Situated on the waterfront in Glengarriff village, Eccles Hotel & Spa, the only four star hotel in Glengarriff, has panoramic views of Bantry Bay on West Cork’s Wild Atlantic Way.

The hotel is just a stroll away from Glengarriff Harbour, and the village centre with craft shops, cafés and pubs.

Set to soon reopen for the summer season, guests can make the most of their time at Eccles Hotel by sea kayaking in Glengarriff Bay, going for a hike up to Mount Gabriel or scuba-diving at Bantry Bay.

In 2020 Eccles Hotel was awarded a four-star status rating, and recently a refurbishment and restoration of the mid-18th century property was completed. Works included major bedroom refurbishment, and the addition of a wellness spa and cliff-top outdoor thermal area. Many original features including its Victorian metalwork facade with balcony and original fireplaces have been restored.

Thanks to Chef Eddie Attwell, the hotel has also fast established a reputation for its food, with most of the produce on Eddie’s menus picked fresh daily from the hotel garden and polytunnels he has planted, foraged locally or supplied by West Cork’s artisan food and drink suppliers.

Prior to joining the Eccles team, among other career highlights, Eddie spent time in the two star Michelin restaurant L’Enclume in Cumbria and has appeared twice on BBC’s Great British Menu.

He was recognised as West Cork’s Local food Hero in 2019 and the hotel’s breakfast was a national winner at Georgina Campbell’s National Breakfast Awards 2020.

The hotel has hosted many well-known names including sister to Duchess of Cambridge, Pippa Middleton, and many famous guests have crossed its threshold over the years including Maureen O’ Hara, and writers Maeve Binchy, WB Yeats, George Bernard Shaw, Enid Blyton and William Makepeace Thackeray, who following a stay in 1843 asked “What sends tourists to the Rhine and Saxon Switzerland? Within 5 miles of the pretty Inn of Glengarriff there is a country of the magnificence of which no pen can give any idea.”

Today the hotel is a member of the Historic Hotels of Europe collection.

For rates and autumn staycation packages see eccleshotel.com.

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