If you’ve your heart set on a magnificent castle wedding venue for your Big Day, prepare to be blown away by the newly reopened Kilkea Castle which is now taking bookings for 2018 weddings! Located in Castledermot, Co. Kildare, the enchanting Kilkea Castle is just an hour’s drive from Dublin so is ideal for couples after a romantic countryside setting not too far from the capital. Once the medieval stronghold of the FitzGeralds, Earls of Kildare, today it can be your own fairy tale setting for your special day.
Set on 180 acres of woodlands and gardens, this stunning 12th century castle blends its historic past with contemporary elegance. Having recently undergone a huge refurbishment, the castle is ready to welcome wedding parties to this luxury estate and pull out all the stops to ensure it’s the day of your dreams. Kilkea Castle is an exclusive use venue meaning it’s yours to enjoy in its entirety – you and your guests will have the run of the castle with so many beautiful rooms to explore including 11 luxurious bedrooms, your own cosy private Castle Bar, a beautifully furnished Drawing Room where guests can unwind with a glass of vino and a Grand Banquet Hall where you can enjoy a feast fit for royalty and dance the night away!
Kilkea Castle is licensed for civil ceremonies so couples keen to have one setting for the extent of their celebrations can tie the knot onsite in one its beautiful rooms. Or if you’ve always dreamed of saying ‘I Do’ outdoors, the picturesque grounds are the ideal backdrop and provide ample photo opportunities as well.
Couples can look forward to kick-starting their drinks reception on the terrace of the Castle (or in one of its beautifully appointed rooms) before taking the breathtaking walk from Kilkea Castle across the tree-lined avenue to celebrate in the impressive Banqueting Hall. It has an idyllic location under the 12th century Castle and overlooks the lush gardens and beautiful golf course. The Baronial Hall can host up to 280 guests and has the wow factor in spades with elegant chandeliers and traditional feature stone wall.
Smaller more intimate weddings will be charmed by the beautiful Hermione’s Restaurant. This fabulous light-filled space can cater for up to 100 guests and overlooks the 9th hole of the Golf Course, out to the parkland course and beyond to the 12th century Castle.
Kilkea Castle prides itself on everything from its amazing menu options to its flawless service – you can look forward to a wedding banquet like no other! Kilkea Castle Head Chef and veteran of 26 years, Ronnie Wolf, is proud to source and prepare traditional Irish fare with local seasonal produce, however guests will detect a hint of International flavour from his homeland, Germany.
Kilkea Castle also has a range of luxury accommodation including 11 beautifully appointed guest rooms within the castle itself. The decadent castle bedrooms are individually designed with idyllic views of various parts of the estate including the River Greese, the Rose Garden and pretty tree-lined avenue; the Cashman Suite situated at the very top of the castle in The Round Tower has its very own free-standing bath and 360-degree views of the estate while the elegant Lady Elizabeth Suite boasts pretty floral patterns, an abundance of natural light as well as beautiful views overlooking the Killeshin Hills. They also have 24 Carriage Rooms connected by a charming walkway to the old courtyard buildings and 33 self-catering lodges, which overlook the 18 Hole Golf Course.
For more information on Kilkea Castle or to enquire about your 2018 wedding, pop over to their website here!
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