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The below article was published on the 16th September

My dream job at city's five star hotel

IMAGINE being in the enviable position of being employed in the only place in Cork you truly wanted to work. Well, that’s the case for Karen Fleming, a Sales and Marketing Manager, at the Hayfleld Manor. After several years studying and working away from her home city, she literally walked in the door of the five star city hotel in 2010 and asked for a job. She must have given a very impressive spiel, because in the ultimate vote of confidence, a role as Breakfast Supervisor was created for her, despite the fact the hotel wasn’t actively recruiting at the time.“I was coming home to do a Masters in UCC and I knew about the hotel. My cousin used to work there as a trainee chef and it was on my radar as it had a very good reputation,” she explains. It turns out that Hayfleld Manor’s gamble on Karen paid dividends, as not only did she come top of her class in her Masters in Management and Marketing (scoring a 1.1 and receiving a crystal bowl from the university to mark her achievement) she also rose through the ranks at the hotel, becoming Assistant Restaurant Manager, Operations Manager and Assistant Manager before settling in her current role two and a half years ago. “They are very good to promote. Once you have invested in the hotel, they invest in you”, she says. The Waterfall native had done her ground work long before she set her sights on Hayfleld Manor, having studied for an Honours Degree in Hotel and Catering Management from GMIT and worked in hospitality in both Galway and Germany, the latter for the best part of eight years. It was at the time she elevated to her current position that she became a Network Cork member and last year she joined the committee as Corporate Membership Officer. “It’s given me great confidence in networking and building relationships here in Cork.It’s been a great opportunity to get to know other female business women, especially as I was away from Cork for a long time.”Her contribution was recognised when she was awarded Businesswoman of the Year Employee, at the Network Cork Awards, this summer, an accolade that took her by surprise: “I was very, very shocked actually. When the shock wore off I was absolutely thrilled. I was very pleased afterwards to see how many people congratulated me, sent emails and cards. I felt very loved! It’s a very warm business community in Cork.” Her integration with Cork’s business leaders doesn’t stop there either, as she is the hotel’s representative for Cork Chamber and the American Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Marketing Institute and a member of the Sales Institute. With all that extracurricular activity, it sounds like she is in work mode 24 hours a day: “I will admit to, yes, taking the job home with me”, she laughs. “I’m in a fortunate position that I have a supportive family and partner who understand how much my work means to me. The business is open 24 hours and I’d prefer that people could contact me if they need to.” Time, she says, is the biggest challenge in her job: “You never seem to have enough time to do everything you want to do. There is enough there to keep you going 24 hours a day, making sure you get back to people and being proactive as well as reactive, creating new markets. I’m now actively promoting Cork as a destination internationally and nationally, and as a Corkonian it’s great to be promoting my home place.” Clearly a hard worker, Karen is unhesitant when declaring what she perceives to be the best part of her job: “Making people happy is the best part; making their experience the best it can be. I get to work in a place I’m very proud of, with an exceptional team.”

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The below article was submitted by Catherine McCabe The Resident

City by the Lee

"Our hotel, Hayfield Manor, one of the few five star venues in Cork, is the kind of beautiful restored Victorian home-turned hotel normally found miles beyond Slough train station in the UK. Here, it’s a short walk from the city centre, located right behind University College Cork. The UCC just happens to house the Lewis Glucksman art gallery – a striking ‘floating’ building that looks like half finished a Chinese puzzle. The service at the Hayfield is second to none – cordial but never overbearing, and the rooms old-country style with outrageously comfy, enveloping beds. By the entrance, there’s an aviary and a rabbit run. Who wouldn’t love a hotel with resident rabbits?
I usually ignore hotel spas and opt for a pack of smoky bacon and a Beamish, but The Beautique at Hayfield is worth skipping a stout for. A pool featuring sun loungers that look out onto
hotel gardens is not a regular sight innblustery Ireland, but this is Cork, where optimism lives."

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The below article was submitted by Julie Daunt The Culture Trip

Cork's Top 10 Local Restaurants & Pubs: Real Irish Dining

"A little more upmarket, but definitely worth the extra expense is Perrott’s Garden Bistro at Hayfield Manor Hotel. This bistro is located in the conservatory area of the hotel, with airy interiors brightened by luxurious décor and exotic plants. The atmosphere is serene and relaxed, as food is served by impeccable staff. The bistro became a part of the hotel in 2005, and serves a critically acclaimed menu of Mediterranean and international speciality dishes. Starters can include dishes such as a rarebit salad with marinated grapes, pickled wild mushrooms, endive and honey mustard dressing. Main courses such as the Hayfield house dried beef with garlic and herb potatoes, roasted cherry tomatoes, smoked onions, blue cheese and cracked black pepper butter are delicious. There is also a twilight menu available for later dining, which features highlights from the a la carte. The list of wines and mocktails finish off an extraordinary and memorable evening at this bistro."

