When The Accomplished Traveler’s Bobby Huebner set out to Ballyfin in Ireland, he admittedly had high expectations. “I had heard amazing things, but it wasn’t until actually arriving at the gilded gate and driving down the long entrance to the hotel, that I felt the true soul of the estate: its grandeur and beauty. There’s just so much history.
After functioning as a family home, the estate had a second life as an all-boys’ school. Some of the former students assisted in the restoration of the estate and then were hired by the owners to work at Ballyfin, sharing their incredible stories and adding to the living history of the home. “Every moment at Ballyfin was special. I loved hanging out in the spectacular and pristine Gold Room and the Library, surrounded by exquisite art and antiques, perfectly comfortable in my jeans and riding boots with a glass of wine. This dichotomy is a visual testament to the warm hospitality and spirit that fills the estate.
“The ultimate standout – for me – came in the attention to detail, and the attentiveness of the staff. Noting my preference the previous evening for an after-dinner drink, Declan surprised me with an unrequested follow-up. After a cold, chilly Irish day, spent ‘sporting’ (shooting clay pigeons), I returned to my room to find a hot bath drawn and waiting for me, along with a snifter of cognac.
“For New Yorkers like me, and others residing in the northeast, Ballyfin makes for an easily accessible long weekend, and truly magical escape.”
The Accomplished Traveler
New York, New York