Ballymaloe House

‘Excellent all round. More

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Ballymaloe House
Co. Cork
P25 Y070
00 353 21 465 2531

Hotel information


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


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


drawing room, 2 small sitting rooms, conservatory, 7 dining rooms, free Wi-Fi, wedding/event/conference facilities, 6-acre gardens, 300-acre farm, tennis, outdoor swimming pool (10 by 4 metres), cookery school nearby, café/kitchen shop.

Background music



all ages welcomed.


allowed in 3 rooms, not in public rooms.

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Amex, MasterCard, Visa.


per room B&B from €215, D,B&B from €350. Set dinner €65.

Other reviews

Good Hotel Guide Review

‘Excellent all round.’ It is more than 50 years since farmer’s wife Myrtle Allen launched the modest restaurant that would burgeon into hotel, shop, café, cookery school and event space. Still, traditional values endure. ‘It maintains the personal touch and intimacy of a country house,’ say Guide readers this year. The family enterprise is centred on a Georgian house grafted onto the remains of a Norman castle keep. ‘We enjoyed walking the grounds, visiting the chickens and piglets, and strolling in the well-maintained walled garden and cookery school potager.’ Bedrooms are pretty and traditional, and made cheery with garden blooms. ‘Our large room opened on to a small patio near the swimming pool. We had plenty of storage space; a beautifully appointed bathroom with fluffy towels, a bathtub and an excellent shower.’ Dinner, including multiple courses of chef Jason Fahey’s ‘very good food’, is ‘an elaborate affair that pleases the foodies’. Here, home-grown produce stars in country dishes such as poached monkfish, tomato and basil sauce, green beans. Sample more garden glories at breakfast, with dollops of home-made jams and compotes. (Patricia Higgins, and others)

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Ballymaloe House
Co. Cork
P25 Y070

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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