3 June 2020
By Bryan Smyth
The Eccles Hotel & Spa in Glengarriff, West Cork has been recognised with a four-star status (****), in recognition of the hotel’s facilities and accommodation offering. Glengarriff is a scenic village in deep West Cork, being 1h 40mins drive West of Cork City.
The landmark 18th Century building enjoyed a refurbishment this year. Many original features, such as the Victorian metalwork facade and interior fireplaces have been restored. The upgrades included a bedroom refit, the addition of a wellness spa, and a cliff-top outdoor thermal area.
In the kitchen, chef Eddie Attwell uses fresh ingredients the hotel’s own garden and polytunnels,and from West Cork’s many artisan food and drink suppliers.
“Eddie is a keenly seasonal chef, well known for his love of home grown, local and foraged foods and that sense of immediacy informs all of his menus – and ‘breakfast like a king’ could well be his motto.” (Georgina Campbell, February 2020)
The hotel has hosted many well-known names including Pippa Middleton, Maureen O’Hara, Maeve Binchy, WB Yeats, George Bernard Shaw, and Enid Blyton
The hotel is a member of the Historic Hotels of Europe collection, and will reopen on 20 July 2020