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The below article was submitted by Patrick Perry Saturday Evening Post

The Best Scones in Ireland from Hayfield Manor

"During a recent trip to Ireland, I traveled from north to south, from shore to shore, in the search of the perfect scone. And at Hayfield Manor, an ivy-clad estate within walking distance of the city center of Cork, I found it–the best scone I’d ever tasted. Freshly baked and oh-so-lightly browned, the scones are quite simply delicious. And the folks at Hayfield Manor know it, emphatically declaring that they have “perfected the art of scone making!” I completely agree.

They were generous in sharing the best-kept secret to scone making with me. And I now pass it along to you."

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The below article was submitted by Susan O'Keefe National Geographic


Putter Around a Manor

"In Cork city, book an overnight at the incomparable Hayfield Manor, an unpretentious, ivy-clad estate within walking distance of the city center. Along with gracious staff that rivals the Downton Abbey personnel, this family-owned hotel boasts plush guest rooms appointed with heated towel racks, golf putters and ball returns, books about Ireland, and trail maps for jogging around the city. If a stay is too much of a splurge, then reserve a spot for afternoon tea in the comfy drawing room and sit back and enjoy homemade scones—light and moist, they’re among the best scones in the country—served with preserves and clotted cream. (If you can’t make it to Cork to try them for yourself, make them at home with this recipe.)"

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The below article was submitted by Bill Taylor Toronto Star


Cork, Ireland: An easy-going charm reigns

Culture, cuisine characterize a city that's sophisticated, vibrant, diverse

"CORK, IRELAND—Glass half-empty, glass half-full . . . . In my world, the glass would be overflowing with a misty drizzle that’s far more drizzle than mist. But to the Irish, in love with language and ingenious with euphemism, it’s simply “a soft day.”
That’s how I’m greeted by the frock-coated hotel doorman when I arrive at Hayfield Manor.
Which doesn’t make it any less penetratingly damp, but somehow takes a little of the chill off.
It’s an easy-going introduction to an easy-going city, although Cork takes an uncompromising view of its place in the world. Its 120,000 population is less than 25 per cent of Dublin’s, but “Corkonians” regard it as equal or even superior to the Irish capital.
Cork was the European Capital of Culture in 2005 and has been described by the Lonely Planet guide as “at the top of its game; sophisticated, vibrant and diverse.”
It doesn’t hurt that it’s a university town, with a campus that puts me in mind of the U of T, a pleasant mix of old and new that invites you to stroll through.
As with pretty much everywhere else in Ireland these days, good “locavore” food looms large. I’ve fallen in love with Kerry beef on this trip.
Ironic then that one of the city’s most notable buildings houses a McDonald’s. But it still bears, carved in stone, the name of its original owners: Woodford, Bourne & Co., grocers and wine merchants.
There’s another nod to tradition in two of Cork’s trademark dishes. I’m not wild about crubeens, crunchy pigs’ trotters — what you might call one of the original “finger foods” — but I love drisheen, the local take on blood sausage. Have it as part of a classic Irish breakfast (along with bacon, eggs, sausage, mushrooms) and you won’t have room for lunch.
Cork sits on what you might think, at first, are a pair of rivers. In fact, the Lee splits into two channels to turn downtown into an island. A little confusing if you’re taking the water as a landmark.
Blues fans will know that the late, great Rory Gallagher was raised here. There’s a square named in his honour in the Huguenot Quarter.
A small group of the French Protestants, fleeing religious persecution, settled in Cork in the late 17th Century. A Huguenot cemetery still exists near French Church Street. The quarter is mainly pedestrianized, a warren of narrow lanes with quirky shops and cafés.
Unless you’re using it as a base to explore the area, Cork can be “done” in a couple of days. No matter how much you pack in, you’ll leave relaxed and feeling like one of the family. Corkonians are noted, even in voluble Ireland, as great talkers.
The city’s laid-back vibe is typified by Hayfield Manor, once the home of a wealthy grocery clan. I’ve stayed in 5-star hotels all over the world. But never one that felt as comfortable as an old shoe. It’s almost like visiting someone’s home (I should only know people with places like this!) and in a way it is; it’s family-owned. The first lodging, of any calibre, I’ve experienced with a golf-ball, putter and practice-cup in the room.
It’s not one of those luxury hotels where you feel you have live up to the place. I was at a 4-star the previous night (honestly, I’m just as happy in a B&B!) and they were a bit put out, because I insisted on carrying my own bag. It didn’t conform to their idea of what a guest should be.
The woman who checks me in to Hayfield goes happily from calling me “Sir” to “Mr. Taylor” to “Bill.” It’s what I want, it’s what I get. She’s happy that I’m happy. And her name is Charlene.
As for my friend the doorman, he volunteers to show me upstairs. Except he hasn’t been there very long and can’t find my room. So we explore the corridors together and have a good laugh about it.
A soft day, maybe, but a warm day, for sure.

