There are times and places in our lives that have special meaning, that touch a chord, reminding one of joyful times made special by the feeling of place, a special energy! An often indescribable magic that informs a mood, a sense of ease, relaxation, even curiosity.
Perhaps in part, it's the memory of friends or family who were part of that moment, weekend, experience? The occasion may have been a honeymoon, a wedding party, a family get-together or a private celebration, something special, something important, even momentous!
One such place that holds such memories for many people is the re-imagined and award-winning Ballilogue in Kilkenny, Ireland. A private retreat where one can rent a house or the cluster of houses privately. Pol O' Conghaile, the travel writer, said of Ballilogue 'As a creative vision, a combination of old outbuildings and an eye for detail, you wouldn't be surprised to see it cropping up in the pages of Condé Nast Traveller'. Perhaps it's the intact 'Clochan', like a stone village deep in the Kilkenny countryside, informing the slow pace of life, close knit community, people who farm their land and make time to chat.
The buildings retain the facade of stone, granite and blue slate, presenting a traditional Irish facade to the world but inside the surprise of clean and considered architectural compositions, art, vessels and furniture where design, craftsmanship, space and light are paramount.
Leaving the tranquility of Ballilogue, close by is the pretty Kilkenny village of Inistioge, wonderful world class golf courses, fishing on the rivers Nore and Barrow, horse riding, Kilkenny Castle and Waterford Castle, world renowned Waterford Crystal and j. Hill's contemporary Crystal, hill walking and the beaches of the Wild Atlantic Way. Add to that, fine restaurants like Sol in Thomastown, In A Nutshell and Et Voila in New Ross, Campagne and Zuni in Kilkenny; food, art and music festivals galore and of course, lovely local Irish pubs!
Memories are made in such special places as Ballilogue, at significant times in one's life, with friends and family.