Fernhill House Hotel

A family-run gem beloved by locals

Fernhill House Hotel

From colourful rooms to flower-filled gardens and fabulous food to wonderful weddings, there’s little we don’t offer at Fernhill House: our family-run country estate near Clonakilty. Hospitality is our passion, and we go above and beyond to delight our guests while doing our bit for the planet – weaving sustainability and spectacular service into everything we do. A very warm welcome – we’re glad you’ve found us.
Michael O'Neill jr.
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Building: 1826

We, the O’Neills, and our award-winning team are experts in creating wonderful memories for all those who visit Fernhill House. Our gorgeous grounds, centuries of remarkable history and luxurious rooms and suites make this a very special place. Combined with the superior service that only a family-run hotel can provide, and you get the perfect landscape in which to spend time with your loved ones.

The first thing you’ll notice about our historic property is its picturesque gardens, which form part of the infamous West Cork Garden Trail. Designed by the talented gardener Mary Reynolds, they’re a true sight to behold: an oasis of colourful flowers, sprawling trees, twisting pathways and assorted wildlife.

We’re also renowned for our food. We’re lucky to be located in West Cork – considered the best food destination in Ireland – which boasts an abundance of fresh fish, rich pastures and artisan and craft producers. We’ve grown, crafted, baked, cooked, and dished up phenomenal food for generations, here, and eagerly invite you to experience it for yourself.


‘Ireland’s Wedding Hotel’ award at the Gold Medal Awards 2022
‘Travelers’ Choice Best of the Best Hotels in Ireland’ by Tripadvisor 2022
‘Visit Cork Green Award’ by the Cork Convention Bureau 2020
‘The Country House Venue of the Year’ award by weddingsonline 2020
‘Best Winter Wedding Venue in Ireland’ award by RSVP Magazine 2019
‘Best Munster Wedding Venue’ award by weddingsonline 2019

Open: all year

Rooms: 27

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Occasions to Remember

Some of the highlights of staying at our historic hotel


The first O’Neill at Fernhill House, Michael, set the bar for how we approach food in our on-site restaurant. He was a farmer and butcher by trade, who had a deep understanding of what makes an incredible meal – a philosophy we’ve carried forward today. Along with sourcing ingredients locally wherever we can, we grow and forage them in our landscaped gardens, giving breakfasts, lunches and dinners here a fresh and homely touch.


Your wedding deserves an exceptional venue – and Fernhill House is primed to deliver. We’ve won countless awards over the years for our wedding package, and as a family-run hotel, can provide tailored service that will take your celebration to the next level. Enjoy fantastic food, decor, accommodation and more during your special day, and exchange vows in a truly fairytale setting. It’s the perfect place in which to continue your lifetime of love.


Along with our exceptional gardens, family-friendly atmosphere and stylish, spacious bedrooms, Fernhill House is run on sustainable values. We support local businesses and wildlife, plant trees, use solar panels and more to cut our carbon footprint: giving your escape an eco-friendly edge. We can also offer spa treatments by connecting you to local practitioners – enquire for details.


Experiences to add to your itinerary
  • Clonakilty
  • West Cork Farm Tour
  • Atlantic Sea Kayaking
  • Drombeg Stone Circle
  • Inchydoney Beach
  • Baltimore Boat Trip
  • Castlefreke Castle
  • Old Head of Kinsale
  • Liselane Golf Course
  • Dunmore Golf Club
  • Bandon Golf Club
  • The West Cork Garden Trail
  • Michael Collins Museum
  • Mizen Head Lighthouse
  • Horse Riding
  • Fishing
  • Sailing
  • Hiking
  • Jim Dowling Festival (June)
  • West Cork Walking Festival (June)
  • Chamber Music Festival (June – July)
  • West Cork Literary Festival (July)
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