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Ballymaloe News
23Sep

Busy summer at Ballymaloe Country House Hotel

After a wonderfully busy summer at Ballymaloe House some of the front of house staff was treated to a day out! The weather was on our side so we headed off to experience East Cork's newest attraction- a guided tour of the Ballycotton Lighthouse Island.

25Aug

Country House Flowers and Seasonal Décor courses with Iona

Iona is the in-house florist at Ballymaloe House and she uses predominantly wild and garden flowers. She will demonstrate her style of flower arranging and creating seasonal displays for table centres, posies and larger displays of country house flowers as well as seasonal floral decorations.
25Aug

Garden Blog August 2014

April’s showers seem so long ago as we work in August’s dusty garden where we’re busy watering sweet peas, summer lettuce, courgettes and pumpkins. Months have flown by and the countdown has begun in earnest to the Ballymaloe Garden Festival.
04Jul

Green Gooseberries

Spring brought with it more fruit blossoms than any pastry chef could ever wish for. Anticipating the first Summer harvest always generates excitement in the Ballymaloe kitchen. Apart from a scant number of strawberries, the first substantial crop always comes from the green gooseberries bushes. The first small green gooseberries always have the most intense flavour. Biting into a raw berrie shocks the pallet into summer mode! Once picked the berries must be “topped and tailed”. A pleasant job for those that have time to sit in the sun.
02Jul

Learn to Make Bread with JR

Step into the kitchen and roll up your sleeves, you can learn the secrets of Ballymaloe bread baking! Bread baking takes place at 7am each morning. Join our pastry chefs JR and Anne as they bake the bread and scones for each day at Ballymaloe. The bread baking is €25 per person and lasts approximately one hour. Guests experience the real working kitchen and can take their very own loaf of Irish soda bread home with them.
17Jun

Rachel Allen visits India with GOAL

Celebrity chef, Rachel Allen is travelling to India for the first time this week (Monday, June 16th to Saturday, June 21st) to help aid agency, GOAL shine a light on the plight of some of the people that the organisation is working with across Kolkata.
15May

Summer Midweek Break at Ballymaloe

Summer has arrived at Ballymaloe! The sun is shining, the gardens are vibrant with colour and there is a smell of fresh cut grass in the air. Why not enjoy Enjoy a midweek break away during the summer months with our Summer Midweek Break at Ballymaloe Special Offer. Two nights bed & breakfast with one evening meal from only €290.00 per person sharing.
13May

Darina Allen: A shared meal was once the bedrock of family life – its loss is a serious problem for society

Not surprisingly the decline in home cooking closely mirrors the rise in obesity – and it’s also undermined our social skills.
09May

Summer is really on the way!

The outdoor, heated, swimming pool on the grounds of Ballymaloe House is filled as soon as the weather gets warm enough - usually sometime in May, and emptied when it gets too chilly to swim - usually in late September. It has a large shallow end and a separate paddling pool making it ideal for children, however, it is possible to do lengths if exercise is what you are after. It is free for residents to use. There is no life guard at the pool so children need to be accompanied by an adult at all times. Please contact us if you would like to know if the pool will be full during your stay.
02May

From Garden To Vase

The tulips from our gardens make beautiful decorations, from Garden to Vase.

Tulips Growing in our walled Garden.

Tulips in Vases at reception.

Flowers & Glasses at a wedding at Ballymaloe House.