It's nothing to do with
the luck of the Irish that Ballyfin is one of the most idyllic
country house hotels we've ever stayed at.
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The restoration of this
18th-century estate at the foot of the Slieve Bloom Mountains, an
hour-and-a-half outside Dublin, has been a decade-long labour of
love for American billionaire Fred Krehbiel and his Irish wife.
Inside the regency
exterior is everything you'd want from your Downton Abbey-style
fantasy - twinkly chandeliers, stucco ceilings and deep sofas next
to crackling fires, while rooms feature heavily-draped four-posters
and polished mahogany furniture.
It's so old-school grand
there's even a cocktail hour, so make sure you pack your
BEST MINIMOON LOCATIONS
WOW FACTOR: The sunny,
statue-filled conservatory is reached through a secret door hidden
in a bookshelf of the library.
FLIGHT TIME: 1 hour
GO: Deluxe rooms from
£785, half-board (www.ballyfin.com). Aer Lingus (www.aerlingus.com) flies to Dublin from £64
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