Fota Island Lodges

Fota Island, County Cork
From: €950 weeklySleeps: 7Bedrooms: 4Bathrooms: 2
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Fota Island Lodges: Cork

Luxury self catering on 5-star golf & spa resort
Nestled in the grounds of the scenic Fota Island Resort, these luxury 5-star villas are just six miles from Cork city.

Fota island, which is linked by a causeway, is home of Ireland’s only wildlife park, Fota House and gardens. The resort is set within a 780-acre wooded country estate, brimming with wildlife and lush gardens.

Fota Island Spa features an indoor heated swimming pool and fitness suite, complimentary to all lodge residents. The resort also has its own 27-hole championship golf course.

All lodges have well equipped kitchens and multi-channel televisions both in the living area, and in each bedroom. Each lodge is internet enabled and the internal telephone system allows access the resort’s amenities and services. 

The lodges are available throughout the year for short and long term rentals. Short term lets vary from two to seven nights, with low, mid and high season rates throughout the year. There is a minimum of three night stays during bank holiday dates and seven nights stays in July and August (Saturday arrivals).

Courtyard Lodges:
2 bedroomed houses sleep 4
3 bedroomed houses sleep 5

Courseside Lodges:
2 bedroomed houses sleep 5
3 bedroomed houses sleep 6
4 bedroomed houses sleep 7


  • Beach very close
  • Cot available
  • DVD
  • Detached property
  • Dishwasher
  • Downstairs WC
  • Easy walking access
  • Fishing onsite / nearby
  • Games / Play facilities
  • Golf
  • Good for couples
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Internet access
  • Oven
  • Parking
  • Relaxation
  • Satellite TV
  • Telephone
  • Tennis
Fota Island Lodges: Please share your stay experience
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Shane Galavan
July 2019
I have been going to Foto Island Lodges for a number of years and myself and my family really enjoy our stay, but I was very disappointed this year. On our last day at 7.40 am I was woken to the sound of work men hammering and drilling in a lodge that was directly across form were I was staying.

At around 8.00 am I rang reception to complain and they did send someone to ask the workmen to stop, but the construction continued up to the time I left the resort that day . I was quite taken back that the workers ignored my complaint and continued drilling and sanding. when we complained to reception again they apologized for the inconvenience. I paid a lot of money for that short break for my family and myself and I was very disappointed that my last day was ruined and that no consideration was given by the work men . I would think twice about staying in Foto again .
ConorO - Ireland
July 2018
We stayed a week in a 3-bedroom Courtyard Lodge in July 2018, two adults and two kids of 6 and 4.

The lodge itself was very impressive, spacious, clean and well fitted out. The kitchen was very well equipped (dishwasher, proper cooker, washing machine/dryer) and the sitting room was very comfortable. TVs in the sitting room and both double bedroom; minor gripe was that there was no facility to connect a Chromecast or other device to the TV. Wi-fi in the lodge was OK but a bit slow for streaming video.

There was a lovely playground right beside the lodges and the kids were happy to spend hours out there. There is also a football area and tennis courts for older kids. We used the pool a few times which the kids loved and there is a small unsupervised playroom suitable for babies and toddlers in the hotel.
The woods surrounding the hotel have some walking trails marked out and the kids really enjoyed the 'Fairy Trail'.

We didn't use the kids club at any point so cannot comment on that.

We ate in the bar a couple of times, it was fine but nothing amazing - one positive is that they do have heathier kids' choices than most places.

One of the main advantages of Fota is its proximity to lots of other things; the Wildlife Park is right next door, but plenty of other options for day trips.

