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Ballyfin Demesne

Ballyfin, Ireland
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Ranked #1 of 13 hotels in County Laois
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

To all who are considering staying here: whilst it may look a little pricey at first pass it is worth every cent and much more and your stay is what you make of it but you need to stay more than one night to appreciate this phenomenal experience. My wife and I stayed for three nights and it was like... More

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Brussels, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Having really travelled to thirty years' worth of the finest hotels throughout Europe (including the UK and Ireland, I have found a place on earth that surpasses any experience I have enjoyed anywhere. Ever. This is a refined, classic, understated but supremely opulent manor house set in spectacular landscaping with lake, pleasure gardens, follies, cascade from a temple, a medieval-style... More

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Verona, Italy
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4 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2013

This wonderful piece of history is wonderful and me and my girlfriend are so glad we had the opportunity of staying here. You need a car to reach the wonderful demense but you wont need it during your stay since you'll be busy visiting the property. Everything inside is so unique and the rooms will make you think like you... More

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Ballyfin, General Manager at Ballyfin Demesne, responded to this review

Dear Luca B, I am delighted that you and your girlfriend enjoyed your visit so much to Ballyfin and thank you for the terrific review. We hope you will come back and visit us again someday soon. Warm wishes, Aileesh Carew More

Dublin
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

I had hear that this Place - Ballyfin - was Special. I arrived with an open mind and from the moment we pressed the bell on the gates to the time we left ..... was very very special. The Building is just incredible and the renovations and stunning antiques are perfectly done. The Bedrooms - the Receptiion Rooms - The... More

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Ballyfin, General Manager at Ballyfin Demesne, responded to this review

I am delighted that you enjoyed your stay so much with us at Ballyfin and thank you so much for your review and the rating. The staff are especially pleased to get such high praise. With warm wishes, Aileesh Carew More

Dublin, Ireland
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2013

Normally I would be pretty Conservative about my descriptions of a Restaurant or Hotel. ......... Ok ........... Forget Conservative .... Ballyfin has a refined ambience and unsurpassed opulence. Arguably the most beautiful and elegant Hotel in Europe if not the World. The Service is magnificent. The Building is replete with sumptuous Antiques from around the Globe and the whole place... More

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Ballyfin, General Manager at Ballyfin Demesne, responded to this review

Thank you for the wonderful review of Ballyfin and the very elegant description of your experience. It means a lot to all of the team to know that guests have enjoyed their stay so much. We hope to welcome you back again soon. Warm wishes Aileesh Carew More

Nottingham UK
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 hotel reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2013

Even today, the history is still in the making. The Balyfin story is both interesting and wonderful. The long and painstaking, money no object restoration continues to breath life and soul into this fascinating building where the love and dedication of the owners and staff is so evident in every way throughout the experience. I must keep everything else to... More

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Ballyfin, General Manager at Ballyfin Demesne, responded to this review

Dear Clive, Thank you for your lovely review and for sharing your experience with others. We are all delighted that you all enjoyed your stay so much with us and hope it won’t be too long before you manage a return visit. Warm wishes Aileesh Carew More

england
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76 reviews 76 reviews
34 hotel reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

This was our fourth visit to Ballyfin and we were treated like a King and Queen in this truly unique environment where it is hard to encapsulate all of the sensual and environmental superlatives that a stay here embodies Impressively since our last visit there have been a few improvements, notably to the outdoor amenities where you now have a... More

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Ballyfin, General Manager at Ballyfin Demesne, responded to this review

Dear Neil, Thanks for the lovely review and great feedback. It was lovely to welcome you back for the fourth time and to learn that your experience just gets better. Hopefully it won’t be too long before your next visit. Warm wishes from us all at Ballyfin Aileesh More

URBANA
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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

If I could tell a reason why you should go to visit the Heaven, I would probably find one reason to stay in this place too. The stuff was friendly and perfect in every way. Declan showed us the wonderful house and he put into his explanation all the passion that you rarely feel in other places. The food was... More

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Ballyfin, General Manager at Ballyfin Demesne, responded to this review

Dear Alyse, Thank you so much for the lovely review and delighted that you enjoyed your visit so much. Declan was delighted you liked his tour – he does a fantastic job. With very best wishes, Aileesh More

Rye, New York
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 hotel reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

the three of us were in need of a major respite from work....we has just attended a 100th birthday in Ireland for a well loved and healthy uncle...we knew we needed a few days to return to hard work in nyc ..so, after announcing ourselves at the lovely, closed iron gates, they magically opened and we drove through the avenue... More

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Ballyfin, General Manager at Ballyfin Demesne, responded to this review

Dear Barbara, I hope you are all well in NYC. Thank you for the wonderful review and great description of the many activities you were able to pack in during your stay. We loved meeting you all and really look forward to welcoming you back to Ballyfin. Very best wishes Aileesh More

London, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 hotel reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

Ballyfin Demesne is literally in the middle of nowhere in the centre of Ireland. One of the many reasons why a visit there is so surprising, for County Laois has never been high on the tourist wish list. It's one of the counties by passed en route to somewhere else...and yet it houses this jewel of a hotel, set in... More

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Ballyfin, General Manager at Ballyfin Demesne, responded to this review

Dear Jo, Thank you for the fabulous review. While Laois may not be top of mind among Irelands many attractions we are just 45 minutes from Kilkenny and at the foot of the beautiful Slieve Bloom mountains and near the spectacular Birr Castle Demesne, so there are many opportunities for great day trips. We are lucky to have such a... More

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Additional Information about Ballyfin Demesne

Also Known As:
Ballyfin Demesne Hotel
Ballyfin Demesne Hotel County Laois
Ballyfin Demesne Ireland/County Laois
Address: Ballyfin, Ireland
Location: Ireland > Province of Leinster > County Laois
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 13 hotels in County Laois
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set at the foot of the Slieve Bloom Mountains in the centre of Ireland, Ballyfin is a place of history and romance, of tranquility and great natural beauty. At Ballyfin formality is blended with ease and enjoyment. The 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 small 5 star country house hotel like no other. It offers the very best of Irish hospitality in the most beautiful surroundings imaginable. Enjoy the splendid interiors decorated with Irish Art and antiques from around the world. With only fifteen rooms for the 600 acre estate, it is the perfect place for a break from the stresses of the modern world and provides discretion and privacy like few other destinations. Conceived on a generous scale for receiving guests, Ballyfin combines magnificence and intimacy in its State rooms. From the grandeur of the Saloon at the heart of the house, the eighty-foot library, the sun filled Conservatory which is reached through a secret door hidden in a bookshelf in the library. At Ballyfin, stone walls enclose 600 acres of parkland, a lake and ancient woods, delightful garden buildings, follies and grottoes. Whether you feel like swimming some laps, enjoying some water exercises or simply relaxing, our indoor pool, overlooking the courtyard garden, will be a beautiful space for invigoration and wellbeing. Come and enjoy life!! ... more   less 
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