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Blog posts from Ballymaloe Country House Hotel

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.
 

Spring Ballymaloe Breather - Special Offer

Enjoy tea and cake in the conservatory on arrival. Relax at Ballymaloe for the afternoon or visit the nearby picturesque fishing village of Ballycotton for a breath-taking stroll on the famous Ballycotton cliff walk.

Enjoy dinner in our dining room both evenings.

Two nights B&B including dinner on both nights from only €300 per person.

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. 
 
 

The Ultimate Mince Pie Recipe from Ballymaloe’s Pastry Pro

JR Ryall, head pastry chef at Ballymaloe House, gives us a masterclass in Christmas baking with his mouthwatering mince pie recipe …
 
There are many Christmas traditions that mark the start of the festive season. At Ballymaloe House the unmistakable scent of citrus peel slowly candying in late October marks it for me. This might seem unimaginably early to get into the mood for Christmas carols and roasting chestnuts on an open fire, but with the task of Christmas baking ahead it is the perfect opportunity to ease into the spirit of things.
 

A wine tasting with a difference

We are all looking forward to welcoming Maximilian Riedel to Ballymaloe for a Riedel glass comparative wine tasting taking place on Thursday 12th November, 7.30pm in the Grainstore at Ballymaloe. Maximilian Riedel represents the 11th generation of the Riedel family who have been making wine glasses. The Riedel company specialise in wine glasses as well as glasses for all other types of drinks, something they have fine tuned over the past 11 generations.

Autumn at Ballymaloe

An Indian summer of dry, bright and unseasonal mild weather has helped with garden jobs and extending the shorts-wearing season! After a disappointing summer the autumn months are slowly preparing us for the winter ahead. 
 
In the herbaceous borders we’ve begun to tidy and redesign before the frost knocks back the foliage and it gets harder to tell what’s what.  It’s also a great time to clear ahead of bulb planting which will go in in early November.  Watch out for hibernating hedgehogs!
 

I’m not giving up on summer yet!

I have high hopes that weather warnings are on hold ‘til winter and there will be enough sunshine to ripen and sweeten the garden’s bounty. 
 
This time of year the main job in the garden is staying ahead of the weeds that are growing with the same vigor as the crops.  Amongst the produce in season are courgettes, peas and mangetout beans, blackcurrants, raspberries and peaches. Yes! Peaches – growing in the warmest, most protected (and admired!) corner of the garden. 
 

The Darling Buds of May

Apple, pear, hawthorn blossoms are all signaling the warming air and soil. The potential for a sting of frost in the air should be gone completely once May is out. In the garden, we’re busy hardening off annual flowers and planting out vegetables we started in modules in the glasshouse.
 

The Hungry Gap

Much of the work being done now in the garden is in preparation for things to come! Most of the garden is empty now except for perennial vegetables like sea kale, asparagus and rhubarb. But in the wings…or the glasshouse….seedlings are beginning to show promise.  In modules and pots is sown lettuce, Japanese greens, oriental mustards, brussel sprouts, red and green cabbages. In gutters, the tender tips of mangetout and peas are popping up. 
 
 

Ballycotton

Ballycotton is a famous fishing village situated approximately 40km (25 miles) east of Cork City. The village is set on a rocky-ledge overlooking Ballycotton Bay. There is a busy fishing pier, working lighthouse and a world-famous lifeboat. As well as a shop & post office, pubs, restaurants, B&Bs and a hotel.

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