Ballymaloe House, I first experienced the amazing hospitality of this establishment back in 1996 or thereabouts when I hosted a number of fellow sailors on a visit to Ireland after the New York Yacht Club's Sesquicentennial. It was the last stop on what to then had been a memorable tour of Ireland. Well no on the tour has let me forget the few days we spent at Ballymaloe. Years later, while discussing possible venues for another sailing reunion the name popped up again. I imagined that perhaps things had changed, different management, different economic climate etc. So I undertook to visit Ballymaloe and check it out on my next trip to Ireland.
My memory had not deceived me, it is (still is) the best small hotel experience in Ireland. The staff could not have been more friendly and welcoming, The food was without any doubt the best we've had on out stay in Europe this year and we've eaten in some supposedly great places over the previous 3 weeks. The rooms were comfortable and well furnished, the showers were to European if not Aussie standard and the service was personal, quiet, confident and professional.
I've convinced my friends to visit again next year and we've already booked... What more can I say! Simply great!
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- Also Known As:
- Ballymaloe House Hotel Shanagarry
- Ballymaloe Hotel