The hotel facilities include: Heated outdoor pool (summer only); Tennis court; 5 hole golf course; Massage & Beauty Treatments Croquet lawn; Children's play equipment - sandpit, slide and board games; Bicycles; Craft and Kitchenware Shop; Cafe. Short walks can be taken around the ponds and woodlands - check out our map. There is always something in flower, be it a carpet of bluebells or vibrant Rhododendrons, and the grounds are a haven for wildlife including our resident ducks, geese and peacocks. Maps are available for longer walks around the grounds. As well as the pleasure gardens, Ballymaloe has a traditional walled vegetable and herb garden, which supplies the restaurant with much of its seasonal produce. Guests are welcome to stroll around it spotting the asparagus or apples, loganberries or leeks, being picked by the gardeners for dinner that day. ART GALLERY: Based in the farmyard at Ballymaloe is the Gentian Gallery. Gentian trained at the Crawford Institute of Art in Cork and now produces and sells his work in his gallery, as well as teaching art classes. MASSAGE & BEAUTY TREATMENTS: Massage and beauty treatments are available on request. It is advised that they are booked one day in advance. MUSIC: Rory Allen has a passion for music and plays the guitar and mandolin. His engaging mixture of music, songs and stories are enormously popular and have become a quintessential Ballymaloe experience. He plays and sings with friends in the drawing room most Saturday evenings after dinner. Guests are encouraged to join in and much merriment is had by all. On weekdays he can often be heard practicing in the hall. If you have a keen interest in music, Rory has a wealth of information on where to go to enjoy traditional music in local pubs, so do take the time to ask him. Rory also runs Music Weeks at Ballymaloe in March and November, where distinguished traditional and classical musicians get together to play, sing and share their skills and knowledge in an informal setting. These are a must for all music lovers. WINE: Regular wine events throughout the year and also 'Introduction to Wine Appreciation' Weekend Course with Mary Dowey held yearly. Please keep an eye on our home page and special offers for more information These entertaining and educational weekends are right at home in one of Ireland's loveliest country houses, with good wines and good food abounding. Each course includes a gala wine-tasting dinner on the Saturday night and a Sunday morning champagne workshop. COOKERY: The internationally renowned Ballymaloe Cookery School run by Darina Allen is located just 5 minutes from Ballymaloe House. Its beautiful gardens are open to the public from Easter to October, highlights include a maze and shell house. There is a huge variety of short courses available ranging from ½ day to 5 days. Cookery demonstrations take place almost every weekday at the School from 2.00pm to 4.30pm. People who cannot spare the time to take an entire course often enjoy attending a demonstration session to see and taste the magic of creating Ballymaloe food. This can easily be arranged during both the l2-week Certificate course and the many other courses, space permitting. The fee includes recipes and a taste of all the dishes prepared during the class. Telephone them in advance for information on the daily menu. Ph: 00353 (0)21 4646785 Things to do in the local area: Fishing: Sea or river fishing is plentiful and can be arranged. In the summer huge numbers of mackerel run down our coast and can be caught from the pier at Ballycotton. If you are lucky you might get a spin in Rory's boat! Fly fishing can also be arranged in nearby Cobh. Visit www.corkbass.com for more information. Guided fly fishing on the river blackwater can be arranged with Conor on 089 4126789. A full day of guided fishing is just €150 for up to 8 people. Horse Riding: Is also available locally by arrangement. Golf: Full sized golf courses include: Cork Golf Club, Fota Island, Harbour Point and Youghal. Gardens: Including Ballymaloe Cookery School, Annsgrove Gardens, Lismore Castle Gardens, Fota Arboretum and many others. Beaches: There are many coves and beaches within a 15 minute drive, varying from small and rocky to large and sandy stretches. There are a large number of beautiful spots for sea bathing, rock pools and stunning wild and windy cliff walks. Just ask reception staff for information. Art & Craft: East Cork is a hot bed of creative people with many individual craftspeople and artists making and selling their work locally. Children’s Entertainment: Perk’s Leisureplex for rides and bowling, Broomfield buggies, Trabolgan Holiday Village, indoor play areas. Wildlife: Fota Wildlife Park is a vast, open safari park about 25 minutes away. Shanagarry has large stretches of bird sanctuary with a huge wealth of wild birdlife. Countryside: Long walks can be taken on the Ballycotton cliffs, and in local woodlands, along the beaches and on the quieter country roads. There are also many beautiful drives through the surrounding area. These can take anything from half an hour to a full day. Cork City: We are 20 miles from Cork city, which has a population of about 200,000. Cork was the 2005 European Capital of Culture and offers beautiful historic buildings, great shopping and restaurants, art galleries and museums as well as live music, theatre and nightlife. Cork City Festivals March: Cork St Patrick’s Day Festival April: Cork International Choral Festival June: Cork Midsummer Festival September: Beamish Cork Folk Festival October: Cork Jazz Festival November: Cork Film Festival Other Towns of Interest: Cobh (cathedral and heritage center, last stopping point of the Titanic), Midleton (Farmers’ market and Jameson Distillery tours), Kinsale (picturesque town with excellent restaurants and renowned summer arts festival) and Youghal (historic town, home of the film Moby Dick). Please visit www.eastcorktourism.com for more detailed information on the local area. Look out for the huge variety of local festivals over the summer months- from food to jazz to the arts there is usually something on every weekend. Indoors: Otherwise, you can sit back and relax with a selection from our small library of books or a board game in the drawing room by the warm fire. Treat yourself to a massage or beauty treatment.

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