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Ballykealey House

Rosslare Road, Ballykealey, Ballon, Co. Carlow R93 A9K1
Reviews (21) 5/5
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Situated just outside the picturesque village of Ballon, Co Carlow just one hour south of Dublin, is the beautiful Ballykealey House.

Built in the 19th century arising from the marriage proposal of John James Lecky to Sarah Lucia Smith. Built with love; today Ballykealey House offers a picturesque and enchanting venue for couples seeking a unique venue to host their wedding.

Ballykealey House can hold up to 275 people in their ballroom suite. For smaller wedding celebrations there's the magnificent Oak Room with original Tudor architecture and magnificent oak carved panels, as well as the Cobden Suite which both offer something different depending on your numbers.

If it is an outdoor ceremony you have been dreaming of, Ballykealey House has a number of beautiful outdoor options available, including the stunning lawn, fountain, or newly opened barn area.

You can also choose to have your drinks reception in the impressive manor house or, weather permitting in one of their beautiful outdoor locations.

The manor house has 12 individually appointed rooms, 2 garden suites, and 15 self-catering lodges, providing accommodation for 88-105 guests onsite. Ballykealey House also works closely with local accommodation transport suppliers all within 15 minutes of the venue to ensure all of your guests are looked after.

Ballykealey House is available for exclusive use hire, but this is not a requirement to host your wedding.

To find out more, visit or, to check if your date is free email: [email protected]


