Ballymaloe House

Shanagarry, Co. Cork

Fifty-seven years after Myrtle Allen opened a restaurant in her home on her husband’s farm, her values are still articles of faith at this legendary country house hotel. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

Fifty-seven years after Myrtle Allen opened a restaurant in her home on her husband’s farm, her values are still articles of faith at this legendary country house hotel. Myrtle died in 2018, but ‘her spirit lingers’, say readers. Peter Loughnane, the new general manager, now helps Myrtle’s daughter Fern with running the hotel, while Fern’s sister-in-law Darina runs the cookery school and organic farm outside Shanagarry. From breads baked early each morning, to fruit and vegetables from the walled garden, as much as possible is home-produced. Dervilla O’Flynn composes her menus according to what arrives fresh in the kitchen on the day, finalising dinner choices after fish is delivered in the afternoon (typical dishes: monkfish with garden herbs; pork braised in Normandy cider). Breakfast brings kippers, the famous freshly baked bread and Ballymaloe eggs. Bedrooms, in the main house and in garden and courtyard annexes, have country house decor, a mix of period and contemporary furniture, and fresh-cut flowers. Three new bedrooms have been added this 
year as Myrtle’s legacy continues to grow. 
(Mary Milne-Day)

Hotel details

Address

Shanagarry
Co. Cork
P25Y 070
Ireland

Telephone

00 353 21 465 253

Bedrooms

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

Open

all year, except 24–26 Dec, Mon–Thurs in Jan.

Facilities

drawing room, bar, 
2 TV rooms, conservatory, restaurant, private dining, wedding facilities, 6-acre gardens, tennis, 5-hole golf course, outdoor swimming pool (10 by 4 metres), cookery school, café/kitchen shop, restaurant wheelchair accessible.

Background music

none.

Children

all ages welcomed.

Dogs

not allowed.

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.

Prices

per room B&B single from €150, double €280–€440. Set dinner, 5 courses (Mon–Sat) €80, Sun night buffet €70.

Special offers

10% discount voucher

This hotel accepts discount vouchers which entitle readers to a 10% discount off their normal B&B rate for a single night’s stay. To take advantage of this offer, you must present the voucher at the time of booking.

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This hotel accepts discount vouchers which entitle readers to a 25% discount off their normal B&B rate for a single night’s stay. Each printed copy of the Guide contains six vouchers worth in total about £150.

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