Fernhill House Hotel & Gardens

(40 reviews) 40 5
Clonakilty Clonakilty Cork
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About Fernhill House Hotel & Gardens

Clonakilty, Clonakilty

"Fernhill House Hotel & Gardens, quite simply, is the most magical of luxury wedding venues in West Cork"

Fernhill House Hotel & Gardens in Clonakilty is the leading Wedding Venue in West Cork, and have organised many fairytale weddings for over 50 years ranging from smaller intimate weddings up to 350 guests. Here at Fernhill we know that your wedding is a truly special day in your life. Your magical day deserves an exceptional venue and Fernhill is the perfect one for you.


Over generations, we have created a unique marriage of a beautiful country house setting and amazing service that has been recognised as the best in Ireland. We will create a wonderful wedding and memories that you will treasure as you live happily married together.

Our Georgian Manor house boasts fabulous landscaped gardens with stunning backdrops featuring a wildflower garden, gazebo, orchard and beautiful water features. There is also a dedicated garden party area with a permanent garden marquee that fits 250 people making it the perfect location for your wedding.


Weddings at Fernhill House Hotel are bespoke. Neil O' Neill and the wedding coordinator Ann Cullinane takes a great deal of time and effort liaising with the bride and groom to ensure that your special day incorporates all your dreams and ideas making your wedding day the most wonderful day of your lives. Personalised menus, welcoming LCD screen and only one wedding per day ensure that you get our undivided attention.


There are twenty-seven bedrooms including a lavish Bridal Suite. The original bedrooms have also been redesigned. They are designed with a contemporary country house style.


Licensed for civil wedding ceremonies, the property offers impressive elegant rooms in which to mark that special occasion. The hotel also has a uniquely breathtaking outdoor blessing area for that memorable ceremony with the West Cork countryside as a backdrop.

• Magnificent landscaped gardens with gorgeous Marquee for perfect drinks reception • Idyllic setting in beautiful West Cork • Licensed for civil ceremonies and Outdoor Blessings • Over 40 years of experience • Fabulous new bedrooms • Amazing food that your guests will love and talk about which we pride ourselves on

Facilities at Fernhill House Hotel & Gardens

Venue Type :
Civil Ceremony License
Exclusive Use
In the Country
Large Hotel
Evening Entertainment :
Evening Reception Facilities
Marquee Available
Entertainment Licence
Live Band Facilities
DJ Facilities
Outdoor Fireworks Permitted
Overnight Accommodation :
Overnight Accommodation for Wedding Couple
Overnight Accommodation for Guests
Other Features :
Changing Room for Guests
Disabled Facilities
Car Parking
Dining Options :
Seated Meal Facilities
Buffet Meal Facilities
In House Catering
Alcohol Licence
Corkage Option
Capacity :
Less than 30 guests
30 to 50 guests
50 to 75 guests
75 to 100 guests
100 to 150 guests
150 to 250 guests
250 to 400 guests
Venue Staff Assistance :
Wedding Coordinator

Fernhill House Hotel & Gardens Reviews (40)

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By Annemarie & Daniel, on 10 May 2019Date of Wedding - 25 May 2018

We were lucky enough to be able to have held our wedding at Fernhill House on 25th May 2018. It was without doubt the best choice we could have made. Both our ceremony and reception were held at the hotel and everything happened so seamlessly. Ann our wedding coordinator was so lovely, she was super calm and organized and had a great sense of humour, she was such a pleasure to deal with throughout the planning of our wedding. Our day at Fernhill was made to feel so relaxed by the team there. So many of our guests have said they have never experienced such friendly and obliging staff and we both throughly agree. We could not complete this review without talking about how amazing the food was, everyone told us how great it was and lots of our guests said it was the best wedding meal they have had. We had a number of guests with specific dietary requirements and they told us they had never experienced so much food choice at a wedding before. We loved our day at Fernhill House Hotel, our wedding was so relaxed and fun and Ann and all the staff there helped create that feeling. We would definitely recommend Fernhill House Hotel as a wedding venue. We could go on and on mentioning the very many unseen touches that made the day special that we have since been told about by our guests, but there are not enough word characters to cover it all, the team in Fernhill are just fab. Thanks to Ann and all the staff at Fernhill and to the amazing golf buggy driver Michael! who made our trip to and from the marquee great fun

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By Jacquelynne & Ryan, on 10 May 2019Date of Wedding - 11 Jun 2018

I had my wedding at this venue on the 11th June 2018. This place is quite frankly fantastic. The food was delicious. The staff was so helpful. It was so easy to plan the wedding with the assistance of the wedding coordinators. They set up everything and provided all of the items we needed for our ceremony. The grounds and gardens are absolutely lovely. The rooms of the hotel are gorgeous as well. My wedding pictures are beautiful!

