We’re all familiar with the more famous hotel castles but be aware there are a wealth of stunning venues out there which may not have come across on your radar. I’ve compiled my top ten favourite based on my personal experiences and their stunning beauty. Here’s a selection to suit every budget.
1. Castle Oliver
This surreal castle in beautiful Co.Tipperary tops my list not only due to its beauty and location but I was also involved in a fairytale wedding here a few years back and it is superb from its beautifully appointed bedrooms to its huge open fires and butler service.
2. Ballyseede Castle
And so we’re off to Kerry. The Kingdom and its wealth of history and magical venues. One does it here for me and there is something very unique and homely about Ballyseede Castle. Being the only Castle Hotel in Tralee, Co. Kerry. Situated on the Wild Atlantic Way Ballyseede Castle is a unique luxury wedding venue in Ireland, and as it is family run hotel you can be assured of personal and professional attention helping you in every aspect of your wedding.
3. Lough Cutra
Galway calling and picture yourself tucked away in this magical part of Gort. A gothic revival style exclusive use castle wedding venue built around 1810. Available for exclusive private use to style your day your way.
4. Lismore Castle
Theres not much you can say about here except wow!
Dating from 1170, Lismore is a privately owned castle offering luxury accommodation on an exclusive hire and rental basis. It is an exceptional Irish destination – a place where you can make your own magic.
5. Castle Leslie
Welcome to the beautiful county of Monaghan.
Nestled on 1,000 acres of undulating Irish countryside, dotted with ancient woodlands and glittering lakes, Castle Leslie is a stunningly beautiful secluded estate in Monaghan, Ireland that can cater up to 70 guests. For larger wedding parties, The Pavilion at Castle Leslie Estate overlooking Glaslough Lake, can accommodate up to 260 guests.
6. Mackree Castle
Heres a nod to the new kid on the block from the people who gave us Cabra & Bellingham, I haven’t heard anything yet about their offering but have been following their renovations and developments with some anticipation.
7. Castle Durrow
Breaking the bank on this one, but how could you not love it.
Now one of Ireland’s most luxurious Irish Country House Hotels, Castle Durrow was originally built by Capt. William Flower (later to become Viscount Ashbrook) in 1716 as his family home in the Midlands of Ireland. Its pre Palladian design and formal gardens were the height of fashion in their day and the grey / blue cut stone contrasts with the breath-taking views of the landscape.
Today it has been completely restored and decorated by Peter & Shelly Stokes in a comfortable, relaxing and contemporary style with modern way of life and fashion in mind without overlooking its past. The informal mood makes your enjoyment of the Irish Countryside a delight.
8. Borris House
This unique family run venue is located in the all too forgotten county of Carlow in my opinion. Set against a stunning backdrop and boasting its own chapel on site as well as a wealth of accommodation options, I had the pleasure of running a wedding here last year and its was an incredibly memorable weekend.
9. Ashford Castle
There’s very little else to be said about the grand dame of Irish castles.
The magnificent five star Ashford Castle is set in 350 acres, on the picturesque shores of Lough Corrib. Dating back to 1228, the castle now enters a new chapter in its history, as part of The Red Carnation Hotel Collection. With 82 spectacular rooms, suites and the Hideaway Cottage, a wealth of activities and plenty of thoughtful touches, guests will enjoy acclaimed Irish hospitality on a grand scale.
10. Dromoland Castle
Another great lady needs little introduction but is always beautiful to look at.
Savour your first glimpse of this majestic castle and its enchanting lake, as you pass through the castle gates. This was the ancestral home of the O’Briens of Dromoland who were the Kings of Thomond and whose lineage goes back 1,000 years to Brian Boru, the only High King of Ireland.