A Laois hotel has been named the best in the world by Condé Nast.
Ballyfin Demesne was recognised as the most popular in the Conde Nast Traveler's Readers' Choice Awards 2016, one of three Irish hotels to be included in the list.
"If you’ve ever dreamed of summering at a country house, you couldn’t do much better than this stately, 20-room Georgian home," said the magazine.
"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 a sumptuous lunch at the picnic house."
Waterford Castle took seventh place in the list, with The Lodge At Ashford Castle being named in ninth place.
You can see the full list HERE.