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I put together a plan of the guest rooms, but it’s mostly a guess working off the room descriptions. Some rooms I’m sure of their location, but some I’m not quite as confident. Use this just as a guide.
Upstairs, the halls are as pretty as the rooms:
Before restoration. That arched ceiling! Those small windows on the left overlook the roof of the middle rooms: the Saloon, Rotunda, and Stairhall.
After: halls run the length of the house on both the east and west sides.
Suites & Bedrooms: each room has a name of a person or a place instead of a number. There are 14 rooms in the main house , 1 in the old kitchen, and 5 new rooms in the building behind the house, the former dormitory.
“Sir Christopher Coote, 15th Baronet”
The largest suite in the house is named in honor of the current Baronet whose great-great-great grandparents built Ballyfin. The study sits over the library’s bay window. It was Christopher Coote who met with Fred Krehbiel when he was restoring Ballyfin and decided that the original Coote portraits should be returned to the house where they now hang in the blue stairhall.
The study. Gorgeous. Notice the carpet and the curtains. The 18th century wallpaper panels are from the Prince of Hanover’s castle at Schloss Marienburg. The rolls of paper were bought, but when unrolled, it was discovered they were too damaged to hang, so Colin Orchard salvaged some of the drawings and hung just those fragments.
This is the most fabulous single room in the hotel. Martyn Lawrence Bullard stayed here last week. The bed floats in the center and it is just jaw dropping gorgeous. Since there are no closets, most rooms feature twin armoires custom built for the Ballyfin. I love all the patterned carpets in these rooms.
“Lady Caroline Coote”
This was once the actual bedroom of Lady Caroline and it connected with the above room to create her personal suite of rooms. Notice the gorgeous antique – Georgian II armoire.
“The Wellesley Pole Suite”
“The Marquis de Massigny”
Can I move in???
“The Tapestry Room”
Let that factoid sink in.The entire room.
17 century Flemish.
There are two rooms on the floor between the two floors.
“The Small Library”
“The Sarah Pole Room”
What is so smart about these rooms – is because the headboard is a fabric, it has a partial slipcover to keep it clean. I always tell my clients to be sure to keep a euro pillow between your husband’s head and the board, because OY!!! In a year or two, there will be a big mark on the headboard from his hair. But this white slipcover/throw is a great idea. Just toss it and wash it and replace and keep the headboard fresh and clean.
Last year saw many changes at Ballyfin. They started allowing diners to dinner and brought in a new chef. They opened new spa treatment rooms. And, Ballyfin is now open for Christmas. But the biggest excitement is that they revealed five new guests rooms – in the old dormitory building:
Lady Kildare is the famous socialite of her time who went green with envy when she saw Ballyfin in 1759 and wrote “yesterday I saw a most delightful place indeed, much beyond any place I have seen in Ireland – Ballyfin, there is a piece of water there very like what I fancy ours will be, only broader; fine plantations and the greatest varieties of trees and flowers almost that ever I saw anywhere.” Her poor husband. He was building her a lake too, but before it was even started she didn’t think their lake was going to be as grand as Ballyfin’s.
I have only one comment about the five new rooms – where is the patterned carpet? There is pretty wool carpet with a tiny pattern but I do miss the bigger patterned carpet found in the house. I think it add so much to those rooms, why not use it here???
Finally….There is one bedroom left.
In the Old Kitchen Building, by the courtyard, is
Whew! I’m exhausted!!! I need a vacation at Ballyfin Demesne.
Want to know more? Watch this interesting documentary on the history and restoration of the house. HERE.
Want to go? www.ballyfin.com
AND in honor of Ballyfin….
Spode! On sale: HERE