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

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Ballymaloe House
Co. Cork
P25Y 070
00353 (0) 2146 5253 1

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 EUR 200, double from EUR 215. Set dinner (5 courses) EUR 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

'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
'Still the same earthly paradise. ' - Helge Rubinstein - April, 2016
'Probably the best hotel breakfast we have enjoyed. ' - Robert and Pauline Gower - February, 2016
'A country hotel with a genuine family feel. Cultured atmosphere, books scattered around, interesting paintings and sculptures, no Muzak, no little notes, but a ban on mobiles in public rooms. In the grounds, woodland walks, ponds with ducks and geese, a golf course, swimming pool and ancient trees. Delicious scones at teatime. Dinners excellent, wonderful local ingredients; cheerful atmosphere. Breakfast at 9, buffet with fruit compotes, porridge, delicious breads for DIY toasting, lovely marmalade, a large choice of cooked dishes. Everyone is very friendly, service is excellent. ' - CR - September, 2011

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