 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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John F wrote a review Sept 2023
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We had heard of Ballymaloe House before we travelled, and it had also been recommended by friends but the whole experience from the moment you drive through the gates to the time you depart was both uplifting and delightful. The essence of good hotelkeeping (I speak from experience) is to not realise you are being looked after, but everything happens on cue just the same. Despite the grandeur of the house and gardens, the wonderful staff are the stars, and make everything come alive. Service is carried out with a smile and a lovely line of chat, and you want for nothing. Ballymaloe thoroughly deserves its fine reputation, carried on magnificently by the present Allen family and those who make it happen. Thank you - we shall return.
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Date of stay: September 2023
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LMSP wrote a review Sept 2023
London222 contributions170 helpful votes
This is a very expensive and highly rated hotel so I had high expectations. We were disappointed. It’s a beautiful old country house stuck in a Time Capsule - we were reminded of Fawlty towers on several occasions. I don’t normally write long reviews but feel the need to do so here. We happened to arrive at the same time as several other guests so the single receptionist was doing her best to deal with everybody quickly. That may explain why I didn’t know there was tea and cake on offer until I read other trip advisor reviews just now. We had a courtyard room and it was raining. No tea or coffee making facilities in our room, or a TV for what that’s worth. The room was fine. Spacious but dated, especially the bathroom. On arrival I’d checked the time, 7:30pm, that I’d booked dinner and asked if we could eat a bit earlier. Of course said the friendly receptionist who suggested we have a drink in one of their sitting rooms while perusing the menu. Great idea I thought so we arrived at 6:50. It took quite some time to find a spare sofa to sit on as everywhere was full. We eventually found one in a lovely little room just next the restaurant. We then asked a passing waitress whether we should go to the bar to order a drink or whether somebody would come to take our order. She said if we were in a hurry to go to the bar but otherwise somebody would be with us very soon. 10 minutes later we decided to head to bar for a drink only to be told that we couldn’t order ourselves but had to wait for somebody to come to us. There were lots of waiters and bar tenders running around very busily. After a further 5 minutes, a waiter came for our order, to be followed swiftly by several more. We were given the menu and told that we’d be called when our table was ready. The only real choice is for the main dish so quick to choose. At 7:40 we gave up and went into the restaurant asking if we could go to our table. Firstly we were told that we’d not made a booking. I explained that I’d confirmed it with reception on arrival. The lady on the desk told us to return to our sofa while she spoke to management. She returned eventually to say that the problem was there was another male guest with the same name which had led to the confusion (unlikely I think as our name is unusual and it was me, female, who’d made the booking). She led us to our table only to discover that another couple was already there. So back to sofa. Called again for another table next which was a bottle of Prosecco. We said we’d not ordered it. They said it was a gift and there was a card with it. Card said happy anniversary. Not our anniversary we said, this bottle is intended for another couple. We were told we were wrong. Eventually the senior waitress agreed that there’d been a mix up and removed the bottle. We weren’t going to leave the table having now at last sat down at 8:05. Service still a bit slow ( a case of lots of waiting staff running around frenetically rather than too few staff) but at 8:15 our soup was served. This was the highlight of the meal. Completely delicious vegetable broth. There is then a large hors d’œuvre table which encourages you to take more than you need. And you’re invited back for seconds. Took me back a generation or more. The best thing were the raw oysters. I’d have preferred 6 of them and left the rest. Scallops for main were fine rather than amazing. Again we were asked whether we wanted more scallops. We’d been given the right number in the first place. Definitely an eat as much as you possibly can type restaurant which you don’t normally associate with top end cuisine. Cheese arrived as three different pieces on a plate for us. Actually I’d have preferred a proper cheese board/trolley with lots of choices of delicious Irish cheese for me to pick three from. Then the desert trolley which was frankly dull. From memory meringues, profiteroles, stewed fruit, ice cream, cream and chocolate sauce. I’d been expecting something rather more sophisticated which I couldn’t easily make at home. I’d decided not to book dinner for our second night until we’d experienced the first night. We both quickly agreed that the experience wasn’t worth €100 per head. Breakfast starts at 8am. We happen to be early risers so both mornings arrived at 8:05. Both mornings we had to walk gingerly over wet floors in the process of being mopped and then wait while they put the food on the buffet table. Yes they were able to bring us coffee on arrival but food wasn’t ready until 8:15 and even then it was haphazard - eg serving spoons missing from porridge and fruit. First time we’ve experienced anything quite so unprofessional in a good hotel. However breakfast was then brilliant - delicious homemade breads, yoghurt, porridge, granola etc etc. I love gardens so was looking forward to exploring this one. The gardening immediately around the house and car park is top quality with good planting and well maintained. Further afield it got more and more ordinary and the walled garden (the floral part) was much in need of care. Almost all the individual staff we encountered were delightful, friendly and trying to do their best. But it was chaotic. Either nobody to serve you or 5 different people trying to serve you. So I point the finger at incompetent management and a hotel resting on its laurels from years gone by.
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Date of stay: September 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Kristi wrote a review Sept 2023
San Clemente, California6 contributions1 helpful vote
This was our second stay at Ballymaloe. We noticed some differences. This time around it seemed a little stuffy in the clientele. Our room was comfortable however the amenities were lacking. All the other places we stayed this trip they provide plugs for charging or have the adapter in the wall. We had to ask for an adaptor and they could only give us one. I had to ask for a hair dryer. The breakfast was lovely and we had dinner one night. The welcome tea and cake is delightful and our lunch we had one day was perfect. The bartenders Seamus and Davinia were personable and wonderful to chat with. Some memorable dishes that I wish I could have again and again.
