I find the best place to start is at the beginning …from the moment we entered the hotel on the day of our first viewing we were pleasantly surprised by what met us. Fernhill House Hotel was a hotel that neither Brian nor I were familiar with but as we wanted a West Cork Wedding we visited many of the hotels in the area. On that first visit we met with Caroline Hayes, the wedding co-ordinater for Fernhill House Hotel, she made us feel that our wedding would be the most important wedding to ever take place in the hotel; she gave us her full attention while we chatted about our big day over tea and biscuits and when we had discussed what the hotel had to offer she even gave us her time to discuss possible churches in the area that would suit the size of our wedding party as well as our taste, Caroline also gave us suggestions for photographers and bands and sent us on our way with loads to consider. Upon viewing the many hotels that were on offer in West Cork it was time to make a decision and Fernhill won the battle on every level. It ticked all the right boxes: a family run hotel, just the right size so our wedding guests would fill it without being spread all over the place, a strong and varied menu which made the most of local produce, individually decorated bedrooms including a luxurious bridal suite and a cosy and well thought out interior coupled with spacious, pretty and relaxing gardens. Once the decision was made and the hotel booked the hard work started and many more decisions had to be made, Caroline was always on hand to answer any questions we had and what felt like the rare occasion that Caroline was off, Teresa was more than willing and happy to help.
As the time ticked closer to the big day we had our menu tasting and this was superb, the food was top class, the wine was beautiful and the staff could not have been any more precise. We chose our menu and on our wedding day the Chef along with the other kitchen staff did a wonderful job behind the scenes delivering the dishes to the highest of standards in the way we wanted. Thanks Chef!
The day before the wedding rolled around and our families and guests descended on the hotel, we were all made feel most welcome and Caroline allowed Brian, myself and our bridal party time in the function room to set up and organise a few personal touches.
December 14th 2012, our Wedding Day was here and as our guests arrived at the hotel after the ceremony they were greeted with mulled wine, which they could not get enough of, a selection of other drinks and a variety of pastries to keep them all going until the meal. The fires were lighting which made the place feel so cosy and welcoming and really complemented the tasteful Christmas decorations which were placed throughout the hotel. There was a lovely buzz of conversation and everybody settled into the day, the meal was a huge success and guests continue to tell us how impressed they were with not only the flavours and presentation but also the quantity.
Caroline, Neil, Teresa and Michael really did outdo themselves, they kept the day flowing and everything went perfectly, they made everybody and I mean everybody feel welcome and for this we are very grateful. Thank you to all the staff at Fernhill House Hotel, you all should be very proud of the team you are part of and the happy memories you have helped to create.
Trish and Brian Hayes
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Fernhill House Hotel& Gardens is based on a Victorian House set on its own landscaped gardens overlooking the beautiful coutryside of West Cork. The hotel is owned by the O'Neill family, and along with their management look forward to seeing to your every need. The hotel features new rooms with each designed in a modern and unique style where attention to detail and comfort is paramount. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Fernhill Hotel Clonakilty