Houses & Gardens of Cork

Ballymaloe

Ireland
Wednesday 23 - Monday 28 September 2020 (6 Days)

Price

£TBC
Places

Marvellous week spent exploring Co. Cork

Ballymaloe to be our “home from home” for six days with its remarkable food & country house comforts

Wonderful selection of houses, many not open to the public, and particularly fine selection of gardens 

Unhurried itinerary, allowing time to enjoy the magical scenery of south-west Ireland

Tour Overview

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, more locally in what today we know as Co. Cork, the main 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, horticultural, political 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 long time and since opening the house as a comfortable country-house hotel, it has gained an international reputation, both for its warm welcome and its superb food. Mrs Allen’s daughter-in-law, Darina, is known throughout the world for her work as cook, writer, teacher and gardener. All our evening group meals will be taken at the hotel, allowing us the opportunity to sample the best of local ingredients, imaginatively presented in a manner unique in Ireland.  

Houses and Gardens of Cork was my first tour with CICERONI. I enjoyed every minute of this very well organised and interesting 6 days, and I will not hesitate to book with them again.
Mrs P Norfolk

Day by day

Day 1: Wednesday 23 September
We fly from Heathrow in the early afternoon to Cork. We transfer the short distance by coach to Ballymaloe and later that evening we have our first group dinner at the hotel.
Day 2: Thursday 24 September
Day by Day itinerary to be confirmed shortly.  Dinner will be at the hotel.
Day 3: Friday 25 September
Day by Day itinerary to be confirmed shortly.  Dinner will be at the hotel.
Day 4: Saturday 26 September
Day by Day itinerary to be confirmed shortly.  Dinner will be at the hotel.
Day 5: Sunday 27 September
Day by Day itinerary to be confirmed shortly.  Dinner will be at the hotel.
Day 6: Monday 28 September
We fly back from Cork to London Heathrow at around midday.
Wonderful gardens and houses in Cork and exceptional food and comfort at Ballymaloe.
Mrs GF, Gloucestershire

Practicalities

  • Price: £TBC
  • Single Supplement: £ (Double Room for Sole Use)

Hotel Details

5 nights with breakfast & dinner at Ballymaloe Country House Hotel

Weather

Current Conditions

Weather Conditions for Cork in July are:
Average Temperature between: 10oC - 19oC / 51oF - 56oF
Average Rainfall: 69mm / 2.7inches

Currency

Euro

Fitness levels

We do expect a reasonable level of fitness. For full details see our frequently asked questions.

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