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Blog posts from Ballymaloe Country House Hotel
26Mar

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. 

11Feb

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.

18Aug

Summer supper club with Louise Bannon: Midleton Food Festival Event

Ballymaloe House is delighted to be taking part in the Midleton Food Festival with a Summer supper club with guest chef Louise Bannon (Ex Noma). 

The evening will start 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. The set menu will include some of East Cork's finest local food producers and delicious vegetables from Ballymaloe House's own walled gardens.

€65 per person - booking essential (numbers restricted)

09Aug

FORM16 - Silent Expression - weekly guided tours

Guided tours of the open air sculpture exhibition FORM16 - Silent Expression with Richie Scott of Artistic Alliance Tuesdays & Thursday evenings in August 2016 from 6pm until Tuesday 29th August. Meet on the golf course in front of Ballymaloe House
04Aug

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.

21Jul

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.

 

07Jun

Trip to Longueville House

As the sun shines brightly in Ballymaloe House and the long summer evenings are ahead, some of the Ballymaloe team went on a familiarisation tour to local Cork Cidery / Distillery and fellow Ireland’s Blue Book Country House Hotel, Longueville House.  Longueville House is currently owned by the O’Callaghan family and is located just outside Mallow.  Set in a 500 acre wooded estate, Longueville House was originally built in the 1720’s and the Georgian Mansion is situated to enjoy breath-taking views of the surrounding Blackwater Valley. 
    

24Mar

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.
 
09Oct

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!
 
10Aug

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.