All meals, snacks and coffees are included in the room rate and a wide choice of dining options is offered in delightfully elegant surroundings. Should you choose, the day at Ballyfin can be centred around truly outstanding gastronomic experiences – from a customized breakfast to a delicious lunch of your choice and onwards into the evening with a bespoke dinner.
Guests hiking, biking or simply relaxing may opt for a traditional, gourmet picnic hamper to enjoy in any location across the grounds, or select an al fresco meal on the terrace ...
Discreetly hidden away in the former Servants' Hall downstairs, the Ballyfin Bar is the perfect place to enjoy the convivial hospitality for which Ireland is famed.
The relaxed atmosphere is perfect for a quiet drink and the chance to admire some of Ballyfin's collection of contemporary Irish art which includes a major work by Michael Farrell showing Vinent Van Gogh painting at Arles and a vividly expressionist piece above the bar by Brian Maguire which contrast with the gentle lyricism of a series of flowerpieces by the young Irish artist ...
A highlight for many guests is a trip to Ballyfin’s well-stocked Cellar, just around the corner from the Bar. Guided by the expert sommelier, you can personally select your wine so that it is perfectly decanted and ready for you at dinner.
With its elaborate vaults, limestone columns and series of distinctive arched storage bins arranged like over-sized nest boxes, the cellar is a wonderfully atmospheric venue for wine tasting and private dining.
Among the highlights of the cellar is a group of wines from French chateaux with distinct...
The gym is fully equipped with the latest cardio vascular machines, audiovisual equipment and free weights. A personal training service is available on request.
The treatment rooms provide an ideal place to unwind, restore and to invigorate the body and mind. The highly trained therapists will ensure you leave feeling revitalised and refreshed.
Whether you feel like swimming some laps, enjoying some water exercises or simply relaxing, the 14m heated indoor pool, overlooking the courtyard garden, is a beautiful space for invigoration and...
Championship golf is nearby with some of the finest golf courses in Ireland within driving distance of Ballyfin.
- The library
- Wine and whiskey tasting
- Cookery demonstrations
- History tour
- Boating on the lake
- Horse riding
- Clay pigeon shooting
- Course fishing on the lake
With its 600 acres providing complete privacy, Ballyfin is a perfect venue for house parties and family celebrations of all kinds. Specialist expertise and catering is offered for occasions where every detail must be perfect and appear effortless.
The beautiful and relaxing surroundings, the privacy, the luxuriously comfortable accommodation, and the fine food and wine that will be provided by the superb chefs and the sommelier, make Ballyfin the perfect place for your perfect day.
Today it acknowledges Sir Christopher Coote, 15th Baronet and the senior member of the Coote family, who has taken a close personal interest in the restoration of the house built for his great-great-great grandparents. Today, the suite enjoys a handsome sitting room, its curved windows looking out to beautiful views over the fountain and the Pleasure Grounds. The decorative theme of the suite is determined by a series of eighteenth-century Chinese wallpaper panels, formerly in the collection of the Prince of Hanover at Schloss Marienburg. Many of the furnishings are complementary in the style of Chinese Chippendale.
This magnificent suite, with its large bedroom and elegantly appointed sitting room, is situated in the centre of the garden front, and, appropriately, was formerly known as the Garden Bedroom.
Its views lead out into the sheltered slopes of the Pleasure Grounds and look directly towards the sensational Cascade. The suite has been named after William Wellesley, older brother of the Duke of Wellington, who in 1781 inherited Ballyfin from his cousin, William Pole. He adopted the Pole surname and settled at Ballyfin. The chimneypiece, in white and Siena marble, is the finest example surviving from the Georgian house of the Poles.
This spacious and comfortable room on the mezzanine is a welcoming bookish retreat.
Naturally the well-endowed bookshelves dominate, however, the pictures displayed here include Bliss by the nineteenth-century genre painter Erskine Nicol who enjoyed an extended career in Ireland, and a portrait by the Irish painter William John Leech of his wife Elizabeth, done when they were on honeymoon. The large bathroom looks out over the Pleasure Grounds and the Cascade.
Originally the bedchamber of Lady Caroline Coote’s private suite, this handsome room overlooking the lake, with its dramatic red wallpaper has now been restored to its original proportions.
Many of the furnishings are Georgian. The space between the windows, for example, is filled by a fine George II secretaire in pale mahogany with a ‘swan neck’ pediment. On each side of the bed are striking mezzotints by Thomas Frye, a leading Irish-born artist of remarkable originality.
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