Ballymaloe House is set on the 300-acres of gardens, woodlands, and farmland.
Our guests are encouraged to explore the grounds, a map to help navigate the estate is provided along with a pair of wellingtons, allowing to wonder effortlessly along the paths which are suitable for every fitness level.
For those who appreciate horticulture, a short walk to the walled garden is sure to be a highlight. Organically managed garden provides us with a variety of fruits, vegetables and flowers, used in our menus.
The longest walking trail is approximately 1 hour, and meanders along woodland paths, estate boundaries and the Ballymaloe farm parameters.
The land around Ballymaloe House is sustainably managed, with emphasis on biodiversity, wildlife welfare and nature preservation.
Head Groundskeeper Tobias Pedersen is an expert in sustainable land management and looks after different eco systems and sensitive initiatives such as wilding plantations, pollinator planting, owl breeding boxes, and beehives. To learn more, our guests are invited to join a biodiversity tour with Tobias.
Nature walks are carefully maintained for the guests to enjoy, although the much of the land around Ballymaloe House has been designed for re-wilding. Learn more about our sustainable practices.
The walled garden is managed organically, by an experienced Head Gardener Mags Coughlan and her team. The garden provides us with a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers for the house.
To name a few, we grow loganberries, gooseberries, raspberries, currants, and rhubarb. We produce seakale, native to Ireland, growing it under a cloche. We seed save and grow produce from seed each year.
To learn more, our guests are invited to stroll through the different sections of the garden or to join a Mags on a guided Walled Garden tour where she explains the planting techniques, variety of seasonal vegetables, herbs, and salads we grow and harvest. Tour takes place in the growing season on Wednesdays at 11am.