Overall, a great destination for families with smaller kids.
June - 2018
"Lodges ideal for small family"
Stayed here just the weekend gone by. We have a one year old and after a very bad stay in a previous hotel (not the hotels fault,but my own for thinking a hotel room would be suitable for a 6month old) I was a bit apprehensive about taking away our now 1 year old. I was so wrong. The lodges are ideal for a family break. And so modern and cosy. It's like a home away from home. The grounds of the hotel are stunning and there is a little play park for the kids. Plenty of green areas if you had kids who are into soccer/hurling. There is a playroom in the hotel and is suitable even for my little man at 1 and we used it quiet a bit. Pool area is fab even though I thought the water was just a little cold but it didn't stop me going with baby every day. Had lunch in hotel one day but I thought the menu a bit limited, maybe this was because it was fathers day and there was set menu on. Would have preferred more bar menu. Again just personal to me. Fota wildlife is 5 mins away and Cobb 15 mins. All in all I can't recommend the lodges enough and when I googled the pictures before we went I thought they looked too nice to be true. How wrong I was. Just on a separate note I really think there should be more emphasis on your webpage about the lodges and show them off a bit more. Thanks you for making our stay so perfect for our little boys 1st birthday. We will 100% be back.
October - 2017
"Fantastic apartment experience in a courtyard lodge"
We (my sister, brother-in-law and myself) stayed here for 4 nights in one of their courtyard lodges. It was a spacious, spotless and tastefully decorated two bedroom "townhouse" with outdoor entertaining area. Fully equipped with everything one would need and more. Beds were really comfortable and ensuite bathrooms in each room enjoyed including the hot showers. I would be happy to live here! Check in staff were really friendly and explained everything we needed to know. We ate in the restaurant one night which was delicious and the Golf Club on another occasion which was very reasonably priced if you are looking for a cheaper option. Had a spa treatment which was amongst the best I have experienced and I have had quite a few. Only 10 minutes from Cork and for us this was a great location.
peterodonohoe -Ireland
September - 2017

Visited here for 4 nights in one of the lodge’s late September.

The hotel is well located about 10 mins drive max from the main roundabout off the M8.

There is long drive in with the lodges on your left shortly after the entrance.

The whole place is well laid out, lots of parking. The hotel is welcoming and there is a restaurant and bar off it, a children’s playroom and then onwards to the Spa and pool.

There are times when the kids are allowed in the pool and that’s 9-11 and 4-6 which is good if you have or dont have kids. It also has a jacuzzi and the usual stuff. Bring a swimming hat but you can borrow or buy one from the hotel if you don’t have one.

We ate in the main pub restaurant twice - it’s a lovely place to eat. Lots of staff. Crayons for kids. Kids more than welcome and it works well. Decent menu and the food was good.

If staying in the lodges you can’t add dinners or drinks to your bill and pay upon checkout. You pay for the lodge upfront when you check in and pay for whatever
you buy thereafter.

The Clubhouse is further down past the main hotel but walking distance. It’s a lovely clubhouse in a nice setting. The food in there was really good too, plenty of choice (snacks, dinners, sandwiches, scones, etc) and good value. It’s a better choice for food than the main bar where it’s purely dinners there.

There is a number of walks on site. We did the fairy trail one with our 2 year old, it starts very near the lodges which was handy. It’s a nice meandering trek, the fairy doors and what not that they have are great and well presented for the kids to find and explore.

The lodges are very comfortable - nice and modern. Beds are comfy and all rooms ensuite.
The Tv has a good lot of channels including Sky Sports. The WiFi is ok but not great - can be intermittent.

There is lots to do with the wildlife park a short drive away (free access if you have Dublin zoo pass) leahys farm, Cobh, kinsale, midleton and more. There is also a lovely cafe nearby similar to Avoca within the Ballyseedy home and garden centre. It’s called Bakestone.

The lodges are accessed by card like you would a hotel room. It makes no sense there is no express checkout for the lodges given you have paid everything up front. We had to drop those cards all the way back up to reception and then hit the road. It’s a small thing but it’s pointless on behalf of the hotel and should be rectified in a 5 star setting.

Highly recommended and will certainly be back - it caters to all ages and for all sorts of activities.
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  • Property Features
  • From: €950 weekly
  • Five-Star golf & spa resort hotel
  • 780-acre wooded country estate
  • 27-hole championship golf course
  • Home of Ireland's only wildlife park
  • Full use of hotel facilities
  • Only 6 miles to Cork city
  • Multi-channel television & internet


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