Ireland’s Most Opulent Hotel

James Fennell

A country manor in the Irish countryside reopens as a grand hotel.

After facing collapse in 2001, the newly restored Ballyfin, a 221-year-old manor set in the foothills of the Slieve Bloom mountains, triumphantly opens as Ireland’s most opulent hotel.

Rooms start at $1,065; County Laois; 353-5/7875-5866;