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By Yvonne & Donal, on 10 May 2019Date of Wedding - 08 Jun 2018

We had our wedding here on the 8th June 2018 and wow was it amazing from the day we booked it everything was just brilliant. The grounds, the staff, the O’Neill family are just amazing. We had the best day ever and even all our guests said it was the best wedding they were ever at!! The food is just amazing it’s 5star. All the staff are so friendly and nothing is a problem. It’s the best wedding venue ever! Thank you so much for having us and making our wedding day the best day ever!

We had our wedding here
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By Jessica & Darren, on 10 May 2019Date of Wedding - 05 Aug 2018

I don't even know where to start to give this hotel the upmost praise it deserves! We had our wedding here on Sunday, 5th Aug. It was held in the gardens on fernhill and we had the drinks reception in the marquee. It was absolutely stunning and I literally did nothing the whole day! Before I even thought of it it was done by Ann and the team at fernhill. The setting, the food, the staff just everything was perfection! You will not find a better place for your wedding it was the most relaxed, amazing day of our lives!! So much so that my sister has now gone and booked her wedding here for two years time!! Thank you so much to everyone at fernhill house hotel, it was a dream to work with ye!! The amount of compliments we revived on your behalf was countless! Michael even brought the golf caddy down during the speeches in the marquee to keep the kids entertained. What a special place!! X

An absolutely fantastic wedding day
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By Amy & Dan, on 10 May 2019Date of Wedding - 28 Jul 2018

We had our wedding day on the 28th July 2018, with our reception at Fernhill and we couldn't have chosen a better venue. The gardens are beautiful and well maintained, the bridal suite was stunning, and the hotel itself was decorated beautifully. We found the staff at Fernhill easy to deal with, and always quick to answer our questions. The day was so well organised from their side, it allowed us to relax and just enjoy the day, we didn't have to worry about a thing.

Wedding Day
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By Suzanne & John, on 10 May 2019Date of Wedding - 03 Aug 2018

We had our wedding ceremony and reception in Fernhill House Hotel on the 3rd August 2018. What a day. Ann Cullinane our wedding coordinator was only fantastic. She was hands on and everything ran to perfection !! Could be highly recommend her. My husband is from Co Clare and all the Clare guests had never been until that day !! A peace of heaven is what one described it. Never had they had such a day. The meal was the best yet. From the ceremony to the drinks reception in the marquee and meal it was top class, homely and personal .... owner and staff were so helpful and kind. The weather made it which highlighted the amazing gardens for pictures and for those to wonder around.

August 2018 Wedding Fabulous Venue!
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By Gwyn & Tim, on 10 May 2019Date of Wedding - 25 Aug 2018

It just isn’t possible to express into words how great it is as a venue. ? Anne Cullinane for a start is an amazing coordinator and put us at ease from the very moment we met her. She is friendly, helpful and efficient and an absolute asset to Fernhill. We had to make a few changes to the day at the last moment and she took them all in her stride with a smile. Nothing was too much trouble for her and she has this great way of making you feel like your wedding is the most important one of the year. The O’Neill family themselves were also great. There was always someone at hand during the day when we ever needed anything, including their son Neil in the middle of the meal when my niece declared that she would eat unbuttered toast only, Teresa herself when one of our guests unfortunately had a fall on arrival at the hotel (Teresa took her and her husband to hospital in Cork city and stayed with them for hours) and Michael Snr who dropped some relatives back to their local hotel at 2am(ish) in the morning when they started to walk with their tired kids. The whole day ran smoothly and Fernhill took care of a lot of things which other hotels don’t, like the personalised menu cards (our picture was taken on arrival and on the menu an hour later!) and seating plan and the flowers on the tables. The marquee is also wonderful for the drinks reception and the grounds are stunning. I am so glad we decided to get married there.

