Ballyfin Demesne has announced the appointment of Peter White as its new general manager ahead of its reopening. White’s career spans 30 years of experience in hospitality management at five-star hotels around the world. Ballyfin will reopen June 2, 2021, after an extended closure due to pandemic restrictions in Ireland.
White’s career began in his homeland of Australia, holding management positions at various boutique hotels across the country until his career path brought him to North America as guest services manager at Rimrock Resort in Banff, Canada, then a member of The Leading Hotels of the World.White then moved to Great Britain to manage the front office for London’s Pelham Hotel. Not long afte,r White moved to the Lucknam Park Hotel, a five-star country house hotel near Bath, where he would spend the next 11 years moving up the latter to become resident manager.
An avid traveler and outdoor enthusiast, White headed back “down under” to New Zealand to become general manager of Treetops Lodge & Estate and eventually to help develop, open and run The Marlborough Lodge.Prior to joining Ballyfin, White served as resort manager of Kamalaya in Koh Samui, Thailand, a leading holistic wellness retreats.
Peter White was born in Australia and attended the College of Tourism & Hospitality in Brisbane, and later became recipient of the Master Innholder scholarship at Cranfield University School of Management.
Ballyfin Demesne is a country house hotel set on 600 acres at the foot of Ireland’s Slieve Bloom Mountains. The historic estate reopened in May 2011 following an eight-year restoration. The property has 21 individually designed rooms, interiors decorated with Irish art and antiques, and private grounds including a 28-acre lake, ancient woods, follies and grottoes. Guests can enjoy gourmet dining, an indoor pool and spa, and quintessential country activities such as fishing, horseback riding, clay pigeon shooting, archery, falconry and more.