Set at the foot of the Slieve Bloom Mountains in 600 acres of parkland, Ballyfin, one of Ireland's most lavish Georgian houses, has opened after an eight-year restoration. It contains Irish art and antiques from around the world, preserving the elegance that the house reflected in the 1820s.
Opened 1 May
Owners Fred and Kay Krehbiel
General manager Aileesh Carew
Executive chef Fred Cordonnier
Designer Colin Orchard
Facilities include the State Dining Room, Van der Hagen Dining Room, Ballyfin Bar, six reception rooms, two beauty treatment rooms, gym and indoor pool.
Prices from €600 (£523) single and €950 (£829) double including breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner and drinks
Address Ballyfin, County Laois, Ireland
Telephone 00 353 5787 55866