We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
All 12 County Laois hotels

Ballyfin Demesne

Ballyfin, Ireland
Hotel amenities
Save Saved
You added Ballyfin Demesne to your Saves list
Ballyfin Demesne
Best prices for your stay
Enter dates for best prices
Check In Check Out
Show Prices
You must enter dates to see the best prices.
100%
Ranked #1 of 12 hotels in County Laois
A recent review
5 of 5 stars reviewed 4 weeks ago
PatG657
  • Reviews (77)
  • Photos (81)
  • Amenities
  • Q&A
  • Room tips (29)
  • Location
  • More
Write a Review

77 people have reviewed this hotel

Traveler rating
    76
    1
    0
    0
    0
See reviews for
11
46
3
1
Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (29)
Date | Rating
  • Danish first
  • English first
  • German first
  • Norwegian first
  • Any
English first
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
7 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I'm sure this title has been used before in relation to Ballyfin but it is entirely appropriate. A unique place really. 15 rooms. A team of staff unparallelled in their friendliness and professionalism. A US couple who have invested a lot of cash and 8 years of their lives in restoring this incredible place. Really special and a priveledge to... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Virginia
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
7 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What a place! What an experience! What they know about service! Ballyfin has it all. Old world charm with cutting edge cuisine. Not sure I have ever enjoyed a shower as much in my life. Drinks in the library before dinner, followed by an sumptuous meal. While there may only be 600+ acres to the estate the vistas lead one... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Dublin, Ireland
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
8 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

It is as incredible as everyone says! I won a bluebook voucher at a charity event - and I could not believe my luck when we were allowed use it for B&B and dinner in Ballyfin! We were slightly apprehensive, that we were not rich or posh enough for Ballyfin that we would find it intimidating - but the staff... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 3
Ballyfin, Sales & Reservations Manager at Ballyfin Demesne, responded to this review

Dear Maimie 15, Thank you for your review and congratulations once again on winning a Blue Book Voucher at a charity event. It was a pleasure to welcome you to Ballyfin and the team are delighted you experienced the relaxed and down to earth atmosphere from the team during your stay. It was great you experienced the activities including a... More

Dublin
Contributor
15 reviews 15 reviews
8 hotel reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

We have stayed in the best accomodation in the world and Ballyfin truly trumps it all. My wife and I stayed for one night on Monday May 12th. With apologies to any staff not mentioned/who may have been off while we stayed, particular mention much go to Lionel the butler for his tour of the house (in conjunction with his... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Ballyfin, Sales & Reservations Manager at Ballyfin Demesne, responded to this review

Dear JAGDublin, Thank you for your review on your recent visit to Ballyfin. We are delighted you enjoyed your stay. The house tour is very popular and you will be pleased to know that Lionel has recovered from his sore throat!! Thank you for mentioning some of the team, they are always delighted to be mentioned and to hear how... More

Belfast, United Kingdom
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

My third visit since the Demesne opened in May 2011.It gets better and better..!Wonderful 1820 mansion beautifully restored with fine furniture and paintings..Period silver..Grounds of over 600 acres -a lake-a restored walled garden all to be explored on foot or in a golf buggy. Very competent and charming staff mainly from the locality.Ryan an American is a fine cheff providing... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Ballyfin, Sales & Reservations Manager at Ballyfin Demesne, responded to this review

Dear oscar17041, Thank you for your review on your recent stay with us. It was a pleasure to welcome you both back again for your third visit. We were delighted to read that each visit gets better for you. Very much look forward to welcoming you again soon. kind regards Martina Yearsley More

Ireland
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
16 hotel reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

When I return to Ballyfin my heart leaps! I recently spent four wonderful nights there and came away knowing what a privilege it was to be there, such is the effect it has on me. This time the diamond was tinged with blue hues from the thousands of bluebells in bloom all over the place. Ballyfin is an extraordinary place,... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Ballyfin, Sales & Reservations Manager at Ballyfin Demesne, responded to this review

Dear Gega, Thank you for your lovely review. It is always a pleasure to welcome you back to Ballyfin and the team are so delighted for your wonderful comments. The bluebells looked amazing this year and we loved your description of the colours. Look forward to welcoming you back soon and best wishes from all the team at Ballyfin. kind... More

england
Top Contributor
94 reviews 94 reviews
42 hotel reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

We returned to Ballyfin on Easter Monday .the usual warm welcome on the front steps never fails to lift your heart. This was our 5th time and you can't help wonder if the thrill and excitement will still be there BUT wow ! This hotel /country estate is just heaven on earth . Everything is perfect . The staff are... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Ballyfin, Sales & Reservations Manager at Ballyfin Demesne, responded to this review

Dear neilmaxbartholomew, As always it was such a pleasure to welcome you both back to Ballyfin on your 5th visit. We are so happy that you have enjoyed each visit and you still get the wow factor on each return. Best wishes from all the team at Ballyfin and look forward to seeing you again soon. kind regards Martina More

kerry
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

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

Was this review helpful? Yes 3
Ballyfin, Sales & Reservations Manager at Ballyfin Demesne, responded to this review

Dear hmit, Thank you for taking the time to write a review following your recent stay with us. We are delighted you enjoyed your stay and felt like you were away from the world and Ballyfin was your home. We very much look forward to welcoming you back soon. kind regards Martina Yearsley Sales & Reservations Manager More

Chicago, Illinois
Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
4 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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

Was this review helpful? Yes 4
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
Contributor
11 reviews 11 reviews
6 hotel reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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

Was this review helpful? Yes 6
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

Owners: What's your side of the story?
If you own or manage Ballyfin Demesne, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.
Manage your listing

Been to Ballyfin Demesne? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Ballyfin Demesne

Address: Ballyfin, Ireland
Location: Ireland > Province of Leinster > County Laois
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Hotels.com and Travelocity so you can book your Ballyfin Demesne reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Ballyfin Demesne Hotel County Laois
Ballyfin Demesne Ireland/County Laois

81 photos of this hotel

Traveler photos: See what travelers like you saw

Viewed
All traveler photos (47)
Viewed
Hotel & grounds (6)
Viewed
Dining (2)
Viewed
Room/suite (2)
Viewed
Pool/beach area (1)
Viewed
Other (36)

Management photos: Courtesy of the property manager

Viewed
All management photos (35)
Viewed
Room/suite (5)
Viewed
Pool/beach area (2)
Viewed
Bathroom (1)
Viewed
View from room (1)
Viewed
Hotel & grounds (2)
Viewed
Dining (1)
Viewed
Other (23)

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
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 
Number of rooms
15

Questions & Answers

Enter your question for this accommodation's staff to answer. Other travelers may answer as well.
    Posting guidelines

    See which rooms travelers prefer