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 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 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

Des Bishop : Thursday 10th October 2019

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. 

Des Bishop returns to Ballymaloe Grainstore after sold-out shows in 2016 and 2017 with his new show, Take the Points. Get ready for another hilarious night of entertainment. 

Take the points is good advice on the pitch but an even better metaphor for life especially when you don’t take advice well. How hard can it be for a man to say “point taken!” 
Des Bishop’s new show tries to digest the incredible changes we have seen in society in the last year and a half. Me too, Consent, Trump, The 8th and how divided everyone is online.

Early dinner, show and Bed & Full Irish Breakfast for only €195.00 per person

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Mid-week three nights bed & breakfast & one dinner

Enjoy everything Ballymaloe House has to offer during this summer and spend three relaxing nights in the beautiful East Cork countryside and dinner of the night of your choice.

Visit the Ballymaloe Cookery School, Ballycotton Cliff walk, Youghal Clock Tower, Midleton Distillery or take a unique trip to the Ballycotton Lighthouse and experience the best East Cork has to offer within close proximity to Ballymaloe House.

This offer includes 3 nights bed & breakfast and 1 five course dinner.

from €455.00
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Ballymaloe Christmas Decorations 1-day course

Thursday 5th December 2019.

This is a complete A-Z on festive season decorations. Iona will take you on a walk around the grounds gathering all types of foliage followed by a tour of the main house which will have being elaborately decorated for the up-coming season. 
The day will cover all things Christmas;  Christmas trees, mantelpiece decorations, swags, stair garlands, wreaths, table centres, kissing boughs, Christmas lights and other traditional seasonal displays that will inspire you to wow your own family & friends for the festive season. 

Coffee on arrival at  9.30am
Course ends approx. 5.00pm

Please advise us of any dietary requirements when making your reservation.

From €320.00 per person sharing = Full day course (incl. lunch) dinner, bed & breakfast. Single supplement €60.
Dinner, bed & breakfast is available on Wednesday 4th December or Thursday 5th December. 
The Christmas Flower course is €150.00 per person if you wish to participate in the course only. Please contact Ballymaloe House directly for this. 

Reservation is essential please call 021 4652531.

During this course you will be visiting the gardens - wet weather gear may be required. 

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Colin Stafford-Johnson: My Wild Atlantic Journey

Thursday 19th September 2019

Colin Stafford-Johnson: My Wild Atlantic Journey

Join wildlife film maker Colin Stafford-Johnson on a journey of discovery along the western seaboard of Ireland. Colin has been walking, exploring and filming wildlife along Ireland's wild Atlantic coast over the last 15 years. He recently presented the BBC series 'Wild Ireland - Edge of the World' - that featured some of his highlights. But there are many more!

Come and hear tales of adventure and misadventure from years spent tracking down some of Ireland's most elusive creatures - all accompanied by stunning visuals that will make you wish you were there.

Price of €200.00 per person sharing includes 3 course supper, tickets to the show in Ballymaloe Grainstore and bed & breakfast in a standard room at Ballymaloe House.

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Summer Dinner, Bed & Breakfast

Enjoy a break away during these summer months at Ballymaloe House.

Indulge with freshly baked cake and afternoon tea on check in, followed by a walk through the Ballymaloe Sculpture Exhibition, or maybe a swim in our heated outdoor pool.

Savour our 5 course dinner menu for a wonderful dining experience, followed by a comfortable night's sleep in peaceful surroundings.

Start the next morning with our award winning breakfast, totally ready to meet the challenges of the day.

From Euro €220.00 per person sharing.

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Wine Weekend with Julie Dupouy at Ballymaloe House; 1st/2nd November 2019

Friday 1st - Sunday 3rd November 2019

Julie holds the title of Best Sommelier in Ireland 2018 (Irish Guild of Sommeliers) and finished 3rd in the ASI World Sommelier Championships representing Ireland in 2016. Julie currently works as a Sommelier Consultant at the 1* Michelin Chapter One Restaurant and as a Brand Ambassador with Edward Dillon’s Champagne portfolio, including; Moet & Chandon, Veuve Clicquot, Dom Perignon, Ruinart, Krug. 

