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"Ballymaloe is a brilliant place to stay - and eat," enthuses Bethan Riach. "The food, much of it home-grown, is unforgettably good and rightly famous throughout Ireland. Superb grounds and amazing architectural detail make the perfect setting for Ballymaloe's internationally renowned cookery courses. Watch a demonstration session, quaff away at a gala wine-tasting dinner and don't miss the Sunday-morning champagne workshop."
Double rooms start from €220. For courses see www.cookingisfun.ie (00 353 21 4652 531; www.ballymaloe.ie)