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Fota House, County Cork

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Where to stay in Cobh

Indulge in the comforts of a guesthouse or hotel with beautiful harbor views when you stay on the Great Island in the seaport town of Cobh. This small and colorful hillside town boasts Victorian guesthouses, independent apartments, and charming bed and breakfasts. For less expensive options, look outside the town center and away from the shoreline, where you will be able to enjoy the harbor and all the town has to offer without the high prices.
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  • Beautiful gardens, something different around every corner. Very tranquil. The coffee shop serves some really nice food. Well worth a visit.  more »
  • As part of my visit to Fota I had lunch in the restaurant in Fota house which I enjoyed the staff were pleasant and helpful and the price was competitive  more »
  • Have been on a few tours such as this in my time. This beats the lot. Our guide, Veronica, was very engaging and well informed and obviously loves her job. The differencewith this tour is that you are...  more »
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  • Stunning Regency Mansion built 1820, surrounded by gorgeous gardens and an arboretum. You can do tours of the house and the frame yard and there is a very nice cafe there. Be aware of the €3 exit fee when you leave the car park and only coins are accepted. The house tour takes about one hour where you get to see at least 12 rooms and hear the colourful story of The Smith Barry family who lived in the house until 1975
  • The outside of Fota House itself is okay, we didn't do the tour. But the gardens are absolutely spectacular and well worth a visit or even a place to have a quiet picnic, especially as entry is free. You can bring your dog as long as your dog is leashed. Even if you aren't so big into gardens, It's just a really nice place, and barely a 15 minute train ride from Cork.
  • We just had a brilliant tour of FOTA House. My husband and our 5 and 8 year old daughters. It was one of the best historical house tours I have been on. We got to see lots of rooms both the gentry and servants quarters along with kitchens, scullery, wet house etc. Much more than other house tours we have been on before. Gave us a real feel of life when the house was at is height of activity. Our tour guide Marian was a wealth of information and made it enjoyable for the adults and kids alike. Would definitely recommend. Much much better than I had expected!
  • The house is pretty but not so impressive from the outside. The inside makes up for it. Our guide was amazing and very entertaining and it was fascinating to see the beautiful "upstairs" rooms and hear the details of how things worked "below stairs". The gardens are also worth a stroll and we had a lovely lunch in the café.
  • Beautiful gardens with load of variety. Especially romantic in summer times. Nice little cafe in the house with reasonable prices.