September 2018 Wedding Day
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By Imelda & David, on 10 May 2019Date of Wedding - 01 Sep 2018

We had our wedding Ceremony & Reception at Fernhill House Hotel in early September 2018. It is beyond words how excellent this venue is. From the gardens, to the hotel itself, the food and the staff were excellent. Ann Cullinane the wedding co-ordinator was lovely. She is friendly and so professional and easy to deal with. We ended up getting married in the gardens because the weather was so fabulous.The location of Fernhill exceptional. The gardens are so well maintained and I got some really fabulous photos of our special day. The marquee was fabulous for the drinks reception. The food was exceptional. I got so many compliment that the food was excellent on the day of the wedding. I was so delighted to hear this. The day was everything I could imagined it to be from start to finish. Overall I can highly recommend this venue for a wedding. Thank you to the Ann Cullinane, O'Neill Family and all the staff at the Fernhill House Hotel for making our day so special.

Our wedding day
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By Norma & Declan, on 10 May 2019Date of Wedding - 06 Sep 2018

We had such a fabulous wedding day. Everyone was talking about how good the service and the food was. Fernhill definitely cemented their reputation for spectacular food among our guests. All of the staff made the day more than we could have hoped for by going above and beyond for our guests and ourselves. From the first day we met Ann, Neill and Micheal we were made to feel like nothing was a problem and it helped us stay relaxed. As a result we had a wonderful day knowing everything was taken care of. We even had a few people say they would love to 're do their wedding in the gardens of Fernhill. To make people want to get married again just shows how amazing the venue is. We're both really looking forward to attending the next family wedding there

Wedding venue
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By Triona & David, on 10 May 2019Date of Wedding - 15 Sep 2018

My husband & I had our wedding reception at Fernhill house hotel in September 2018. Fernhill House Hotel & Gardens is an amazing wedding venue. The beautiful gardens, elegant marquee & quaint welcoming house / reception areas are perfect for an exclusive wedding. It is run to impeccable standards by the O'Neill family & all their staff. They were a pleasure to deal with from day 1 to the day after our wedding. We were thrilled with the coordination and services provided. Our guests were blown away by their service. Could not fault the hotel / management in the slightest! No hesitation in recommending Fernhill for a wedding / celebration venue

Best Wedding Venue!!
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By Mary & Sean, on 10 May 2019Date of Wedding - 14 Sep 2018

We had our wedding reception in Fernhill House Hotel in mid September 2018. When we were looking for a venue we went to Fernhill on a Sunday for a walk around and just to get a feel for the place, we didn't expect to meet anyone or get to discuss the venue. Michael O Neill came out to meet us and spend an hour and a half chatting to us. There was no big sell, no waffle, just genuine conversation. Straight away we knew Fernhill was going to be hard to beat. That first impression was not wrong. From that very moment Michael, the rest of the O Neill family and of course the amazing wedding coordinator Ann Cullinane were absolutely fantastic to deal with. Nothing was a problem. So friendly, so down to earth but so smooth and professional. As Michael said to us that first day...shur its west cork! The day was just absolute perfection. They really do weddings amazingly well. The marquee was pristine, the gardens were stunning and the food was gorgeous. So many of our guests raved about the food and I cant blame them as it was absolutely amazing. They went above and beyond with all the small touches would might never think of yourself and anything we asked them to do for us they had it already done. We are so thrilled with our day and so glad we went on first impressions. Thank you so much Ann and the O Neill Family. If you want a faultless, utterly professional and friendly venue for your wedding day, Fernhill House Hotel is it.

Top Class Wedding Venue & Staff
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By Jane & Barry, on 10 May 2019Date of Wedding - 28 Sep 2018

My brother got married in Fernhill House Hotel in late September 2018. The staff on the day were top class. I dealt with Neil O'Neill in the build up to the big day to put on a slide show type film and he was very accommodating and professional, a real gent. On the day itself the staff were so pleasant, from Hazel in check in to the young men and women serving the tables. Always smiling and nothing phased them. We had people who travelled from the States and Australia and they couldn't get over how good the food tasted when serving so many. I could go on and on and I'm sure my mother and other family members would want me to. It genuinely was the perfect setting, meal and atmosphere. Well done to all and top marks to everyone involved. Well done.

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