Blog posts from Ballymaloe Country House Hotel

March Madness

With lengthening days helping us shake off the cold, wet winter it’s seed sowing time! Just as well as the soaking rain has made working on the soil very difficult. 


New Bar

Each year during the month of January Ballymaloe takes a well-deserved break for 3 weeks which facilitates the ideal time to renovate some of the bedrooms.

This year however, the bar was privileged to a much needed makeover.

What originally began as a water line adjustment for the above castle room lead to the extensive removal of the existing bar walls, returning to the original stone wall of the 15th Centenary Norman Castle. 

Once this fantastic feature had been discovered it was decided to incorporate it into the current, new bar.


Art Exhibition: "The 4-Seasons' Tree" by Peter Binder from 24th November

In Peter's own words "Painting the like of "4-Seasons' Trees" has essentially to do with my place on this Earth.  Not very different from my farmin and growing of vegetables and apples.  It is another attempt at bein part of everything that's out there: @Fields and hedgerows under ever changing skies, the garden and orchard - representations of its trees of course, however visually translated, a prominent feature of this exhibition."    


7 night Farm Cottage stays at Ballymaloe House

Feel at home in one of the Ballymaloe House farm cottages and make Ballymaloe gardens your backyard.  Enjoy all the facilities at Ballymaloe House and the many local sites and amenities.  There may well be an event at the Ballymaloe Grainstore during your stay or visit the Ballymaloe Cookery School for an afternoon demonstration or short course. 


Irish Art Valuation Day in Ballymaloe Grainstore

John de Vere White has been involved in the art world for over 40 years.  A large part of his career has been at the helm of the deVeres Art Auctions.  Apart from handling the sale by auction of Irish Art, John has been active in advising both individuals and corporate bodies in assembling collections. 

John together with his colleague Rory Guthrie will offer advice on the best strategy in putting together a collection.  He will try to point the right course to follow and discuss the various pitfalls to avoid. 


Summer supper club with Louise Bannon: Midleton Food Festival Event

Ballymaloe House was delighted take part in the Midleton Food Festival 2016 by hosting a summer supper club with guest chef Louise Bannon (Ex Noma). 

The evening started with a cocktail in the walled garden, followed by Dublin born Louise's Noma influenced seasonal set menu and an organic wine for each course.

Louise's set menu included some of East Cork's finest local food producers and delicious vegetables from Ballymaloe House's own walled gardens (menu attached)


FORM16 - Silent Expression from Artistic Alliance

During the exhbition Richie Scott offered guided tours of the open air sculpture exhibition FORM16 - Silent Expression every Tuesday & Thursday evening giving a great insight to the art and the artists.  


Guest blog: A room with a view - Chloe aged 15

My Room with a View

Written by recent guest Chloe aged 15 (August 2016)  

I woke up this morning to look out my window only to see a sea of green; Green Grass, green trees. I could see that it would be a beautiful summer’s day.

Amongst the grass, I could see sculptures, both big & small. Some people were admiring them. I could see my favourite sculpture- A sculpture of a deer, standing alone but strong.


Sessile Oak Tree Walkway

In support of Failte Ireland’s Ancient East we are offering the opportunity for our guests to make history with us and leave their green footprint on the grounds of Ballymaloe House.  Our “Sessile Oak Tree Walkway” has began and offers the opportunity for our many loyal guests to leave their own mark on the Ballymaloe estate.  In this blog Daphne records details of the plantings.



Ballymaloe Glasshouse Dinner

Ballymaloe Cookery School's 'Ballymaloe Cookery School Glasshouse Dinner' was first held in the summer of 2012 and has now become an annual event, drawing food-lovers, artisan producers and chefs from all around the world. Held under the canopy of the Ballymaloe Cookery Schools extensive glashouses Chef Rory O'Connell and his culinary team dream up an inspiring menu based on seasonal, local and, of course, organic ingredients for 100 expectant guests.