Ballymaloe House

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9.3 out of 10

Drawing up at wisteria-clad Ballymaloe House you know you've arrived somewhere special. The Allen family bought the property in 1948 and has been running this superb hotel and restaurant in the old family home for decades. Rooms are individually decorated with period furnishings and, amid the beautiful grounds, amenities include a tennis court, swimming pool, shop and cafe. The house is 12km southeast of Midleton, off the R629.

Myrtle Allen is a living legend, acclaimed internationally for her near single-handed creation of fine Irish cooking. The menu at Ballymaloe House's celebrated restaurant (three-course lunch €40, five-course dinner €75, open 1pm to 2pm and 7pm to 9.30pm) changes daily to reflect the availability of produce from its extensive farms and other local sources. The hotel also runs wine and gardening weekends.

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Offering a seasonal outdoor pool and a restaurant, Ballymaloe House also boasts free WiFi access and free parking for all guests. Located in Shanagarry, this family-run hotel set on 300 acres features a working farm, an award-winning kitchen, a gift shop, conference, party and wedding facilities. Rooms feature a private bathroom that comes with a bath or shower. Extras include a laptop safe, bed linen and ironing facilities. At Ballymaloe House there is a tennis court and free rental bikes. Other facilities offered at the property include meeting facilities, a shared lounge and a ticket service. An array of activities can be enjoyed on-site or in the surroundings, including golfing, cycling and fishing. This country house is a 10-minute drive from the coast and less than 20 km from Capel Island and Knockadoon. Castlemartyr Resort Golf Course is 19 minutes' drive away.

Features of Ballymaloe House


  • Parking
  • Tennis court
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Fishing
  • Babysitting/child services
  • Breakfast in the room
  • Free parking
  • Internet services
  • Currency exchange
  • Gift shop
  • Library
  • Packed lunches
  • Cycling
  • Tour desk
  • Shops (on site)
  • Wifi
  • Bikes available (free)
  • Private check-in/check-out
  • Special diet menus (on request)
  • Shared lounge/tv area
  • Evening entertainment
  • On-site parking
  • Kid meals
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Toilet with grab rails

Food and drink

  • Restaurant
  • Bar


  • Room service
  • Meeting/banquet facilities
  • Laundry
  • Vip room facilities
  • Ironing service
  • Car hire
  • Fax/photocopying
  • Luggage storage
  • Daily maid service


  • Newspapers
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Facilities for disabled guests
  • Safety deposit box
  • Heating
  • Non-smoking throughout


  • Massage
  • Outdoor pool (seasonal)


  • Free WiFi available


  • Private parking