New General Manager for Ireland’s Most Expensive Hotel – Ballyfin

Ballyfin in Co Laois has announced the appointment of Peter White, as General Manager. Mr. White’s career spans 30 years of experience in hospitality management at 5-star hotels around the world. 

Ballyfin will reopen June 2, 2021, after an extended closure due to pandemic restrictions in Ireland. “I’m delighted to soon welcome back our first guests to Ballyfin. And to continue the tradition of exceptional Irish hospitality that has been created here over the past ten years. This is the pinnacle and highlight of my 30-year career. To achieve that in my favourite hotel makes me very excited for the future.” said Mr. White. 

A worldwide career

Mr. White’s career began in Australia holding management positions at various boutique hotels across the country.  His career path brought him to Banff, Canada and Rimrock Resort, then a member of Leading Hotels of the World. 

He moved to Great Britain to manage the Front Office for London’s Pelham Hotel. Not long after he moved to the Lucknam Park Hotel, a 5-star country house hotel near Bath.  Here he spent the next 11 years moving up the ladder to become Resident Manager. 

An avid traveller and outdoor enthusiast, Mr. White was ready for a new challenge and headed to New Zealand . He became the General Manager of Treetops Lodge and Estate and eventually to help develop, open, and run The Marlborough Lodge. 

Prior to joining Ballyfin, Mr. White was Resort Manager of Kamalaya in Koh Samui, Thailand, one of the world’s leading holistic wellness retreats. 

Peter White was born in Australia and attended the College of Tourism and hospitality in Brisbane, and later became recipient of the Master Innholder scholarship at Cranfield University School of Management.

Ballyfin is Ireland’s answer to Downton Abbey and is a 28-bedroom hotel in a Regency period stately home in Co Laois. It is the most expensive hotel in Ireland with rates from €600 per person sharing per night.  It opened in 2011 and in 2016 the readers of Conde Nast Traveler voted it the best hotel in the world.

To contact Ballyfin, e-mail [email protected] or visit

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