One step inside the sprawling grounds of this historic Regency mansion house- one of the most lavish in Ireland- and an air of tranquility takes hold. Classical grandeur meets with a landscape of rolling hills- follies and ancient grottoes in the breathtaking property- set at the foot of the Slieve Bloom Mountains. Ballyfin opened this year after a spectacular eight-year restoration and has already gained a following for its unique combination of modern luxury with romantic period detailing. The hotel has been designed as a home-away-from-home with just 15 rooms- making the experience of staying here entirely intimate. Guests can enjoy estate-grown food prepared by executive chef Fred Cordonnier- take part in cheese and wine tastings in the cellar- play a game of golf- swim- or simply spend an afternoon in the large library- finishing with a fireside cocktail in the houses cosy Ballyfin Bar. The property is closed for business during the year over the following dates- 01JAN12 - 29FEB12.CLUB 5C- Hotel welcomes Relais and Chateaux Club 5C members with a VIP Welcome and a Discovery Privilege. Please indicate the Club 5C membership number in the reservation and please- show your Club 5C membership card on arrival.