Ireland’s array of country houses and manors provide some of the most breathtakingly beautiful backdrops to unique and contemporary weddings in the country and are becoming more and more popular with couples each year. The appeal of a romantic country house wedding venue is obvious – most of these smaller venues are available for private hire and therefore offer an entirely exclusive service to couples who ‘own’ the house and grounds for the duration of their celebration – what’s not to love about that?!
Country Houses & Manors – Ireland’s Unique Wedding Venues
Like hotels, Irish country manors come in all shapes and sizes from those catering for large, lavish 5* festivities to the more quirky and alternative boutique style settings catering for small celebrations. Many country and manor house wedding venues can seem small at first yet can cater for surprising numbers with the use of specially built marquees or hidden orangeries which provide a magical and unique backdrop to wedding ceremonies.
Top Alternative Wedding Venues Ireland
Clonabreany House, Crossakiel, Meath
Capacity: 220 | www.clonabreanyhouse.ie
The spectacular Clonabreany Estate set in the gateway to Boyne Valley consists of two restored Georgian Houses and is a true hidden oasis in the heart of Co. Meath. Couples can look forward to having exclusive use of the venue whether it is a small and intimate gathering or a large celebration for up to 220 guests. Wedding banquets can be held in the Banqueting Hall or the adjoining marquee, which is full of character and style, while the private courtyard on the estate is a real treat for guests. Ten beautifully finished self-catering houses which sleep over 80 people and sweet old-country feel private sibin ensure that the party can continue into the night with traditional music and great banter. Civil ceremonies and blessings can be carried out in their beautiful new civil ceremony suite with views of Sliabh na Caillighe and the mystical Loughcrew Cairns or for those that dream of saying ‘I Do’ outdoors, their woodland setting offers a truly magical and memorable backdrop.
Photo by Paul Andrews via Classic, Chic & Full of Charm, A Clonabreany House Real Wedding
The Conyngham Arms, Slane, Meath
Capacity: 150 | www.conynghamarms.ie
The Conyngham Arms lies at the heart of the historic, romantic town of Slane, Co. Meath. A former coaching inn, the petite boutique hotel is the epitome of contemporary chic, mixing French country style decor with contemporary colours and luxurious finishes to create warmth and style. Start your unique celebrations with drinks and canapés in the charming vintage style ‘secret’ gardens, before wowing guests with the delightful Lavender Room, where they are invited to enjoy fabulous locally sourced food in an intimate atmosphere. Couples are encouraged to use the beautiful space at The Conyngham Arms as a canvas and truly make their day their own, making each wedding held there “a break from the norm”. As staff at the Arms say “you’d be surprised what lies behind the doors of this boutique hotel”…
Kettles Country House Hotel, Swords, Co. Dublin
Guest capacity: 200 | www.kettleshotel.ie
The elegant Kettles Country House Hotel in North County Dublin is a fabulous choice of wedding venue close to both the airport and Dublin City Centre. Each of the charming wedding-ready rooms within boast the unique feature of a private grand arrival reception area for the couple and their wedding guests to mingle prior to dining. The bright, beautiful Rosa Anna Suite with it’s floor to ceiling windows was designed with modern wedding receptions in mind, and with its unusual circular shape and centre dancefloor can cater for a perfectly naturally flowing wedding celebration, from day to night. If you’re planning a small wedding, Kettles offers either the privately accessed Arkle Suite or their chic, contemporary restaurant.
The K Club, Straffan, Co. Kildare
Capacity: 300 | www.kclub.ie
The stunning 5* K Club is a genuine treat for guests and the backdrop to a truly unforgettable wedding celebration. Set on a vast 550 acres of mature woods, parkland and formal gardens, The K Club is a haven for seasoned wedding photographers and guaranteed to create the most fabulous photo album. “18th Century grandeur with 21st Century service” is the mantra of the K Club and unforgettable events and magnificent memories is their speciality. With large weddings in the Legacy Suite and smaller weddings as personal as up to 14 people in the Panteon Suite, the house, grounds and staff can cater for either the most lavish or the most intimate of wedding celebrations, with equal enthusiasm and attention to detail.
Real Wedding: An Elegant and Enchanting Day at The K Club by Michelle Prunty Photography
Leixlip Manor & Gardens, Leixlip, Co. Kildare
Guest capacity: 120 | www.leixlipmanor.com
As you enter the gates and travel up the tree lined avenue of the Leixlip Manor and Gardens you are immediately taken aback by the peace and tranquillity of the venue. Originally established in 1774 the Leixlip Manor and Gardens is nestled on 29 acres of formal gardens, parkland and mature woodland. It is hard to imagine that you are only a short distance from Dublin city centre. It truly is an oasis of calm.
Roganstown Hotel & Country Club, Swords, Co. Dublin
Guest capacity: 240 | www.roganstown.com
Roganstown Hotel & Country Club is based in County Dublin and is the perfect choice of venue if you’re looking for all the quiet comforts of a country style hotel with the accessibility of a city-based venue. Roganstown can cater for up to 240 guests in their function room, which is bathed in light and has its own bar inside and huge balcony overlooking a pristine golf course. They can also organise more intimate weddings in their McLoughlin’s restaurant.
Real Wedding: Romantic Roganstown Wedding by Ebony & Pearl
More Country House Hotels & Country Manors in Ireland
Bellinter House Hotel, Navan, Meath – Guest capacity: 180 | bellinterhouse.com
Boyne Hill House Estate, Navan, Meath – Guest capacity: 160 | boynehillhouse.ie
Tankardstown House , Tankardstown, Co. Meath – www.tankardstown.ie
De Burgh Manor, Co. Kildare – Guest capacity: 220 | deburghmanor.com
Leixlip House Hotel, Leixlip, Co. Kildare – Guest capacity: 140 | www.leixliphouse.com
Summerhill House Hotel, Enniskerry, Wicklow – www.summerhillhousehotel.com
Rathsallagh House, Dunlavin, Co. Wicklow – Guest capacity: 250 | www.rathsallagh.com
Marlfield House, Gorey, Wexford – Guest capacity: 145 | www.marlfieldhouse.com
Faithlegg House Hotel, Co. Waterford – Guest capacity: 220 | www.faithlegg.com
Errigal Country House Hotel, Cootehill, Co. Cavan – www.errigalhotel.com
Ballinacurra House, Kinsale, Co. Cork – Guest capacity: 130 – www.ballinacurra.com
Cahernane Country House Hotel, Killarney, Co. Kerry – Guest capacity: 110 | cahernane.com
Parknasilla Hotel, Sneem, Co. Kerry – www.parknasillaresort.com
The Auburn Lodge, Ennis, Co. Clare – Guest capacity: 250 | www.auburnlodge.com
Mount Juliet Estate, Thomastown, Kilkenny – Guest capacity: 240 | www.mountjuliet.ie
Screebe House, Rosmuc, Connemara, Galway – Guest capacity: 200 | www.screebe.com
The Red Door Country House, Inishowen, Co. Donegal – Guest capacity: 160 | www.thereddoor.ie
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