Ballymaloe House

With ‘outstanding’ meals, ‘comforting’ log fires and ‘effortless, round-the-clock attentiveness’ from ‘helpful’ staff, this ‘timeless’ hotel provides an experience of ‘absolutely top-quality hospitality’. More

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Ballymaloe House
Co. Cork
00 353 21 465 2531
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Hotel information


29. 9 in adjacent building, 4 on ground floor, 5 self-catering cottages suitable for disabled.


all year, except Christmas Day.


drawing room, 2 small sitting rooms, conservatory, 7 dining rooms, free Wi-Fi, wedding and conference facilities, 6-acre gardens, 300-acre farm, tennis, swimming pool (10 by 4 metres), cookery school nearby.

Background music



all ages welcomed.


allowed in 3 rooms with porch, not in public rooms.

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[to April 2016] per person B&B €120–€150. Set dinner €70–€75.

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Good Hotel Guide Review

‘Still the same little earthly paradise.’ With ‘outstanding’ meals, ‘comforting’ log fires and ‘effortless, round-the-clock attentiveness’ from ‘helpful’ staff, this ‘timeless’ hotel provides an experience of ‘top-quality hospitality’. ‘It sets the bar high,’ say Guide inspectors in 2016. Myrtle Allen’s enterprise began as a modest restaurant in 1964; today it includes a cookery school, farm shop, music venue and much else. The founder, now in her 90s, is still a presence; daughter-in-law Hazel is manager. Pretty bedrooms vary in size and aspect. ‘Our spacious room overlooking the garden had a king-size bed with luxurious sheets and a good, supportive mattress; a modern bathroom.’ In the ‘welcoming’ restaurant, savour Jason Fahey’s cooking. ‘Beautifully cooked loin of venison came with pouring jugs of horseradish and redcurrant sauces; savoury lentils accompanied a flavoursome duck.’ Breakfast – ‘probably the best I have enjoyed’ – is a cheering event, with ‘molten scrambled eggs, tender bacon, subtly spiced black and white pudding’. (Helge Rubinstein, Richard Parish, and others)

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Ballymaloe House
Co. Cork

Guest comments

'Still the same earthly paradise. ' - Helge Rubinstein - April, 2016
'Probably the best hotel breakfast we have enjoyed. ' - Robert and Pauline Gower - February, 2016
'Great stay. Two dinners and one Sunday buffet - all gastronomically outstanding with imaginative treatment of local produce but without fussiness or pretention. Log fires in lounge;; lots of space in house to read/have a drink, and a sufficiently large number of staff for round-the-clock attentiveness to be apparently effortless.. Top class hospitality in all respects.. ' - Dr Richard Parish - October, 2015
'A genuine country house hotel, without pretension, and with a genuine family affair. Myrtle Allen, now in her eighties, is still around. We love the cultivated atmosphere, books scattered around, interesting paintings and sculptures everywhere, no Muzak, no little notes, but a ban on mobiles in public rooms. The grounds are lovely, with woodland walks, ponds with ducks and geese, a golf course, swimming pool and ancient trees. In the charming conservatory we ate delicious scones with our tea(leaf tea of course). The dinners were excellent as ever, with wonderful local ingredients. The atmosphere in the series of little dining rooms is cheerful. Breakfast starts at 9, a bit late, so lots of people tended to come at the same time. The buffet has all manner of fruit compotes, porridge, delicious breads for DIY toasting, lovely marmalade, and there is a large choice of cooked dishes. Everyone is very friendly, service is excellent, and there is no charge for room service or for wifi. Our room was cosy, like a spare room in a friend’s house. ' - C R - September, 2011

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