There are some places that you go, and you immediately feel at home, or continuously associate happy memories with. For us Cork never fails. One of our first weekends away was spent there in Cork city but this time round we wanted to get a little closer to West Cork.
We chose to stay in Inchydoney as I love being by the sea. A weekend away usually includes a little indulgence and I think it's so important to have something to counteract that. Andrew is more of a gym-goer whereas I love walks outside and immediately when I saw how it is literally on the beach I knew it would be lovely. We really enjoyed our weekend and lots of you were asking for my recommendations so here is all the info:
Where We Ate:
As we were staying in the hotel we had breakfast there every morning but I have to commend the service. I eat a plant-based diet which means traditional fry up and dairy foods are out. Oftentimes I find myself sticking to tea and toast which is fine but the hotel staff asked me on the first morning was there anything they could get me that I would like. I asked for avocado and they ordered it in. It's the simple things that make a place stand out and I was so impressed. We also ate in their Gulfstream restaurant another night and it was really special. I always notice acoustics in restaurants and in the Gulfstream even though it was busy you could hear each other and it would be perfect for a special family meal.
We cycled into Clonakilty and stopped at the first cafe we came to which turned out to be incredible. Lettercollum Kitchen project is an artisan food store and also a great spot for lunch or a really good coffee and homemade treat.
We went out for dinner to The Farm where they actually had a whole vegan menu which was incredible. They had dairy free butter to go with the bread and a choice of starters, mains and desserts which doesn't always happen. My main course in particular was so delicious and we shared a selection of sorbets to finish.
On our last day we popped into Baking Emporium which is one of the nicest bakeries I have ever seen. It literally smelled amazing in there and the staff were so friendly and chatty. It doesn't open on a Sunday but make sure to give it a visit and save some space for their incredible breads and pastries.
Time to Chill ?
With the beach right in front even if you have fifteen minutes to spare you can squeeze in a stroll. There are benches and vantage points that take you right onto the rocks which is breathtaking. You feel like you are on the edge of the earth with the crashing waves and it's quite intense and very loud but amazing. If you want epic photos here is the place to get them!
The spa is lovely and the pool has lots of massaging jets but be careful how you time it. They have designated time periods for children in the morning and the afternoon so if you want to peacefully chill, time it correctly. On the other hand this will be a relief if you want to bring your toddler swimming as it's welcomed.
What I Wore
Weekends like this are mostly spent in tracksuit bottoms and runners but I like to have a nice smart casual outfit and a dress for dinner one evening. It's hard to believe it's winter coat weather already but there is an undeniable chill in the air. It can be really hard to resist a black coat but I went for this camel number instead this year. I love it so much and even if I am in black jeans it brightens the whole look up. I also got this very cute hat which was a lifesaver when I really didn't want to wash my hair. I wore the navy dress, picked up in Monsoon in Grafton street just before we left, the night we went to The Farm and it's really comfortable but I think the lace detail on the back gives it a bit of glamour.
Dress - Monsoon.
Places of Interest
It's a really sweet little town and we really enjoyed cycling around - the hotel had bikes you could pay €10 to use for the day. There was a particularly good health food store called The Olive Branch that I really liked and nearby there is a monument to Tojo the Monkey. I told this story on my Instagram but basically he was a monkey that was brought over on a fighter jet that had to crash land in 1943. Due to the change in climate he died really quickly and the whole town grieved him and gave him a traditional Irish wake. Lastly one of the most charming shops I've ever seen Finer Details makes custom invitations and has all the chic party decorations you could ever want. I got some amazing birthday cake candles that are made of sparklers that I am so excited to use. The owner was there and her invitations and prints are stunning. Definitely one to check out.
We had such a lovely time and it was sad as always checking out. There was something so incredibly comfortable and welcoming about Inchydoney. They seemed to cater to everything and we are already dreaming of coming back and hiding away in their cozy movie room. They also had a snooker room and a kids playroom so on rainy days there's so much to enjoy.
Till next time!
Lots of love,
All my clothing shown is from Monsoon.
For more information on Inchydoney see >here<