A Visit to Ballymaloe
A Visit to Ballymaloe House, Hotel, Restaurant, Cookery School, & Gardens:
Last fall two HenFeathers team members visited the wonderful Ballymaloe House! A family-owned historic country house hotel, renowned cookery school and restaurant, and beautiful garden located in the lush countryside of East Cork, Ireland. As gardening enthusiasts, we were drawn to Ballymaloe for its charming gardens and were interested in learning more about their culinary school and restaurant, which uses the harvest of their gardens and farm, as ingredients in their delicious, distinctly Irish, food!
Ballymaloe House Entrance.
Ballymaloe House Backyard.
Ballymaloe House Gate.
Ballymaloe Front Patio & Castle Tower.
Ballymaloe House, Hotel, Cookery School, & Restaurant:
Ballymaloe House is internationally renowned as the birthplace of modern Irish cuisine, and its farm-to-fork dining experience utilizes the bountiful harvest of their beautiful gardens and farm! The house has been in the Allen family since 1948. Myrtle Allen, family matriarch, opened the Ballymaloe House Hotel in 1964. Today, Ballymaloe House is in the hands of the next generation, still owned, and operated by the Allen family! The restaurant has been awarded a Michelin star, and it has been ranked among the best restaurants in the world. From the beginning, Myrtle Allen was known for her commitment to using fresh, seasonal ingredients from her gardens and farm, helping put Ballymaloe House on the map as a farm to table culinary & garden destination. Ballymaloe House is a truly special experience, combining a luxury hotel, a world-renowned restaurant, leading cookery school, and beautiful garden retreat, traditional yet contemporary.
Ballymaloe back patio closeup.
Ballymaloe House Pink.
Ballymaloe Breakfast Restaurant.
Ballymaloe Hotel Coach Room.
Ballymaloe Cookery School Entrance.
Ballymaloe Cookery School Students.
Breakfast Dinning at Ballymaloe.
Ballymaloe Garden Wall.
The grounds of Ballymaloe House are surrounded by 300 acres of lush land, which includes:
Iona Murray (Ballymaloe Team Member).
Ballymaloe Farm Shed.
Ballymaloe Palais Des Poulets (chicken coop).
Ballymaloe Raised Bed Gardens.
Growing Garlic Chives.
After a Great Sunny Walk at Ballymaloe House.
Ballymaloe Woodland & Pool.
Shell House Garden Folly (Outside) at the Ballymaloe Culinary School Garden.
Shell House Garden Folly (Inside) at the Ballymaloe Culinary School Garden.
Bench Along the Walkways of the Ballymaloe Culinary School Garden.
The Allen’s grow fresh produce used in their cooking school and restaurant, productive but beautiful, full of vegetables, herbs, and fruit trees. The ornamental gardens are relaxed and informal pleasure gardens to wander, learn about, and enjoy the beauty of nature. The Gardens are a testament to the Allen family's love of gardening and nature, both a beautiful and productive place to visit, offering a glimpse into the past and present of Irish gardening.
Ballymaloe House was truly a wonderful place to visit but even above this Ballymaloe is a special place because of its wonderful people!
If you are interested in learning more about the Ballymaloe House, Hotel, & Gardens and Cookery School, you can visit their websites or follow them on social media. You can also contact the gardens (open all year around!) directly to inquire about tours, workshops, or events.