Born in Agen, South West France, Julie's passion for good food and awareness of good taste came from her paternal Grandmother. Julie remembers that she cooked instinctively, using her senses, and rarely cooking the same recipe twice despite her kitchen walls being graph papered with her favourite handwritten recipes. A childhood gift of a perfumer kit influenced Julie to explore her sense of smell and aroma combinations. Julie's first memory of wine was on her 16th Birthday when her Grandfather opened a special bottle of wine from the year of her birth. This single significant reminiscence sparked Julie's interest in wine and still too young to drink, she began to consume books about it and a few months later she told her parents she wanted to be a sommelier. 

Julie has been living in Ireland since 2004, and her vision is to inspire others to appreciate and enjoy the beautiful world of wine and sensory pleasure. 

The Itinerary for the weekend will be: 

Friday 1st November
Arrive at your leisure and enjoy making Ballymaloe House your home for the evening. 
Join Julie and other wine weekend guests for a casual group supper including Ballymaloe House's famous Friday evening hors d'oeuvres buffet and a glass of wine. 

Saturday 2nd November
Morning: A Masterclass of 6 Sparking wines
Lunchtime: Casual lunch including wine
Afternoon: Masterclass and blind tasting of Old World Wines vs New World Wines 
Dinner: Group aperitif and reception and 4-course wine dinner with wines especially paired by Julie.

Sunday 3rd November
Morning: Masterclass in Saké; tasting and learning about 6 different types of Saké.

From €550.00 per person sharing. €60.00 single supplement per night.

from €550.00
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Murder Mystery Weekend - 8th/9th November 2019

The Venetian Crab Night Club AKA Ballymaloe House looks forward to welcoming you on Friday 8th November for a drinks reception hosted by MC Micky 'Blue Eyes' McCloud. Micky Blue Eyes will welcome and brief guests on the latest developments and the sudden demise of Pedro (silent partner in the Venetian Crab Club) before enjoying the Friday night hors d'oeuvre buffet and welcome dinner. Dress Venetian to blend in and not appear too conspicuous!
On Friday night guests will be educated on information such as the main suspects background details and where to find vital clues around the grounds of Ballymaloe House. The scene will be set and an opportunity to ask questions and gather essential facts and clues.

On Saturday 9th November guests are encouraged, at their own pace during the day, to locate hidden clues in the grounds and visit the murder scene which will assist them in their investigations. That evening upon arrival in the conservatory for a cocktail reception guests will be provided with a simple press pack of the murder scenario, with further descriptions of the suspects and their relationship with the victim (Pedro). A press conference follows where the guests can question the main suspects for further clues. The plot will be set in motion throughout dinner when guests will be introduced to the characters involved in the Murder senario and learn about their relationship with Pedro. Clues will be uncovered via fun interactive activities. At the end of the dinner the guests will be requested to submit their findings (who, how and why Pedro was murdered).

Finally at the end of the night the murderer will be exposed (full story unfolds) and taken away in handcuffs.

Included in the Murder Mystery weekend:

2 x Bed and Breakfast
2 x Cocktail receptions
2 x Dinner including hors d'oeuvre buffet on Friday night - Dress Venetian for both dinners.

Weekends Murder Mystery entertainment and clue finding; facilitated by 5 professional actors
From €395 per person sharing a standard room (€60.00 single supplement per night applies)


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Lazy Sundays at Ballymaloe

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.

From €195.00 per person sharing for dinner, bed & breakfast.

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Phil Coulter- Pure Gold Concert Sunday 1st December

Sunday 1st December 2019

Join Phil and his special guest Geraldine Branagan for an evening of “Pure Gold”.

“Pure Gold” was how a U.S. critic recently described a Phil Coulter show. It struck a chord with the man himself. “It seemed to tick a lot of boxes,” said Phil, so he hijacked the title for his latest show and album.

Phil’s long career as a songwriter, producer and recording artist has been recognised over the years with so many gold discs that the theme is totally appropriate.

Early buffet dinner, tickets to the show and bed & breakfast in a standard room: €200.00 per person sharing.
€60.00 single supplement.

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