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Ballyfin Demesne in Laois was just named the best hotel in the world - here's what it's like inside

Stately.

This will do 🙌🏻 #indagaretravel @indagaretravel

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BALLYFIN DEMESNE IN County Laois is a glorious five star hotel at the foot of the Slieve Bloom mountains.

And yesterday Condé Nast Traveler named it Number One in its 2016 Readers’ Choice Awards for the Top 50 Hotels in the World.

It got a near perfect score out of 100

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And you can see why

You can have tea in “The Gold Room”

Time for tea! #afternoontea #clottedcream 🍰☕️🍾#champagneandchandeliers #favouritepastime #goldroom #ballyfin @tuckinghell

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The Awards had particular praise for the hotel’s grounds and lake:

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.

North of Dublin? Not exactly accurate, but we’ll let it slide.

“But the real highlight? Having a butler row you out on the lake before enjoying a sumptuous lunch at the picnic house.”

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Because you have some view out on the water

house party #ballyfin

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The rooms are as FANCY as you’d expect too

Princess bedroom! #ballyfindemesne #royalty

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And the rotunda is just as grand

Taking a walk around the grounds gives you sights like this

Magnificent #ballyfindemesne I love this place!!! Middle or Ireland idyllic

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Never want to go home... #ballyfin #suchprettiness #beautifulireland🍀💚 #paperweddinganniversary #celebrations @tuckinghell

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Look at the views from the rooms

The fact that it beat out so many hotels from around the world says a lot

A bit of glorious luxury tucked away in County Laois <3

Sunset at Ballyfin

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