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Ballymaloe House

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Shanagarry, Ireland
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Ranked #2 of 5 Shanagarry B&B and Inns
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Ballymaloe is a gem nestled in beautiful surroundings and not one to be missed. My partner and I had a beautiful 5 course dinner here and were astounded by the standard of cooking, knowledge of local ingredients and brilliant service which all combined made for one of the best evenings we had in Cork. The waiters and waitresses were so... More 

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hazel071, Manager at Ballymaloe House, responded to this review

So glad to read your comments especially pleased to hear our staff were helpful and knowledgeable and offered you some fresh teas from the herbs in our garden. Hazel More 

Adelaide, Australia
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18 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Stayed five nights and felt very priveledged to have the Ballymaloe experience. From the fabulous meals and service to feeling part of the family at the Saturday night singalong in the lounge with Rory.The extended Allen family are involved in all aspects of running the property and this place is unlike any other because it is truly a family business... More 

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hazel071, Manager at Ballymaloe House, responded to this review

Thank you , we are delighted you enjoyed your stay Hazel More 

Ramelton, Ireland
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96 reviews
30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a lovely room in the courtyard. Very quiet and comfortable. We arrived for breakfast just after a bus tour group and staff were a bit hassled, so service was not what it should have been. But at €120 per head (€240 for the two of us), we would have expected better.

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Fort Mitchell, KY
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We first encountered the skills of Darina Allen when she was a visiting chef at Chez Panisse in Berkeley CA. We lunched on what my wife still calls the best salmon ever and what I still call the best little clams I'm ever likely to have. So a night at her home venue was a must-do as we covered Ireland... More 

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hazel071, Manager at Ballymaloe House, responded to this review

Thank you . such a shame your stay was so brief but delighted you found time to enjoy exploring our gardens and the sculpture in The Barley Field . Hazel More 

Portland, Oregon
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33 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I stayed at the Ballymaloe House for one night while celebrating our 30th Anniversary. We were more than pleased. This is an old school, elegant establishment and it was my wife's favorite stay during our 2 weeks in Ireland. Amazing food, both dinner and the breakfast. Elegant room - we stayed in the family suite 1. Wonderful... More 

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hazel071, Manager at Ballymaloe House, responded to this review

Thank you , and congratulations we are so glad you enjoyed your anniversary.hazel More 

Los Angeles, CA
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25 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stayed 1 night in the Gray Room, a large corner bedroom. It was beautiful. The weather was sunny, blue skies w/ puffy white clouds, gorgeous view of fields+gardens.Everyone was "Lovely" and it was "Grand".We are very into Food+Wine so this was heaven.Toured Wine cellar w/ Sommelier .Wonderful experience!

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hazel071, Manager at Ballymaloe House, responded to this review

Thank you we are delighted you enjoyed your stay in The Grey Room - one of our most popular rooms Hazel More 

London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

it is interesting to read CM's review of their great experience of a birthday at Ballymaloe. Sadly we did not receive similar treatment. I brought my sister to Ballymaloe for 2 nights to celebrate her 70th birthday. When making the reservation I requested a small cake with candle as dessert for dinner on her birthday, I received a very warm... More 

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hazel071, Manager at Ballymaloe House, responded to this review

Thank you for the feed back - I regret my first reply never arrived apologising for our mistake . Unfortunately we all make mistakes - in your case it was one after another and we are really upset that your very special visit was ruined . We hope you can accept my offer already sent by email and return to... More 

Limerick, Ireland
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our family of five visited Ballymaloe for lunch to celebrate a birthday and wedding anniversary. From the moment we entered the house everything was wonderful. Staff were so pleasant and welcoming and in particular the wonderful lady who served us our meal. All courses ordered were magnificent, we were offered second helpings and those of us who accepted received very... More 

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hazel071, Manager at Ballymaloe House, responded to this review

Thank you , we are so glad you enjoyed your lunch and the birthday plate , as you will note from next message ,we made a mistake and neglected to serve a cake for a special birthday that had been specially requested Hazel More 

Greenwich, CT
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21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Returning to Ballymaloe House was like seeing a favorite old friend after a long time apart. The property is so comfortable and cozy that as soon as you arrive you immediately relax. Previously we had stayed in the annex but on this occasion were placed in the "Blue" room in the main house. The rooms are all pleasant, nicely decorated... More 

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hazel071, Manager at Ballymaloe House, responded to this review

Thank you - our porridge made from Macroom Oatmeal is very popular , we like your your picture or our porridge with lots of our cream from the farm and brown sugar! Hazel More 

Ascot
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9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

Country house comfort, spotlessly clean and the modern trappings of tea making facilities and TV were NOT missed. We stayed in the Grey room with lovely views over the garden and swimming pool. Tea/coffee with wonderful selection of home made cake and shortbread is brought to any of the cosy downstairs sitting rooms, or outside if weather permits, instantly. There... More 

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Thank you for such kind comments - next time JR or Anne we would be glad to give you an early morning lesson on how to make soda bread. Hazel More 

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