21 reviews
Quality of service5.0/5
Shauna & Mark Doyle
Added 9th Jun 2023
Wedding 13th May 2023
From the moment we viewed Ballykealey we knew this would be our wedding venue. The Manor House and its grounds are simply stunning. There is an onsite barnyard as an indoor ceremony option which is beautiful and you can also have your day two BBQ here which is what we opted for. There are also multiple other outdoor ceremony locations on site. The service, staff, and food were exceptional, we had so many compliments from our guests on all of the above! This is truly a hidden gem and we can't thank Angela and all of staff and Ballykealey enough for giving us the perfect wedding weekend. We cant wait to return for a visit in the near future.
Added 8th Jun 2023
Wedding 12th May 2023
Absolutely fantastic staff who couldn't do enough for us on the days leading up to the wedding and the wedding day itself. All very helpful. The venue itself was super with so many options for the ceremony and food was out of this world. All the guests still comment on how good it was.
Added 8th Jun 2023
Wedding 13th Apr 2023
We had the most amazing day!! Angela and the staff at Ballykealy were so helpful and accommodating!! I loved everything about the day.
Emer Clarke
Added 12th Mar 2023
Wedding 22nd Dec 2022
Ballykealey was the perfect venue for us form the moment we walked through the door for our first viewing. Although there are so many selling points for this beautiful venue, the staff were exceptional and went above and beyond at every turn especially Angela and Alison who worked closely with us in the day. The food was amazing, the grounds were magnificent for photographs and the accommodation was ideal and reasonably priced. We had the most amazing day and would highly recommend this venue to anyone.
Nicola Power
Added 24th Nov 2022
Wedding 14th Nov 2022
Ballykealey House is an amazing venue with an even more amazing staff. They went above and beyond for us from the very first impromptu viewing, which we asked for after a family 60th birthday celebration, where the food and service were impeccable. Our dealings with all staff during the planning phase were just effortless. Everyone is so friendly and warm and this shone through on our wedding day where we were taken care of like we were one of their own. All my guests were blown away by the quality of food, by the beautiful venue and grounds and by the attentiveness and friendliness of all staff. If you are looking for a venue that will offer your guests a relaxed country manor experience, with the highest quality food and service, an atmosphere of joy and laughter for your special day, then look no further than Ballykealey House.
Aisling Lynch
Added 6th Nov 2022
Wedding 21st Oct 2022
We could not have wished for a better venue for our wedding day in October 2022. The staff were exceptional and went above and beyond for our guests. Everyone was so friendly and couldn't be any more helpful. The food was absolutely delicious and all the guests were raving about it! The setting alone is so picturesque and a perfect location for the most amazing photos. Everything was so well organised and ran like clockwork thanks to Angela and the team. They really do put the needs of the guests at the forefront of what they offer as a wedding venue. Last minute changes were facilated without any hassle and they took the stress away from us. We couldn't recommend Ballykealey house more and a huge thanks to everyone who made our day so special!
Alyssa Kidd
Added 30th Nov 2022
Wedding 13th Oct 2022
Ballykealey House were total perfection from start to finish on our wedding day! The barn for our ceremony and house for our reception were simply beautiful. The staff went above and beyond to make our day special and were always so flexible and helpful. Our guests adored all of the food - the quality was exceptional both on our wedding day and at our day 2 bbq. A huge thank you to Angela, Tom, Luke and the extended team for their exceptional service and friendliness during our whole wedding experience.
Sharon Tougher
Added 15th Mar 2023
Wedding 22nd Sep 2022
Amazing day from start to finish thanks to the wonderful staff at Ballykealey House. Highly recommend for a relaxing and pleasant experience.
Gillian Boardman
Added 24th Feb 2023
Wedding 14th Sep 2022
Excellent Staff. Exceptional Service. Perfect Venue. Made our dreams come through. From the moment we booked our wedding up to the day of and the next day we received the very best service and support all round. On a side note the nerves got to me (Bride) pretty bad by the time we sat down for the meal. I was sick and had to step out for a while. The entire staff were so supportive. They made sure our guests were well looked after. When I returned they went above and beyond to make sure I got to enjoy my meal and the rest of the night. Which was SPECTACULAR.
Sarah Kennedy
Added 14th Sep 2022
Wedding 20th Aug 2022
Ballykealy House was our perfect wedding venue! Myself and my husband got married there in August 2022 in an outdoor ceremony and had the most perfect day imaginable. The venue and food are absolutely stunning, but the staff is what makes this place really special. Every member of staff we encountered were incredibly helpful, professional and friendly, and went out of their way to ensure we had the perfect day. They put everyone involved in the wedding at complete ease from the very first interaction and throughout. The venue itself is so gorgeous and they have wonderful decor available - we didn't need to hire any additional items, and the place was perfect. There are so many beautiful locations for the ceremony, drinks receptions and photos, and the barn area is absolutely perfect for a BBQ on Day 2. I'm so glad we got married at Ballykealy House and would highly recommend it.
Noemie & Arnaud
Added 19th Aug 2022
Wedding 4th Aug 2022
Arnaud and I had the best day we could hope for on Thursday 04th August 2022. From the minute I arrived to Ballykealey during our first visit, I fell in love with this stunning venue, beautiful lawns, endless pretty and romantic places for pictures and the interiors are so charming and majestic for a wedding. I immediately knew this is where I wanted to get married! All the staff is so welcoming and friendly - thank so much to Angela who was so great to deal with throughout all the planning and so accommodating. Thank you to Luke and Allison who were lovely also during the day and made me feel so relaxed, we also shared some laughs which was great. All our guests and family coming from France were truly impressed with the venue, the service...and the food! Compliments to the Chef, my guests are still talking about it. I highly recommend this picturesque and magical place for a perfect and elegant wedding.
Joseph and Edel Sinnott.
Added 24th Sep 2022
Wedding 15th Jul 2022
