Enhance your stay at Ballymaloe House

We have created a weekly timetable of complimentary Ballymaloe behind the scenes
'Walk & Talk' experiences to enhance our guests stay with us.

Biodiversity with Tobias

Join Tobias, our Groundskeeper, for a relaxing walk around the grounds at Ballymaloe House.  He will discuss highlights of the biodiversity and conservation implemented for the protection of our flora and fauna.

Available Monday / Friday at 11am

Approx. 1 hour

Ballymaloe History

Fern Allen will take you on a very personal behind the scenes tour of Ballymaloe House; you will learn a little about Ballymaloe’s impressive art & artefact collections, an insight into the Ballymaloe / Allen family story past & present, as well as history of the house & farm.

Ballymaloe House is still a family-run country guest house which can credit its success to the Allen family’s passion for growing & serving good fresh food in a unique homely ambience & style. Ivan & Myrtle Allen opened up their family home to the public in 1964 to subsidise their farming income but most notably because Myrtle loved to cook, & taught herself innovative, yet simple, ways to make the most of her husband’s seasonal farm produce.

Available Thursday / Saturday at 11am

Approx. 1 hour

Walled Garden Visit

Join our Head Gardener Mags & enjoy a behind the scenes tour of our walled garden. Learn about the planning, planting & harvesting of all our walled garden produce, ensuring head chef, Dervilla & team, always have a varied & bountiful supply of delicious seasonal produce to cook with.

The exact content of this walk & talk with understandably depend on the season & weather conditions. Our gardeners will be delighted to share their extensive knowledge on herbs & salad growing & any other specific guest requests.

An ideal & unique opportunity to visit the produce you will be about to choose from the evening’s menus.

Available every Wednesday at 11am

April - October ONLY

Approx. 40 minutes

Richie Scott Open Air Sculpture Tours

AVAILABLE in Summer only (June & July)

Join art curator Richie Scott for a complimentary intimate tour of the annual Ballymaloe Open Air Sculpture Exhibition. Advanced booking essential.

Richie first curated an exhibition of Irish sculpture in the grounds at Ballymaloe House in 2014. The interaction with nature is striking. Throughout the duration of the exhibition, you are invited to join Richie for guided information & light-hearted 1-hour walk & talk through the Ballymaloe Sculpture Trail.


Available Thursday evenings at 6pm

Approx. 40 minutes

Visit The Ballymaloe Wine Cellar

Join our head sommelier, Samuel Chantoiseau, & visit our cave wine cellar, deep in the foundations of Ballymaloe House & sample a little something from our Award-Winning wine list.

Ivan Allen began learning about, & collecting, wine in the 1960s. Little was known in Ireland at the time & Ivan and Joe, his farmhand turned sommelier, started building an award-winning wine list to accompany Myrtle’s delicious menus. They invited wine producers from all over the world to visit Ballymaloe & many photographs & stories are still shared on the cellar walls.

Available Thursdays & Friday at 5pm

Approx. 40 minutes

Enhance your stay at Ballymaloe House

We also have the following items for you to enjoy during your stay, just contact reception if you are interested.

Afternoon Cookery Demo

Visit to the Ballymaloe Cookery School for guests to join other students for a demonstration class. Fee applies.

Celebration Pack

Sweeten your arrival with a welcoming full bottle of champagne and homemade Ballymaloe House treats.

Price: €100 each

A Ballymaloe Picnic

Our reception staff will point you in the right direction of the perfect picnic spot for you. Price: €25 per person

Ballymaloe Jigsaw Puzzle

Take time out and enjoy our Ballymaloe jigsaw puzzle or take it home to enjoy another peaceful Ballymaloe moment at home.

€30 per puzzle

Ballymaloe - A Day In The Life

This book is a behind the scenes insight into the people and workings of everyday at Ballymaloe House - the day was 15th June 2015.

Price €10

Red Wine and Cheese Board

Enjoy a bottle of red wine and an Irish cheese board in your room.

Price will vary according to wine choice.

Ballymaloe Gift Pack

Take a bit of Ballymaloe House back home with our Ballymaloe welcome gift pack; Cookbook, t-towel, homemade sweets and gift relish pack.

Please note that items may vary according to availability.

Price: €60 each

Award-Winning Wine List

Ask for a copy of our wine list to be emailed to you and pre-order a bottle to enjoy on arrival.

Unique Ballymaloe Breaks

Digital socialising has been essential. However, we are now inviting you to reconnect personally with your friends and family and detach and digitally detox with us.

Rest assured at Ballymaloe House and the surrounding area you can enjoy precious offline time together in a spacious and safe environment.

See Our Unique Breaks