Ballymaloe House

Country Farm House accommodation and Restaurant, Shanagarry, Midleton, Co. Cork
Tel: +353 21-4652531 Fax: +353 21-4652021 Email: Website:

Ballymaloe House is a family-run country house hotel famous for its outstanding hospitality and superb food. The 17th century house built onto a castle and nestled in a 300-acre farm in rural East Cork. Ballymaloe House is only 20 miles from the historic city of Cork, and minutes from the breath-taking south coast.

Bedrooms come in all shapes and sizes, from large and airy to cozy including ground floor rooms in the courtyard. Locally, Ballymaloe House is within easy reach of several championship golf courses, the home of Jameson Whiskey and the Cobh Titanic Experience to name a few local attractions. Sea and river fishing can be arranged within 5-20 miles. Onsite there is an outdoor heated pool (summer use) and an excellent craft and kitchenware shop, café and events centre - The Ballymaloe Grainstore.
Food is largely produced on the home farm and has won high recommendation in all important food and restaurant guides including a recent World Restaurant Award.

Babysitting available. Outdoor children's play area. Tennis court.


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  • From Cork take N25 east. Then take R630 and R631. Ballymaloe House is two miles beyond Cloyne on the Ballycotton road.  
  • From Waterford take N25 west to Castlemartyr. Follow signs to Ballymaloe. Take care to find Cloyne Road in Ladysbridge.

Special Offers

Blackwater Valley Opera Festival Unique Break at Ballymaloe House 2019

Wednesday 29th May and Thursday 30th May 2019


Stay at Ballymaloe House and enjoy two highlights of the Blackwater Valley Opera Festival (BVOF) for a unique cultural adventure.  Relax and make Ballymaloe House your home for two nights bed and breakfast and enjoy Ireland’s only summer Opera festival, the Blackwater Valley Opera Festival during your stay.  Along with the festival organisers, we are delighted to offer a classical cultural two-day event allowing guests to appreciate a selection of highlights from this extraordinary musical festival. 

Arrive at Ballymaloe House on Wednesday afternoon (29th May) and enjoy tea and cake by the fire in our drawing room.   Ballymaloe House is 45 minutes from Lismore Castle where you will enjoy the opening gala performance of Don Pasquale’s Opera by Gaetano Donizetti – A tale of love, intrigue, money and some artful manoeuvres. 

The Opera Gala Night at Lismore Castle at 8.15pm including a pre-performance picnic box by Mezze of Waterford in the lower garden beside the main hospitality area at Lismore Castle.


Thursday 30th May enjoy a concert at Villerstown Church at 12 noon.  Arias, duets and ensembles from favourite operas from around the world performed by members of the Blackwater Valley Opera Festival Opera Chorus accompanied on piano by Darren Hargan (transport to this event not included).


Trio Concert – ‘Impressions’ Stanford, Trimble, Ireland, Brahms at 8.15 pm (Three exceptionally talented musicians come together in concert for the very first time) at Dromore Yard including a meal from guest chef Rose Greene.  Rose has worked in some of the most renowned restaurants internationally, where her aim was to learn the best in the field.  She ran the kitchen of a 1 Michelin starred restaurant, Du Wulf in Belgium. 


Our unique Classical cultural Blackwater Valley Opera Festival package at €545.00 per person sharing includes:

  • Tea and cake on arrival Wednesday afternoon.
  • Transfer to and from Ballymaloe House to Lismore Castle (approx. 50 minutes)
  • Picnic catering by Mezze of Waterford pre-performance at Lismore Castle – 6.30pm
  • Tickets to internationally the Don Pasquale Gala Opera Night
  • Leisurely award winning Ballymaloe breakfast and the opportunity to make the house your home for the day.
  • Tickets to concert at Villerstown Church: 12 noon (Thursday 30th May).  Please note that no transfers are included for this event.
  • Transfer to and from Ballymaloe House to Dromore Yard (approx. 50 minutes).
  • Tickets to Trio Concert and dinner at Dromore Yard
  • 2 nights Bed & Breakfast at Ballymaloe House in a large room.
Single Supplement €60.00 per night

from €545.00
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