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January 03, 2019


Mid-term break is just around the corner and that means one thing – seven full days that need to be filled with fun tasks and activities. A little bit of organising and preparation will go a long way to ensure the holidays are enjoyed by all, and that is where we at the award-winning Montenotte Hotel can help. There is plenty to do and see in Cork city so be sure to take advantage of our stunning location during your stay in the beautiful city and county of Cork.

Book your mid-term getaway now with our New Seasonal Offers now valid for dates between January and 28th February 2019. Whatever the weather there is something for everyone to enjoy in the culturally vibrant city of Cork. Midterm is the perfect excuse to spend some quality time with loved ones and a family trip during the mid-term break to Cork wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Fota Wildlife Park. Our package includes a day out for two adults and two children at the famous park, click here. For those possible rainy days, fear not enjoy an afternoon at Blackrock Castle Observatory. From toddlers to teenagers a fun filled visit is guaranteed with interaction, exploration and history for every family member. Or for the history enthusiast of the family, Cork City Gaol is certainly on the bucket list. See one of the finest examples of Ireland’s architectural heritage and gain a fascinating insight into daily prison life in the 19th century.

Or if you have more time to explore our beautiful county, then take a 90 minute drive to the west cork village of Baltimore. Spring is an ideal time of year to go whale watching as minke, fin and humpback whales are feeding in Irish waters. Set sail in a catamaran from Baltimore Harbour for a half-day tour of the leviathan’s feeding grounds, also enjoy a stop-off at Cape Clear to take in the stunning scenery.

Before you tuck the children to sleep in our exquisitely decorated bedrooms, dine in Panorama Bistro & Terrace. Enjoy the culinary delights of our seasonal menus sourced from fresh local Irish ingredients from our award-winning AA rosette kitchen, choose from our extensive cocktail menu on the terrace while you watch the sun go down over the city. After all your day exploring all that Cork has to offer, unwind in the splendour of our in-house cinema, The Cameo, with a complimentary nightly movie. (Over 18’s) To view our film listing, click here

When the children are back to school it is the perfect opportunity to treat yourself to a well-deserved mid-week break. Choose from a overnight break with our Bellevue Spa package, which includes a 50 minute treatment or explore Cork with the perfect city break, click here to see our list of 21 things to do

A mid-term getaway is always essential, choosing the perfect destination is just as important so we at The Montenotte Hotel have your next getaway all wrapped up for you.

To check availability or make a reservation please phone 021 4530050 or click here

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Yes… the largest Sculpture Exhibition in Ireland is now open at The Montenotte Hotel

By Ray Kelleher – Director of Sales & Marketing

A stunning Sculpture Exhibition has been installed at our hotel this week, here at The Montenotte Hotel, in the sunken Victorian Gardens and will be on-site for the next four weeks, in association with the prestigious amazing The Kildare Gallery.

In keeping with our company’s commitment to support Irish art and culture, 38 sculptures by 18 Irish artists, including Bob Quinn, Stephanie Hess and Donnacha Cahill have now adorned the gardens. The works range in themes, scale and materials including ceramic, bronze, bog oak and copper steel.

With so many events, including showcase events like Bloom, cancelled, our exhibition is now the largest outdoor exhibition of its kind in Ireland this year!

We now encourage as many locals and visitors as possible to visit the Sculpture Exhibition and wander around the wonder of these secret gardens, which were only recently rediscovered and restored to their former glory of 100 years ago.  Your body and mind will truly relax as you peruse the art, breathe in the aromatic scents of lavender, myrtle and rosemary, and listen to the soothing sounds of the water fountain.

You can also take in the spectacular views of the exhibition, Victorian Gardens and Cork city from a high from the recently refurbished Panorama Terrace. We just ask that you pop to the hotel reception and register your details to gain access.

For myself, I am only just with the hotel less than 2 weeks and there is no doubt that this is one of Ireland’s most instragrammable hotels and the sculpture exhibition enhances this.

We hosted a press call to launch the exhibition with the Lord Mayor Cllr Joe Kavanagh and the Lady Mayoress Stephanie this week and our General Manager Brian Bowler commented , “We are delighted to host such a magnificent Sculpture Exhibition in association with the Kildare Gallery, after a hugely successful inaugural event in 2019.  It’s part of our ongoing ethos to support Irish artists, and it has never been more important to do, as the arts community has been hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic. To see these incredible sculptures against the backdrop of our re-discovered sunken Victorian gardens is a stunning sight to behold”.

It was also great to meet Ruth Liddle from the Kildare Gallery who is the curator of the exhibition. I feel my artistic knowledge has grown since I arrived at The Montenotte Hotel.

The Sculpture Exhibition will run until September 26th.  All of the pieces are available to purchase with The Kildare Gallery and for more information about visiting the exhibition see here

Ray Kelleher
Director of Sales & Marketing
The Montenotte Hotel

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~ Launch of our call and collect ‘Pure Cork Afternoon Tea’ ~
~ This special treat is perfect for cocooning loved ones and will support local producers and charity Our Hospital Heroes ~

Does lockdown have you pining for dainty finger sandwiches, fluffy scones and mouth-watering desserts? If you have a special occasion coming up, want to treat cocooning loved ones, or host a small socially distanced garden gathering when restrictions are eased, fear not, as Cork’s we have put Afternoon Tea back on the menu with the launch of a new call and collect service - available from Saturday 16th May! Orders will be taken from Friday 14th May. 

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This Saturday, on February 1st, I ventured down to Cork for a weekend break in the picturesque and beautifully modern, Montenotte Hotel.
As they say, January is the only month with twice as many days as the rest. Maybe it’s the post-Christmas, back to reality, dark at 4pm aspect, but January really does drag. The first day of Spring was the perfect time for a trip away. Matt drove and we arrived to check-in at 2pm, bringing the total journey time to just under 3 hours.

As always, if anyone has any questions regarding the stay, please do let me know. I am always happy to answer!
All my foodie love,

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