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Ireland:

Introducing Two Stunning New Properties

By Kristene Fitzgerald

Ballyfin Demesne Ireland’s “New” Hotel has Established World-Class Credibility in less than Three Years! “The Hot List – One of the Best New Hotels!”... Condé Nast Traveler “Best of the Best”… Robb Report “Travel Hot 100”… Harper’s Bazaar “Reader’s Choice International Top 20 Hideaways”… The Hideaway Report “100 Best Hotels & Resorts”… International Traveler “Hot Locale”… Destination Weddings & Honeymoons

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hile new to the hotel scene in Ireland, Ballyfin Estate is steeped in history, back to when it was built in the 1820’s. It has long been admired as a most lavish mansion in Ireland and more recently a much loved school. After many years of restoration, Ballyfin reopened its doors in May, 2011. It has quickly emerged to be one of the finest hotels in the country and has received incredible accolades. With only fifteen staterooms, Ballyfin is like staying in a private home — perfect

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for those who wish to enjoy a few days of absolute peace while experiencing the noble tradition of Irish hospitality. The guest staterooms and two larger suites are all individually and sensitively decorated with important Irish art and antiques from around the world. One of our favorite rooms is the Lady Caroline Coote Room with its graceful rococo stucco work ceiling, blue wallpaper and empire period furnishings. The Guest Services and Culinary Teams have an

unwavering commitment to excellence! Ballyfin in County Laois is ideally located – almost equidistant from the Dublin and Shannon Airports in the heart of the Irish countryside. There are plenty of outdoor pursuits on the property including falconry, archery, fishing, tennis, hiking, cycling and croquet. Several of Ireland’s top tourist attractions are easily accessible, including great golf. Our top Irish trout fishing guide is only one hour away! n

Great Golf Courses just a Short Flight Away… For every golf holiday, the greatest issue is always how to play as many of these great courses as possible. To truly appreciate the breathtaking nature of the Irish coastline and scenery, and to maximize your itinerary, helicopter charters are the best and only option. In addition to the great parkland courses available from Ballyfin and Straffan House, Ireland’s great seaside links courses are all easily accessible via helicopter based on the convenient central location of both hotel properties. Golfing guests can play Waterville on the Southern Coast one day and jump up to Royal Portrush or Royal County Down in Northern Ireland the next day. Whether for golf, flight-seeing or airport transfers, our Irish tour operator works with the best helicopter companies and the most experienced pilots.

• Call Frontiers 1-800-245-1950 • +44 (0)845 299 6212 in the UK • www.frontiersej.com

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