Nothing sets the scene for a glamorous wedding like a stately home wedding venue. Stately home wedding venues add a real sense of grandeur to your wedding – from a long sweeping driveway to a dramatic backdrop for wedding photographs.
If you’re a busy couple who wish for a simple wedding well a stately home is the perfect choice. You’re guaranteed a beautiful setting with minimum input – ideal if you don’t have much time to decorate and design a layout. Stately home wedding venues often come equipped with handcrafted staircases, glistening chandeliers, historical artwork and pristine landscaped gardens.
Ireland is home to some of the world’s most beautiful country homes and estates, we’ve picked 15 of our favourite to help narrow down your options…enjoy!
Set in nine acres of beautiful gardens, this charming four-star hotel has recently unveiled a complete refurbishment of its Linen & Iveagh Suites. Steeped in history, this 1800 Georgian mansion is an idyllic wedding venue; the perfect setting for your special day whether you choose to celebrate with 10 or 200 guests.
With the option of holding your ceremony in the hotel or indeed in its exquisite gardens, the Belmont has a one wedding per day policy and offers the undivided attention of their dedicated wedding co-ordinators. Let the charm of the Belmont contribute to perfecting your wedding day celebrations.
This stately Tudor Revival house is surrounded by a dreamy forest that boasts a rare herd of white fallow deer. Indeed the whole area echoes a magical combination of great natural beauty and ancient history. If you are seeking a venue that’s a little different, then Parkanaur is perfect for you.
Every wedding is treated as a unique occasion here, as members of their staff work closely with each bride and groom to ensure that their wedding reflects their own individual style and taste.
Set amidst a 1,000-acre private estate overlooking the picturesque castle of the Knights Templar, Co Sligo, Temple House is a magnificent country house wedding venue for your big day. It has been a family home since 1665, and has recently become popular to couples for it’s unique charm and relaxing atmosphere.
Temple House boasts rooms of enormous proportions and grandeur while keeping a real sense of intimacy as well. With luscious terraced gardens, the whole setting is simply breathtaking.We would suggest the wedding party have the house for more than just the day, allowing you to enjoy your stay even more. At Temple House, there is a special ambience and a love of celebration.
This alternative wedding venue in Castletown Geoghegan, County Westmeath, was built overlooking the remains of an ancient castle, and currently operates as an organic sheep farm. Set in exquisite parkland with over 200,000 trees, Mount Druid has a quaint village vibe – their purpose-built Tin Chapel, Boathouse, barn and custom-made accommodation make this an ideal option for couples today.
Marriage ceremonies can be carried out in their Tin Chapel -an intimate and quaint gathering space nestled among their pine tree forest. This would be perfect for a simple blessing or a full ceremony, check it out!
Hidden in the County Derry/Londonderry countryside, yet only two miles from the city, Beech Hill Country House is a wedding venue like no other.
Steeped in 400 years of history and surrounded by 32 acres of tranquil woodlands (perfect for photoshoots & Instagram lovers) take your pick from endless ceremony locations and beautiful reception options, all with the guidance of a dedicated wedding specialist at Beech Hill.
Nuremore Hotel & Country Club
The Nuremore Hotel, located in Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan is a beautiful country house hotel set on vast mature grounds which includes a lake, 18-hole golf course and private wedding gardens. They offer a private arrival entrance and reception rooms for the wedding party to ensure privacy, exclusivity and a warm relaxed atmosphere.
The Grand Ballroom offers a neutral colour scheme with large crystal chandeliers. Meanwhile the ballroom opens out onto a terrific patio and gardens, to allow guests to enjoy the stunning views throughout the day. The hotel can also cater for outdoor weddings; don’t let out temperamental Irish weather put you off, the Nuremore Hotel has got you covered.
Situated only 30 minutes from Dublin, Bellinter House is renowned as one of the most unique wedding venues in Ireland. With its unique character and rustic charm, this property is a must for any style-conscious couple.
This stunning 18th century Georgian manor is set on banks of the River Boyne. Nestled among sweeping lawns, ancient trees and with a labyrinth of secluded spots for you to explore, Bellinter House creates a distinctive romantic ambiance which cannot be replicated anywhere else. Not for the faint-hearted, Bellinter House tantalises the taste buds of the most stylish and trendy couples. It has a special energy that makes it one of the most desirable wedding venues in Ireland.
The Lodge At Ashford Castle
Designed originally in 1865 as the home for the Estate Manager of Ashford Castle Estate, today the original lodge building contains the hotel’s Quay Bar and Wilde’s at the Lodge Restaurant. The deluxe bedrooms and suites are divided between the main house and the new courtyard which it leads to.
