There are Christmas decorations, and there are Christmas Decorations, and Hayfield Manor exceeds any and all expectations you might have had before.
Andrew and I were in Cork and we checked in to Hayfield Manor for one night in early December. I am one of those people who loves nothing more than nursing a cup of tea in a hotel lobby for hours on end, taking in all the glamour, watching the world go by.
I can truly think of no nicer place than Hayfield to do this. The old-world feeling is sublime and it feels magical. As soon as you walk in the door the top class hospitality and service kicks in.
Without wanting to sound bias, because I'm not like that, the food is also incredible. On the day we arrived I had only gotten my braces fitted (by the lovely people in MyDental - more on that later) and chewing was a bit of a challenge. We're not fancy food people so we avoided the fine dining section. To be honest those kind of things are generally wasted on both of us and cost a lot of money but I imagine it's very special.
We decided to book into the brasserie and were thrilled with the freshness of the food in Perrots. I chewed my way slowly though some soup and hake. The private house which now is Hayfield Manor was once owned by the Musgrave family so more there is foodie heritage here to live up to, which it effortlessly does.
We checked out after one of those incredibly restful night's sleep and an amazing breakfast with as much time as possible spent leafing through the papers, ordering yet more tea!
Before heading home we went into Cork city. After a browse around the shops snacking on healthy treats bought from Rocket Man - which is a great little spot -which I wish was in Dublin also we went to Orso. Orso was recommended to me over a year ago on my Instagram. I cannot thank them enough for the recommendation and since then we have been back several times. The food is genuinely really interesting. Think superb Ottolengi style salads piled high in a great cozy atmospehere, lovely wine by the glass and perfect service.
We've very good luck with Cork, every time we go, it's always a special few days. Sadly this was just one night but I can think of no nicer place to have spent it. If you get the chance before Christmas be sure to check out the stunning decorations in Hayfield Manor.
This will be my last blog post until after Christmas so I want to take this opportunity to wish you all the best and thank you for the support, feedback and love online!
Very best wishes,
For more information their website is -> www.hayfieldmanor.ie
We were kindly gifted one night's accommodation in exchange for featuring on Holly.ie although this does not in anyway affect my expression, words and all imagery is my own.