There is a joy to bringing those special people in our lives together. It may be part of a journey, like a trip planned to explore Ireland, perhaps family or friends celebrating a birthday, an anniversary, a great excuse to bring people together who perhaps we seldom see. Together in one place for a catch up and laughter. It may even be a Ballilogue Wedding, the union of two people in love marking their commitment to each other over days with family and friends.
This is what happens at Ballilogue. It's like a stage for events like those described above, in a tranquil, beautiful environment so that groups of friends, families and couples celebrating their Wedding can have the Ballilogue Hamlet privately. Less than two hours from Dublin and Cork, Ballilogue is tucked away behind gates in the beautiful Kilkenny countryside close to the pretty village of Inistioge. The team set the stage, then it's yours alone for the duration of your stay at this award-winning private retreat.
A PLACE APART
There is something strangely wonderful about turning off down a narrow road with hedgerows and ditches overflowing with cow parsley like cream lace mantillas, then turning into the drive at Ballilogue with Wildflowers and Italian Cypresses. Ahead, the beautifully restored series of Irish stone rural buildings like a forgotten village from 1800 in the Irish countryside. Arrive in the courtyard and admire the linear structures of Old Dairies, Cottages, Farmhouses all in Kilkenny granite and stone built between 1650 and 1824. It's a sight to behold amidst the sounds of birdsong, the smells of dill and basil from the vegetable garden, the colourful array of perennials and the vistas across the fields.
LIGHT FILLED MODERNIST SPACES
Inside these imposing stone buildings a surprise awaits. Vaulted double height living rooms, light filled open modernist spaces, glass atriums overlooking walled gardens, original features like sash windows, shutters, ornate fireplaces, dark kitchen beams and the Rayburn. The 11 bedrooms in the Hamlet sleeps up to 22 with wonderful bathrooms, hand made Irish pocket sprung beds, Egyptian cotton bedlinen, Voya toiletries and the warmth of interiors created and commissioned with Celtic craft makers. Double faced rugs, throws and cushions, as well as hand thrown installation pieces by talented Irish ceramicists and a simplicity and warmth providing the perfect backdrop to the silence.
PRIVATE DINING AT BALLILOGUE
In addition to the three houses (Farmhouse, Lodge and Barn) in the Ballilogue Hamlet, The Old Dairy Dining Hall, Shed Bar and Mrs. Meaney's pre-famine Cottage provide fantastic celebration spaces all connected and clustered off the courtyard. It is here that private dining happens. Wonderful feasts prepared from the best of local produce by the Ballilogue chefs combined with the finest Ballilogue selection of wine and champagne. The Cottage has it's original artefacts, a Design and Craft Shop and is terrific for a performance and dancing with an Irish tradition group of musicians. The acoustics, the smells of wood and turf fires from bygone days and the memories imagined and real make these series of buildings a unique and special place in Ireland for a Wedding, family or friends get together.
IRELAND'S ANCIENT EAST
The Ballilogue reviews attest to the wonderful times that have been had, all in their own special way by couples celebrating their Wedding at Ballilogue or by friends and families on a journey together. People mention the food, the tranquility, the friendliness of the lovely team at Ballilogue who make it all happen from the planning to the greeting, the food to the housekeeping. They also talk about how close Kilkenny, Waterford and Wexford are. Exploring the castles, gardens and sights in Ireland's Ancient East.
HOME FROM HOME
Think of Ballilogue as a gem in the Irish firmament, your Irish home from home as it were to stage your very own celebration.