Ballymaloe House          

   Shanagarry (Cork county) − Ireland

Myrtle and Ivan Allen opened Ballymaloe House, their home, to the public as a restaurant in 1964 and later as a Hotel. This historic Irish country house is located in beautiful East Cork (southern Ireland) and is still managed by the Allen family and continues to be celebrated internationally as the home of Irish Country cuisine and warm hospitality.

Condé Nast Traveller Magazine has acknowledged Ballymaloe House hotel and restaurant on their Gold List, and it was the only Irish venue on this prestigious list of the World’s top 100 hotels. The McKenna Guide 2018 listed Ballymaloe House as one of Ireland's 100 Best Restaurants. The Ballymaloe House restaurant continues to receive International recognition as home to the best modern Irish cuisine.

Set deep in a 300-acre farm, the menus are written daily around the seasonal vegetables grown on the farm just as Mrs. Allen always did.  Although times have changed, the essential spirit of Ballymaloe House and Castle is rooted in the relationship from the farm to the table which underlies the elegance of Irish Country House cooking.

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Accommodation at Ballymaloe House is simple and elegant.  We have a range of rooms in the main house, some large and airy with beautiful views over the fields as well as cosier rooms at the top of the house in the eaves. Our newer, light filled garden rooms are at the back of the house and look on to the river and oak and horse chestnut trees beyond. We also have charming rooms in a lime washed, rose-covered farm building in the courtyard.

All our accommodation has a calm and relaxing feel. Our beds are comfortable and fresh flowers are brought in from the garden every day. In summer sweet peas and old roses, and in the autumn and winter, foliage and branches from the woods. There are paintings and drawings by Irish modern artists such as Pat Scott, Michael Farrell, Louis Le Brocquy and Norah McGuinness throughout the house as well as examples of Irish studio pottery.

Enjoy afternoon tea in our drawing room by the fire or in the conservatory filled with scented geraniums and winter jasmine looking out onto our gardens and river. Benches are dotted throughout the gardens for you to sit in summer and read or listen to the sounds of the farm. In winter the drawing room is warm and peaceful-the perfect place to relax after a long walk by the sea and look out at the wild Irish sky.

When booking, please select the 'Personalise your stay' option for a selection of Ballymaloe wines, hampers and books available or to let us know any special requirements or requests you may have in advance of your stay.

Wine At Ballymaloe

We have an extensive wine list at Ballymaloe House and our sommeliers are happy to give guests a tour of the wine cellars, please ask at reception if you would like this to be arranged.

We also hold regular wine events throughout the year when wine experts and producers from around the world give talks and tastings.

The Bedrooms at Ballymaloe come in all shapes and sizes, from large and airy superior rooms to cosy country house, and include some ground floor rooms in the courtyard.

Standard Room

Large Room

Superior Room

Corporate Events

Situated only 35km from Cork city and Cork airport, Ballymaloe House is the ideal location for your conference or corporate event, meeting, seminar, conference or team-building needs. 

The beautiful house and grounds are the perfect venue for anything from a half day meeting with a light lunch to a full conference inclusive of five course dining with accommodation.  Ballymaloe House has 29 bedrooms and several self catering houses available on site and our experienced staff will ensure every aspect of your event runs smoothly.  There is plenty of other accommodation in the area for larger events. 

Conferences can be held in the Long Room in the main house or in our newly converted and beautiful multi-purpose versatile event venue the Ballymaloe Grainstore.  An 18th century stone farm barn previously used for storing grain, it is now a modern split level events venue containing all the facilities you would expect at a conference centre: A high quality PA system (dandb), HD projector and 4m x 6m screen, roving and lapel microphones, podium, hydraulic stage, complimentary WiFi and plenty of parking.  

There is a bar on site and the Ballymaloe Grainstore can comfortably cater for up to 300 delegates.


Ballymaloe House is the perfect location for your dream wedding day. This long established Irish country house hotel set in rural East Cork, is the most romantic venue a bride and groom could wish for, and the hospitality team at this famous family hotel are always happy to help brides and grooms with every aspect of their special day if their chosen date is available.  From the carefully written Ballymaloe menu and wine list for the occasion, to florists, music and the wedding cake and everything or anything else to ensure a memorable wedding celebration.  

Situated in lush countryside less than 10 minutes from the stunning Ballycotton cliffs (great photo opportunity - lovely church there too) and only 30 minutes from Cork city and airport, Ballymaloe House can cater for exclusive small, intimate weddings giving couples the intimacy and privacy to enjoy their special day in one of our smaller dining rooms or, subject to availability, make the whole house your home for the celebrations and invite 120 to dine in the various house dining rooms.  For larger wedding parties, or if couples would prefer all their guests in one room, the recently renovated Ballymaloe Grainstore can cater for up to 250 wedding guests in a spacious, comfortable and unique wedding venue on the grounds of Ballymaloe House or for alternative, more rustic events for up to 500 guests there is the famous Big Shed. 

Ballymaloe is a popular wedding venue for couples worldwide looking for a magical venue in which to celebrate their special day in Ireland. The charm and individuality of both Ballymaloe House and Ballymaloe Grainstore offer couples a traditional Irish wedding whilst enjoying the luxuries of a modern wedding venue.  Ballymaloe House holds a civil license and civil ceremonies or marriage blessings can also be arranged at the house. 

All inclusive wedding packages ensure that organising a wedding day at Ballymaloe House is an easy, enjoyable and relaxing experience.  We believe the wedding planning should be as enjoyable as the special day itself.


Please fill this form for individuals or for groups and you shall receive an answer written by a live person at Ballymaloe House. This is the only way you can know exactly what room types are available for the dates you want, and the best possible rate, because you are dealing directly with the hotel.
Bear in mind that websites set up to give an automatic answer, work with allocated quotas given by the hotel, therefore when it appears there are no rooms available for the date you want, this is not necessarily true, because they never allocate ALL the rooms to third parties.

Hotel: Ballymaloe House

Address:   Shanagarry (Cork county)

Region: South West (counties Kerry and Cork)

Country: Ireland

Official website:

Telephone: +353 (0)21 4652 531

Hotel email:

Train Station
Cork (30 Kms.)

Cork Airport (30 Kms.)

GPS Coordinates
Lat: 51.865310, Long: -8.074930

From Cork take N25 east. Then take the R630 and R631. We are 2 miles beyond Cloyne on the Ballycotton road. From Waterford take N25 west to Castlemartyr. Follow signs to Ballymaloe. Take care in Ladysbridge.

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