Ballymaloe House is a family-run country house hotel famous for its outstanding hospitality and superb food. The 17th-century house is built onto a castle and nestled on a 300-acre farm in rural East Cork. Ballymaloe House is only 20 miles from the historic city of Cork, and minutes from the breathtaking south coast.
Bedrooms come in all shapes and sizes, from large and airy to cosy, 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. Sea and river fishing can be arranged within 5-20 miles. Onsite there is an outdoor, heated pool (for 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 recommendations in all-important food and restaurant guides, including a recent World Restaurant Award.
Babysitting is available. There is also an outdoor children's play area and tennis court on the grounds.
The Allen Family
From Cork take the N25 east. Then take R630 and R631. Ballymaloe House is two miles beyond Cloyne on the Ballycotton road.
From Waterford take the N25 west to Castlemartyr. Follow signs to Ballymaloe. Take care to find Cloyne Road in Ladysbridge.
Paul Brady at Ballymaloe Grainstore
Sunday 5th April 2020
Paul Brady, singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist is one of Ireland's most highly regarded and successful artists. He crosses musical boundaries again and again, incorporating folk, rock, blues traditional Irish & classic pop styles into his song writing.
An Evening with Paul Brady on stage is a captivating experience, as he invites you into his world of songs and music in a way that will surprise in its intimacy, sense of fun and raw power.
In November 2015 Paul was awarded a ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ from The National Concert Hall, Dublin Ireland which was presented by The President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins.
We are delighted Paul Brady is returning to the Ballymaloe Grainstore in April 2020.
3 Course early buffet dinner, tickets to the show and bed & breakfast from €210.00 per person sharing. €60.00 single supplement
Blackwater Valley Opera Festival with Ballymaloe House
Saturday 30th May – Monday 1st June 2020
This unique package includes:
2 Nights bed and breakfast at Ballymaloe House
Blackwater Valley Opera Finale; Gianni Schicchi and Pagliacci with Mezze Picnic
Serenade Recital at Cappoquin House
Lunch at Barron’s Bakery Cappoquin
Visit to Mount Congreve Gardens
Concert and dinner at Dromore Yard
All Festival transfers to and from Ballymaloe House
Arrive Saturday 30th May for afternoon tea at Ballymaloe House in time for the 4.45pm transfer to Lismore Castle for a Mezze picnic box prior to the Blackwater Valley Opera Festival Opera Finale. The Opera is a Double-Bill; Gianni Schicchi and Pagliacci and begins at 8pm. There will be a transfer home to Ballymaloe House waiting for you.
On Sunday 31st May after a relaxing Ballymaloe breakfast the 10.45am transfer will take you to Cappoquin House for the Blackwater Valley Opera String Serenade recital at 12 midday. After the recital a table has been reserved for you at the long-established Barron’s Bakery for lunch.
At 2.30pm you will be whisked away to walk off your lunch during a visit the beautiful Mount Congreve Gardens; 70 acres of stunning gardens. Mount Congreve boasts to be the home of one of the largest collection of plants in Ireland. There is also a shop and café on site.
At 5pm you will be collected from Mount Congreve Gardens and driven to Dromore Yard for a concert by Anthony Kearns & friends; A Tribute to John McCormack and a delicious three-course sit down dinner prepared by acclaimed chef Eunice Power and served by candlelight in the traditional farm buildings. The menu will be inspired by the very best of local produce and ingredients. At 10pm you will be transferred back to Ballymaloe House.
Book a night of entertainment with us at the Ballymaloe Grainstore and enjoy our Ballymaloe House hospitality before and after Des Bishop's performance.
Package inclusive of our early-bird 3 course pre-show supper in the Ballymaloe House dining room. Next day, enjoy at your leisure our award-winning breakfast buffet after a night in one of our comfortable country-house bedrooms in the heart of the East Cork countryside minutes from the coast.
"This is a show about my mother. It’s a show about motherhood and sacrifice, anxiety and grief, the mistakes you make as a mother and a son and the hard road to forgiveness and finally it’s about loss, grief and the chaos that surrounds it.
Where do I get my material from?
Life and death!"
Early dinner, show and Bed & Full Irish Breakfast from only €200.00 per person
Make Ballymaloe House your home on Sunday evening to relax and enjoy a lazy afternoon by the log fire or on the terrace. Take a stroll around the gardens before enjoying our traditional Sunday buffet in the evening. Stay overnight in one of our elegant country house bedrooms and enjoy our award winning breakfast at your leisure.
Our traditional Sunday night buffet dinner consists of a wide selection of fish and meat patés, shellfish (clams, cockles, mussels, crab, shrimps and lobster as available), locally smoked fish (eel, mackerel, salmon), home-produced vegetable salads and freshly cooked local meats (beef, pork, turkey, ham, lamb, ox tongue etc)
The buffet is a house specialty and served by the Allen family. All food is prepared during the afternoon.
Join us for a cracking Easter and enjoy making Ballymaloe House your home from home for three nights this April.
Cracking Easter Breaks at Ballymaloe House for the Easter Weekend. Hop along to Ballymaloe House and let us treat you and your family to a traditional Easter in the surrounds of our early spring garden and farm. There is plenty to do nearby with Jameson Distillery, Fota Wildlife Park & gardens, Youghal Clock Tower, Ballymaloe Cookery school and the Ballycotton Cliff Walk amongst others.
Arrive to the welcoming Ballymaloe Drawing room fire and on Friday evening and enjoy a leisurely supper at Ballymaloe House.
During the day, explore our 300 acre farm and wander along our walking paths and admire the spring buds turning into summer flowers.
Delight in a traditional piece of Simnel cake* and hot cross buns with some afternoon tea beside the fire.
*Simnel cake is traditionally eaten at Easter and made historically by female servants to take to their families on rare visits home. Not only delicious, it is a symbolic Easter cake decorated to signify aspects of Christianity. 11 marzipan balls are placed around the circular marzipan coated cake depicting 11 disciples. Although there were 12 apostles of Jesus Christ, Judas Iscariot betrayed him and is therefore omitted.
The weekend will also include our wonderful Easter Egg hunt before dinner on Sunday evening.
Offer includes Three Nights Dinner, Bed & Full Irish Breakfast, Ballymaloe Tea & Cake on each day of your stay. Sunday night dinner includes the traditional Allen family buffet. From only 575.00 per person sharing for a standard room.
Join us and enjoy the world famous Jameson Whiskey at its best.
Arrive into Ballymaloe House to enjoy a pre-dinner Jameson Whiskey Sour Cocktail on the balcony overlooking our gardens. Savour a delicious 5 course dinner in the dining room followed by a Jameson Irish Coffee nightcap.
After breakfast, visit the Jameson Distillery in the neighbouring town of Midleton to find out how this wonderful Irish whiskey has been made from the beginning to now.
This package includes one night dinner, bed & breakfast, pre-dinner whiskey cocktail, Jameson Irish Coffee nightcap and a trip to the Midleton Distillery.
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