Local Produce in an Art Deco Setting
Dine at Bellini's Restaurant
Bellini's Bar and Garden Room
Comfort and Luxury in the Cork Suburbs
Stay in the Luxurious Surrounds of Maryborough Hotel & Spa
Relax and Rejuvenate at Maryborough Hotel & Spa
Reconnect to Your Senses
The suburbs of Cork City are home to a little secret. Located near Douglas, just a short drive from the centre of the Rebel City, Maryborough Hotel and Spa is set in a private estate of mature grounds and gardens. You can sense the 300 years of history as soon as you enter the gates and travel the tree lined driveway leading up to this magnificent Georgian property. As you round the final corner, this stately house appears majestically, beckoning a grand welcome. Imposing steps to the front door are where your journey back in time begins.
Maryborough House was once one of Cork’s largest landed estates, built in the 1700’s by Richard Newenham, one of Cork’s Merchant Princes. The Newenham family occupied Maryborough House up to the 19th Century, with Edward Eyre Newenham in residence in the 1800’s. After the Newenhams, the house went into further ownership as a private home, before being opened has a hotel in the 1990’s. Still privately owned, Maryborough Hotel and Spa offers an exclusive stay in a residence that has always had family associations. That history and feel shines through, creating a unique and personal experience for guests.
If you’re a bit of an architectural buff or just love period properties, you’ll adore this listed building with Georgian architecture. Beautiful renovated twelve-pane sash windows are typical of the era, gracing the house’s elegant façade. Architects of the period liked their creature comforts, but they were also practical. This is evident in stone steps leading to the front door, which were originally designed with horse and carriage transportation in mind. The use of steps elevated the entrance from ground level, in order to keep the mud and horse manure out of the house. To the rear of the hotel, slate cladding on the upper part of the building was used to protect from the unpredictable Irish elements, allowing heavy rainfall to drain away, reducing the risk of damp entering the interior walls.
Once inside you’ll find the original limestone and wood curved cantilevered staircase in the old part of the house, which gives a grand view from the top of the stairs looking down. Beautiful period fireplaces with blazing fires, luxurious brocade drapes, antique furnishings and side lamps in the public rooms add the comfortable living style typical of these big estate houses from the early Georgian era.
Accommodation levels at Maryborough Hotel include Deluxe Rooms, some with garden views and some ground floor with a patio area. Executive Rooms have private balconies or patios overlooking the gardens and grounds. Spa Jacuzzi Rooms located in a secluded area in the new part of the hotel have a contemporary feel in design and furnishing and double jacuzzi with plush loungers just off the bedroom. These are really popular for romantic getaways. Three Junior Suites are located in the old part of the house which dates back to 1710. Exposed wooden beams and brickwork and antique fireplaces give these rooms an 18th Century feel. Each Junior Suite has a separate bedroom and living area, with modern bathroom. The ultimate level of accommodation is contained in the two Master Suites which span the length of the first floor of the original house. Period features and antique furnishings in the large living room and bedroom with King Size bed, plus bathroom with stand alone jacuzzi and double walk-in shower. This is Manor House living made modern, with every little touch catered for and every need fulfilled.
Maryborough has several wining and dining options. Bellini’s Restaurant is the fine dining option, with a menu designed with local produce in mind and some suppliers listed on the menu. Executive Chef Gemma Murphy oversees a menu presented in simple style, to lend the surprise element to what is served at the table. As the name may suggest, Bellini’s is Art Deco inspired, in honour of the heady heydays of cocktails and glamour. Signature cocktails abound at Bellini’s Bar, as well as wines, spirits and craft beers from a small Cork City brewery. Daytime food includes morning pastries. A sandwich selection is available for lunch, alongside a more expansive list of mains. These change to chic casual dining options as day swings into evening. (See our separate reviews for Bellini’s Restaurant and Bellini’s Bar)
If chilling down is your requirement from a stay here, deep relaxation comes at the ESPA Spa, with therapeutic treatments in tranquil surroundings. Shed the cares of the modern world and come out feeling refreshed and invigorated. Active guests can avail of the fully equipped gym, 18m swimming pool with sauna, steam room and jacuzzi.
Weddings at Maryborough Hotel are heaven sent. The hotel is licenced for civil ceremonies. Have your personalised ceremony and reception in the beautiful Orangery Conservatory which opens out onto the gardens, or choose one of the private banquet rooms which can cater for large or small family groups. Maryborough Hotel’s Wedding Team is always available to discuss your requirements, menus and special requests.
Maryborough Hotel can accommodate private family events, balls, dinner dances and celebrations. It also has full facilities for professional meetings and conferences, available for groups from 5 to 500 people.