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Ballymaloe House Hotel
Ranked #1 of 5 Shanagarry B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Dublin, Ireland
Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“a true country house experience”
Reviewed April 8, 2013

we had an overnight stay with dinner at the hotel in march 2013. teh setting is wonderful and the welcome is friendly. our room was in an annexe away from the main house but room was spacious and very comfortable. Each room has a BOSE Wave radio which is very impressive!
Dinner was good but some of the portions were surprisingly small especially a beetroot and cheese starter. the mains were good but again small portions but seconds were offered and the wine selection good. i thought dinner at €75 was too expensive.
breakfast was a lively affaire with very attentive staff. It was cooked to order which is always a pleasure.
overall a very pleasant trip and a bonus of having a lovely shop on the grounds!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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hazel071, Manager at Ballymaloe House Hotel, responded to this review, April 10, 2013
Thank you , we appreciate the feed back .

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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed April 6, 2013

We spent one night in Ballymaloe. We had a beautiful & spacious room. Our only reservation would be that we would have liked a TV and we had not realised that we could have requested one.
We found the staff excellent especially in the dining room. They were so attentive, sincere, and offered more food if we wanted it. This was unique and very typical of Irish hospitality. We could not fault the dinner. It was excellent.
We look forward to returning to Ballymaloe, they employ so many people in a quiet part of East Cork and also support local businesses. This is to be applauded.however, next time we will request a TV.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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hazel071, Manager at Ballymaloe House Hotel, responded to this review, April 10, 2013
Thank you , we will be glad to provide a tv , we suggest putting in your request when making a reservation

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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed April 6, 2013

We stayed in Ballymaloe for the weekend over Easter. The house is very nice, but could do with a bit of maintenance. We had 'The Rose Room' and it was really pretty! The atmosphere was lovely and the staff were all very pleasant. The dinner was excellent, and our waitress was lovely! The breakfast was nice, but some fruit would have been nice as it was really only bread, cereal, full Irish breakfast and fish. The cafe at the end of the shop is nice, but it is really only for very light lunches and sweet things (which were lovely!). I would definitely go back to Ballymaloe House, and it was a very enjoyable weekend!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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hazel071, Manager at Ballymaloe House Hotel, responded to this review, April 10, 2013
Thank you for the feed back especially on breakfast - we assume you mean fresh fruit not our fruit compotes and fruit salad ,

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 2, 2013

Just back from a super 2 night break in Ballymaloe. It is everything that one could expect from a country house and working farm - comfortable, well furnished and a little quirky in a nice way. We had a garden level room with plenty of space and a little terrace. Didn't miss the lack of TV in the slightest but you can ask for one if you wish. The staff are a delight and go out of their way to look after their guests very well indeed. The food is the highlight of any stay. Breakfast is top notch with plenty of choice and dinner a relaxed affair served over the course of the evening - no rush, no need to book a particular time, just turn up and enjoy. The food is fresh, local, top quality and full of flavor - the only difficulty is choosing from the many delicious choices on the menu. There are a number of rooms to enjoy a drink or read a paper. The only slight quibble was that a lunch party commandeered a large part of the main lounge for practically the whole afternoon one day (including whilst dining) by putting clothes, kids toys and baby equipment across sofas which we found a little off-putting. However, it was just one of those things I suspect and we retreated to our own comfortable room with its own squishy sofa with a drink instead. Would certainly recommend this lovely hotel and will certainly be back.

Room Tip: The garden rooms have a lovely little terrace and bird feeder and attracted some lovely little birds...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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hazel071, Manager at Ballymaloe House Hotel, responded to this review, April 3, 2013
Thank you , so sorry to hear you were pushed out of Drawing Room - we do our best to avoid that situation .

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Reviewed March 28, 2013 via mobile

Just back from a one night stay at Ballymaloe. Had the most relaxing 24 hours, just wish it had been longer. Lovely old-world surroundings, beautiful food, really friendly staff. Our room was on the ground floor, facing the gardens at the back of the house, complete with bird feeders on our little patio. Will definitely be back!

Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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hazel071, Manager at Ballymaloe House Hotel, responded to this review, April 3, 2013
Thank you , we love the photo taken on the Ballycotton Cliff Walk

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 25, 2013

We stayed for 3 nights in a Courtyard room with our 2 dogs (they sleep in the small conservatory attached to the room) and had a wonderful time. The room was spacious and comfortable, with a large bathroom with powerful shower and separate bath. We didn't miss not having a TV! The only thing we found was that early morning deliveries disturbed us (the kitchen is just across the courtyard) but we're early risers anyway - something you might want to consider if you're not.
The food is incredible, SO fresh and simply but beautifully prepared, and always plenty of it. If you require "seconds" of anything, it magically appears - you will not go hungry! Breakfasts were delicious and included homemade butter and yoghurt. The whole emphasis is on using the freshest food available and it IS simply prepared mostly, but all the better for it in our opinion. If you want "titivated" Michelin star pretty food, this probably isn't the place for you.
The grounds are lovely, plenty of places to walk. The pool is only solar heated I believe - I did try it but it was pretty chilly!
If you get the chance, one of the evening talks at the cookery school is well worth attending, very interesting and informative.
There was a corporate group staying one evening and they rather took over the drawing room after dinner.
Overall, a great stay and we'd love to visit again when we're in Ireland

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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hazel071, Manager at Ballymaloe House Hotel, responded to this review, April 3, 2013
Thank you - we love feed back from pet lovers !

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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed March 11, 2013

No TV in the room, just a library of beautiful books scattered around the house. As expected the food was just glorious, home made bread, butter, yogurt. Locally produced eggs and meat Friendly service, including the founder who was doing a bit of tidying late at night. We had dinner and breakfast and could not fault any element of either meal. Who needs a spa when there are hundreds of acres to walk and kitchen gardens to explore? Just Olde Worlde Style and elegance that is missing from so many other places

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Ballymaloe House Hotel
Address: Shanagarry P25 Y070, Ireland
Location: Ireland > Province of Munster > County Cork > Shanagarry
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Shanagarry
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Ballymaloe House Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 29
Also Known As:
Ballymaloe House Hotel Shanagarry
Ballymaloe Hotel

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