Nestled in 600 acres of the foothills of the Slieve Bloom mountains in County Laois and just 60 miles southwest of Dublin, the neoclassical Ballyfin mansion was erected in 1826 to trumpet the wealth and prestige of Sir Charles Coote, Premier Baronet of Ireland. Painstakingly restored, the five-star luxury country house is a place of history, luxury, romance, and tranquility. hospitality is key at the Ballyfin Demesne where a team of butlers are motivated to ensure guests are well cared for at all times. Cuisine is no less luxurious, with daily created menus on offer, along with suggested wine pairings from top Irish wineries.
All rooms include:
Flat screen, high-definition television
iPod docking station
Radio alarm clock
DVD Player with selection of DVDs available
Wireless internet access (Wi-Fi)
Direct dial telephone in the bedroom and bathroom
Complimentary room bar
complimentary waters, sodas, juices and gourmet nuts.
complimentary laundry, limited to five items per room per day
100% damask “Egyptian Cotton” from Italy w/ 300 Thread Count
Voya bath and body products
Handmade soaps from Sally Miller collection
Dinner is only available to residents and is preceded by a formal cocktail hour in the rotunda and library. It is held in the State Dining Room, a crisply luxurious space, with lavish stucco work, twinkling chandeliers and plush portraits overlooking the gardens and their marvellous symmetrical cascade.
Downstairs private dining can be arranged in the Porcelain Room lined with the famous ‘Flora Danica’ set of china or in the atmospheric Wine Cellar.
Ballyfin’s gardens are an important part of what is produced in the kitchen. Emphasis is placed on sourcing the finest ingredients from the bounty of the garden, along with fresh, delectable produce from top artisan suppliers like Feighery butchers to create only the most impressive dishes.
Guests who are interested may opt to take with them a traditional gourmet picnic hamper to enjoy in any location across the grounds.
County Laois is a county in Ireland. It is part of the Midlands Region and is also located in the province of Leinster. It was formerly known as Queen’s County (Irish: Contae na Banríona) until the establishment of the Irish Free State in 1922. The county’s name was formerly spelt as Laoighis and Leix. Laois County Council is the local authority for the county. The population of the county is 80,458 according to the 2011 census – 20% higher than it was in the 2006 census which is the highest percentage population growth in the country.