Val and Laura are wonderfully friendly hosts of their spectacular country house, built in the 1840s. Be wowed as you are given a quick tour of the public area of the house on arrival, this is a special property. Beautifully appointed with appropriate period furniture.
There are just 5 rooms, so this is an intimate stay. Our room was large, with wonderful views of the gardens and surrounding fields. A large comfortable bed, armchair, wardrobe and dressing table completed this big room. The bathroom is certainly small, but with a comfortable shower, but any slight compromises you make here are overcome by the wonderful surroundings. Unless you are lucky enough to live in an 1840s country mansion yourself, then this will be a very special stay for you! B&B is €75 pp.
The entrance has beautiful columns and the hallway has the huge high ceilings as throughout the house. The staircase is a real sight.
Meals are served at the original long table, communally for all guests - although we were the sole visitors on our visit. Dinner is at about 7:30, we were asked in advance about any food allergies or requests - as there is no menu, but instead a lovely selection of local foods. Soup was an excellent carrot & corriander; main course was a tasty marinated chicken served with wexford new potatoes and broccoli; dessert was homemade ice cream and rhubarb crumble (from the walled garden). The cooking is excellent country style, not gourmet as such but full of flavour and service by Val and Laura so friendly. There is a short wine list and available by the glass also. BYO corkage is available also. Dinner is €30 pp.
Breakfast is a nice selection of fruits (great stewed plums!), wonderful homemade bread, cereals, juice, yogurts, with porridge and full cooked breakfast available too. A great start to the day.
You can walk around the massive grounds of the house at your leisure, the only rule is to close any gates behind you of course! There is a lovely walk down to the nearby pond and lake, through the mature trees and down to the fields full of crops. There is a small playground for kids. The huge walled gardens are being re-developed to their former glory and the beautiful old stables and outhouses are being done up also. The grounds are very large and so relaxing to walk around.
We were lucky enough to have lovely sunny weather, the sunny SE lived up to its name. Make some time to visit this lovely part of the world, with so many nice things in the vicinity. Curracloe blue flag beach is a wonder, Wexford town a lovely spot to wander, Hookhead lighthouse worthwhile. All in all a great trip, made so special by Ballinkeele House.
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