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.
Want the lowest hotel prices? You're in the right place. We check 200+ sites for you.

Ballyfin Demesne

Travelers' Choice award winner
Book on TripAdvisor
Trusted partner. We work with to make your booking as easy as possible.
Secure payments. We use industry-leading practices to keep your information secure.
Enter dates for lowest prices
powered by PriceFinder
Check In Check Out
1 room 2 adults 0 children
We check 200+ sites to find the latest and lowest prices.
Management photos
Ballyfin Demesne
View Map
{"widget":{"name":"ibex_photo_carousel","template":"ibex_photo_carousel__widget","dust":{"nav_controls":"ibex_photo_carousel__nav_controls"},"divClasses":"prw_rup prw_ibex_photo_carousel","moduleList":["handlers"],"js":{"handlers":"(ta.prwidgets.getjs(this,'handlers'))"}},"scriptFlags":null,"containerClass":null}
Add Photo Write a Review

230 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 224: English reviews
Reviewed 5 days ago NEWvia mobile

This place is exactly as you would expect. Opulent and expensive but well worth the cost if you can afford it. Good was amazing, staff lovely, grounds superb. The restored house is a gem in the Midlands.

 Report
Helpful?
1Thank bmpecc
Cork, Ireland
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is one of the most amazing hotels that you can visit. The money spent restoring it to the original detail will never be recouped. The service is amazing with more staff than guests and the rooms are large, luxurious and authentic. The grounds are also restored to their original quality and are beautiful to walk or run around. The...

 Report
Helpful?
3Thank Aghinagh1966
Martinsburg, West Virginia
Reviewed January 8, 2017

It is hard to do justice to the Ballyfin experience in a review. From the moment you pull up to the gate, to when you see the staff waiting as you pull up to the house, to when you tour the beautifully restored home, Ballyfin is just that - an experience. It is not just a "hotel" or a place...

 Report
Helpful?
3Thank Luvtravels33
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Reviewed January 6, 2017

The facilities are beautiful, comfortable and so interesting. Howver, the thing that really made this hotel one of our very favorites was the staff. The people that welcome and take care of you at Ballyfin treat you like a cherished houseguest at a weekend house party. They pampered me, adored my kids and made us want to come back again...

 Report
Helpful?
2Thank KKAK2014
London, England, United Kingdom
Reviewed January 2, 2017

What can I say, this is our second visit and we were equally impressed, it is just perfection. It is difficult to fault. The environment, the service and the food does not get better anywhere. It is very pricey but still amazing value.

 Report
Helpful?
4Thank Gerry5461
ireland
Reviewed December 15, 2016

We had a fabulous time at Ballyfin. The setting is breathtaking and the management and staff are fantastic. We loved the house and the land. The food was superb and our complements to the kitchen and dining room staff. Everyone we met had such pride in their work and every request was met with a desire to make us as...

 Report
Helpful?
1Thank maggiemay027
Reviewed December 12, 2016

We got the train from Dublin to Portlaoise on Saturday afternoon. A short taxi ride (€18) brought us to the stunning property and we were greeted by 3 staff and the manager. The were then checked into our gorgeous room (Dr Beaufort) and were just amazed at the personalised nature of the staff. We went for lunch had were incredibly...

 Report
Helpful?
4Thank jessica k
Dublin, Ireland
Reviewed December 12, 2016

Just spent wonderful 24 hours in ballyfin demense, absolutely perfect, from the minute we arrived we felt at home, staff are wonderful, special word to Lionel for house tour and bringing the past to life for us, he has a real talent for historical narrative. All members of staff are professional in the best possible way. The grounds are lovely...

 Report
Helpful?
2Thank Caoimhe2014
Dublin
Reviewed December 10, 2016 via mobile

From the moment you enter the gates and catch sight of Ballyfin House, it's like you've stepped back in time. The staff line up to meet you on the steps, you're whisked away into a beautiful stately home, waited on hand and foot, but not obtrusively, and all your cares melt away. The food is superb, as is the wine...

