Ballymaloe House

Shanagarry, Co. Cork

When farmer’s wife Myrtle Allen opened a restaurant in her Georgian farmhouse back in 1964, she did not dream that she was starting a quiet revolution in Irish food, or that her home would become the epitome of country house hotel style. More

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When farmer’s wife Myrtle Allen opened a restaurant in her Georgian farmhouse back in 1964, she did not dream that she was starting a quiet revolution in Irish food, or that her home would become the epitome of country house hotel style. Mrs Allen died in 2018, but Ballymaloe remains a family concern. Daughter Fern runs the hotel with general manager Peter Loughnane. Fern’s sister-in-law Darina runs the cookery school, while in the kitchen, Ballymaloe head chef Dervilla O’Flynn remains true to Myrtle’s values. Menus are determined by what is best on the day of organic home-grown, locally produced and fished ingredients, and might include dishes such as seared Ballycotton brill with salsa verde, braised Ballymaloe pork or ruby beetroot risotto, with scallion champ and garden vegetables. A wide choice of bedrooms, which have undergone ‘continuous refurbishment’ during lockdown, includes some with French doors to a private terrace. The most novel is a split-level twin room in the 16th-century estate gatehouse. Breakfast brings fresh-baked breads, local honey, and free-range eggs from the farm.

Hotel details

Address

Shanagarry
Co. Cork
P25Y 070
Ireland

Telephone

00 353 21 465 253

Bedrooms

32. 12 in annexe, 4 on ground floor with wheelchair access.

Open

all year except 25/26 Dec, closed Mon and Tues in Jan–Mar, Oct–Dec.

Facilities

drawing room, bar, 2 TV rooms, conservatory, restaurant, private dining, wedding facilities, 6-acre gardens, tennis, 5-hole golf course, swimming pool, cookery school, café/kitchen shop, EV charging, restaurant wheelchair accessible.

Background music

none.

Children

all ages welcomed, extra bed €75.

Dogs

small dogs in 3 bedrooms (no charge), not in public areas.

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.

Prices

B&B doubles from €280, singles from €150. Set dinner 5 courses (Mon–Sat) €85, Sun night buffet €70.

Comments about Ballymaloe House

It didn’t disappoint. Myrtle Allen had only recently died and her spirit lingers! Food at dinner and breakfast still as good as ever. - Mary Milne-Day - May 2019
Remains a flagship in its idiom. The welcome was warm, and the hospitality first class. Utter comfort (so a fire lit after breakfast in the Drawing Room on an unremittingly sodden day); drinks from the bar when needed. The dinner was outstanding on both evenings. Very good wine list. The breakfast cold table is outstanding,. Cooked things as you would expect in Ireland. - Richard Parish - October 2017
We have been going annually for many years. I gets the important things right. - PR - June 2017

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Last updated: October, 2019. Information from the 2020 Good Hotel Guide