Extravagant, country house, outside the city
Ballyfin County Laois 353-5787-55866 www.ballyfin.com
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At a Glance
There might not be a more luxurious stay in Ireland than at Ballyfin, located about a 90-minute drive from central Dublin. This ultimate country house sits on a lush 610-acre property that feels undoubtedly Irish.
- The Old World extravagance throughout the property that also feels extremely comfortable
- The landscape, with its walled gardens, stone towers, castles and more
- The truly farm-to-table meals
Because of its country address, Ballyfin might not be the best choice if you want quick access to all of Dublin’s sites. But for those who don’t mind a more tucked-away base where you can mix the city’s energy with the transformative richness of the countryside, there’s no better choice than the all-out luxurious Ballyfin.
Getting to Ballyfin is all about arriving in style. The Neoclassical country house sits in the middle of a grand estate that evokes Old World visions of elegant balls, sophisticated dinners, scenic walks and old-school hunts. Inside is all that you might expect from a hotel of this nature: gilded ceilings, imperial columns, domed skylights, large staircases, silk-covered walls, dramatic artworks and fine upholstery. The incredible staff, many of whom have been there for years, strives to pamper their guests and make them feel immediately at home. In a hospitality landscape where bare and modern is trendy, Ballyfin provides an over-the-top escape that revels in its refined showiness.
Despite this grandeur, there’s incredible intimacy at Ballyfin thanks to its limited inventory of only 20 rooms. These spacious suites take on the classic style of the rest of the house, where a medley of textures and patterns creates an almost historic backdrop to your stay. And the large windows in every room perfectly frame picturesque outdoor scenes of lakes, courtyards and gardens.
Indeed Ballyfin’s all-inclusive program makes it difficult to leave to the property, especially because there is plenty to do, from archery and golfing to more calming activities like a trip to the spa or a simple stroll around the grounds, marveling at the beauty of the Irish countryside. And meals, all of which are part of the rate, are likely sourced from somewhere within the 610-acre land.
Who Should Stay
Ballyfin is perfect for couples or families with older children who crave access to Ireland’s beautiful natural landscape with round-the-clock luxury amenities in an quiet, Old World setting.
- Chadner Navarro
Indagare Plus Amenities
- Late check-out subject to availability
- One Complimentary bottle of house wine with one dinner
- Complimentary wifi access
- Daily Newspaper
- Complimentary shoeshine or pressing
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