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The below article was submitted by Kimberly Lovato Travel writter blog-Fluent in Fabulous

“I'll let you in on a little known secret about Irish people…although they are known the world over for our conviviality in the pub, in true Ireland all conversations of note begin and end around the table and therefore sitting down to a good meal is the glue that holds Irish family and friends together,” said Graeme Campbell, head chef at the luxurious Hayfield Manor in Cork, Ireland.


Those are seductive words for a traveler like me. I’ve always believed there is no better entrée into place, a culture, a history, and a people than food. Sitting down at a table to share a few stories along with some local food and drink reveals more than any guidebook will ever tell you. It’s an extra special bonus when the table is as nice as the one at Hayfield Manor, a luxury 88-room manor house and spa in Cork, a part of Ireland known for its abundant bounty and for being the birthplace of the country's slow food movement.

Campbell, originally from Scotland, brings 16 years of experience to Hayfield Manor, along with “a passion for fresh ingredients, sharp knives, and the occasional game of football.” It is Ireland, after all. He also plates an impressive resume, having worked in some of Ireland’s most stellar kitchens. He was at the swank Merrion Hotel in Dublin for four years and was the Senior Sous Chef when it won the coveted Best Small Leading Hotel award in 2004. Before landing at Hayfield Manor, a family-owned, luxury boutique hotel, Campbell was at the 5-star Lyrath Estate Hotel in Kilkenny.   

Despite the numerous (deserved) accolades, Campbell's goal is a simple one---to provide diners with that around-the-table “welcome home” that is as much a part of Irish culture as pub songs and hurling.

“Whenever you enter an Irish house, you are immediately offered a cup of tea, but that is secret code for the entire contents of the cupboard to be graciously laid on the table and for all there present to partake and the conversation will flow across the table with the kettle being boiled constantly to keep tea cups full,” said Campbell. “That is a tradition that we warmly embrace at here at Hayfield Manor.”

After spending 10 days in Ireland, I felt as if I were a part of an extended family. No more so than when I was sitting down at a table with lovingly prepared Irish food and friends.


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The below article was submitted by David Lansing


High tea at Hayfield Manor, Cork

"Lisa, who works at Hayfield Manor in Cork, has invited us to tea. Not like a cup of tea or something but the full on high tea with a three-tiered silver serving dish full of little triangle sandwiches and smoked salmon on rye bread and an assortment of little tarts and cakes and such. Oh, and some tea…after the champagne.

Lisa has strawberry blond hair and blue eyes and is gorgeous but that’s not why I love her. I love her because when we first met at Ballymaloe and I asked her where in Cork I should go to get the famous Cork clove rock candy that I’m addicted to she went and found some and gave me four jars of the stuff. That alone is enough to make me be in her debt forever.

So she invites us all to tea at Hayfield and tells us she has a little treat for us. I’m secretly hoping it’s more clove rock candy but instead she’s had a couple of manicurists come down from the spa and tells us that if anyone wants to get a manicure when they’re done with their tea, they’re more than welcome.

Wow. Smoked salmon, champagne, tea, and a manicure. This is why I love Lisa. And want to do something for her but I can’t think of what. Until she starts talking about her daughter, Belle, who is crazy about all things related to Disney’s Toy Story. “She’s got just about all of the dolls,” Lisa says. “Buzz Lightyear, Woody, Jessie. About the only one we haven’t been able to find is that silly horse, Bullseye.”

So that’s it. When I get home I must see if I can find a Bullseye doll. And then ship it off to Belle in Cork. Clove candy for a Bullseye. A good trade, I think."

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A Lady in London Blog- Lady’s Guide to 36 Hours in Cork 

“I arrive in Cork with my boyfriend on a sunny Saturday morning, ready to see what the city has to offer. Our first stop is the luxurious Hayfield Manor, a five-star hotel in the Cork city center. The hotel has offered us a stay for the night, and we find ourselves in a spacious room overlooking the a pretty garden. Despite high expectations, the elegant decor and attention to detail still manage to impress us. We settle into Hayfield Manor, exploring the restaurant and cozy corners where deliciously graceful afternoon teas are served. We also look longingly at the spa, but with only 36 hours in Cork, we sadly don’t have time to indulge."

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