ENJOY FOUR PERFECT DAYS IN THE SOUTHEAST OF IRELAND
Imagine the perfect luxurious boutique Irish countryside experience staying at Ballilogue with all it's rich heritage, tradition and surrounded by castles, gardens, craft and some of the prettiest villages in Ireland. It's the perfect home from home, both as a special, private and authentic base choosing from one of three houses: Ballilogue farmhouse, the barn or the lodge or booking Ballilogue exclusively and privately for friends, family group or special celebration.
Ireland's Ballilogue in the Kilkenny countryside.
A 'clochan' or stone hamlet in the Irish countryside, Ballilogue comprises of the 5 bedroom Ballilogue farmhouse and the 4 bedroom Lodge, traditional Irish stone and granite buildings dating from 1800 with contemporary interior light-filled spaces set in private gardens. In addition, the adjoining converted Old Dairy is available for intimate weddings, private events and dining as is the Cottage Museum, a home dating from the 1740s and now a place for music, entertainment, storytelling housing the Ballilogue artisan craft shop, all exclusive to guests booking and staying at Ballilogue. It's the perfect luxurious base to explore all that Ireland's south and southeast have to offer.
Day 1 - Exploring Kilkenny's Heritage
Close to Ballilogue is one of the prettiest villages in Ireland, Inistioge on the river Nore. Walk by the river through the woodland of the Woodstock estate, the waterfall and the magnificently restored gardens. Drive on to Kilkenny, visit Kilkenny Castle, Rotherham House and the Smithwick's Brewery, then enjoy a great lunch at Kilkenny Design. Wander back through Thomastown with its arts and crafts shops and cafes and perhaps dine at Sol Bistro. Finish the evening in O'Donnell's pub or the Woodstock Arms on the square in Inistioge for a pint of Guinness and a fireside chat before heading back to the privacy and tranquility of Ballilogue.
Day 2 - Waterford Crystal, Lismore Castle and the JFK Homestead.
Close your to Ballilogue visit Duiske Abbey at Graiguenamanagh and explore the river walk to St. Mullen's along the canal towpaths. Travel on to New Ross to the south with a visit to the Dunbrody Famine Experience on the quay and the ancestral home of the Kennedy clan close by. On to Waterford with its rich cultural tapestry of Waterford Crystal, Reginald's Tower and the Bishop's Palace as well as the Waterford Museum of Treasures. The beautiful village of Lismore is to the south, it's yearly Opera Festival and the magnificent Lismore Castle. Close by is the merchant town of Dungarvan with the Tannery restaurant and Merry's Pub full of character and Irish craft beers. Also visit Dungarvan's own contemporary crystal, j Hill standard. Back to your own boutique retreat for a private dinner prepared by the Ballilogue chef and catch a movie from the library with the glow of the wood-burning stove!
Day 3 - Wicklow, the garden of Ireland, Glendalough and Avoca.
Travel from Ballilogue north through Bunclody and the Wicklow hills to experience the gentle beauty of Wicklow's rugged hills, lakes, and pretty towns. Visit Glendalough, the tranquility of a monastic settlement, Powerscourt Gardens and House, the mill at Avoca village, Enniskerry and the cliff walk from Bray to Greystones before returning to an evening relaxing with the selection of Art, Architecture and Photography books at your home from home in Ballilogue!
Day 4 - The Atlantic Way, Cork City, Kinsale & The Jameson Experience at Midleton.
Travel south along the wild Atlantic coast to visit the beautiful city of Cork on the river Lee, noted for it's jazz and film festivals, it's 200-year-old Butter Market in the heart of the city, lunch at the Farmgate Cafe, visit the contemporary Glucksman Gallery at University College Cork and the Crawford Art Gallery in the city centre. Visit the seafaring town of Kinsale close by with its seafood restaurants and sailing vessels nestled in its sleepy coves and on the return trip to Ballilogue stop off at the Jameson Distillery in Midleton to sample mature cask Irish whiskey before a private dinner at the Old Dairy or your boutique home in Ballilogue. Enjoy!
Before you leave us at Ballilogue experience the local walks and enjoy Mrs. Meaney's Cottage and home with its original artifacts, history open fire and small artisan shop with the special and exclusive contemporary crafts for you to take home as a keepsake or a gift.
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Spend four perfect days in Ireland's Ancient East & beyond