Modelled on the tradition of the Irish county house, Ballyfin is designed for travellers who want to enjoy a few days of absolute tranquility and to experience the noble tradition of Irish hospitality.
Guests are encouraged to enjoy Ballyfin in their own fashion; it is a place of urbane leisure and refined relaxation.
There are six reception rooms including an 80 foot library with roaring log fires and collections of rare books. Wine and whiskey tastings, music recitals and art and architectural tours of the house are among the activities offered but we can also provide tailor-made activities to suit our guests’ requirements.
Have you dreamed in starring in your own period drama?. With the backdrop of Ballyfin (long admired as one of the most lavish regency mansions in Ireland) and a stunning collection of period costumes (from the Lyric Opera Company in Chicago - one of the best opera companies in the world) - you now have the opportunity. This is especially suitable for groups where guests can visit the specially designed costume room to try on and choose their costumes. With all guests dressed up, the group is now ready to enjoy a splendid evening with a fine banquet and entertainment to make the most of the occasion.
The costume experience:
* It is frockage Heaven - where you will find a wonderful selection of 40 costumes along with a great selection of matching accessories.
* Your group will have great fun exploring the rails of beautiful costumes and selecting one to suit each individual
* Our trained dressers will ensure you look the part for the evening and your selected costume will be delivered to your room.
* During pre-dinner drinks, Ballyfin's photographer will be on--hand to photograph all participants individually and in group shots using the spectacular settings of Ballyfin as a backdrop.
Ballyfin Costume Department
The 80ft library is perfect for whiling away a few hours, relaxing by the open fire reading from a choice of over 5,000 volumes of books.
Wine & Whiskey Tasting
A highlight for many guests is a trip to Ballyfin’s well-stocked Cellar. Guided by our expert sommelier, enjoy an evening of wine or whiskey tasting and you can personally select your wine so that it is perfectly decanted and ready for you at dinner.
Enter the kitchen of Ballyfin and enjoy a master class cookery demonstration with our chef Jean Michel, something very special is sure to ensue.
Ballyfin 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 5 star country house hotel like no other. Take a guided tour of the house and learn of the history of the families that lived at Ballyfin, the restoration period and enjoy hearing of the history of each room and the antiques and art.