Pippa Middleton helps royally revive the reputation of Ireland’s first hotel

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The younger sister of the Duchess of Cambridge Pippa Middleton has helped transform the fortunes of Ireland’s first hotel, bringing a boost in trading following her visit earlier this month.

The 275-year-old Eccles Hotel in Glengarriff Co.Cork played host to Pippa in July, when she visited to attend the wedding of one of her closest friends, bringing ‘great excitement’ to the property, which has been quietly undergoing a refurbishment since last year when it was acquired by Ray Byrne and Eoin Doyle.

Now general manager Aileen Hanley has told the Irish Mirror that since Pippa’s much-anticipated two-night visit to the hotel, which was once a playground for the rich and famous, there has been a huge surge interest in the Eccles Hotel.

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“Pippa is fantastic. There was great excitement when she stayed. It was great for the hotel and great for the locality,” she explained.

The investment into the hotel by new owners Byrne and Doyle has already seen 35 bedrooms refurbished and the restaurant, headed up by head chef Nick Davey, also renovated.

Hanley also said that weddings bookings have been rocketing as a result of the work.

Picture black cast iron fireplaces, old antique dressers, and, an 18th century piano will soon be taking centre stage in the restaurant.

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