 Report
Helpful?
2Thank Mikeyt101
Enfield, Ireland
Reviewed December 5, 2016 via mobile

Enjoyed a fabulous 24 hours at Ballyfin. From our glorious welcome by the staff on the steps of the house our visit just got better and better. Delightful food, attentive staff, we enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere, the beautiful grounds, the tour with Lionel, the beauty of our room, the lavender on our pillow, all the small details that made our...

 Report
Helpful?
1Thank sharonryan81
Questions? Get answers from hotel staff and past guests. Ask a question

234 photos of this hotel

Traveler photos: See what travelers like you saw

Viewed
All Traveler Photos (199)
Viewed
Room/Suite (19)
Viewed
Pool/Beach Area (4)
Viewed
Hotel & Grounds (63)
Viewed
Dining (23)
Viewed
Bathroom (3)
Viewed
View from Room (1)
Viewed
Other (86)

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
Dining (3)
Viewed
Hotel & Grounds (5)
Viewed
Other (18)
Check In Check Out
Hotels you might also like...
Also consider these accommodations in or near Ballyfin
4.4 mi away
Roundwood House
Roundwood House
#1 of 1 in Mountrath
196 reviews
12.8 mi away
The Heritage Killenard
The Heritage Killenard
#1 of 1 in Killenard
1,701 reviews
5.6 mi away
Portlaoise Heritage Hotel
Portlaoise Heritage Hotel
#3 of 4 in Portlaoise
963 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
6.7 mi away
The Killeshin Hotel
The Killeshin Hotel
#2 of 4 in Portlaoise
606 reviews
6.2 mi away
Maldron Hotel Portlaoise
Maldron Hotel Portlaoise
#1 of 4 in Portlaoise
655 reviews
10.9 mi away
Abbeyleix Manor Hotel
Abbeyleix Manor Hotel
#1 of 1 in Abbeyleix
154 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
Questions? Get answers from hotel staff and past guests. Ask a question

Amenities

Highlights
  • Pool
  • Free Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
  • Room Service
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Breakfast included
About the property
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
  • Wheelchair access
Things to do
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa
Room types
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Suites
  • Accessible rooms
In your room
  • Minibar
Internet
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Services
  • Free Parking
  • Room Service
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Laundry Service
  • Concierge
  • Breakfast included
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 twenty rooms for the 614 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 614 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 

Additional Information about Ballyfin Demesne

Address: Ballyfin, Ballyfin Co Laois, Ireland
Location: Ireland > Province of Leinster > County Laois > Ballyfin
Price Range: $625 - $1,174 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Ballyfin Demesne 5*
Number of rooms: 20
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Expedia 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
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what travelers have asked, with answers from Ballyfin Demesne staff and other travelers.
4 questions
Ask a question
coral gables, fl
bodge88
over a year ago
18 days ago

See all questions (4)

Questions? Get answers from Ballyfin Demesne staff and past guests.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Can tickets for local attractions be purchased at the front desk?
  • Do you have to pay extra for a mini-fridge?
  • At what time does the pool open each day?

See which rooms travelers prefer

“Every room is great”
 of 5 bubbles Gerry5461, Jan 2, 2017 | Read review
“Every view is beautiful, but I suppose lake view would be best”
 of 5 bubbles penelope105, Nov 4, 2016 | Read review
“Not necessary they are all outstanding”
  • Lady kildare
  • Lady Kildare
  • Lady Kildare
 of 5 bubbles Cjohns16, Nov 1, 2016 | Read review
“I am sure all rooms are perfect, as was ours.”
 of 5 bubbles ErinJ, Oct 23, 2016 | Read review
“all great rooms ,we were in the Knight room”
 of 5 bubbles kzakov, Oct 17, 2016 | Read review
5 of 5
Questions? Get answers from hotel staff and past guests. Ask a question