I got married in the Hayfield Manor in October 2020 and it was by far the best choice we could have made for our wedding venue. We are still buzzing with delight from our stay and I can't even begin to describe how nice it was. To summarise-a few things stood out in particular:
1. The Venue itself-What can I say only it's exquisite, charming, warm and welcoming. The hotel itself exuberates class and elegance but yet maintains a warm, cosy and homely experience. The second you walk in the door you are greeted with grandeur, an ornate lobby area featuring a grand piano and beautiful staircase. What is even more beautiful though are the smiles and genuine, hearty welcomes we received that I feel are really exclusive to friendly Cork. As for the bridal suite, my God it was the most stunning suite I have ever stayed in in my life. I have stayed in fine hotels all over the world-in particular when I lived in Abu Dhabi and was accustomed to nice suites during my stays. Hayfield Manor bridal suite blew them all out of the water though and there is no comparison in my opinion. It's not just about the beauty and cleanliness of a room but it's more than that. The attention to detail in the rooms was one thing everyone commented on here and stood out. Our best man commented on how they left a little infant sized bathrobe alongside himself and his partners bathrobes which we all thought was so sweet. In my opinion it's the little things like this and attentiveness that raises a hotel from 4 star to 5. Outside the hotel-My little nephews loved the bird aviary outside and found it so enjoyable. The glasshouse outside was the perfect setting for some fabulous wedding photos. Even the rain didn't stop us getting some amazing pictures outside thanks to it! The courtyard is just beautiful too and we will look forward to coming back and sitting outside there when the sun is beaming!
2. The dining-Everyone in our wedding party spoke so highly of the amazing food. The quality is top class and the wines were divine. My father in law is particularly hard to please and has very high standards, and even he was singing praise! He said it was 'superb' and that you can see how highly trained everyone is. The salmon was probably the best salmon I have ever tasted! The dining experience was greatly enhanced by once again how attentive the staff were and nothing was too much to ask. I remember in particular I had a dinner playlist on my phone that I wanted to play, and John went above and beyond to make sure it worked. We had a singing chef after dinner and you could see how much the staff enjoyed it too. They clearly love where they work and the good vibes bounce off us all as a result.
3. The staff- The staff are what really make the hotel the success it is, in my opinion. I have truly never met such an amazing team working under the one roof and one testimonial doesn't really cover it. I think people just need to go and experience it for themselves. A few people I have to mention in particular that stood out for me were: Erin, John, Tess and Jordan. Erin was my first person I connected with and was our wedding coordinator in the HM. Erin is an absolute diamond and will go above and beyond to help get things organised for you. She takes things in her stride and is efficient, warm, welcoming and probably the most organised person I have ever dealt with! I met John on my wedding day and just like Erin, he was so friendly and welcoming. They both came down to the bridal suite to greet me and actually really helped settle my nerves as I walked down to the ceremony room. John was there for anything anyone needed on the day and looked after everyone so so well. Nothing was too much to ask of him and he would find a way to make things work. Tess was the waitress that looked after me on my food tasting night and she did a magnificent job. I was unfortunately by myself for food tasting as my partner was quarantining after working abroad but I never felt lonely as Tess was always checking in on me and having little chats here and there too. I was anxious during that time in the build up to the wedding but I truly enjoyed the food tasting evening with the girls looking after me. Last but not least, Jordan was primarily looking after us at our family dinner the night before. He introduced himself with a smile and was so polite and patient with us all and like everyone else, could not do enough for us. I am probably leaving out so many other names.
If you are looking for a beautiful venue with amazing dining, staff and in general the WOW factor for a wedding, then the Hayfield Manor is the right spot for you.