County Laois

  • School Age Action
  • Cool for Teens

Like being set inside an Irish novel, visiting Ballyfin will blow your mind. It’s so far and above anything I’ve ever experienced anywhere. To call it a hotel is not adequate. The staff are like long-lost family, welcoming you home to rooms filled with art, antiques, books and stories of this former school-turned-luxury hotel. The food is divine, and scones and afternoon tea in the conservatory are addictive. The bedrooms are sumptuous, styled in a way that feels like a manor house but with all the modern touches you’d expect from a luxury property. Nothing is spared in terms of luxury and comfort. Half the fun is wandering the expansive estate, which teens will love. The worst thing about Ballyfin is having to say goodbye, wondering when you can return again to this magnificent corner of Ireland.

  • Category: Resort
  • Location: Countryside
  • Standard: Luxurious
  • Style: Old World
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Our Reviewer's Favorite Features

  • School Age Action: Near age-appropriate sights and activities
  • Cool For Teens: Near age-appropriate sights and activities
  • Wonderful atmosphere and ambiance
  • Exquisite guest accommodations
  • Expansive grounds for exploring
  • Divine onsite dining
  • Extensive amenities and activities
  • Great base for sightseeing

Families Should Know

  • Minimum age is 9 unless entire property is reserved by one group for exclusive use
  • Dining rooms are formal and adult-oriented
  • Isolated location (car is necessary)
  • Babysitting starts at 15€ per hour
  • Indoor pool is heated
  • No kids’ club, but staff can arrange an itinerary of events for children
  • Valet parking is free
  • WIFI in rooms and public areas is free
  • Fully compliant disabled access

Sports + Activities

  • archery
  • falconry
  • clay pigeon shooting/air rifle target shooting
  • horseback riding
  • pony and carriage
  • fishing
  • bicycles
  • golf carts
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • boating
  • canoeing
  • croquet
  • picnics
  • wine and whiskey tasting
  • costume collection

Local Excursions

  • Kilkenny
  • Dublin
  • County Offaly
  • Irish National Stud
  • Slieve Bloom Mountains
  • Birr Castle
  • Heywood Gardens
  • Emo Court
  • Golf at area courses


  • rooms and suites
  • TV/iPod docking station/DVD player
  • WIFI in rooms and public areas
  • disabled access
  • complimentary luggage unpacking and storage
  • complimentary in-room bar (waters, sodas, juices and nuts)
  • complimentary laundry service
  • daily housekeeping
  • two dining rooms
  • bar/cellar
  • private dining on-property
  • library
  • costume collection
  • spa
  • heated indoor pool
  • fitness center
  • extensive gardens/grounds
  • lake
  • pony and carriage
  • tennis courts
  • bicycles
  • private guide for mountain walks
# of peopleStarting at
2-3800D I
4800D I
  • D - daily pricing
  • W - weekly pricing
  • T - tax included
  • B - breakfast included
  • I - all-inclusive

Preferred Room

Not Specified

Guest Room Highlights

  • Spacious
  • Well-appointed
  • Good configuration for sleeping
  • Comfortable beds
  • Nice bathroom
  • Great shower
  • Quiet
  • Convenient location on property

Booking Conditions

  • 25% deposit required
  • Extra person charge: 250€ per child per night
  • Cancellation 21 days or more before arrival: full deposit refund
  • Cancellation 20 to 15 days before arrival: deposit forfeit
  • Cancellation 14 days or less before arrival, or shortened stay: forfeit 100% of booking arrangement
  • Check-in is 4p and check-out is Noon (early check-in subject to availability)