2018 has been a year of regeneration and renovation for Ireland’s longest running hotel, and in 2019 this renaissance is set to continue at Eccles Hotel in Glengarriff, with the extensive €1m renovation set to be completed in Spring 2019.
The restoration of Eccles Hotel to its classic, elegant best has been underway since Nhance Management took over in 2017 and, under the watchful eye of Corkonian General Manager David Manning, Eccles has seen a 20 per cent growth in revenue, with 10 new staff on board, six in full time roles. Guest experience has improved significantly too, with over three-quarters of online reviews rating the hotel as excellent or very good.
According to Manning, there’s a lot done and more to do; “We’re very proud of the work that has been done so far here at The Eccles. The aim was to stay true to the character and the elegance that has defined the establishment for two and a half centuries, meaning that this isn’t a total refit, but rather a process of sensitive and loving restoration. While we have made noticeable improvements across all aspects of the hotel, we’re particularly excited about the renovations to come in the next few months.”
Located on the Wild Atlantic Way, Eccles Hotel has re-established itself as a destination for family Sunday lunches, exceptional bar food and innovative menus from renowned Head Chef Eddie Attwell, using the best regional and seasonal produce available in West Cork.
This year saw the hotel rated as one of Ireland’s Fab 50 -Top Places to Stay in 2018 and John and Sally McKenna describe it as ‘one of the great hotels in Ireland’ in their acclaimed Best in Ireland 2019 guide.
In 2019 the food and beverage innovation will continue with a fabulous West Cork breakfast menu, meaning Eccles Hotel will serve the most important meal of the day using mostly quality local ingredients produced within 10km of Glengarriff and all from West Cork.
In addition, a ‘timeless elegance’ wedding programme will be launched in May 2019. Curated by Eccles’ in-house wedding planner Rose O’Sullivan, Vintage Vows will offer tailor-made wedding celebrations to couples looking for a venue that will live long in the memory.
The faithful cosmetic renovation of the hotel has been ongoing while the establishment is fully operational, but much will be done while Eccles is closed in January and February, to avoid unnecessary disruption to guests. The finished product will restore Ireland’s longest running hotel to its former glory, while adding a few welcome luxurious modern touches.
To date, 23 of the 66 guest bedrooms have been renovated. As part of the refurbishment, the light flooded bedrooms with their elegant high ceilings and classical sash windows offering views over Bantry Bay, are being individually restyled to highlight their unique character. The new handpicked furniture combines the vintage charm of the rooms with modern comfort, which is carried into the bathrooms. Each of them will be adorned with glazed porcelain tiling as well as underfloor heating, equipped with spacious showers with rainwater shower heads for that truly luxurious feeling.
The historic lobby will be restored to its true elegance with freshly varnished timber, sparkling clean chandeliers and restored fireplaces. New warm lighting and carefully selected cosy furniture will create a welcoming ambience in the lobby and the sitting room and create the perfect place to cosy up by the fire and take in the stunning view of Bantry Bay.
The hub of this renovated hotel will be the Harbour Bar, the perfect place to catch up over lunch, experience casual dining from the kitchen of award-winning chef Eddie Atwell, and while away the evening with a flowing conversation over a West Cork whiskey.
In a nod to modern luxury amidst the historic elegance of the hotel, Eccles will introduce its new Kitchen Garden Spa. Here, you can indulge in a treatment using fresh herbs from Eccles’ spa garden or organic Voya seaweed. Afterwards, soak in an outside hot-tub amongst the spa garden and Chef Eddie Atwell’s vegetable beds and take in all the wonderful scents while gazing over the bay.
In 2019, Ireland’s oldest hotel in beautiful West Cork will welcome you to classic elegance and vintage character, underpinned with modern luxury.
That’s one getaway sorted out for 2019.
For more information, visit www.eccleshotel.com.