There are a few hotels in the world for which I have an instant and insatiable admiration. Ballyfin is one of those hotels.
What is not to love? It manages to feel as though it exists in a place that time forgot. A place that is formal, yet relaxed. Gilded, yet comfortable. Old, yet modern. A place where the staff genuinely care about your experience. There is no trying at Ballyfin. Things are done, and they are done well.
Gorgeous gardens, a roaring fireplace, wellies for borrowing, a secret grotto, meals whenever you want them – every detail has been considered. It’s all about you and your experience. Feeling the urge to dress up in period clothing? They have a full costume department. Need a fast Internet connection or a workout on the treadmill? They have that too.
Ballyfin is perfect for a long weekend getaway from Boston or New York, or for a stay as part of a larger Ireland itinerary. Art aficionados will enjoy the Inspiring Irish Art Weekends [PDF] which combines Ballyfin with a stay at The Merrion in Dublin (also Virtuoso). In addition, you can buy out the property to ensure privacy for your special occasion.
My time at Ballyfin was short, but I cannot wait to return and I would love to send you. Take my photo tour and see for yourself a little of what makes this such a special hotel.
The complimentary Virtuoso amenities for 2014 are as follows:
- Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
- Daily breakfast, already included in rates
- Guest’s choice of: Selected and paired bottle of wine with dinner and a departure gift OR traditional afternoon tea for two, once during stay