New owners revamp Co. Cork hotel in a bid for sweet success

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A hotel in Co. Cork is in the midst of an extensive refurbishment, as its new owners roll out a series of major projects in a bid to return the property to its heyday.

The Eccles Hotel was bought by hoteliers Ray Byrne and Eoin Doyle in 2016, with the building dating back to the mid 18th century.

Now work is well underway to restore the hotel back to its former glory, with 23 of the property’s 64 bedrooms having been given a refresh so far.

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A further 12 will follow suit over the next month, with general manager Aileen Hanley overseeing the renovation.

Plans are also being floated to build a new café in the building’s former Captain’s Bar, as well as to give the hotel a completely new colour scheme.

Other ideas for the hotel’s revamp include a computerised ordering system, a new kitchen, a new suite for small receptions such as civil partnerships and wedding ceremonies encompassing up to 100 guests and movie nights in the hotel’s bar.

Some of the building’s antique furniture, some of which dates back more than 200 years, has been sent for restoration, while a sale of old ballroom furniture was completed to help fund the new project.

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