IRELAND'S WILD ATLANTIC WAY
Ireland's Ancient East and Wild Atlantic Way are two very different but inter-connected experiences.
The latter offers a stunning journey around lush green landscapes, sometimes rugged cliffs, astonishing plumes of vivid yellow gorse and often breathtakingly beautiful vistas overlooking the Atlantic ocean. Communities of fishing and farming folk nestle in towns and villages from Donegal to Kerry, Wicklow to West Cork making the Wild Atlantic experience memorable!
IRELANDS ANCIENT EAST
Closer to Dublin, the city and the airport and equidistant from Shannon and Cork is the beautiful historic Ireland's Ancient East. It's a part of Ireland dotted with Monasteries, Castles and Abbeys, a testament to the rich and varied cultural heritage of the Irish rural experience. In addition to it's sparse population and beautiful countryside of rolling hills, river valleys it has world class gourmet Michelin-starred local restaurants, craft breweries and whiskey distilleries as well as contemporary Art Galleries such as Visual in Carlow and the Butler Gallery in Kilkenny close by to the Design Centre and Kilkenny Castle in that modern Irish and elegant city of Kilkenny. Waterford, to the south, boasts the world renowned Waterford Crystal and Wexford, the Irish National Heritage Park.
This is home territory for the architectural Ballilogue Hamlet, a series of restored stone homes in the Kilkenny countryside, accommodating 22 people for a vacation, wedding or celebration, rented privately, seperately or together.
The New York based travel writer, Everett Potter, writing recently for Forbes Magazine in the United States said ''I've stayed in castles, country houses and luxury lodges all over Ireland, but I've never encountered a place quite like Ballilogue''. Read Everett Potter's review for Forbes USA here. *
FOUR PERFECT DAYS IN IRELAND
It is not just the restored Kilkenny stone homes with their history and rural Irish tradition dating back to 1700, long before the Irish famine or is it the amazing, light filled, architectural spaces but it's the unique location of Ballilogue as a private family and friends 'home from home' that is perfectly positioned in the heart of Ireland as a stylish base to visit and explore all that the small but beautiful island of Ireland has to offer. Please see the highly recommended itiniary for 'Four Perfect Days In Ireland'.
A GREAT STAY AT BALLILOGUE
Recently a group of friends reviewed their stay at Ballilogue in the Irish countryside where they had used Ballilogue as a base to relax and explore the ancient east. They talked about '' Long walks along the beautiful Barrow river towpath, expeditions to some of the lovely towns and landmarks within an hour's drive such as Thomastown, Inistioge, Borris, Graiguenamanagh and the JFK Arboretum.
Superb lunches at The Nutshell Deli in New Ross, Bar dinners at the Step House, coffee and snacks in the Mullichain Cafe and in The Hub in Thomastown''. Read Maura's and other recent Ballilogue TripAdvisor reviews here.
YOUR BEST VACATION EVER AWAITS
How wonderful to enjoy a vacation that combines design, style and comfort with a luxury historic and private 'home from home' while discovering Ireland, it's traditions, people and culture. Transport can be provided and Ballilogue's private chefs can provide a feast of the very best local produce fresh from land and sea. It's the Ancient East meets the Wild Atlantic Way along the road less travelled at Ballilogue. www.ballilogue.com