1. Tradition and Architecture
The London based, modernist architect Mark Guard imagined the spaces at Ballilogue, preserving the Kilkenny stone and granite structures of the Long Dairy, the imposing Ballilogue Farmhouse, Barn and the Lodge, a clever merging of 3 outhouses into a beautiful light filled space. Introducing natural light through giant galvanise roof lights, glass atriums and walls of glass that slide away and spaces that soar, in addition to double height sitting and dining rooms in the Barn and Farmhouse. Add to that, Mrs. Meaney's Cottage with it's artefacts which has been maintained and preserved amongst the contemporary architecture. Ballilogue is the perfect fusion of Irish rural tradition and modernism for the discerning International visitor.
2. Luxury Accommodation in a Private Kilkenny Hamlet
Imagine a private Hamlet, fit for a celebration, get together or a retreat. The 11 bedrooms across 3 beautiful houses in the farmhouse, lodge and barn mean that friends and family can come together yet retreat to the seperate houses to rest and relax. Beds are customised, memory foam and Irish made, linens high count Egyptian cotton for a good night's sleep, fluffy designer towels and robes with the addition of Voya Organic Seaweed Toiletries & Skincare products. It's all there to make the stay extra special.
3. Creative Inspiration and Relaxation
Irish Art, Ceramics, books on Design, Fashion, Architecture, Art and Gardening in the Atrium, living rooms and library mean that there is creative inspiration as well as space to relax with wood burning stoves, TV with DVD'S and Netflix.
4. Ballilogue Private Dining
Be it a family get together, a friends birthday celebration or a bespoke wedding the selected caterers at Ballilogue provide a full service 3 or 4 course with dinner with canapés in the long Old Dairy dining hall, a beautiful white space with stone walls, located in the centre of the Hamlet courtyard. In addition, buffet options and delivered food as well as the Ballilogue special selection wines. A visit to remember in the Irish countryside!
5. Exclusively Yours
The lovely thing about Ballilogue rental is that it is less than two hours drive from Dublin airport and it can be yours exclusively, nestled in the Kilkenny countryside. 22 people sharing for a friends or family get together; 12 to 14 for a corporate or yoga retreat and Irish Wedding for 20-80 people, a be-spoke wedding celebration. A movable feast, perhaps champagne and canapés in the glass Artium overlooking the garden, music in the Cottage Museum, Dinner & Drinks in the Old Dairy @ Ballilogue? Airport collection, luxury cars and coaches are available too from great local partners.
6. Gardens, Orchards and Bohereens.
The Kilkenny gardens at Ballilogue are planted with old variety apple trees, lime trees, oak and river birch as well as perennials and the newly planted Irish wildflower gardens. There are raspberries, rhurbarb, herbs and figs as well as the wildlife abundant in the area. An extraordinary dawn chorus, birdlife, bees, bats and foxes, it's special indeed. A rural farming existence with walks along quiet bohereens and the remains of farmsteads and pre-famine clusters of cottages.
7. Kilkenny and the Ancient East.
A feast of festivals, walks along the rivers Nore and Barrow as well as pubs, restaurants, castles and gardens in the villages and towns close to Ballilogue. Kilkenny city itself with it's rich heritage, the market town of New Ross, the pretty village of Inistioge and Thomastown too. Castles at Kilkenny and Waterford and Abbeys at Graigeunmanagh and Thomastown. See Four Perfect Days Guide here
8. Guest Reviews at Ballilogue.
Read what people who come from Ireland and around the world say of their stay at Ballilogue and why they come to stay. Travelling from Dublin, New York, Paris, Melbourne guests stay at one house or the extended Irish Hamlet privately. See the Ballilogue reviews here: https://www.ballilogue.com/reviews.
Tom and Esther's Wedding celebration review here: https://www.ballilogue.com/weddings and Everett Potter's article for Forbes in the US: https://www.forbes.com/sites/everettpotter/2017/03/14/a-private-irish-retreat-for-st-patricks-day-beyond/#740cad412325
9. Irish Design and Craft Exhibition and Shop
The work of Irish and Celtic designers and makers can be seen in the furnishings of the living and bedroom spaces at Ballilogue from the mugs to the cushions, throws and blankets. Hand-built, thrown and glazed ceramics positioned on tables, window cills and in the original apertures of the Old Dairy. Often custom, one-off pieces, work by talented craftspeople can be purchased and gifted in the Craft and Design Shop at Ballilogue. Gift Vouchers are also available towards a stay, private dining or a Shop purchase to be sent and delivered to a loved one for a Birthday, Christmas or Irish Wedding Celebration.
10. Mrs. Meaney's Cottage
A gem at the heart of the Ballilogue Hamlet is Mrs. Meaney's Cottage, Irish heritage preserved with it's original fireplace, dresser and artifacts dating to the 1700's, perhaps earlier! It is a place, not just to honour and respect the past but where now traditional music is played, storytelling happens and is often used by groups of guests for quiet contemplation in candlelight by the turf fire and concrete floor of the large kitchen. Truly the essence of a bygone era in rural Ireland.
Three Beautiful Living Spaces - One Historic Stone Hamlet