Ballyfin Demesne, based in Co. Laois, has been named as the best hotel in the WORLD, according to a leading US travel magazine.
Over 300,000 people voted in the Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards – which landed three Irish hotels in the world’s top 10. Waterford Castle nabbed seventh place, while The Lodge at Ashford Castle came in at ninth place.
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“If you’ve ever dreamed of summering at a country house, you couldn’t do much better than this stately, 20-room Georgian home,” Conde Nast wrote about Ballyfin.
Ballyfin scored a 99.11 rating from readers, while Waterford Castle scored 98.6 and the Lodge at Ashford Castle scored 98.38.
Rates at the luxury Ballyfin hotel start from €560 for a Deluxe room, and go up to €1,700 for some of their top suites during high season.
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West spent part of their Irish honeymoon at the 5-star hotel back in 2014.
The 18th-century-house, which was a former boarding school, is owned by American billionaire Fred Krehbiel – who has spent millions on its restoration in recent years.