A family-owned country manor with a prestigious cookery school, Ballymaloe House offers elegant and attractive guest rooms amid an expansive farm estate situated 40 minutes east of Cork. Dining is a highlight, with local sourced ingredients forming exquisite tasting menus.
Cliff House Hotel
Situated approximately an hour from either Waterford or Cork, the Cliff House Hotel is a boutique property built into the cliffs of Ireland’s southern coast. This secluded seaside hotel boasts an extensive spa that offers a range of treatments inspired by the sea as well as an indoor, infinity swimming pool, which seems to merge into the Irish Sea.
Quality service is paramount at this property with friendly, attentive staff at both the Michelin-starred House Restaurant and the more relaxed Bar Restaurant. Both dining options offer sea views as do all of the stylish guest rooms.
The vibrant bedrooms contain splashes of blue or pink and offer a large bathroom outfitted with a rainforest shower and separate, free-standing bathtub. Other standard in-room amenities include complimentary Wi-Fi, a flat-screen TV and a warm, traditional Donegal tweed blanket. Higher room categories include a balcony and all suites feature a spacious living area equipped with a gas fireplace.
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All guest rooms are decorated in a contemporary style with vibrant hues of blue, pink or green and offer a large bathroom outfitted with a rainforest shower and separate bathtub. Standard amenities across all room types include a large oversized bed adorned with a traditional Donegal tweed blanket, complimentary Wi-Fi, flat-screen TV and tea and coffee making facilities. All rooms offer sea views and categories above the Deluxe Sea View have a balcony outfitted with a small table and chairs. The suites also feature a spacious living area with a gas fireplace.
This oceanside property is built into the cliffs located along Ireland’s southern coast. Coastal walks and long stretches of sandy beach are close by. While the tiny fishing village of Ardmore may seem remote, the port city of Waterford is just over an hour away to the east and Cork is an easy hour’s drive to the west.
Food and drink
The House Restaurant relies on fresh, locally-sourced ingredients for its modern menus, which are inspired by Irish classics. The superb cuisine at this fine dining, Michelin-starred restaurant is only rivalled by the ocean views available from the restaurant’s floor-to-ceiling glass wall. Relaxed dining is offered in The Bar Restaurant, which also serves a traditional afternoon tea.
Facilities and activities
The centrepiece of the hotel’s luxury spa is its indoor, infinity swimming pool, which seems to merge into the Irish Sea. The spa also offers a range of sea-themed treatments as well as an outdoor Jacuzzi, natural rock pool, sauna and steam room. Staff can also arrange rock fishing, horse riding and other activities.
Accessible rooms as well as elevators are available at this hotel. Please advise your specialist if you require any special services.
This boutique hotel offers top-notch service and we love waking up to the sound of the ocean lapping against the rocks below the property.
Places & hotels on the map
Alternative places to stay nearby
Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favourite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
The Castlemartyr Resort is located in east Cork on vast grounds containing ruins from a castle built in 1210. The historic resort once served as a private boarding school for boys and now consists of three dining options, a modern spa, and opulent guest rooms.
Hayfield Manor exquisitely blends old world charm with contemporary conveniences. Tucked away in its own grounds, this sophisticated hotel is only a short walk from the heart of Cork and offers exceptional service and award-winning cuisine.
The welcoming Imperial Hotel offers modern guest rooms with touches of historic charm, fine dining and a luxurious spa in the heart of Cork. Its history is evident throughout, from the grand staircase to the photo wall of past guests.
Perfectly situated close to the heart of Cork, The River Lee hotel elegantly blends bright, cheery communal spaces with simple, contemporary guest rooms. Facilities include a lively outdoor terrace bar that overlooks the water and a huge state-of-the-art fitness studio.
Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
Explore Cork's history on a walking tour of the city, learning about its links with ancient saints and fleeing French Protestants. You'll also learn how it came to be an international maritime hub and the impact all these influences had on the city.
In use for over 150 years and full of character, the Old Jameson Distillery is an ideal place to learn about the history of whiskey distilling in Ireland. This engaging tour gives you a behind-the-scenes look at the whole process.