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Ballyfin Demesne

Ballyfin Ireland See on map
Free Wifi
Free Parking
Breakfast included
Non-Smoking Hotel
Airport Transportation
Set at the foot of the Slieve Bloom Mountains in the centre of Ireland, Ballyfin is a place of history and romance, of tranquility and great natural beauty. At Ballyfin formality is blended with ease and enjoyment. More The house has long been admired as the most lavish Regency mansion in Ireland, and after eight years of restoration, Ballyfin re-opened in May 2011 as a small 5 star country house hotel like no other. It offers the very best of Irish hospitality in the most beautiful surroundings imaginable. Enjoy the splendid interiors decorated with Irish Art and antiques from around the world. With only twenty rooms for the 614 acre estate, it is the perfect place for a break from the stresses of the modern world and provides discretion and privacy like few other destinations. Conceived on a generous scale for receiving guests, Ballyfin combines magnificence and intimacy in its State rooms. From the grandeur of the Saloon at the heart of the house, the eighty-foot library, the sun filled Conservatory which is reached through a secret door hidden in a bookshelf in the library. At Ballyfin, stone walls enclose 614 acres of parkland, a lake and ancient woods, delightful garden buildings, follies and grottoes. Whether you feel like swimming some laps, enjoying some water exercises or simply relaxing, our indoor pool, overlooking the courtyard garden, will be a beautiful space for invigoration and wellbeing. Come and enjoy life!! Less
Hotel Amenities
Free Parking
Breakfast included
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Room Service
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Airport Transportation
Dry Cleaning
Heated pool
Indoor pool
Laundry Service
Non-Smoking Hotel
Wheelchair Access
Awards & Recognition
Travellers' Choice2018 Winner
Certificate of Excellence
Travellers' Choice2018 Winner
Certificate of Excellence
Room types
Suites, Non-Smoking Rooms, Accessible rooms
Awards & Recognition
Travellers' Choice2018 Winner
Certificate of Excellence
Travellers' Choice2018 Winner
Certificate of Excellence
Room types
Suites, Non-Smoking Rooms, Accessible rooms
Number of rooms
Also Known As
Ballyfin Demesne Hotel County Laois
Ireland > Province of Leinster > County Laois > Ballyfin
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If you want to treat yourself or a loved one(s) this is it. Everything about this property is special from the people who seamlessly and effortlessly make your experience so special. Each of the 20 rooms is different and the drawing rooms with huge open fires and the puffiest cou
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This hotel is simple amazing. I have stayed in many many hotels and I have never experience such an amazing team, location and hotel. It wraps you in a warmth of luxury from the moment you arrive.It is well worth visiting.
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Out of this world hotel friendly staff fabulous food, From the minute we arrived we were made special,the guided tour of the house was superb where we learned about the history of the house and were shown the paintings etc .We had lunch and dinner and the food was out of this wor
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I stayed here with my husband for one night in September en route from Cork to Dublin. From the minute you pull up you feel as though you are a guest in a dear friend’s stately home, not in a hotel. Although we only stayed one night we were able to pack a lot in. Here are some of
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This hotel has to be the best if you have a special occasion to celebrate..... if you don’t it is still the best, no need for an excuse, put it on your bucket list.
We are a group of three friends and stayed for one night. They encourage early arrival so that you can relax in t
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Response from Ballyfin, Deputy General Manager at Ballyfin Demesne
Responded 3 weeks ago
Dear claretreacyhogan, Many thanks for taking the time to review your recent stay at Ballyfin. We are delighted you all had a lovely stay with us and took part in some of our activities and also took the opportunity to relax and take it all in. Many thanks for your special mention of the team. We look forward to the opportunity of welcoming you back soon. kind regards Martina Yearsley Deputy General Manager
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Can you go for a walk on grounds of ballyfin if you are not staying?
Ballyfin is not accessible unless you have a dinner reservation or if you are staying. In other words you can't just drive in & enter as you would a regular hotel. You are buzzed in at the main gate. If you are having dinner there you are permitted to arrive from I think 5.30 ( might be wrong about that time) and then you could have a walk around the house/gardens etc. Hope that helps. :)
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Does anyone know how far in advance I would need to book? I'm planning a trip to Ireland and want to include a stay here. It sound wonderful!
Suppose it depends when you are going. The further ahead the better. It is amazing and worth the effort. We would skip Dublin on our next trip to spend more time there.
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Is there golf nearby?
Yes loads
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Has anyone taken the train from Dublin to Portlaoise and then a taxi to Ballyfin Demesne?
Hi, I haven't done it myself but I am from the vicinity. The train from Dublin takes approx 1 hour. You can book your train seats in advance via Iarnoid Eireann. The taxi drive from Portlaoise station takes a maximum of 15 minutes. I'm sure if you call Ballyfin in advance and let them know what time your train arrives that they will gladly send a car for you. Enjoy your stay there, I hear it's out of this world. Hope this helps!
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Wouldn't it be lovely if the aviary were used to house birds that can no longer be free due to past injury. I rehabilitate wildlife here in the States and sometimes an owl or songbird has such a badly injured wing, etc. it can't fend for itself in the wild, but can live quite nicely in captivity. Seems a nice fit since Ballyfin pays such care to wildlife and has a particular interest in falconry.
That is a lovely idea. as of Oct 2018, the aviary is not restored - the interior seems to hold a variety of construction debris. However, the owner has begun restoration on other outbuildings, so it is possible that this one may eventually be restored. Suggest contacting the manager with your thoughts - they seem open to ideas.
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"We saw several and there are no bad ones! let staff know your preferences. Lake view or cascade view both wonderful"
"Definitely have lunch in the conservatory. It will take you back in time. And don't miss the carriage tour of the grounds."
"The Lady Sarah Pole room has a lovely view of the water feature."
"They all appear to be exquisite!"
"The Little Library Suite was perfect.Large bright bathroom, lots of room to spread out in the room but still cozy/character."
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