OUR IRISH VACATION

February 6, 2017

ARRIVING IN IRELAND'S ANCIENT EAST

It's when we leave Dublin airport and we're making our way south, bypassing Dublin city that my excitement mounts. We feel ourselves relax in that lovely drive into the Kilkenny countryside, passing green fields, the smell of the fresh Irish country air and the expectation of our stop for lunch in award-winning Zuni, close to Kilkenny Castle before we reach the tranquility and peace of our special, private place at Ballilogue.

 

CHARMING KILKENNY CITY

Kilkenny city is just one of those terrific places with it's own Smithwicks brewery, restaurants, bookshops and little quirky passages like the Butter Slip, connecting grocers selling fresh fish from the Atlantic Way and eggs fresh from Kilkenny farms. We love the little pubs, the first taste of Irish whiskey and the friendly warm welcome. A smile, a handshake, a kind word. The warm, inviting welcome is really what is so special and inviting and what we dearly love about Ireland.

THE JOURNEY SOUTH TO INISTIOGE

 In the afternoon, we make our way along country roads south to the Ballilogue stone hamlet through villages and towns which we've got to know from our visits to this wonderful part of Ireland, the Ancient East. Thomastown is first, with it's Blackberry Cafe, shops and supermarket on the river Nore; then the road winds it's way to the beautiful village of Inistioge where Circle of Friends and Widow's Peak were both filmed. We often visit Woodstock gardens, walk the river following  Trail Kilkenny or visit our lovely friends in O' Donnell's Pub or The Woodstock Arms enjoying a creamy Guinness, our name etched creamily on the black and cream pint and unwind by the fire. 

THE AWARD WINNING BALLILOGUE HAMLET

We're now ready for that final short drive, ready for the stillness at Ballilogue, the sound of birdsong, the sight of the hamlet stone and slate roofs of the farmhouses through the open gate. The warm welcome, All prepared, all ready, then it's ours alone to relax, enjoy, rest, read, walk and explore.

Our week in south Kilkenny connected to all the wonderful sights, festivals, attractions and castles close to Ballilogue in this jewel in the Kilkenny countryside and the recommendations for 4 Perfect Days in Ireland. Even a coach to take our group of friends on days away, guided walks and our own private Ballilogue chef for special meals during our stay. Heaven!

MY FAVOURITE THINGS

 The simple pleasure of just wandering in the early morning through the walled garden, the warmth of the wood burning stoves, the delight of luxurious cotton bedding, organic seaweed toiletries, robes and towels as soft as Irish butter. Most of all for me, it's the clever mix of surprising spaces. Traditional Kilkenny stone, hiding light filled, architecturally beautiful spaces. Double height living rooms in the Ballilogue farmhouse, the glass atrium opening onto terraces overlooking the gardens, the elegance of Old Dairy where we've enjoyed many private catered dinners with our friends and family. Local, fresh, organic produce from the sea, rivers and soil close to Ballilogue amidst music and laughter. Memories we'll treasure. 

OUR IRISH HOME FROM HOME

Ballilogue is our hidden Irish gem, our happy place in Ireland and the Irish countryside. Our place to unwind, relax, share time with friends and family before our days in Dublin, Galway and exploring the breath taking Wild Atlantic Way! www.ballilogue.com

 

 

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