Ballymaloe House Shanagarry − Ireland
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Ballymaloe House is a large family farmhouse, situated on a 400 acre farm, 20 miles east of Cork city. The house is two miles from the coast, near the small fishing village of Ballycotton and many small sandy coves and beaches. It is a forty five minute drive from Cork airport. There are several historic houses and gardens open to the public within a short distance.
Amenities include a small golf course on the premises, large golf course (international standard) 12 miles. Sea and river fishing arranged 5-20 miles. Outdoor heated pool (summer use). Outdoor children's play area (Babysitting available). Tennis court. Ground floor rooms in courtyard. Kitchen and Craft shop on grounds. Ballymaloe Cookery School, 5 miles from the main house.
Stay in our Accommodation
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.
About Ballymaloe Country House
Myrtle and Ivan Allen opened this Historic Country House, their home, to the public as a restaurant in 1964 and later as a guesthouse. Ballymaloe House continues to be run by the Allen family and now celebrates over 50 years of international recognition as the home of Irish Country cuisine and hospitality.
Ballymaloe House is located in East Cork and set deep within lush countryside accessible by tree lined avenues. Conde Nast Traveler Magazine included Ballymaloe House on their 2015 Gold List – the only Irish venue on this prestigious list of the World’s top 100 hotels.
Ballymaloe House, the walled garden and surrounding parklands and woodlands are unique, and along with its many functional outbuildings Ballymaloe House is a hugely diverse location. The many functional outbuildings (Ballymaloe Grainstore, Carrigaun room and Big Shed) and variety of garden spaces are ideal for everything from short romantic breaks away and family holidays to weddings, corporate events, team building activities and seminars.
The Ballymaloe Cookery School and gardens are 4km from Ballymaloe House (cookery demonstrations or private tours of the school and gardens can be organised on request) and the Ballymaloe Grainstore runs a full programme of festivals and events onsite throughout the year.
Ballymaloe House serves home grown or sourced produce and a Ballymaloe Café and Craft shop are also close to Ballymaloe House.
History of Ballymaloe
Myrtle and Ivan Allen bought Ballymaloe in 1948 from the Simpson family. The Simpsons were known in the area for their parties and Myrtle and Ivan had in fact met at Ballycotton Lifeboat fundraising dinner at Ballymaloe a few years previously. Ivan had wide farming interests, growing tomatoes and cucumbers in glasshouses and mushrooms in dark wooden sheds at nearby Kinoith as well as managing the orchards there.
However, Ivan longed for a mixed farm and when Ballymaloe came up for sale he decided to buy it. Myrtle and Ivan spent the next sixteen years farming and bringing up their children. The farm was a success producing milk, butter, cream, eggs, home raised pork and veal as well as fruit and vegetables. Myrtle became highly knowledgeable about cooking their produce and began writing a cookery column in the Irish Farmers Journal.
In 1964 Myrtle, encouraged by Ivan decided to open Ballymaloe as a restaurant. The children were growing up and she could see a different future ahead of her: "On a winter's day I sat by the fire alone and wondered what I would do in this big house when they were all grown up - Then I thought about a restaurant.” Her aim was to emulate the best Irish Country House cookery. Myrtle and Ivan then placed an advert in the Cork Examiner: Dine in a Historic Country House. Open Tuesday to Saturday. Booking essential. Phone Cloyne 16. So Myrtle scrubbed down the kitchen table and with the help of two local women she began. They cooked on an Aga at first and she was helped front of house by Ivan and their daughter Wendy. Their shepherd Joe Cronin ran the bar.
The food was good and the restaurant flourished. They cooked using their own produce- unpasteurised milk and cream, veal, pork, homemade sausages and black puddings, herbs, fruit and vegetables. Ivan went to Ballycotton every day for the fresh catch. Local beef and lamb came from Mr.Cuddigan, the butcher in Cloyne. Myrtle also encouraged local farmers’ wives to bring in their surplus produce and blackberries, elderflowers and watercress were brought in by children for pocket money.
Although times have changed at Ballymaloe, the essential spirit of the place is rooted in these improvised beginnings and in the relationship of the farm to the table which underlies the elegance of Irish Country House cooking.
In this room can sleep a maximum of 2 people. 1 x King.
In this room can sleep a maximum of 2 people.
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.
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Please fill this form for individuals or for groups and you shall receive an answer written by a live person at Residenz Heinz Winkler. This is the only way you can know exactly what room types are available for the dates you want, an 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. Plus they charge the hotel a commission which is normally around 20% of the room rate.
Cork (30 Kms.)
Cork Airport (30 Kms.)
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.
Sea or river fishing and horse riding can be arranged. Or you can drive around the countryside. There are many coves and beaches within a 15 minute drive varying from small and rocky to large and sandy.
Short walks can be taken around the ponds and woodlands. You'll see plenty of wildlife including our resident ducks, geese and peacocks.
Ballymaloe offers a Cookery School. Cookery demonstrations take place almost every weekday People who cannot spare the time to take an entire course often enjoy attending a demonstration session while a course is in progress. Ingredients are taken from the two acre walled vegetable and herb garden running alongside the tower house.
Hotel guests can visit the famous Cork Golf Club founded in 1888 and redesigned in 1927 by Alistar McKenzie, this championship parkland course is as graceful and mature as it's age would suggest. Scenically situated in Cork Harbour, the club has played host to major Amateur and Professional championships over the years, including the Carroll's Irish Open, the Irish Professional Championships and the National Finals.
Ballymaloe House is the perfect location for your dream wedding day. The long established, lovely country house hotel is as romantic a venue as one could wish for. We are very happy to help you with any special requests and advise on menus, florists, wine list or what ever it may be.
Situated in the lush countryside of East Cork, just 10 minutes from the busy town of Midleton, Ballymaloe House can cater for smaller, more intimate weddings in one of our smaller dining rooms or for larger wedding parties in our recently renovated Grainstore which can hold up to 180 wedding guests comfortably, offering you a spacious and unique wedding venue.
Ballymaloe House can cater for exclusive weddings giving you the intimacy and privacy to enjoy your special day. Located in the heart of East Cork, Ballymaloe is a popular wedding venue for couples worldwide who are looking for a magical venue in which to celebrate their special day. The charm and individuality of both Ballymaloe House and the Grainstore offer couples a traditional Irish wedding while enjoying the luxuries of a modern wedding venue.
Ballymaloe House also holds a civil license and we are happy to arrange a civil ceremony or marriage blessing at the house.
Our all inclusive wedding packages ensure that organising your wedding day is enjoyable and relaxing.
For more information on intimate and exclusive weddings in East Cork please email email@example.com
Situated only 35km from Cork city and Cork airport, Ballymaloe House is the ideal location for your conference or corporate event.
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.
Conferences can be held in the Long Room in the main house or in our newly converted state-of-the-art versatile event venue the Ballymaloe Grainstore.
The Ballymaloe Grainstore is fitted with 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.