We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Ballyfin Demesne

Traveller (366)
Room & Suite (58)
Traveller (366)
Room & Suite (58)
Dining (36)
{"scriptFlags":null,"containerAttributes":null,"containerClass":null,"widget":{"moduleList":["handlers"],"divClasses":"prw_rup prw_ibex_photo_carousel","js":{"handlers":"(ta.prwidgets.getjs(this,'handlers'))"},"dust":{"nav_controls":"ibex_photo_carousel__nav_controls"},"name":"ibex_photo_carousel","template":"ibex_photo_carousel__widget"}}
  • Excellent97%
  • Very good1%
  • Average1%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers' Choice 2018 Winner
Certificate of Excellence
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. 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!!
Read more
Property amenities
Free Parking
Breakfast included
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Room Service
Wheelchair Access
Show more
Room features
Non-Smoking Rooms
Accessible rooms
Good to know
Hidden Gems - Rules-Based
Full view
Getting there
Dublin Airport89 km
See all nearby hotels
Nearby restaurants
See all nearby restaurants
Nearby attractions
See all nearby attractions
Reviews (359)
Filter reviews
350 results
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
More languages
Show reviews that mention
All reviews downton abbey golf cart public rooms tasting menu moment you arrive best hotels in the world former glory pre dinner drinks clay pigeon shooting horse riding managing director country estate three nights stately home sight to behold every guest special treat
Updating list...
1 - 5 of 350 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed at Ballyfin for 2 wonderful nights as celebration of our 25th anniversary. It was easily the best place we have ever stayed and lived up to its reputation. The house and the grounds are simply spectacular. The gardens alone are worth a visit....More

2  Thank Jeffrey W
Reviewed 1 week ago

There are a very few, special places to stay in the world that are worth every penny because they provide something found nowhere else. This is one of them. This remarkable Palladian grand country house has amazingly maintained and restored its original "capability brown" -style...More

2  Thank cantravnut
Reviewed 1 week ago

From the excellent welcome to the amazing attention to detail in the decor, this is truly a luxurious experience. Wonderful food & impressive wine list, great hospitality. Peaceful and relaxing, our short 24 hour stay left us feeling we had relaxed for a lot longer....More

Review collected in partnership with Relais & Chateaux
1  Thank Lorna_O_12
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband went to school at Ballyfin when it was used as a boarding school, so it was an ideal opportunity for him to have a treat and reminisce. We arrived on the Sunday evening for dinner and what a treat we had, it was...More

1  Thank ashta10
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a great renovation story. Staff make this place what it is-the most enjoyable and relaxing place to spend a few days. Damien manages the hotel and is just fantastic in his role welcoming and making sure the guest is no.1. Leanne lead the dining...More

1  Thank PaulTripA2014
View more reviews
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
24 May 2018|
AnswerShow all 6 answers
Response from Avalex | Reviewed this property |
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... More
6 January 2018|
AnswerShow all 17 answers
Response from j0hnhill1 | Reviewed this property |
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.
Richard G
1 February 2017|
AnswerShow all 5 answers
Response from Hammond C | Reviewed this property |
Yes loads
Room Tips
"We saw several and there are no bad ones! let staff know your preferences. Lake view or cascade view both..."
1 week ago
Read review
"Definitely have lunch in the conservatory. It will take you back in time. And don't miss the carriage..."
4 weeks ago
Read review
"The Lady Sarah Pole room has a lovely view of the water feature."
5 weeks ago
Read review
"They all appear to be exquisite!"
2 Oct. 2018
Read review
Show More 
ballyfin demesne hotel county laois
IrelandProvince of LeinsterBallyfin
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more. Claim Your Listing