Most famous for being Ireland’s best-known cookery school—you can take wonderful day and half-day courses here—Ballymaloe is also an inviting country hotel. Comfortable guestrooms are furnished in traditional country-house decor, with floral-print wallpaper, antique-style furniture, and original art on the walls. If you want a bit more privacy, you can choose from several self-catering options, including cottages, a faux castle tower (complete with balcony on the battlements), and cabin-style chalets. The kitchen is the real draw here—the restaurant produces fantastic gourmet dinners nightly, lavish five-course affairs with seasonal menus (€75 per person); Sunday features a slightly simpler buffet spread—just as well if you’ve already had the €45 Sunday lunch. The (largely French) wine list is extensive, and unusually high tech—ask to be given the iPad version to check out video information pages.
East Cork› Hotel
Ballymaloe House Hotel
Shanagarry, Midleton, Co. Cork
Our Rating Neighborhood Around the County Hours Closed early Jan to early Feb Phone 800/323-5463 in the U.S., or 021/465-2531 Prices €255–€315 double Amenities Restaurant; room service; Wi-Fi (free) Units 33 units Web site Ballymaloe House Other Rates include full breakfast. Dinner/bed-and-breakfast packages available
MapShanagarry, Midleton, Co. Cork East Cork
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