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County Laois

Frequently toasted as the grandest hotel in Ireland, and a firm Ampersand favourite, Ballyfin is just 80 minutes’ drive from Dublin airport, making it perfect to extend on to trips on to the city. Situated within 600 acres of walled parkland, woods and even a lake, over the last decade this magnificent traditional country house has been lovingly restored to its Regency grandeur. Twenty exquisite bedrooms compete for attention with lavish interiors, Irish art and beautiful antiques sourced from all over the world. Everything has been designed and sourced to the highest quality and taste, and is very much a work of love, rather than a commercial venture. The gold drawing room, which plays host to pre-dinner cocktail hour and a beautiful Victorian conservatory which makes for a perfect sun trap; a heated indoor swimming pool make Ballyfin one of the most comfortable hotels in the world. Wi-Fi is available in the public areas and in the bedrooms.

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