On Friday evening, John and I made a quick getaway from Dublin and set out for Hayfield Manor, Co. Cork. Following a very warm welcome, we were pleasantly surprised by welcome treats and bottle of red on arrival (thank you Hayfield Manor). Looking forward to these following dinner, we made our way to the restaurant to enjoy a tasty bite of fish and chips. On a crisp Autumn evening, we retired to the outdoor area following our meal and cosied up with fluffy blankets and a glass of white in what could only be described as the most perfect of settings. A stroll around the grounds and we were only too happy in the knowledge that this was only our first night in this most beautiful hotel.
That afternoon, we readied ourselves for the hotel pool and spa. My massage was one of pure bliss and the autumnal tones of the views of the grounds to be enjoyed from the relaxation area of the pool were simply breathtaking. The outdoor hot tub area had us both feeling detached from all realities of busy life - all we could ask for on our much anticipated weekend break.
Ready for dinner, we made our way to the hotel bar and enjoyed mulling over an extensive cocktail menu choosing, after much deliberation, a Hayfield signature Brian Boru and Pisco Sour. We were not disappointed! We delighted in the warmth and comfort of fireside drinks before making our way to the dining room to once again, be served the most mouth - watering of meals, beef fillet and chips on the side (chips being over indulgent on our part, but necessary given how tasty we knew the chunky chips were)! Now accustomed to warmth and comfort, we opted to retire to the Drawing Room, where we could enjoy another cosy, Autumn evening in front of the fire.
The homely feel and welcome from each staff member at Hayfield Manor is top class. One could do nothing but switch off, relax and enjoy the elegance of everything about the hotel, its staff and surroundings. A place of pure comfort, Hayfield Manor has quickly become a place I will look forward to retuning to one day.
Thank you to everyone at Hayfield Manor for the most wonderful of weekends! Until we meet again!