The owners of Ballilogue, the boutique retreat in Co. Kilkenny, have enhanced their hospitality offering with the refurbishment of another stone building into a bespoke cocktail bar.


Ballilogue is a stylish rural retreat where three stone houses dating back to 1700 have been beautifully restored to provide contemporary accommodation for 22 people. The ideal location for a group weekend away,bespoke wedding or corporate retreat Ballilogue has been offering high level catering on site and can now add to the hospitality and entertainment options with the new Shed Bar.


The former shed is a modest building with latched door and red galvanised roof which opens onto the courtyard. The new Shed Bar links the converted dairy (dining room) and pre-famine farmers cottage making it the ideal venue for pre-dinner cocktails or post dinner drinks. 


Manager Anne Dack says the Shed Bar was a natural addition to the facilities at Ballilogue. “Our guests are mostly groups of people coming for a special celebration such as a wedding or birthday party. Most of them dine in the Old Dairy but now they have the option to enjoy drinks in a connected but separate space before dinner or to adjourn to the Bar for some fun later in the evening. We think our guests will enjoy the quirky design of this new space and appreciate how it fits in seamlessly with our existing converted spaces”


Ballilogue is renowned for its interior design and the new Shed Bar is no exception. A series of installation woven and mud caked lamps hang from the rafters. The bar is made from raw wood and cedar panels and serves a special selection of Ballilogue wines, champagnes and cocktails in glasses which have been hand-blown especially for the Ballilogue bar. The raw wood bookcases hold quirky periodicals and books on history, architecture, design and gardening. Photos of former Ballilogue residents adorn the walls as well as works from artists who challenge the idea of tradition.

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Ireland’s most stylish retreat, Ballilogue, has opened a design and craft shop on site so guests can now purchase the beautiful homewares and accessories they experience during their stay.  These designer and artisan pieces are also available to purchase online.


Ballilogue is located outside Inistioge, Co. Kilkenny and is regarded as one of the most idyllic retreats in the country. A series of lovingly restored stone buildings dating back to 1700, Ballilogue’s refurbishment features beautiful interiors which are enhanced by the selection of homewares, accessories, art and craft which adorn the living, dining and bedrooms.


Since opening ten years ago, the creative team at Ballilogue have been inundated with requests by guests on where they can obtain the soft furnishings, artwork, accessories and crafts featured in the houses.  


“At Ballilogue we are passionate about design and our spaces are decorated with pieces that we have chosen from celtic designers in Ireland, Wales and France which complement the décor beautifully. In response to the interest from our guests in these items we decided to open a shop so they can purchase them for themselves or as gifts for family and friends.  Many of our guests are overseas visitors so they love bringing home unique craft & design pieces as memories from their stay in Ireland. We also host a lot of bespoke weddings and our accessories make ideal wedding gifts” says Ballilogue Manager, Annie Dack.  


Located in the refurbished piggery building, the Ballilogue shop sells a variety of products including blankets, cushions, throws, pottery, baskets, candles, trays and tea towels. Some of the most popular items include:


Double faced wool blankets and cushions woven in small family mills in Donegal (Studio Donegal) & Wales (Melin Twegwynt) prices from €55-225


Ceramics hand thrown by award winning Celtic potters including Sue Ure’s vases & tableware from France, Marcus O'Mahony’s glazed vessels from south east of Ireland, Bernard Leech’s tableware from St. Ives in Cornwall and Robert Lee’s porcelain bowls from West Cork, prices from €10-200.


Made from sustainable sycamore and alder hand turned in Wales by Gareth Irwin, prices from €15-30


Commissioned by Ballilogue and woven from willows by Norbert Palz in West Cork at €49


Irish Dyflin hand poured soy candles commissioned from Galway Atelier at €39


Depicting images of local men working at Ballilogue in 1910 or images of the selected patterened crockery found in the old kitchen dressers on site, for sale as a set of three exclusive designs for €29

The Ballilogue shop is the latest addition to the Stone Hamlet in South Kilkenny which can accommodate 22 overnight guests in the three refurbished houses on site.  There is also a restored former dairy building which is perfect for bespoke weddings, corporate away days, yoga retreats or groups of extended family and friends, enjoying a weekend away.

Selected items from the shop as well as gift vouchers can be purchased from

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Ballilogue is a series of lovingly restored stone buildings dating back to 1700 which have been stylishly refurbished into the ideal exclusive vacation rental, wedding and retreat venue.


Located in a rural setting outside Inistioge and formerly run as an award winning luxury B&B, Ballilogue now features three houses which can accommodate up to 22 people as well as a former dairy building which is the perfect location for group activities such as private dining, bespoke weddings, yoga retreats and corporate away days.


The tranquil setting and the top quality architecture and interior design at Ballilogue combine to make it a unique, private getaway for groups and a perfect place to relax, unwind and reflect. The peaceful environment and stylish setting is conducive to relaxation, celebration, creativity, innovation and inspirational thinking.



The three houses – the Farmhouse, Lodge and Barn – accommodate a group of 22 and there are dedicated dining, workout and relaxation areas on site.  The dairy building provides an ideal setting for group retreat activities such as yoga workshops and off site company meetings.  It also works perfectly for group dining where it can accommodate 30 for dinner or intimate weddings which can host up to 60 guests, with the addition of a marquee.



Attention to detail and contemporary design are continued throughout the interiors which combine old and new pieces. Artwork from Patrick Scott, Patrick Hall, Aiden Bradley, Ross Stewart and others adorn the walls. Soft furnishings and ceramics are from Celtic artisan designers and bedrooms feature 100% Egyptian cotton linen and organic toiletries from Irish company Voya. All of the houses have cosy wood burning stoves, private gardens and deck areas for outdoor dining. Visitors can relax with books on art, architecture, design and gardening as well as games, DVDs and CDs.



Each house has a fully equipped kitchen and private dining is available for small groups or larger parties of up to 30 people. A grocery shopping service is also available along with a concierge service for organising booking of local restaurants, amenities and events. A tranquil, rural retreat in luxurious, stylish surroundings. Ballilogue is the perfect place to get away from it all and enjoy the best of Irish food, design and countryside.


There is a minimum stay of two nights at Ballilogue.

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