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Date of stay: September 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Ann Phelan wrote a review Aug 2023
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I brought a group of people to Ballymaloe cookery school and house today for a day trip. They were English and American visitors(14) and they thoroughly enjoyed the day. I have to say that from arrival at 11.00 and leaving at 3.00 it was an uplifting experience. We accidentally bumped into Rory at the school and he couldn’t have been nicer with his welcome. Fern met us at the house and brought us to the conservatory where we had a memorable lunch (divine) and she gave them some history on the house. Rosalie did a wonderful tour of the gardens. Altogether a truely enjoyable day. Thank you all
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Date of stay: August 2023
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Response from Fern Allen, Other at Ballymaloe House
Responded 4 Sept 2023
Dear TeamTraveler123, I am delighted that you & your group enjoyed your visit to The Cookery School & to Ballymaloe House. We love showing visitors that have not been here before what we have here at Ballymaloe. We very much look forward to seeing you again & maybe some of your group will return & stay a little longer next time!
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Carrybo_gal wrote a review Aug 2023
Belfast, United Kingdom55 contributions19 helpful votes
From the moment we arrived it was absolutely fabulous. A cup of tea and a slice of cake in the drawing room whilst waiting to get into our room. Room was downstairs with garden views, large bathroom with both bath and shower and beautifully decorated bedroom with big bed. Our package included lunch and a glass of fizz on the conservatory, I was full up after the cake so just had the cheese board, generous portions of several local cheeses with home made biscuits and relish. We ate in the restaurant both nights, a wonderful 5 course menu, it was absolutely delicious and service was superb. Lots of choice on the menu. Breakfast both mornings was served in the long room, a super buffet choice of breads, cereals, granola, porridge etc followed by a hot dish from the menu, eg cooked breakfast, kippers, omelette, pancakes etc. Before we checked out on our third day we did the house tour with Fern Allen, it was entertaining and very informative. We had a truly wonderful stay at Ballymaloe, food was amazing and all of the staff were very pleasant and efficient Would most definitely recommend a stay here
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Date of stay: July 2023
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: A walk around the walled garden is recommended too
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Response from Fern Allen, Other at Ballymaloe House
Responded 4 Sept 2023
Dear Carrybo gal Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review. It is greatly appreciated. I am so glad that you enjoyed your time with us here in Ballymaloe. We are very lucky to have the space to grow a lot of our food in the walled garden & also to be so near the sea, so we get really fresh fish. I love doing the Tour of the house & telling people about some of the fascinating history. We look forward to seeing you again hopefully.
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msd0909 wrote a review Aug 2023
Dallas, Texas34 contributions12 helpful votes
The restaurant at Ballymaloe rivals the best we enjoyed at our 5-star trip around the Emerald Isle. Ingredients are largely grown on site and those that are imported are from local sources. I understand it may be difficult to grab a spot, so if you intend to go, please book early. The grounds and building are as spectacular as the food.
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Date of stay: July 2023
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Response from Fern Allen, Other at Ballymaloe House
Responded 4 Sept 2023
Dear msd0909, Thank you so much for your lovely review. We have had a very busy summer here, so I do apologise if you found it difficult to make a reservation, but I am so delighted that you enjoyed your time with us. We are very lucky to have such wonderful fresh ingredients to use in our restaurant which we cook simply, so that the flavours take central stage. We look forward to welcoming you back another time.
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Bill A wrote a review Aug 2023
Spring Lake, New Jersey597 contributions478 helpful votes
My wife and I spent one night at the Ballymaloe House last month. The experience was wonderful from the charm of the manor house to the excellent cuisine. We wish we could have stayed longer; but, it’s better that we didn’t have that much food for a second day. We especially enjoyed the short drive to and walk through the gardens. We hope to return one day soon.
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Date of stay: July 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 5 Sept 2023
Dear 760billa, Thank you so much for visiting us for a night. The gardens at the Cookery School, 4 km from Ballymaloe house are well worth the visit. I hope you got to see the amazing shell house while you were there. We look forward to seeing you again & hopefully you can stay a bit longer next time as there is lots to see & do in East Cork!
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Jim S. wrote a review Jul 2023
Houston, Texas52 contributions3 helpful votes
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If you are looking for a great place to stay in the Cork countryside with an old country estate, feel - this is your place. The hotel has modern amenities and very comfortable rooms. No TV in the rooms - fine by me. We loved the common seating areas, sunroom and the general feel of the place. Plenty of places on the ground for a morning or evening walk. Originally the family home of the current owners it has been converted into a first-rate hotel. The hotel includes an outdoor hotel. We also had dinner at the Ballymaloe's hotel and strongly recommend that.
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Date of stay: June 2023
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Response from Fern Allen, Other at Ballymaloe House
Responded 5 Sept 2023
Dear RealGumby, Thank you for visiting us when you were in Ireland recently. I am delighted that you enjoyed your time here in Ballymaloe. Our outdoor pool was dug by my older brothers & sisters a long time ago & is available from may through to the end of september. Even though we did not have a very sunny summer here this year, a lot of our guests enjoyed a swim while they were staying with us. We look forward to welcoming you if you travel to Ireland to see us again.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Ballymaloe House
Which popular attractions are close to Ballymaloe House?
Nearby attractions include Ballycotton Cliff Walk (5.7 km), Ballycotton Lighthouse (7.5 km), and Ballynamona Beach (2.3 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 Cush, Ballymaloe House Restaurant, and Skinny's Diner.
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 (15.7 km), Titanic Memorial Garden (14.1 km), and Heartbreak Pier (15.2 km).
Is Ballymaloe House accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.