Choose to host your guests in the atmospheric Lake View Junior Harbour Room with intimate dining for 30 or a larger celebration for up to 180 in the light-filled ballroom with its elegant chandeliers and panoramic views of Lough Corrib and Kinlough Woods. Beautiful views of Lough Corrib and the rugged landscape of the Ashford Estate provide a stunning backdrop for photography.
A stunning fifteen-bedroom Georgian Manor House and heritage mill on the banks of the River Boyne is a romantic haven in a wonderful garden location, which you can make your own exclusive country home for your special day. Just 40 minutes from Dublin, this venue allows complete exclusivity for your wedding day.
The Millhouse combines old world charm and contemporary design to create a unique luxury wedding venue. Blessings & ceremonies are held in the Mill ceremony room, a unique setting full of character with original brick work, exposed beams, chandeliers and rustic charm.
Dating back to 1822, the historic Kilshane House is set on 320 acres of private parkland in the beautiful heart of County Tipperary. The Orangerie is licenced to hold civil ceremonies and comfortably seats 220 guests, however if you would prefer a more intimate ceremony we suggest using their glass conservatory. The casual Billard Room is just the place to host an arrivals drinks reception – talk about an Instagram worthy wedding!
Kilshane House has four seasons wedding packages with varying décor and seasonal menus, complimentary items such as the bridal suite on the night of the wedding, menus, table plans and menu tasting are included in all packages.
Palmerstown House Estate
Historic manor house Palmerstown House Estate nestles in the heart of the Kildare countryside, surrounded by meandering lakes, gardens and greenery as far as the eye can see. It’s deceptively rural location is actually only 30 minutes’ drive from Dublin City Centre, making it easily accessible.
The venue adheres to a strict ‘one wedding per day’ policy, whether you are having an intimate gathering or a large wedding party. With flexible packages to suit any couples’ needs Palmerstown House Estate will ensure that even the smallest details are attended to in the run up to your special wedding day.
Virginia Park Lodge
Virginia Park Lodge is the epitome of elegance, with a distinctly homely feel and luxury finishing touches. Whether intimate or extravagant, traditional or not so traditional, Virginia Park Lodge offers a dedicated events team to organise all the special details of your wedding.
The Exclusive pavilion with lake views can cater for up to 300 guests while indoors the 18th century banqueting room can hold a more intimate wedding for anything up to 90 guests. With a strong focus on food, Virginia Park Lodge are happy to design a bespoke menu compiled using only the finest natural produce. Just 50 minutes from Dublin or 90 minutes from Belfast, this historic house and stunning gardens overlooking the shores of Lough Ramor are exclusively yours to enjoy with your close friends and family amidst the beauty and privacy of the lodge.
From the elegant and atmospheric interiors to the beautiful gardens, the setting alone provides the perfect backdrop for your special day whatever the time of year. Add to that the famed Irish hospitality and exquisite food and you will have unforgettable experience on your wedding day.
Decorated with hand painted silk panels and glistening chandeliers it’s a spectacular wedding venue fit fit for Royalty. Offering stunning surroundings inside and out, you can travel back in time here to experience luxury just like a real princess!
Mount Falcon Estate
Steeped in charming history, the beautiful Mount Falcon will capture your heart. This exciting and gorgeous wedding venue can hold up to 200 guests, and they have just launched their intimate wedding packages suitable for up to 30 guests. So whether you’d like an intimate indoor ceremony or take proceedings outdoors to our lake, gardens or woodlands, we can accommodate you and tailor everything to your needs.
Their new Destination Wedding Package gives couples the option of adding a pre or post wedding celebration so you can make that special moment memorable for longer. Choices include a BBQ, buffet or a bubbly brunch with live music and drinks reception. So why not celebrate in style by extending your day to a full weekend.
Seductively concealed on 38 acres of idyllic private parkland with woodland views overlooking the stunning River Boyne. Boyne Hill House Estate has been as described as a hidden gem and is one of the most romantic destinations in Ireland for weddings and civil partnerships. What makes Boyne Hill House Estate stand out is the attention to detail which is put into every event, together with the splendour and tranquillity of the location.
Catering for up to 170 guests, and with 42 guest rooms, the Estate is an excellent venue for your special day, offering you unforgettable memories and a day filled with beauty, love and laughter. The sweeping tree-lined driveway creates a unique setting for your wedding from the moment you arrive, and the secret garden has the perfect backdrop for your civil ceremony. The Boyne View Suite with exceptionally high standards in both food and service offers an intimate wedding reception.
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