How to Get Here
Since the day Myrtle Allen opened in 1964, the ethos at Ballymaloe House has been to serve the best of Irish food, sourced locally and cooked simply.
Due to the success of the restaurant, Ballymaloe House has gradually grown from a family home into the country house hotel it is today. Built around a 14th-century Norman castle, Ballymaloe has been home to some of the great Irish families, including the FitzGeralds. Members of the Allen family, many of whom are involved in the business, are happy to share the history of the house with their guests.
There is much to do and see on the farm, including walks through the estate, browsing through the craft shop, and tours of the wine cellar. There are also regular concerts in the Ballymaloe Grain Store. Every Saturday night, after dinner, Rory Allen provides entertainment with a mixture of traditional Irish tunes and ballads.
Ballymaloe Cookery School hosts many cookery courses throughout the year amidst its extensive gardens. Other nearby attractions include the Jameson Distillery, Ballycotton Cliff Walk, Stephen Pearce Pottery, and a number of farmers markets.
We have been fortunate enough to play host to many American guests over the past fifty years, the most prestigious being former US President Bill Clinton.
Ballymaloe House is a 40-minute drive from Cork City, and 15 minutes from Midleton train station & the main N25 road which runs the length of the south coast.
Approximate driving times as follows:
Midleton & train station (View timetable): 15 mins
Cork Airport: 45 mins
Cork City & train station: 40 mins
Dublin: 2.5 hours on the M50
Rosslare: 2.5 hours
Shannon Airport: 2.5 hours
Castlemartyr: 10 mins
Ballymaloe Cookery School: 5 mins