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Fernhill House

A beautiful 4 star country house set on acres of picturesque gardens

Building: 1826

The O’Neill family and award winning team at Fernhill have a long history and tradition of providing wonderful memories for guests at our West Cork Hotel. Our gorgeous gardens, centuries of remarkable history and luxurious country house make Fernhill a very special place. If you combine this with the superior service that only a family run hotel can provide, you get the perfect landscape to spend time with your loved ones. If you are looking for accommodation, to have your wedding, enjoy afternoon tea or dine in our restaurant, we look forward to creating a special experience just for you.

The Fernhill experience starts with our food. We are lucky to be located in West Cork which is has been named the best food destination in Ireland. This is down to our Wild Atlantic Way coastline providing an abundance of fresh fish, gorgeous green countryside which is ideal pasture for our food and also the magic of West Cork that gives it the highest concentration of craft producers in Ireland. The O’Neill family have baked, grown and expertly served our food for generations and we invite you to experience it for yourself.

Open: All year - Room numbers: 27 - Rates: €89 to €299

Recent Accolades
12th best hotel in Ireland, Tripadvisor
Top 10 4* in Ireland 2018 Trivago
Top 10 4* in Ireland 2019 Trivago
Best Wedding Venue in South West
Best Wedding Venue in Munster
Most community minded business, Ireland


The first O'Neill at Fernhill, Michael J.,cultivated the food philosophy of the O’Neill family at Fernhill when he bought the manor house in the 1940’s. He was a farmer & butcher by trade who had a deep understanding of what makes the very best ingredients.

Today, all of the O’Neill’s have an appreciation for food & service. Michael snr worked as a Chef for 40 years, Teresa has overseen service for decades and their sons grew up at the hotel learning what exceptional food & service is. Our food is locally sourced where possible & we are lucky that our location in West Cork affords us access to beautiful fresh fish from the sea, meat from green pastures and many fantastic artisan producers. We also grow herbs, bay leafs and much more in our landscaped gardens, forage for things like wild garlic for breads & sauces while we use pure water from our onsite well.

We are constantly striving to improve and ensure that you, the guest, enjoys a dining experience worthy of our tradition. After all, every meal has to be excellent when the reputation of four generations of your family is on the table.
Restaurant capacity: 100 persons

Spa & Wellness

Treatments are available from local practicioners


Here at Fernhill we know that your wedding is a truly special day in your life. You will celebrate the fantastic news that you have found the love of your life and all of your dearest friends & family will be there to share in the joy with you. Your magical day deserves an exceptional venue and Fernhill is the perfect one for you.

Over generations we have created a unique marriage of a beautiful country house setting and amazing service that has been recognised as the best in Ireland. We will create a wonderful wedding and memories that you will treasure as you live happily married together.

Fernhill is a Georgian Manor house that has been cared for by the O’Neill family for four generations in Clonakilty. It is a gorgeous country house set amongst acres of picturesque gardens and has stunning views of the beautiful West Cork countryside.

Love and weddings have been at the heart of Fernhill for generations. In ancient Ireland every plant had sacred energies & meanings. The fern, or raithneach, symbolised marriage & the secret bond of love. The gentle unfurling of the fern represented the slow blooming of love in a committed relationship.

As we are a family run hotel we are able to provide exceptional service that you will not find in any other venue. Michael Snr has been a Chef for 50 years, Teresa has overseen weddings for 40 years and three sons run the bar and waiting staff. They will ensure that everything will be perfect and your guests will rave about the food for years to come.

Thank you again for enquiring at Fernhill. We would be honoured to host your wedding. We hope you enjoy looking at our beautiful photos & videos on our website but would love to give you a personal tour of Fernhill to see what your day will be like so please do let us know when you are free. We are looking forward to meeting you.
Wedding capacity: 5 - 350 persons


When hosting a business meeting or event we know that you need a hotel that you can trust to have everything right. The O'Neill family have been providing exceptional service for fifty years and we will personally ensure that your experience will be excellent.

You can choose from small to large meeting rooms in our country house or our stunning marquee in our picturesque gardens.
Meeting capacity: 2 - 400 persons


Our gardens are spectacular


Cork, 45 mins

Local Attractions - Golf places - Parks & Gardens - Museums - Festivals/Events

Local Attractions Nightly Irish music in Clonakilty
Best whale watching in Europe
A state of the art disillery
The West Cork Garden Trail
Stunning coastal drives
Glow in the dark plankton kayaking
Golf places Old Head of Kinsale
Liselane Golf Course
Dunmore Golf Club
Bandon Golf Club
Parks/Gardens 25 gardens of the West Cork garden Trail
Museums Michael Collins Museum
Mizen Head Light House
Festivals/Events West Cork Garden Trail


Fernhill House

Fernhill House

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