Blog posts from Ballymaloe Country House Hotel

Ballymaloe in the Snow

Beautiful images of Ballymaloe House, farm, gardens and Grainstore during #StormEmma #BeastfromtheEast early March 2018.  We had not seen snow in East Cork similar to this since 1982, that was the last time Ireland came to a snowy standstill.

Difficult as it was to travel around the country, we were open as usual throughout the storm and Rory Allen braved the frosty elements to take these stunning images. 


Ballymaloe Garden Blog - Spring 2018

It's the time of year for pruning before the trees start to wake up. It was a sharp learning curve for me as I I only had a few hours experience over a year ago.


March Madness

With lengthening days helping us shake off the cold, wet winter it’s seed sowing time! Just as well as the soaking rain has made working on the soil very difficult. 


New Bar

Each year during the month of January Ballymaloe takes a well-deserved break for 3 weeks which facilitates the ideal time to renovate some of the bedrooms.

This year however, the bar was privileged to a much needed makeover.

What originally began as a water line adjustment for the above castle room lead to the extensive removal of the existing bar walls, returning to the original stone wall of the 15th Centenary Norman Castle. 

Once this fantastic feature had been discovered it was decided to incorporate it into the current, new bar.


Our own Apple Juice & Ballymaloe Mulled Apple Recipe

On the Ballymaloe Farm 5 years ago, we planted a 2 acre orchard of cider apples, mainly Dabinett but also Crimson Bramley, Santana, Topas, Delles Bell and Dellinquo.  Other varietals grow across the farm, in the walled Garden and adjacent to the aptly named Orchard Cottage.  

Mild weather throughout the year allowed perfect growing conditions for Apples across Ireland’s orchards, so having yielded such an abundant crop this year there were endless possibilities of uses for the apples.


The Pastry Kitchen Christmas Blog

The pastry kitchen is always the first part of the house to feel festive as winter evenings draw in at Ballymaloe. The weather changes to suit the season and the pastry team is busy at work; making a list, checking it twice and from then on its lots of plum puddings, mince pies and cakes to ice. Work begins in October as the aroma of citrus peel, slowly candying, fills the kitchen. Soon extra whiskey from the Midleton distillery and rich plump dried fruits arrive.


Working in a Winter Wonderland

What’s to do in the garden at this time of year? A question frequently asked and being so busy, there’s barely time to answer! 


Poem for Grandpa by Fawn Allen 1998

In East Cork there lived a chap

Who put Ballymaloe on the map, 

He started out life as a farmer

But to living it up he grew fonder. 

So to his sons he gave his farms

And he set out to develop his charms

A chore for him this would not be

As charms a plenty and more had he. 

He charmed the staff, he charmed the pests, 

Those he charmed best must be the guests. 

He would chat and laugh and giggle and praise

Until all round him spirits were raised. 


What's Happening in the Ballymaloe Walled Garden - Autumn 2017

"Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness.." Ode to Autumn by John Keats

A definite change of pace can be felt in the walled garden – there’s a chill in the air and the decreasing daylight is slowing weed growth to an almost manageable pace!

But in the vegetable garden the harvest is at its most bountiful – French beans, courgettes, spinach, chard, baby leeks, salad leaves, apples, pears, plums and raspberries.

Apples will be stored and some will hold in a cool environment until February when we’ll crave a stewed or juiced apple!


Apple Muesli

Apples may be replaced with seasonal fruits such as loganberries, raspberries and strawberries depending on the time of year and what is available in our walled garden. 

45g (1 1/2 oz, 1/2 cup) oatmeal

120ml (4fl oz, 1/2 cup) water

2 Apples, grated

2 Teaspoons of honey

Squeeze of lemon

Dark brown sugar

Single cream

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