Ballymaloe House

‘Remains a flagship in its idiom,’ writes a trusted reader, of this legendary enterprise, centred on a wisteria-draped Georgian house grafted on to the remains of a Norman castle. More

Contact details

Co. Cork
P25Y 070
00 353 21 465 2531

Hotel information


30. 10 in adjacent building, 4 on ground floor suitable for disabled.


all year, except 24–26 Dec, 7 Jan–3 Feb.


drawing room, bar, 2 small sitting/TV rooms, conservatory, restaurant, private dining rooms, free Wi-Fi, wedding/event facilities, 6-acre gardens, 300-acre farm, tennis, 9-hole golf course, outdoor summer swimming pool (10 by 4 metres, summer), cookery school, cafe/kitchen shop, restaurant wheelchair accessible.

Background music



all ages welcomed.


not allowed.

Credit cards

Amex, MasterCard, Visa.


per room B&B single from € 200, double from € 215. Set dinner (5 courses) € 75.

Other reviews

Good Hotel Guide Review

‘Remains a flagship in its idiom,’ writes a trusted reader, of this legendary enterprise, centred on a wisteria-draped Georgian house grafted on to the remains of a Norman castle. When farmer’s wife Myrtle Allen, who sadly died in June 2018, opened a restaurant here in 1964, it was with all the values of localism, freshness and seasonality we espouse today. Since then Ballymaloe has acquired a shop, café, cookery school and heated swimming pool, but traditions prevail. ‘The welcome was warm, hospitality first class.’ Afternoon tea is served by the drawing room’s crackling fire. Bedrooms are supplied daily with fresh-cut flowers (sweet peas, old roses), and offer ‘utter comfort’. Some are on the ground floor, with courtyard access. In the restaurant, chefs Dervilla O’Flynn (Myrtle Allen’s granddaughter-in-law) and Jason Fahey work with seasonal ingredients from the walled garden and home farm, to create his ‘superb’, daily-changing menus. Sample dishes: escalope of Ballycotton John Dory, garden herb relish, pak choi; roast East Cork beef with red wine sauce, salsa verde, horseradish cream and garden green onions. Overall, Ballymaloe is ‘excellent’, run by ‘kind people’. The breakfast is ‘everything you would wish’. (Richard Parish, and others)

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Ballymaloe House
Co. Cork
P25Y 070

Guest comments

'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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Tourist attractions

  • Lismore Castle

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  • Cork City

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  • Fota Wildlife Park

    Set in 70 acres of Fota Island, the park is home to gibbons, cheetahs, flamingoes and kangaroos.

Last updated: October 8, 2018. Information from the 2019 Good Hotel Guide