Fodor's Expert Review Ballyduff House

Off R700, Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland

As the clematis-clad mansion comes into view at the top of a gently curving driveway you can understand why this wonderfully picturesque house was used as a location in the 1990s movie adaptation of Maeve Binchy's Circle of Friends. Relaxation, long walks, and a warm welcome are the order of the day here. Five large, period bedrooms are decorated with Georgian furniture and ornate wallpaper and afford wonderful views of the river. You are welcome to walk around the gardens and participate in trout and salmon fishing. Mount Juliet Golf Course is less than a five-minute drive away.

PROS

  • great river views from some rooms
  • stunningly authentic mansion
  • guests can use kitchen to prepare a picnic

CONS

  • fills up fast
  • few modern facilities
  • can attract a mostly golf crowd

QUICK FACTS

B&B/Inn
Romantic
Quiet
Countryside
Local Flavor
$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 056-775–8488

HOTEL DETAILS

5 rooms

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