Why Stay Here?
- The blend of local luxury and contemporary elegance.
- Excellent dining experience in Bellini's and great Spa facilities.
- Award winning hotel and restaurant.
Maryborough Hotel & Spa in the Cork suburb of Douglas is a popular wedding hotel and also home to a fabulous Spa. Originally the elegant building was the home of wealthy Banker, Richard Newnham, who built the house in 1710, and the hotel opened its doors in 1997. Modern features have been tastefully added to this Georgian manor house and I have stayed in both one of the refurbished suites in the original house and in one of the modern bedrooms near the Spa. So I have had both a sense of history and contemporary luxury each time I visited this popular luxury Cork Hotel.
THE MARYBOROUGH SPA
This is certainly one of the more superior spas we have found in an Irish hotel in recent years, and the treatment I enjoyed was certainly up there with the best! The design of this spa is cool and contemporary, and it is situated well away from the main body of the hotel, yet easily accessed at the same time. Colours are muted, and the sound of moving water, the scent of fresh flowers and the smiling attentive therapists all induce a feeling of relaxation – even if like me you arrive late having got stuck in diverted traffic! Treatments all use the lovely ESPA products, and include everything from Chakra Balancing to Age Defying and all manner of facials, wraps, massages and head and feet treatments! I always find it difficult when reading a spa menu to choose, as they all sound so good, and indeed so needed. On this occasion I was so successful, as both the full body massage and my therapist, Lucy were perfect. Thel all-embracing treatment helped de-stress my shoulders, re-hydrate my skin and left me feeling perfectly pampered and relaxed. Treatment, therapist and ambiance were all splendid, and if we were appointing marks for this spa experience, it would have to be ten out of ten.
ACCOMMODATION AT MARYBOROUGH HOTEL
The executive bedrooms are very comfortable, and I enjoyed one on the ground floor with a balcony outside. I was staying on my own on this visit, and planning to enjoy a Spa experience, so I was happy to settle into the peace and luxury that I had enjoyed on previous visits.
I previously stayed in one of the historic suites, up the cantilevered staircase in the old house, where the steps were worn smooth from years of use, to a magnificent sitting room and double bedroom. The old brick walls are still exposed and a network of thick beams lace the ceiling. The large (and obviously authentic) windows look out over lawns and well planted flower beds. The sitting room was equipped with stylish accoutrements for tea and coffee making and all the facilities for broadband. I caught up with my electronic mail and the news before opening a bottle of wine and lighting the gas fire in the large grate.
While the room styles are quite different, both offer an exceptionally comfortable experience and the service from the friendly staff towards all their guests markes this hotel out as a firm favourite.
DINING AT BELLINI'S RESTAURANT
Super-stylish Bellini's has always been a popular choice for local diners and hotel guests alike. I love the décor, the space, the service and of course, the outstanding food. The restaurant can sit up to 160 people comfortably, yet tables are arranged to allow for maximum privacy and comfort.
The menu contains lots of choice, and I was particularly pleased to see that those on an overnight package can avail of most dishes. Starters are excellent with a section containing seven choices, and the main courses also offer a choice of seven dishes, with six desserts. Overnight packages allow for most dishes with a supplement for the scallops. There is a new chef at work at The Maryborough Hotel since my last visit, and Gemma Murphy has really taken very good food up to a whole new level with her beautifully executed dishes. I chose the Grilled Mackerel with Curry Emulsion, Tempura Samphire, Cinnamon Popcorn, Mango and Green Tea Gel. This humble fish got the star treatment is deserves, without a bone in sight, and dressed to impress. I loved it. Other choices were Wild Boar,West Cork Black Pudding, Scallops, Assiette of Vegetables, Soup and Seafood Chowder. I stuck with fish for my main course, and again scored a real winner with the fillets of Sea Bream. Presentation and taste balance were perfection on this plate with the Salt Baked Fingerling Potatoes, Grilled Asparagus and Squid Ink ensuring that I left not a morsel on the plate. Other choices included Slaney Valley Lamb Rump,Chicken, Beef, Pasta and Risotto and another fish dish of baked Cod. Tempting as all those dishes were, if I were to go back to Bellini's tomorrow, I would order the same two dishes again. Superb dining - well worthy of all awards.
Cleverly crafted menu, great choices and a well chosen and priced wine list; Maryborough House are on to a real winner with Bellini's.
Highly recommended by Hotel Reviews Ireland for 2017
Maryborough Hotel, Cork
What's To Do in the Area?
All the great shopping of Cork city – the hotel is only four minutes from the Lee Tunnel. It is also the gateway to the lovely countryside of West Cork. Two particular visitor attractions are Saint Anne's Church and The Glucksman Gallery.
St. Anne's Church, Shandon
One of the best known and best loved Churches in Cork was built in 1722 as a chapel of ease to St. Mary's, Shandon, which was located nearby in Mallow Lane, now called Shandon Street. It is believed there was a church on this site at least as early as 1199. The church occupies the site of the old Church of St Mary that was destroyed in the siege of Cork in 1690. A temporary church was built at the foot of Shandon Street for some years until the present church was built. Erected by public subscription it is built primarily of local sandstone with limestone dressing. The tower was added until 1750 and the church gained full parochial status in 1772.
Some of the more striking features of the church include: The Tower, the Clock and the Bells
Adjacent to St. Anne's at Shandon is the Cork Butter Market. In the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century The Cork Butter Market was one of the most famous butter markets in the world, Cork Butter Market
The Glucksman Gallery
The award winning Lewis Glucksman Gallery is based on the main campus of University College Cork. The internationally acclaimed building was designed by O'Donnell and Tuomey architects as a purpose built exhibition space that includes display areas, lecture facilities, a riverside restaurant and gallery shop. www.glucksman.org
In June 2005, the Glucksman was named Best Public Building in Ireland by the RIAI. The building is a RIBA award winner and in 2005 was one of six buildings short listed for the UK's most prestigious architecture award, The Stirling Prize.
The Glucksman's artistic mission is to explore all aspects of visual culture and present a range of innovative and intellectually stimulating displays. The exhibitions programme at the Glucksman fosters scholarship in a new environment placing particular emphasis on the unique role of visual media in communicating knowledge. Central to this is the creation of discursive relationships between academic disciplines and art practice. This is reflected in a wide range of exhibitions that span various media and historical periods.