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.