Country House Gardens

Fernhill features in the West Cork Garden Trail. Our Gardens provide everything from a beautiful escape for our guests, flowers for our tables and food for our kitchen. We hope you enjoy exploring them.

Fernhill House was Clonakilty’s most luxurious Georgian mansion and the O’Neill family are restoring this opulence through our gardens. Our extensive gardens have many beautiful features from our rose walk, bountiful borders to our charming boardwalk.

Our gardens are ideal for a relaxing stroll, reading a book or forgetting the cares of the world. In the early mornings they are filled with the exquisite sound of bird song. Listening to their magical melodies really is the perfect way to start your day. At night the gardens light up to create an amazing experience. A fairy light stroll with a loved one is a truly romantic way to follow a delicious meal in our renowned restaurant.

The gardens provide much of our fresh flowers for display in our country house and food for our kitchens. Fernhill is essentially a garden with a hotel attached. Sustainability is very important to us and goes hand in hand with our garden ethos.. We try to tread softly on the land, provide the right types of plants for bees & birds. On top of this we source our own well water & have three large banks of solar panels among other initiatives.

We pride ourselves in our gardens here at Fernhill and are constantly improving them. We have planted over 2000 trees in the past few years and they are almost ready to provide a wonderful walk for our guests. We do hope that you enjoy them.

West Cork Garden Trail

We are proud members of the West Cork Garden Trail. The trail has been in existence for 24 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. Set aside a few days to experience this treasure of Ireland for yourself.


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

Garden Gallery

See some of the wonderful plant life and spectacular views of the Fernhill House Hotels gardens.

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