Over the years, I have overnighted in many places and stayed in every type of accommodation imaginable from an open hut in Botswana, to a tent in the Okavango Delta to horrible and nice B & B’s and Hotels of all grades and quality. I also read a lot of other people’s experiences and have therefore my own list of places I would love to stay. Hayfield Manor in Cork City featured on this list (www.hayfieldmanor.ie).
An opportunity to stay there arose two weekends ago and I jumped at it and boy am I so glad that I did. A friend and myself booked in for a two night stay with one evening meal in their very elegant Orchids Restaurant and we also booked a treatment each in their Beautique Spa.
From the moment we arrived, we were hooked. I arrived first, travelling from Galway, and felt very welcome from the moment I walked though the door. No waiting to check in, was offered some lovely chocolates and bookings for dinner and treatments were swiftly confirmed. Then I was shown to the room by Bart who is one of the stars of this establishment. Nothing is too much trouble for Bart and he was always on hand throughout the weekend with advice or help whenever we needed it.
The room was absolutely gorgeous. Two lovely big beds (4 ft) for us girls with all the facilities you would need – including, interestingly, a putter, ball and a golf hole cup – there is a putting green at the front of the hotel! The bathroom was also gorgeous with bath and separate shower and twin sinks with lovely Elemis products.
We had drinks in the bar before and after our dinner on the Friday night and it was buzzing with people. We didn’t get to try their second restaurant on this occasion – Perrott’s bistro – but hope to in the future. Nor did we indulge in Afternoon Tea – which appears to be a highlight here – again it’s on the list for the next time!
Dinner was a four course delight, with particular mention having to go to the dessert – which for me was a sea salt and caramel parfait – very much like an ice cream and utterly divine. Breakfast is also served in Orchids and is another triumph at Hayfield Manor. Service at both dinner and breakfast is exceptional.
Well set up from our breakfast, we set off for the Spa. Before our treatments we spent a lovely few minutes in the outdoor jacuzzi – how decadent! I had an Elemis facial which was wonderful and I felt like a million dollars after it.
All in all, I loved every second of the time I spent at Hayfield Manor. The Hotel is beautiful, the food is wonderful, the beds are the most comfortable I have encountered and the staff and service is top class.
Thanks to everyone at Hayfield Manor (especially Karen and Bart – real stars) for all you did for us during our stay.
Was this the best Hotel I have ever stayed in – yes, I think it actually was. Would I go back? – you betcha – in a heartbeat!!