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Eye on Carlow. Classic venue with alternative potential

imageThe majestic county of Carlow is often overlooked due to its proximity to its famed ‘garden of Ireland ‘ neighbour.  However it has a wealth of stunning venues which epitomise the beauty that is Ireland in either the summer or winter.  Whether it’s a beautifully dressed vintage  marquee or classic  stately dining rooms or converted barns, these venues have lots to offer.

Borris House

Surely Carlow’s own Downton Abbey, this venue oozes old world charm and will transport you right back to another century.













Borris House has lots to offer, it is registered for civil ceremonies, and also boasts it’s own Anglican chapel within its grounds.  To avail of this either the bride or groom should have a family link to Church of Ireland to use the chapel for an Anglican wedding ceremony but it can be used for blessings by everyone.  The house has beautiful areas for indoor and outdoor ceremonies or blessings.  Remember civil ceremonies can only be held Monday to Friday, but those planning a weekend affair can either;

* Use one of the local Catholic churches

* Use the Anglican chapel on the grounds. image

* Tie the knot in advance and have a blessing or Humanist ceremony either in the house, it’s grounds or in the afore mentioned chapel.



image“Have a sing song around the open fire and dance until the sun comes up” is how Borris House encourages you to celebrate your nuptials.  The dining room In the main house seats 70 and it’s West Wing area holds 160 comfortably on 5ft round tables or long banquet tables.  Long banquet tables are becoming popular again and this room lends itself beautifully to this style.

When you hire somewhere like Borris house remember to try and think outside the box in relation to what you can entertain your guests with.  If you are having a weekend affair, a next day picnic style or BBQ by the river (weather depending naturally) are beautiful ideas.  Sit down with your caterer and brain storm imagewith them on ideas and serving styles, such as family style Platters, buffets and even dessert tables. How about a pig on a spit and banquet style tables for that historic feel to your wedding meal.  The have also recently refurbished the old Granary barn, the addition of this newly restored 16th century Granary adds a whole new dimension to weddings at Borris. The stunning rustic double height barn with its beautiful oak beams and rough stone walls lends itself so well to ceremonies, barbeques and wedding photographs.



The Castle accommodates 16 people so is perfect for the bridal party and their  immediate families; there are 4 cottages on site three of which sleep 6 people each and one sleeps 9.  The cottages are old world charm style while the castle bedrooms are what you would expect from an Irish country castle, antiques mixed with comfort.  The beautiful village of Thomastown is close by while Kilkenny City is only a 20 minute drive.





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