Award Winning West Cork Restaurant, Fernhill House & Hotel provides good food that has been a tradition since the Georgian mansion house was supplied with the very best produce from the adjoining farms and its orangery. During the Great Irish famine Fernhill organised a soup kitchen to feed the starving.

Like all great country houses, food is the most important thing here at Fernhill. It is deeply rooted in our past and is at the heart at everything that we do. If you are visiting for vintage afternoon tea, traditional Sunday lunch, a relaxing stay or a special wedding food will be key to your experience at our award winning West Cork Restaurant.

We are devoted to the tradition of great food and it effects everything that we do. Our gardeners, chefs, professional team and the O’Neill family place food as the most important thing here at Ferhill.

Our food is all about local and bringing our craft expertise to the plate. Please read our food story below to discover for yourself. Our great grandfather Michael J. O’Neill 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. Food this special deserves to be served with great care and respect. Thankfully we have a great team here at Fernhill, many who have been with us for decades.

We will ensure that your every need will be cared for with warmth & efficiently so that you can enjoy our special food and the company of your loved ones. Sustainability is also important to us and we are the first establishment in Munster to be members of the sustainable restaurant association.

If you are looking for a West Cork Restaurant that features extraordinary views, food and history then Fernhill would love to see you. 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.

Thank you for reading,
The O’Neill family of Fernhill.

Occassions & Events

Your special occasion is special to us. Trust the award winning O’Neill family & team to ensure that everything is perfect for your guests. After all, we have a tradition of doing so for over 50 years.

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At Fernhill we have extensive experience in hosting beautiful events so we can assist you to make your day as special as it can be. We also have a variety of amazing settings for you to choose from.

Dining Gallery

The mansion house at Fernhill has a long rich history which we welcome you to visit and experience for yourself.

Vintage Afternoon Tea

Enjoy vintage afternoon tea at Fernhill House, the most expensive Georgian mansion in Clonakilty.

Booking is advised.


Treat yourself to an elegant experience at Fernhill with family & friends by enjoying our famous afternoon tea.

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