Ballyfin Demesne is a ultra luxurious resort hotel that holds the accolade of being voted the best hotel in the world, by Conde Nast Traveler. It is a fantastic hotel and is situated at the foot of the Slieve Bloom mountains, outside of Portlaois in County Laois. It is the finest Regency mansion in the country and sits amongst 614 acres the most fabulous secluded private grounds, a thoroughly idyllic setting.
This country house dates back to the 1820’s and personifies grandeur and luxury, it is lavishly decorated in period style and features antique furniture and ornate furnishings, with astonishing attention to detail. Throughout are many spectacular features not least the grand, classical rotunda. It is certainly one of the grandest and most beautiful hotels in Ireland.
It is an intimate hotel only featuring twenty rooms. The spacious rooms have been individually designed, they are lavish and opulent in a Georgian style reflective of its past, furnished with antique furniture, fine art and gorgeous rich furnishings. All modern conveniences are provided for guests comfort. Many of the rooms have beautiful lake views.
There is a formal dining room, where guests can revel in a gastronomic affair, the produce is sourced from the grounds or local producers ensuring the utmost in freshness and taste. Then creative and inspiring chefs produce innovative and delicious dishes, that will tantalise guests taste buds. Combined with the impressive architectural splendour of the room a truly memorable dining experience is created.
The Ballyfin Bar is located downstairs in the former servant’s hall, it has a relaxed atmosphere, providing the perfect environment to have a quiet drink amongst its wonderful collection of Irish art. They have a fabulous collection of the best in irish whiskies, including some rare and unusual bottles.
The Cellar is an interesting place to visit, with its atmospheric setting, elaborate vaults, limestone columns and fabulous selection of wines, with some intriguing connections to Ireland. Guests can personally select their wine for their table.
Through are six sumptuous and comfortable lounges, featuring fine art, where guests can relax and unwind.
Outside the grounds offer a wealth of things to do, not least the wonderful grounds to explore. There is also tennis, biking, horse-riding, shooting, archery, falconry, fishing and boating.
The state of the art gym is fully equipped with all of the latest equipment. The Spa is chic and stylish and provides an area to relax and rejuvenate, with a vitality pool and sauna. They offer a wide range of health and beauty treatments all carried out by professional therapists.
A stay at Ballyfin Demesne transports you back in time to an era of old-worlde glamour and charm but will all the modern conveniences and much more. Guests will delight in the personal attention, hospitality, and its unique setting, it is most certainly a deserving of all the awards bestowed upon it. The hotel delivers on every level, guests will are utterly spoilt here.