Fodor's Expert Review Hayfield Manor
Perrott Ave., Cork City, Co. Cork, Ireland Fodor's Choice
An elegant Georgian-style house, its red brick brightened by white-sash windows, the exterior hints at the comfy luxury that lies within, and the location—off College Avenue in an undistinguished suburb—is forgotten as soon as you enter the walled gardens. Beyond a splendid, carved-wood double staircase, the drawing room is a symphony of gilded silk, with a white-marble fireplace, a 19th-century chandelier, and chic armchairs, a surprisingly soigné modern homage to country-house style. The wood-paneled library overlooks a walled patio and garden. Guest rooms are spacious and elegantly furnished in a version of the Louis XV style. Orchids is the main restaurant, Perrott's Garden Bistro is a casual alternative, and the Victorian-style bar serves a light menu until 5 pm.
- modern country-house style
- a good value for luxury accommodations
- great dining options
- a taxi or 15-minute walk to city center
- nearby streets busy with students by day