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Ballyfin Demesne

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Dallas, Texas
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...

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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...

Dublin, Ireland
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...

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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

Dallas, Texas
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...

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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...

Chicago, Illinois
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...

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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...

Dublin, Ireland
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...

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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....

Clane, Ireland
Reviewed 19 June 2016

It so expensive, yes, but worth every penny. This was an outstanding experience to which 5 stars and "Excellent" do not do enough justice. We stayed on the last night in April, so as to get as good weather as possible before the summer rated applied! I should have rushed to review it then but life has been hectic and...

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

Dear blaenboy1, Many thanks for taking the time to write a review on your stay with us at Ballyfin. We are delighted you enjoyed your stay on the Irish Country House package. The pony & carriage tour is a great way to explore the demesne and to learn of the history and we hope you are enjoying the beautiful coffee...

New Jersey
Reviewed 16 June 2016 via mobile

Ballyfin is an outstanding small hotel. The food is amazing. We even had a picnic lunch at the top of the tower on the grounds. The staff is very accommodating and friendly. The room was excellent (Wellesley Pole suite) and overlooked a water feature. The grounds are well maintained and enjoyable to walk around. It is the Irish equivalent to...

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

Dear John L, Many thanks for writing a review on your stay at Ballyfin. We are delighted you enjoyed your visit and experienced a picnic lunch in the top of the round tower. The Wellesley Pole is a beautiful Suite with direct views over the stunning water cascade. Delighted you enjoyed meeting the team and exploring outside. We look forward...

Reviewed 12 June 2016

Ballyfin is the most amazing Hotel Country Home. The staff are warm and friendly. Catering to one's every need. So much to do. The highlight of our 2night stay was the Gulf Buggies and ground attractions such as the Tower castle, Horses and a through back in history dressing up. Organic vegetables and eggs all home grown not to mention...

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Montreux, Switzerland
Reviewed 30 May 2016

Where to start with the superlatives for this peerless property and all who lovingly work there? Honestly, I can't say enough good things about the wonderful experience that was a weekend in incredible and incredibly lovely yet cozy Ballyfin, which Damien manages so capably. From our delightful driver to the demesne from Dublin, to the genuinely warm welcome received upon...

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Reviewed 19 May 2016

We were nervous going to Ballyfin because this was a competition we had won. The second we were greeted a the entrance that fear proved unfounded. What Ballyfin is unique and as far as I'm concerned,unparalleled. This is by the the nicest and if I never return,the best hotel I will ever stay in. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you....

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

Dear 051fah888, Many thanks for taking the time to write a review on your recent stay. Congratulations once again on winning your stay in a competition. We are delighted you enjoyed your visit and thank you for your very kind words. We look forward to the opportunity of welcoming you again. kind regards Martina Yearsley Deputy General Manager

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  • Pool
  • Free Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
  • Room Service
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Breakfast included
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  • Non-Smoking Hotel
  • Wheelchair Access
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  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
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  • Spa
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  • Dry Cleaning
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  • Concierge
  • Breakfast included
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: €574 - €906 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Ballyfin Demesne 5*
Number of rooms: 20
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“Each of the 20 rooms is unique. Ours had a lovely view of the cascade.”
 of 5 bubbles H7899FEpatriciab, 16 Mar 2017 | Read review
“View from the windows in the main building is spectacular; conservatory is rather cool in early spring.”
 of 5 bubbles 744george, 15 Mar 2017 | Read review
“Every room is great”
 of 5 bubbles Gerry5461, 2 Jan 2017 | Read review
“Every view is beautiful, but I suppose lake view would be best”
 of 5 bubbles penelope105, 4 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Not necessary they are all outstanding”
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