Ballyfin Demesne

“Lovingly restored Regency mansion with modern conveniences” - AA Inspector



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Nestled in over 600 acres, this lavish Regency mansion has been painstakingly restored, yet all modern conveniences have been incorporated. With only 20 bedrooms, guests at Ballyfin have the feeling of visiting a friend's home; relaxation comes naturally when ensconced in any of the sumptuously decorated salons, library or the stunning Turner-designed conservatory. Hospitality is key here; a team of butlers is at hand to ensure guests are well cared for at all times. Cuisine is an important element of the Ballyfin experience, with daily-created menus on offer, together with suggested wine pairings – many featuring the Bordeaux estates of the Irish 'Wine Geese' who fled following the Battle of Kinsale. Spa treatments are available, as are a number of country pursuits such as falconry, archery, fishing and clay shooting.

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5 Red Star Award: Inspector's Choice
2-Rosette restaurant
Ballyfin Demesne
Phone : 057 8755866


  • En-suite rooms: 20
  • Family rooms: 0
  • Bedrooms Ground: 2
  • Satellite TV available
  • Broadband available
  • WiFi available
  • Indoor Pool
  • Hard Tennis Court
  • Private fishing
  • Gym available
  • Croquet Available
  • Spa Available
  • Christmas entertainment programme
  • New Year entertainment programme
  • Lift available
  • Night porter available
  • Accessible bedrooms: 1
  • Walk-in showers
  • Maximum number of guests: 130

About the area

Discover County Laois

If you’re wondering how to pronounce the name of this county, it’s ‘leesh’. It comes from Loígis, a medieval Irish kingdom that once covered part of the area. The county town of Portlaois was destroyed in the 17th century, and most of what you see today is modern, apart from the Court House and the town gates, which are both from the early 19th century.

South of Portlaois is the town of Abbeyleix. Here, picturesque period houses and tree-lined streets characterise one of the finest planned estate towns in Ireland which was founded by the da Vesci family in the 18th century. There are heritage trails to follow and those keen on angling will enjoy the waters of the nearby River Nore.

One of the town’s claims to fame is its carpet-making; the carpet factory was also founded by a Yvo da Vesci in 1904. The factory employed some 40 local women, and supplied many of the rugs and carpets on the RMS Titanic. Sadly, the factory closed after merging with another company, in 1912, the same year that the Titanic sank.

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