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Ballyfin Demesne

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Ballyfin, Ballyfin Co Laois, Ireland
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Belfast, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Absolute dream of a place. Second you cross the gated entrance at the bottom of the long winding drive, you are transported to another world of sheer luxury, elegance and more so attention to detail in every respect. The greeting party / concierge / valet immediately set the tone. You feel you are in a world of your own. Staff... More 

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Ballyfin, Sales & Reservations Manager at Ballyfin Demesne, responded to this review

Dear rehutchinson1987, Thank you for your lovely review on your recent stay with us at Ballyfin. Delighted you felt transported to another world of sheer luxury and elegance and enjoyed the welcome on your arrival. Thank you for the mention of the team and Damien and the chefs were thrilled you enjoyed dining at Ballyfin. We very much look forward... More 

London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Ballyfin transports you to another world. Such wonderful service, not at all snooty but warm and friendly, a real credit to Irish hospitality. The house (more like a palace) is worthy of all the superlatives that other reviewers have bestowed on it. Every room is a work of art, having been painstakingly restored with no expense spared. The grounds and... More 

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Ballyfin, Sales & Reservations Manager at Ballyfin Demesne, responded to this review

Dear heb999, Many thanks for taking the time to write a detailed review on your recent stay at Ballyfin. Delighted you experienced the warm and friendly service and enjoyed the history, art and antiques of the house and exploring the demesne by bicycle and chatting with the team. The house tour with Declan is always one of the highlights for... More 

Princeton, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Surely one of the finest places to stay in the world. The house is exquisite, with every modern amenity seamlessly incorporated into one of the most beautiful country homes in Ireland. The grounds provide no end of wonders, from the Edwardian Rock garden to the fernery, the lake to the tower. The food can be considered sublime, without exaggeration. Ballyfin... More 

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Ballyfin, Sales & Reservations Manager at Ballyfin Demesne, responded to this review

Dear David K, Many thanks for your review on your recent stay at Ballyfin. We were thrilled to read you felt Ballyfin was one of the finest places to stay in the world and you could experience every modern amenity incorporated into the house. Delighted you enjoyed exploring the demesne. We very much hope to have the opportunity to welcome... More 

Manhattan Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Ahhh... Ballyfin. One of those unique experiences that will permeate your dreams long into the future. Upon arrival, it is the view of the stunning grounds that takes your first breath away. It's as if you have just driven on to the movie set of a perfect Manor in a perfect setting of Irish hills. Next up, the home which... More 

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Ballyfin, Sales & Reservations Manager at Ballyfin Demesne, responded to this review

Dear BetsyMcL, Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review on your stay with us at Ballyfin. It was a delight to read of your feelings from your arrival at the gates and drive through the grounds to the beauty and attention to detail of Ballyfin House. Over the two days you experienced the wide range... More 

Fort Wayne
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8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Glorious! The history of the resort is fantastic and shared by staff who have spent a good portion of their lives living and learning there. Hospitality like no place else. 3 teenagers loved it as much as the adults.

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Ballyfin, Sales & Reservations Manager at Ballyfin Demesne, responded to this review

Dear BethG695, Thank you for your review on your recent stay with us at Ballyfin. Delighted that both adults and teenagers enjoyed all Ballyfin has to offer and you enjoyed hearing of the history of the house and meeting the team. We very much look forward to the oppportunity of welcoming you back. kind regards Martina Yearsley Sales & Reservations... More 

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6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Definitely the best hotel in Ireland. Have now stayed twice and are saving up for next stay. Beginning to end perfect hospitality, facilities and food. Every meal an occasion. Rooms comfortable and individual. This is like staying in someone's private estate. With only 20 odd rooms it does not feel crowded and there is plenty of room to find your... More 

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Ballyfin, Sales & Reservations Manager at Ballyfin Demesne, responded to this review

Dear Mark S, Many thanks for your review on your recent stay at Ballyfin. It was a pleasure to welcome you back and delighted you enjoyed your second stay with us and experienced the feeling of staying at a private estate. Our State Dining Room is available for dinner reservations for non-resident guests and the excitement and delight of visiting... More 

Montreal, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Previous reviews do justice to one of the greatest luxury rural hotels in the world. Without repeating too much, I cannot express fully our satisfaction with this property. A three night stay would be perfect and allow you to explore this expansive property and partake in most of the available activities. One of the things that makes this place so... More 

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Ballyfin, Sales & Reservations Manager at Ballyfin Demesne, responded to this review

Dear travelgurudoctor, Thank you for taking the time to write a review on your recent stay with us at Ballyfin. We are so happy to read you enjoyed your stay with us and enjoyed meeting Jim, Damien and all the team and experienced the love the team have for Ballyfin. We were delighted to read that after all your world... More 

Magherafelt, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I will not dare to make the presumption that I will be able to add anything new or original to what has already been intimated on this page; suffice to say it is all very much true! But perhaps I will reiterate a few sentiments here in the interest of catharsis and also the addition of another positive review for... More 

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Ballyfin, Sales & Reservations Manager at Ballyfin Demesne, responded to this review

Dear ferrariman01, Many thanks for taking the time to write a detailed review on your recent stay at Ballyfin. It was a pleasure for us all to welcome you to celebrate your 21st Birthday. We were delighted to read you enjoyed the food and looked forward to each meal and to hear you could relax in any of the wonderful... More 

Belfast, United Kingdom
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8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

Our fourth visit since opening in 2011.Quite unique the restoration of this Regency mansion is superb with wonderful paintings and silver..We stay always at least 3 nights to flavor the atmosphere..Dont leave the grounds- borrow a golf cart and explore the grounds.600 acres with interesting walks and good wildlife. This year we stayed in the Westmeath Room with magnificent 19... More 

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

Dear oscar17041, Many thanks for taking the time to write a review on your fourth visit to Ballyfin. It is always a pleasure to welcome you both and delighted you enjoyed the Westmeath Room on this visit. It is a delight to read that Ballyfin is the perfect place for you to really relax. We very much look forward to... More 

Dublin, Ireland
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12 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

I have known about Ballyfin for quite some time and decided to stay here for one night during a tour of Ireland as a treat. As the other reviewers have said, the welcome at Ballyfin is like nothing I have experienced elsewhere. The staff are amazing; each seems to know the house inside out, and the daily tour is a... More 

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

Dear Quin_Straten, Thank you very much for taking the time to review your experience with us at Ballyfin and for your kind words. I am delighted to read you have enjoyed the welcome and service provided by the team as well as the house in itself. I know I speak on behalf of the team when I say that we... More 

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