County Laois

800 per day

Starting Based on 2-3 people

  • Category: Resort
  • Location: Countryside
  • Standard: Luxurious
  • Style: Old World

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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.

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

Ciao Bambino Recommends For Ages:

  • School Age Action
  • Cool for Teens

More To Know & Do

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