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Ballymaloe  & Cork

Ballymaloe & Cork

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Ballymaloe; Houses & Gardens of Cork from CICERONI Travel. Marvellous week spent exploring Co. Cork. Wonderful selection of houses, many not open to the public. Particularly fine selection of gardens included. Ballymaloe House to be our “home from home” for six days with its remarkable food & country house comforts. Unhurried itinerary.

Ballymaloe; Houses and Gardens of Cork

Tour Lecturer; Tom Duncan, Co-Founder of CICERONI Travel

The poet Edmund Spenser and his more politically engaged contemporary, Sir Walter Raleigh, came to Ireland in the late Elizabethan period determined, as were all their English contemporaries, “to plante” Ireland with the English language, newly reformed religion and above all, English manners and customs. Both men came to settle in the ancient Irish province of Munster and more locally in what today we know as County Cork, the focus of our six-day visit.

Spenser commented on many aspects of Irish life during his unhappy sojourn, not least the manner in which the cultures of both communities might one day merge. Did this happen? Over the succeeding centuries many native traditions did indeed combine with those brought in from abroad and it is this fusion of cultures - architectural, historical and literary (for this is “Somerville and Ross” country) that we shall explore during what will be a marvellous visit

The visit will concern itself not just with food for the eye, mind and soul but with food for the body! We shall stay at the renowned Ballymaloe House Hotel. Myrtle Allen’s family have owned Ballymaloe for a very long time indeed. Since opening the house as a comfortable country-house style hotel it has gained an international reputation, not least for its superb food. Mrs Allen’s daughter-in-law, Darina, has become known throughout the world for her work as cook, writer, lecturer and gardener – all aspects of Ballymaloe which we shall enjoy during our stay. We have all our evening group meals at the hotel, allowing us the opportunity to sample the best of local ingredients imaginatively presented in a manner unique in Ireland.

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Reviews of this holiday

Ballymaloe & Cork by City dweller , 25 Jul 2018
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Tour of houses and gardens in County Cork, Ireland read more

Ballymaloe & Cork by Globetrotter, 19 Jul 2018
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Staying at Ballymaloe Country House and visiting the Houses and Gardens of Cork read more

Ballymaloe & Cork by GrannyD, 17 Jul 2018
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A Southern Ireland holiday of art, architecture, historic houses, gardens and Irish history with a group based at Ballymaloe ... read more

Ballymaloe & Cork by Neil, 28 Jun 2017
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Our intention was to get to know this part of Ireland (cork and district) better by viewing interesting houses and gardens ... read more

Ballymaloe & Cork by Pa, 28 Jun 2017
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I wonderful holiday encompassing the history,culture and beauty of Cork,and the surrounding areas. read more

Ballymaloe & Cork by G/J, 26 Jun 2017
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From the arrival of the paperwork to the last goodbye at Heathrow, the tour was a winner. We stayed in excellent accommodation ... read more

Ballymaloe & Cork by dashon, 26 Jun 2017
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A lovely time touring superb houses, gardens and countryside married to a beatiful hotel with excellent food and of course ... read more

Ballymaloe & Cork by Mrs J W 16, 22 May 2016
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Excellent base at Ballymaloe Hotel. We had an interesting and very varied programme, everywhere we went we were received ... read more

Ballymaloe & Cork by London NW5, 15 May 2016
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Every aspect of this holiday was superbly well organised and delivered as outline in information provided. Ballymaloe House ... read more

Ballymaloe & Cork by Joe, 12 May 2016
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A visit to houses and gardens of Southern Ireland. Stayed at Ballymaloe a superb country house hotel with outstanding staff... read more

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Ballymaloe & Cork by City dweller , 25 Jul 2018
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Tour of houses and gardens in County Cork, Ireland read more

Ballymaloe & Cork by Globetrotter, 19 Jul 2018
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Staying at Ballymaloe Country House and visiting the Houses and Gardens of Cork read more