A stunning 18th century manor amid 13th century castle ruins, an intimate country house surrounded by fragrant gardens or a five-star hotel in the middle of it all, no matter what type of Cork, Ireland destination wedding you envision, words like luxurious and elegant are sure to follow.
The Emerald Isle's craggy, seaside plot of Cork is a gorgeous city on the southernmost side of Ireland. Whether you host your ceremony inside an ancient Irish church like the Cobh Cathedral or on the riverside quadrangle of University College's Honan Chapel, the ancient buildings and immaculate reception venues are near perfection in almost every way.
Destination Wedding Ireland: Utmost in Elegance at the Castlemartyr Resort, Cork
If you are a stickler for attention to detail, the luxurious Castlemartyr Resort in Cork will far exceed your expectations. Situated on 220 acres of manicured gardens draped in-between its 18th century manor house and 13th century castle ruins, couples who hope to wed in Cork are inevitably bewitched by this incredible venue.
While the resort can accommodate larger parties, the Kiltha Room is ideal for smaller, intimate destination weddings. Located inside the great Manor House, guests can overlook the front meadow and swan lake as they enjoy the reception. Classic, romantic and contemporary, the charm of this timeless venue will transcend the imagination.
North Countryside Destination Wedding: Springfort Hall Country House, Mallow, Co. Cork
Heading north from downtown Cork, a lovely 40 minute drive will lead you to the four-star country house of Springfort Hall. Perfect for an Irish countryside wedding, couples will be met with warm stone detailing, plenty of moss-kissed pathways, and an elegant manor with historical roots that trace back to 1169. One of the most sought after destination wedding venues in Cork, Springfort is the best of both worlds - a stunning venue with top-notch accommodations (they have 49 en suite rooms available). For the traditional couple who want to celebrate the beauty of the Cork countryside without forfeiting refinement, Springfort Hall is the ideal spot.
Downtown Digs: The Hotel Hierarchy of Downtown Cork, Ireland
Since many couples have fallen in love with the city of Cork itself, it's no wonder that they want to share its beauty with out-of-town travelers. The good news is that downtown Cork has several venues in the city limits that allow visitors full advantage of the friendly locals, yummy pubs, gorgeous sights, and fun shopping the rest of their stay.
Two hotels stand out among the rest as contenders for a downtown soiree, Hayfield Manor and The Marlborough Hotel and Spa. Both venues have spas that are perfect for a pre-wedding pampering session and both are luxury hotels that can woo even the pickiest of planners.
The differences may be that Hayfield has an expert chef who works with all brides exclusively to create a custom menu and The Marlborough Hotel and Spa is surrounded by 300-year old gardens outside including the famous Marlborough dome. Since the weather can be dicey in Cork this portion of the country, Marlborough's venue guarantees a private (and covered) garden setting for all cocktail hours and receptions.