Luxury Escapes for St. Patrick’s Day

By Sam Forsdick

Ballyfin, County Laois

This five star hotel, located at the foot of the Slieve Bloom mountains in central Ireland, was converted from a Regency mansion. The renovation project was completed in 2011 and returned the country house to its former grandeur. Neither the size of the rooms nor the architectural splendour of the building was sacrificed in the restoration process. With only 20 rooms available this truly feels like a home away from home.

The redevelopment retained many of the quirky original features whilst adapting it to meet the standards a modern guest demands. The entrance to the conservatory lies hidden behind a false bookcase and the pictures in the reception rooms celebrates the history of Irish art.

Ballyfin is also celebrated for its excellent standard of service combined with the traditional Irish charm. The concierge will seek to make your stay as stress free as possible. A picnic can be delivered to you whilst you’re on a stroll in the hotel’s 600 acre grounds or chauffeurs can give you a guided tour of the surrounding countryside – no request is too much.

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