We could not be happier about our choice of venue for our wedding on the 15th of July 2022. Ballykealey house has so much to offer. There are so many places to have your ceremony and reception in the grounds of Ballykealey house. There is the most beautiful Manor House, the rustic stone barn and a variety of beautiful settings outside such as the fountain, the clearing in the woods and front lawn. It has so much to offer whatever your style. We decided to make the most of the whole venue and had our ceremony in the barn, drinks reception by the fountain, main reception in Manor House and photos throughout the gardens. Our photos are so beautiful with natural backdrops amongst the trees, flowers, garden lights and stone walls and the elegant rooms. The team in Ballykealey were amazing from start to finish. On the day they were exceptional. We were so relaxed as they were confident and in control and also just so friendly and nice people. The ballroom had been renovated between the time of booking and our wedding and was just beautiful. Our guests were very happy also. Ballykealey house has been a hidden gem. A lot of our guests had never heard of it or been there and were very impressed. The food was exceptional. The rooms and lodges are gorgeous. We were blessed with the weather also. We had one day at Ballykealey and it was the best day. We would highly recommend it to others. Thank you to Angela, Alison and all team. It exceeded all our expectations. We wish you all the best for the future and are excited to return again!!
Fiona Phelan
Added 23rd Sep 2022
Wedding 10th Jun 2022
A truly great venue to host family and friends on one of the most memorable days of your life. Sadly the venue was not available for day-two celebrations as there was another wedding reception being held there the following day, so it would have been the ultimate experience to be able to spend a bit more time at the venue and on the grounds after the big day. Everyone was very happy with the entire day and helpfulness of staff. Very straightforward dealing with staff regarding arrangements, it’s just unfortunate there wasn’t enough accommodation to cater for the +130 guests in attendance on the day. Would recommend to a friend!
Marie O 'Keeffe
Added 23rd Sep 2022
Wedding 21st May 2022
Fabulous location. Angela the wedding co-ordinator is an asset to the business. She was so honest and really sold it for us. She worked with us and nothing was an effort. Staff were so friendly and helpful especially Cliona, Alison, Tom and evening staff. Food was loved by all of our guests. Ballroom has a fabulous backdrop of the gardens. Ideal setting for pictures. BBQ in the barn on day 2 was just a perfect intimate area for family and friends and food was perfect. My family loved the venue. We had exclusivity the day of our wedding. Highly recommend Ballykealey House.
Emily Kirby
Added 23rd Sep 2022
Wedding 20th May 2022
Ballykealey went above and beyond to help make the day of our dreams come true. Thank you x
Sarah and Enda
Added 29th Jun 2022
Wedding 7th May 2022
Ballykealey House is an absolutely amazing wedding venue. From the day we had our showaround to the wedding day everything they did was faultless, professional and friendly. It was no issue at all to customise many elements of the wedding day - Ballykealey were more than accommodating and Angela always gave us great advice when we were unsure of things. Angela, Luke, Cliona and all of the staff are just so nice, professional and genuine - many of our guests remarked on this after the wedding. THE FOOD. We love good food and it was one of the more important things we were looking for when we chose our venue. The food was out of this world. The location, the venue itself are just stunning. They have a huge outdoor space with massive lawns, gardens and woods which we made full use of for our drinks reception and photos. The house interior is also amazing, you really have to see it and you will be wowed. We also found it to be good value when you compare it to other country house venues. They have a few standard packages but we were able to have a bespoke package and swap things in and out to suit our preferences. We had an amazing day and we have so much to thank Ballykealey House for all their help and for hosting it for us.
Hilary and Michael
Added 9th Jun 2022
Wedding 26th Mar 2022
From the initial viewing to the actual day it was such an easy and pleasurable process to work with everyone. We couldn't have asked for a better venue to have the ceremony and the reception. The barn was so beautiful and we had the loveliest afternoon having the drinks reception outside, we got so many positive comments about dinner, the quality and taste of the food and the service. Having the venue to ourselves and being able to have everyone stay on site was such a benefit and really added to the atmosphere of the whole wedding. Being able to have all our friends and family together after the past two years in such a welcoming place meant the world to us.
Laura & paddy
Added 25th Feb 2022
Wedding 27th Nov 2021
Amazing venue with a great team. Food was gorgeous, we had the best weekend at ballykealey for our wedding! Couldn't recommend them more
Linda Kelly
Added 7th Jul 2022
Wedding 12th Aug 2021
Ballykealy was an amazing venue. The staff were second to none and the food was divine. We had our wedding during covid with 56 guests and the attention to detail by the staff was amazing regardless of covid. We got married in the barn on site and we loved having the whole venue to ourselves. If we had to do it all again I would still choose Ballykealy house.
Claire and Des
Added 5th Oct 2020
Wedding 26th Sep 2020
Ballykealey House was the most opulent exquisite and stunning wedding venue we could havse imagined. The food is michelin standard, the service is friendly yet professional and the gorgeous gardens and secret woodlands make for a spectacular backdrop for a non church wedding. The stunningly beautiful tudor room with high ceilings, coving and chandeliers holds a covid wedding party perfectly and is nothing short of magical. This venue is a hidden gem and matches its owners other gorgeous venue, Kilshane House, in every way. A perfect venue for couples from Wexford, Wicklow, Carlow, Laois and Kilkenny.
John & Claire
Added 15th Sep 2020
Wedding 28th Dec 2019
"Having looked around at other venues we knew quite quickly that Ballykealey was the perfect fit for us. We were their first wedding since reopening under new management and from the very beginning we were met with professionalism, enthusiasm and a genuine interest in making sure our big day was as we wanted it to be. Angela, the Wedding and Events Manager was super easy to deal with and her wealth of experience really shone through. Our wedding day went even better than we could have ever imagined! Being able to put our trust in Angela and her team meant that we could relax and enjoy the time with our guests knowing everything was being taken care of. The fantastic staff, the amazing food, the stunning grounds and ballroom, all made our wedding so special for both of us and our guests. We can't thank Balleykealey management and staff enough for making the day everything we wanted it to be and more!" John and Claire
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