Ballyfin House, Co. Laois has been named by Conde Nast Traveller as the 13th Best Hotel in the World. It has also been placed 6th in Europe and No.1 in Ireland.
No other Irish hotel has made the 'World Top 50;or 'Europe Top 50' lists.
More than 300,000 readers of Conde Nast magazine participated in the 2017 selection in which 'La Reserve Hotel in Spa' in Paris was named 'No 1 Hotel in the World'.
Commenting on Ballyfin, the magazine said:
'If you’ve ever dreamed of summering at a country house, you couldn’t do much better than this stately, 20-room Georgian home, about an hour and a half north of Dublin. Beyond the regal four-poster canopy beds, gilded mirrors, and richly textured wallpapers, there are 614 acres of secluded private gardens begging to be strolled. But the real highlight? Having a butler row you out on the lake before enjoying lunch at the picnic house'.
Ballyfin was also named 'No 1 Hotel in Ireland' and others in the Iriah Top Ten were The Lodge at Ashford'(2), Lough Eske Castle (3), Waterford Castle (4), Shelbourne (5), Killarney Park (6), Merrion (7),Clontarf Castle (8),Westbury (9) and Intercontinental Dublin (10)