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Montreux, Switzerland
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82 reviews
57 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 August 2016

This hotel and the estate it stands within really is a little piece of heaven and oh so well worth a visit. It is impossible to have any negative feelings or opinions about this hotel. It was our first visit - and hopefully we will be returning - as soon as possible. The staff clearly love this hotel and it... More 

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2 Thank LausanneFrederick
Ballyfin, Deputy General Manager at Ballyfin Demesne, responded to this review

Dear LausanneFrederick, Many thanks for taking the time to write a review on your recent stay with us. Thank you for your lovely mention of the team who take so much personal pride and delight in the house and love to ensure our guests have a wonderful experience when staying with us. The golf buggies are a great way to... More 

Sydney
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21 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 August 2016 via mobile

This is our 2nd stay. We first stayed in June 2013. Loved everything about it then & love it even more now! The rooms are an experience back in time, the elegance and beauty of another time. Very comfortable & quiet! We spent 2 hours riding the bikes around the estate after breakfast. Returned in time for lunch, an hour... More 

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Ballyfin, Deputy General Manager at Ballyfin Demesne, responded to this review

Dear lyonsong, Many thanks for taking the time to write a review on your second stay with us at Ballyfin. It was a pleasure to welcome you back and delighted you loved the experience more on your return visit. A morning spent riding the bikes around the estate followed by lunch and treatments is the way to enjoy Ballyfin. We... More 

Dublin, Ireland
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105 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 133 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 August 2016

Spent an idyllic mid Summer's evening in Ballyfin and, whilst our visit was only for dinner, we were treated royally from start to finish. Commencing with a tour of the main receptions rooms, coffee in the library and then a complimentary buggy to take a wider tour of the estate. Dinner was top class finished off by coffee in the... More 

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4 Thank FarranBoy62
Ballyfin, Deputy General Manager at Ballyfin Demesne, responded to this review

Dear Farranboy62, Many thanks for writing a review on your recent visit to Ballyfin. It was a pleasure to welcome you for dinner and we are delighted you enjoyed the experience including the tour of the estate before dinner. The Conservatory is a wonderful work of art and a beautiful place to relax and enjoy a coffee after dinner. We... More 

Dublin, Ireland
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 August 2016 via mobile

Just back from a visit to Ballyfin House and I cannot praise this experience highly enough! From the greeting at the front of the demense (Downton Abbey style) by three members of staff, car whisked away, hot towels and cool water to welcome us, to the gentle and informative tour of the ground floor with all of its sumptuous rooms,... More 

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Ballyfin, Deputy General Manager at Ballyfin Demesne, responded to this review

Dear Fusspot50, Many thanks for taking the time to write a review on your stay with us. Delighted you enjoyed your visit and experienced all Ballyfin has to offer. You do feel like you are away from the world when relaxing at lunch in the conservatory or exploring the 614 acre Demesne in a golf buggy. Thank you also for... More 

London, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 August 2016 via mobile

Everything here is perfect! If I had to pick niggles (and very minute ones at that), the quality of the food marginally lags the quality of the house, staff and atmosphere. Otherwise, full marks. Ideal for a weekend getaway. I would definitely stay a minimum of two nights, otherwise you'll be checking out before you start to really appreciate the... More 

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2 Thank MacCree
Ballyfin, Deputy General Manager at Ballyfin Demesne, responded to this review

Dear MacCree, Many thanks for taking the time to review your recent stay with us. It was a pleasure to welcome you and we are delighted you enjoyed your stay. We do hope we have the opportunity to welcome you back soon and for you to experience the food again and for us to ensure your overall experience will be... More 

Dallas, Texas
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21 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 July 2016 via mobile

Words do not do justice to this incredibly, beautiful place. From the moment you drive up the private lane, there on the steps, the staff is waiting to welcome and greet you with a smile and warm towel. You are the ushered into the Manor and your fantasies begin. The renovation, which is documented in a beautiful book found in... More 

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3 Thank Patty H
Ballyfin, Deputy General Manager at Ballyfin Demesne, responded to this review

Dear Patty H, Thank you for taking the time to write a few on your recent stay with us at Ballyfin. It was lovely to read your review and we are delighted you experienced all Ballyfin has to offer from the welcome by the team on the steps and a refreshing warm towel on arrival to hearing of the history... More 

Dublin, Ireland
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31 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 July 2016 via mobile

Many Irish people may consider that Ballyfin could be stuffy but let me reassure you that it is the very best of Irish hospitality There is an incredible team of people behind this success story and in my opinion the staff make this destination unforgettable . We will be back to Ireland's best kept secret . There must be a... More 

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Ballyfin, Deputy General Manager at Ballyfin Demesne, responded to this review

Dear mikeddie1987, Thank you for your review on your recent visit to Ballyfin. We were all delighted to read your review and very much appreciate the lovely mention of the team. We so look forward to welcoming you both again soon. Warm wishes from all the team Martina Yearsley Deputy General Manager More 

Dallas, Texas
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 July 2016

We arrived in mid June straight from Dublin airport for a three night stay. You enter the demesne through a set of gates after contacting the staff by intercom and then enjoy the long drive up to the house. The road was specifically routed to show off part of the grounds and then reveal the house with a view across... More 

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Ballyfin, Deputy General Manager at Ballyfin Demesne, responded to this review

Dear rbc635, Thank you for taking the time to write a detailed review on your recent stay with us at Ballyfin. We loved reading your review as it told a story, from your arrival through the gates, driving up the long driveway to the house to be met by Damien and the Butlers to entering the house and enjoying the... More 

Chicago, Illinois
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 June 2016

We recently returned from Ballyfin and are still dreaming about it. This place is the pinnacle (luxury, beauty, service). And we can't wait to return. It was a family get-together, with 27 of us bombarding Ballyfin for 5 nights! And as we quickly learned, it doesn't get better than Ballyfin. The history, the impeccable restoration, the immaculate grounds, the beautiful... More 

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2 Thank taylesann
Ballyfin, Deputy General Manager at Ballyfin Demesne, responded to this review

Dear taylesann, Thank you for your review on your stay with us at Ballyfin. It was a pleasure to welcome you all and it is wonderful when a family have the opportunity to get together for a few days and to make Ballyfin their home during this time. The team loved getting to know everyone and enjoyed planning all the... More 

Dublin, Ireland
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80 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 June 2016

I'm not too sure how to go about this review. Probably the best hotel I have ever stayed in. It was my birthday and it was a surprise where I was being brought. I had seen the documentary on tv some time ago, so got very excited when I started seeing signs for Ballyfin Demesne. I don't even know what... More 

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Ballyfin, Deputy General Manager at Ballyfin Demesne, responded to this review

Dear AMWhelehan, Thank you for taking the time to write a review on your stay with us at Ballyfin. It was lovely to read the visit was a surprise for your birthday and we are delighted you managed to fit in so much during your stay and you found time to relax and be pampered by Sinead in the Spa.... More 

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  • Restaurant
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
  • Room Service
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Breakfast
About the property
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
  • Wheelchair Access
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  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa
  • Tennis Court
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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Free Parking
  • Room Service
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Laundry Service
  • Concierge
  • Free Breakfast
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
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!! ... more   less 

Additional Information about Ballyfin Demesne

Address: Ballyfin, Ballyfin Co Laois, Ireland
Region: Ireland > Province of Leinster > County Laois > Ballyfin
Price Range: €555 - €935 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Ballyfin Demesne 5*
Number of rooms: 20
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