County Cork Hotels

Ballymaloe House

  • Off R629 Map It
  • Shanagarry
  • Fodor's Choice


  • Top restaurant
  • Child-friendly atmosphere
  • Quiet rural location


  • Advance booking essential
  • Village not in walking distance

Published 08/11/2015

Fodor's Review

This Georgian manor is a symphony of whites and beiges, its drawing room beckoning with its fine modern Irish paintings—a lovely touch for what is basically a farmhouse family home, albeit a world-famous one: Ballymaloe is the fountainhead of New Irish cuisine. Although masterminded by legendary Myrtle Allen, the younger generation now provides scrumptious feasts in the celebrated restaurant. The Grain Store, a venue for concerts, exhibitions, and theater, adds a lively slant to the bucolic experience, and hosts the Balymaloe LitFest of Food and Wine in May. The grounds don't aspire to grandeur, but they do contain a pool, tennis court, river views, and abundant birdlife. Country charm extends to guest rooms, some cocooned in floral wallpapers, and the tiny, ivy-covered gatekeeper's cottage is perhaps the cutest accommodations in Ireland. Spacious newer rooms have direct access to the garden.

Hotel Information


Off R629, Shanagarry, Co. Cork, Ireland

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Hotel Details:

  • 29 rooms
  • Rate includes: Breakfast

Published 08/11/2015

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