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Fernhill House Hotel

Gardens at Fernhill House

Fernhill House was Clonakilty’s most luxurious Georgian mansion and the O’Neill family are restoring this opulence through our gardens.

Gardens at Fernhill House Hotel


Fernhill House was Clonakilty’s most luxurious Georgian mansion many years ago. The O’Neill family are working to restore the gardens back to there opulence once more. Our extensive gardens have many beautiful features which can be seen on the map below. Designed by infamous gardener Mary Reynolds, the best way to experience these truly unique gardens is to take a stroll through them yourself. Naturally beautiful in every season. 

Light up the Night 
Our gardens transform at night time into a magical setting with our beautiful fairy lit bridge & gazebo. The latest addition to this is our pergola drip lights which create the illusion of a secret curtain leading to an enchanted garden. The perfect place for truly romantic photos. 

West Cork Garden Trail 
We are proud members of the West Cork Garden Trail. The trail has been in existence for over 25 years and comprises of 22 beautiful gardens throughout West Cork. Although known for its wild, rugged beauty, West Cork is also blessed with a wide range of beautiful gardens that make the most of the mild climate, kept temperate by the Atlantic Gulf Stream that runs up the west coast of Ireland. The trail captures the best of this special landscape. Each garden is unique in its own wonderful way from country houses, sculpture gardens, small gardens with exotic species and more. You also have the opportunity to meet the lovely gardeners that tend these horticulture marvels. See 

Group Tours
Guided group tours are available by appointment with Michael jnr, one of the fourth generation of the O'Neill family at Fernhill. Contact for further details.

Fernhill Garden Map



We loved the gardens. We had dinner in the restaurant one evening and it was delicious, a real taste of West Cork. We had a fabulous time. Will return again.


Gorgeous hotel, very comfy beds, staff were exceptionally helpful and friendly. Beautiful gardens and delicious food. Only a few minutes from the town centre. Will happily stay here again.


The staff were friendly and efficient. There was a lovely atmosphere in the hotel, the gardens are a joy. We really enjoyed our stay will definitely return x


Everything about the place was amazing. My only problem was that my stay was one night. I will be back for a longer stay next time. I would give them a 10/10 rating. Excellent


The hotel's staff were very welcoming. Fabulous location overlooking Clonakilty from the west. The rooms were beautifully decorated and very relaxing. The food was delicious and everything homemade. A great hotel to chill-out in.