I was off work recently for a bit more than a week and I spent part of that time going back through photos taken this year. as part of that I came across these pictures from a long weekend that we spent at Ballymaloe in Co. Cork.
First my travel guide synopsis: We didn’t realize when we booked it, but Ballymaloe is home to Ireland’s version of Martha Stewart / Julia Child. They host an admittedly expensive but pretty fantastic set-course meal as well as having a hotel in an old country house and grounds. Nearby is the Ballymaloe cooking school which has a cookery shop as well as gardens etc. It’s also close distance to Ballycotton and some unexpected and excellent cliff walks. Photos from that likely to come shortly :). If you’re looking for a nice weekend getaway and don’t mind or are actively looking for something a bit posh, Ballymaloe Country House is highly recommended. Oh, and apparently it’s actually pronounced ‘ballymaloo’.
Onward to the photo! I took this wandering around the grounds. Coming from the road there’s a fairly large field in front of the house. This is looking back across the field as rainclouds start to roll in.