Just spent the most amazing weekend at Ballilogue. We were planning a family get-together as it had been two years since our large group had all managed to meet up. We were looking for a unique, private location that could house 20 people but we were struggling to find somewhere with that capacity and that was accessible to family travelling from different parts of the country. Well, to say Ballilogue surpassed our expectations is an understatement.
It is a collection of 5 lovingly restored stone buildings which have been stylishly renovated, merging beautiful original features like exposed stone walls, sash windows and shutters with modern fittings and furniture. All houses have wood burning stoves and large communal areas. We spent most of our time together in the farmhouse, lodge and dairy as the kitchens and living areas easily facilitated large family mealtimes. However the beauty of the place and its unique design meant that it was easy to retreat to a quiet room, or secluded spot in the beautiful garden. Despite the fact there were 20 guests (including young children) it never felt crowded and gave everyone some much-needed space to relax and unwind.
The attention to detail is wonderful with gorgeous accessories and artwork in each room, fully equipped kitchens, the beds are extremely comfortable and the shower in the farmhouse (with its glass roof) is a great feature. The extensive gardens are a joy. There is some beautiful planting and outdoor seating areas dotted all around each of the houses. My only regret is that I didn’t see the gardens in full bloom. However the pond teaming with tadpoles, the daffodils and a little spring sunshine gave us a taste of what’s to come and I hope I get to return later in the year to experience it again. I would highly recommend Ballilogue to anyone considering a family gathering, friends' reunion or even a workplace away-day.