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

Contact details

Ballymaloe House
Shanagarry
Co. Cork
Ireland
00 353 21 465 2531

Hotel information

Bedrooms

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

Open

all year, except Christmas Day.

Facilities

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

none.

Children

all ages welcomed.

Dogs

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

Credit cards

Amex, MasterCard, Visa

Prices

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

Other reviews

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
Shanagarry
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
'The epitome of Irish country hospitality. The bedrooms are large and individual. Public rooms are varied and comfortable. Staff are both helpful and relaxed. Cookery was fine, every ingredient local or home made. Delicious soups, lovely breads. Uantities are well judged. Breakfast has all the usual things, attractively presented. The family are much in evidence ' - Richard Parish - October, 2012
'A country house hotel with a genuine family feel. 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. Delicious scones at teatime. Dinners 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 fruit compotes, porridge, delicious breads for DIY toasting, lovely marmalade, and a large choice of cooked dishes. Everyone is very friendly, service is excellent. Our room was cosy, like a spare room in a friend’s house. ' - CR - September, 2011

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