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.
Hayfield Manor offers a level of grandeur that transcends its age. Discreetly nestled within its own private grounds, this family-owned and managed red brick, vine-covered country manor is a hidden oasis only a short walk from the heart of Cork.
The property’s warm ambience can be felt in the old-fashioned library furnished with antiques, leather armchairs and a fireplace that’s often ablaze. The elegant, candlelit Orchids Restaurant and the more relaxed Perrotts Garden Bistro both feature gourmet cuisine, prepared using fresh, local ingredients.
The classically-styled rooms are similarly lavish in their design and include special touches such as mini bathrobes and slippers for little ones. Some rooms even feature a hotel pet such as a rabbit or a goldfish.
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Although each of the spacious guest rooms is individually decorated, they’re all lavishly furnished with unique upholstery and comfy armchairs, and offer views of the gardens from wide windows. They are quite grand in style and are decorated in shades of white and cream with golden accents, and feature antique furniture and classical artwork. Rooms are also equipped with modern amenities such as a flat screen TV, DVD player, complimentary Wi-Fi, air conditioning and spacious marble bathrooms fitted with heated towel rails. Most higher level room categories have a separate bath and shower. To contribute to a unique and memorable stay, select rooms are home to a hotel pet.
Located on the edge of Cork, directly opposite University College Cork, this secluded country manor is set within leafy grounds. With its private walled gardens it feels worlds away from the city’s bustling streets but there are vibrant cafes just around the corner and the heart of Cork can be reached in a leisurely 20 to 30-minute walk or a ten-minute drive.
Food and drink
Breakfast is a cold buffet with a vast array of fruit, cereals, yogurts, homemade soda bread and freshly squeezed juices complemented by hot dishes and refreshing mimosas. Freshly prepared cakes, sandwiches and homemade chocolates are served as part of the award-winning afternoon tea. In the evening, the Orchids Restaurant serves contemporary Irish cuisine, while Perrotts Garden Bistro offers a choice of Mediterranean and international dishes.
Special thought has gone into making Hayfield Manor a good base for families. In addition to offering family and interconnecting guest rooms, special touches include mini bathrobes and slippers as well as a bedtime cookies and milk. Afternoon tea includes milkshakes, chocolate brownies and an assortment of sandwiches for children. Healthy, child-friendly menus are also available and babysitting can be arranged.
Facilities and activities
The bright and airy fitness studio is well equipped with a selection of cardiovascular machines and free weights. Facilities include an indoor heated swimming pool surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows that fill the area will natural light and offer views of the hotel’s enclosed walled garden. The spa includes an outdoor Jacuzzi and six luxurious treatment rooms.
The hotel has a number of accessible rooms that can be reserved at the time of booking. Guests with limited mobility are also able to request rooms closer to the elevator.
We love the small, luxurious touches and the friendly atmosphere evident throughout this sumptuous property.
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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.
This boutique hotel on Ireland’s south coast offers a high level of service and sophistication along with a warm and friendly atmosphere. Highlights include the Michelin-starred House Restaurant, an indoor pool and sweeping views of the sea from all rooms.
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.