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October 31, 2013updated Feb 14, 2014

Estate of Grace

By Chris Boyle

Sir Christopher Coote Suite / BallyfinSir Charles Coote and his Lady Caroline built their lavish Irish country estate Ballyfin in the 1820s as a showplace intended to impress, and, perhaps, intimidate guests.

The guest of honor would be hosted in the grand house’s grandest suite with a large bow window overlooking a fountain and the lush Pleasure Grounds.

Following the estate’s extraordinary renovation and its reopening as a boutique hotel in 2011, the room was rechristened the Sir Christopher Coote Suite (from about $1,600 a night), named for the 15th baronet and elder Coote ancestor who has closely followed the restoration of his great-great-great grandparents’ country residence.

The 430-square-foot suite is decorated in creamy shades with accents of crimson and sage that complement fragments of 18th-century Chinese wallpaper panels.

A marble fireplace, Chinese Chippendale antiques, and a canopied four-poster bed create a relaxed residential ambience and a long marble bath spies the roof of the glass conservatory.

Following a day of country living—hiking, fishing, and horseback riding on the estate’s 610 acres—and a delectable gourmet dinner in the State Dining Room, you can retire to your suite feeling like the lord and lady of the manor.

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