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Ballyfin Demesne

Travellers' Choice 2018 Winner
Certificate of Excellence
Set at the foot of the Slieve Bloom Mountains in the centre of Ireland, Ballyfin is a place of history and romance, of tranquility and great natural beauty. At Ballyfin formality is blended with ease and enjoyment. The house has long been admired as the most lavish Regency mansion in Ireland, and after eight years of restoration, Ballyfin re-opened in May 2011 as a small 5 star country house hotel like no other. It offers the very best of Irish hospitality in the most beautiful surroundings imaginable. Enjoy the splendid interiors decorated with Irish Art and antiques from around the world. With only twenty rooms for the 614 acre estate, it is the perfect place for a break from the stresses of the modern world and provides discretion and privacy like few other destinations. Conceived on a generous scale for receiving guests, Ballyfin combines magnificence and intimacy in its State rooms. From the grandeur of the Saloon at the heart of the house, the eighty-foot library, the sun filled Conservatory which is reached through a secret door hidden in a bookshelf in the library. At Ballyfin, stone walls enclose 614 acres of parkland, a lake and ancient woods, delightful garden buildings, follies and grottoes. Whether you feel like swimming some laps, enjoying some water exercises or simply relaxing, our indoor pool, overlooking the courtyard garden, will be a beautiful space for invigoration and wellbeing. Come and enjoy life!!
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Property amenities
Free Parking
Breakfast included
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Room Service
Wheelchair Access
Airport Transportation
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Dry Cleaning
Laundry Service
Non-Smoking Hotel
Heated pool
Indoor pool
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Non-Smoking Rooms
Accessible rooms
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Dublin Airport89 km
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Reviewed 3 days ago

This hotel is simple amazing. I have stayed in many many hotels and I have never experience such an amazing team, location and hotel. It wraps you in a warmth of luxury from the moment you arrive.It is well worth visiting.

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Date of stay: December 2018
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Out of this world hotel friendly staff fabulous food, From the minute we arrived we were made special,the guided tour of the house was superb where we learned about the history of the house and were shown the paintings etc .We had lunch and dinner...More

Date of stay: December 2018
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I stayed here with my husband for one night in September en route from Cork to Dublin. From the minute you pull up you feel as though you are a guest in a dear friend’s stately home, not in a hotel. Although we only stayed...More

Date of stay: September 2018
3  Thank Michele B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This hotel has to be the best if you have a special occasion to celebrate..... if you don’t it is still the best, no need for an excuse, put it on your bucket list. We are a group of three friends and stayed for one...More

Date of stay: November 2018
3  Thank claretreacyhogan
Response from Ballyfin, Deputy General Manager at Ballyfin DemesneResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear claretreacyhogan, Many thanks for taking the time to review your recent stay at Ballyfin. We are delighted you all had a lovely stay with us and took part in some of our activities and also took the opportunity to relax and take it all...More

Reviewed 5 November 2018

We stayed at Ballyfin for 2 wonderful nights as celebration of our 25th anniversary. It was easily the best place we have ever stayed and lived up to its reputation. The house and the grounds are simply spectacular. The gardens alone are worth a visit....More

Date of stay: October 2018
3  Thank Jeffrey W
Response from Ballyfin, Deputy General Manager at Ballyfin DemesneResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Jeffrey W, Thank you for taking the time to write a review on your recent stay with us. It was a pleasure to welcome you both on your 25th wedding anniversary and we are delighted you enjoyed your stay and all that Ballyfin has...More

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Response from Avalex | Reviewed this property |
Ballyfin is not accessible unless you have a dinner reservation or if you are staying. In other words you can't just drive in & enter as you would a regular hotel. You are buzzed in at the main gate. If you are having... More
5 January 2018|
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Response from j0hnhill1 | Reviewed this property |
Suppose it depends when you are going. The further ahead the better. It is amazing and worth the effort. We would skip Dublin on our next trip to spend more time there.
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"We saw several and there are no bad ones! let staff know your preferences. Lake view or cascade view both..."
5 Nov 2018
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"Definitely have lunch in the conservatory. It will take you back in time. And don't miss the carriage..."
18 Oct 2018
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"The Lady Sarah Pole room has a lovely view of the water feature."
11 Oct 2018
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"They all appear to be exquisite!"
2 Oct 2018
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