A little drop of Irish heaven, for foodies and discerning travellers, in East Cork
Rest your head in bedrooms filled with character for total immersion into serenity. Each space ties together opulent furnishings and seasonal fresh flowers, bringing the aromas of the garden inside. Throw open the windows and take in views of the rolling countryside. Or, for those in a superior garden room, relax on your private terrace overlooking the Ballymaloe pond. Those grounds inspire the food served at Ballymaloe House Hotel – dubbed the birthplace of modern Irish cuisine. Each day brings a different menu that celebrates fresh produce from the hotel’s walled garden and farm. Between meals, unwind with a yoga class, dip into the outdoor pool (during the summer months), or take the hotel bicycles for a spin. There’s even a croquet lawn out front, and plenty of relaxing spaces inside to enjoy some peace and tranquillity.
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While the hotel is wonderfully ‘away from it all’, you’ll never be short of things to do. Take a trip to the wine cellar, browse designer Irish crafts at The Ballymaloe Shop, throw on some wellies, and explore the hotel grounds. Afterwards, pop to the café for an indulgent homemade cake. Further afield, Cork city is a short journey away from Ballymaloe House Hotel, where you can visit The English Market, The Butter Museum, tour the City Gaol and star-shaped Elizabeth Fort, or simply mooch around the shops.
Enjoy your stay!