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Here's what it's like inside the fanciest hotel in Ireland

Kim and Kanye stayed there, but what’s Ballyfin like?

Instagram photo by Josh Alexander * Dec 17, 2012 at 9:50am UTC Source: journeysjosh

WHEN YOU TYPE “most expensive hotel ireland” into Google, the first result that pops up is Ballyfin, a country house hotel situated in Co. Laois.

If the name rings any bells, there’s a good reason why: it’s reportedly where Kim and Kanye enjoyed their honeymoon.

Condé Nast Traveller has even described it as “the grandest house in Ireland”.

But what’s it like inside?

Well, it’s basically like something from Downton Abbey.

My Downton Abbey room for the night in #ireland. #luxury at Ballyfin. Source: jenniferennion

Bags packed ... Homeward bound. Sad to leave #Ballyfin .... Had the best time lounging in all this old world luxury. As much as I love modern interiors and art , there is something just so comforting about staying in a room filled with antiques and old school fabrics . My fantasy Downton Abbey vacation ..... #emeraldisle Source: martynbullard

These paintings follow you everywhere you go.

Instagram photo by Maggie Morrison * Jun 19, 2013 at 2:12pm UTC Source: margiemerrym

It’s like being on the Titanic or something.

Source: nataliediscala/Instagram

This is the Wellseley Pole Suite. Nightly rate? €1,120.


My bed! Wellesley Pole Suit at Ballyfin #solucky ❤ Source: daniluv01

It’s so fancy that it has a room called The Gold Room — a drawing room adorned with the fanciest cushions you’ve ever seen in your life

The Gold Room at @ballyfindemesne. We're leaving shortly, sadly - it's such a beautiful property. Source: johnoceallaigh

The Gold Room at Ballyfin. #Ireland Source: nataliediscala

Even the goddamned food is too pretty to touch.

Picture perfect! #salmontartar #birthdaylunch Source: coryvaughny

It's going to be a beautiful day at Ballyfin! The sun is shining and we are surrounded by friends. ❤️ Source: kimberlywhitman

(Although they seem to be generous with their pastries.)

Source: nataliediscala/Instagram

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It’s so cartoonishly fancy that it has a china room…

Oh my! Filing this under #dreamhouse! China room! Source: kimberlywhitman

And falcons, lol.

Peregrine falcon, close up. #ballyfin #woodlandsfalconry Source: christacreates

Fancy nipping down? Start saving (read: dreaming/buying Winning Streak scratchards) because rooms cost anything from €460 – €1,320.

Good Morning, it's Friday! #ballyfindemense #ballyfin #alfresco #dining #breakfast #summer #laois #ireland #loveireland #discoverireland #travelgram #bluebook #irelandsbluebook #wheretoeat #irishromantichotels #irishhotels #travelgram #luxurytravel #luxury #travel #like #photooftheday #instadaily Source: irelandsbluebook

One can dream, right?

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