We have created a weekly timetable of complimentary Ballymaloe behind the scenes 'Walk & Talk' experiences to enhance our guests stay with us.
Please note that these experiences have limited availability due to COVID restrictions.
Join one of our Ballymaloe sommeliers and visit our cave wine cellar, deep in the foundations of Ballymaloe House and sample a little something from our Award-Winning wine list.
Ivan Allen began learning about, and collecting, wine in the 1960s. Little was known in Ireland at the time and 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 and many photographs and stories are still shared on the cellar walls.
Available Wednesday / Thursday / Friday at 5pm
Approx. 40 minutes
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 and artefact collection, an insight into the Ballymaloe / Allen family story past and present, as well as history of the house and farm.
Ballymaloe House is still a family-run country guest house which can credit its success to the Allen family’s passion for growing and serving good fresh food in a unique homely ambience and style. Ivan and 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, and taught herself innovative, yet simple, ways to make the most of her husband’s seasonal farm produce.
Available Thursday / Friday / Saturday at 11am
Approx. 1 hour
Join our Head Gardener Mags and enjoy a behind the scenes tour of our walled garden. Learn about the planning, planting, and harvesting of all our walled garden produce, ensuring head chef, Dervilla and team, always have a varied and bountiful supply of delicious seasonal produce to cook with.
The exact content of this walk and talk with understandably depend on the season and weather conditions. Our gardeners will be delighted to share their extensive knowledge on herbs and salad growing and any other specific guest requests.
An ideal and unique opportunity to visit the produce you will be about to choose from the evening’s menus.
Available every Wednesday at 11am until end of October
Approx. 45 minutes
Iona is our in-house floral designer. She predominantly uses flowers and foliage from the Ballymaloe walled gardens, woods, and farm, to decorate the house, bedroom, and dining rooms with seasonal displays.
Join Iona for a tour of our gardens and learn how she plans the seasonal plantings with our gardeners, and beautifully brings the outside in, to create simple, effective, and natural floral designs throughout Ballymaloe House.
Available Friday at 11am
Approx. 45 minutes
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 Wednesday / Friday at 11am
Approx. 1 hour
SUMMER MONTHS ONLY
Join art curator Richie Scott for a complimentary intimate tour of the 2021 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 and light-hearted 1-hour walk and talk through the Ballymaloe Sculpture Trail.
Available Wednesday at 12 Noon & Thursday at 6pm
Approx. 40 minutes
We also have the following items for you to enjoy during your stay, just contact reception if you are interested.
This book is a behind the scenes insight into the people and workings of everyday at Ballymaloe House - the day was 15th June 2015.
Enjoy a bottle of red wine and an Irish cheese board in your room.
Price will vary according to wine choice.
Sweeten your arrival with a welcoming 1/2 bottle of champagne and homemade Ballymaloe House treats.
Price: €65 each
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
Our reception staff will point you in the right direction of the perfect picnic spot for you. Price: €25 per person
Currently not available due to COVID19 but hopefully back soon.
Normally, we can offer a visit to the Ballymaloe Cookery School for guests to join other students for a demonstration class. Fee applies.
Ask for a copy of our wine list to be emailed to you and pre-order a bottle to enjoy on arrival.
Take time out and enjoy our Ballymaloe jigsaw puzzle or take it home to enjoy another peaceful Ballymaloe moment at home. €30 per puzzle
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.