Ballyfin has long been admired as the most lavish Regency mansion in Ireland. After ten years of restoration, Ballyfin re-opens in May 2011 as a small country house hotel like no other.
With only fifteen rooms for the 600 acre estate, it is the perfect place for a break from the stresses of the modern world and provides discretion and privacy like few other destinations.
At Ballyfin, stone walls enclose 600 acres of parkland, a lake and ancient woods, delightful garden buildings, follies and grottoes. The landscape, laid out in the mid-eighteenth century, is among the finest examples in Ireland of the natural style of gardening . Among other highlights are the medieval-style tower, built as a folly in the 1860s, and the walled gardens.
Ballyfin combines magnificence and intimacy in its State Rooms. The decoration of these interiors has long been acclaimed as among the finest of the Neoclassical and Empire periods in Ireland.
Irish country houses were created as places for entertainment. The recent restoration has aimed at returning Ballyfin as closely as possible to how it functioned when it was built. This more intimate dining room, with views out to the pleasure grounds and the cascade is decorated with paintings by Van Der Hagen.