Fota House Arboretum and Gardens

Fota Island, Carrigtwohill, Co. Cork
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Fota House, Arboretum & Gardens with its stunning natural beauty and long tradition of hospitality offers a unique and exclusive venue with indoor and outdoor options for your special day.

Our tree lined entrance avenue sweeps up to the beautiful historic ancestral home of the Smith-Barry family and now an Irish Heritage Trust property. Guests enjoy exclusive access to a range of elegant rooms that are available for ceremonies, drinks receptions, dinners and most overlook the award winning Arboretum & Gardens. The surroundings also provide a stunning backdrop for those all important wedding photos.

From small intimate gatherings to larger marquee weddings we can help you create a truly unique and personalised celebration amid the natural beauty of this historic house and its stunning grounds. Our experienced wedding team and hand picked suppliers will work with you to ensure your wedding day is everything you dreamed of.

Reviews of Fota House Arboretum and Gardens

Caroline
5.0
Married on 30th Apr 2022
We were thrilled with how our ceremony and reception went at Fota House. The staff were incredibly helpful and put us at ease throughout our time there. The stunning entry and beautiful room felt so special as we walked to greet one another. The Orangery was a little oasis for photographs and a quick catch up with our bridal party. For any Cork couples who wish to have an intimate settings - this is the place!
Response from Fota House Arboretum and Gardens
Dear Caroline, thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We are delighted that you were happy with your experience here at Fota House. It was our pleasure to look after you on your special day. Thank you for choosing Fota House & Gardens.
Added 13th Apr 2023
Joanna van Riel
5.0
Married on 23rd Apr 2022
The staff at Fota House were amazing from start to finish. Approaching Fota House we felt like the most important people in the world! The setting was so beautiful and the attention to detail on our requests was fantastic. We will forever cherish Fota House forever.
Response from Fota House Arboretum and Gardens
Dear Joanna,

Thank you so much for your kind words. We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed your experience at our venue. It was an honor to be part of your special day.
Thank you again for choosing Fota House & Gardens
Added 30th Mar 2023
Fiona & Pierce
5.0
Married on 21st Feb 2020
Huge thank you to eveyone in Fota House for helping to make our day so special. We first went down there to view it as a space for photographs but quickly decided that we wanted to get married there as well as having our photos done there.
Bryan and Rita did everything they could to keep us calm on the day. Pierce had a room for himself and his best man to relax in before the ceremony, a quiet space for them to just chill out. When my dad and I arrived at the top of the avenue there was someone waiting there with a walkie talkie. They communicated with the House to let them know we had arrived and they kept us there until some guests went into the house (my dad was very impressed with how everything was run and he isnt an easy man to please haha). When we pulled up Bryan was waiting at the door, he had a little chat with us while we waited for the last few stragglers to go into the house ( he also made sure they didnt/couldnt look into the car).
The set up was perfect, all of our guests loved the venue and our photos turned out perfectly. We would 100% recommend Fota House as a venue or even just for your photographs.
Added 10th Apr 2020
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McEvoy
5.0
Married on 30th Dec 2019
Brian and the team are Fota House are really one in a million. We held out Wedding Ceremony at the house and from our first engagement to the actual day of the wedding, we found Brian and the team, to be extremely professional, accommodating and just wonderful people to deal with. The house is spectacular and so is the team and service. Thank you all.
Added 6th Apr 2020
Rachel Deloughry & Timoth?e Busch
5.0
Married on 22nd Jul 2019
Thanks so much to all the staff at Fota House and Gardens who helped make our day one of the best in our lives. We could not have imagined a better venue for our ceremony. Best wishes from myself (Rachel) and Tim
Response from Fota House Arboretum and Gardens
Hello Rachel and Tim. Thank you very much for taking the time to post a review of your wedding here at Fota House in July. We loved hosting it, and being part of your Wedding Day. It was wonderful to hear your friends and colleagues musical accompaniments which added to the very special occasion that it was.
Thanks again for your support of Fota House.
Bryan Conlon, Visitor Services Manager.
Added 11th Sep 2019
David Slattery
5.0
Married on 5th Jul 2019
That is my wife and I on our wedding day in the photos! Fota house were extremely professional throughout. They gave us and our guests exclusive parking, they gave us full use of the entire house for photos, we went places tour groups weren?t allowed go. The price was very competitive, but the service was certainly second to none. Every single member of staff treated us both like we were the most important people in the world on that day. Everything was arranged beforehand - even with our small group we were treated like royalty and had full use of the house and grounds for the full day. It wasn?t just a case of having a budget of X and so being entitled to Y - we were given full choice and flexibility of options. I would be the first person to give constructive criticism as to where to improve to the staff at Fota, but they couldn?t, it couldn?t have been a more magical and wonderful day for my wife and I.
To all the staff at Fota house, thank you so much for making our special day extra magical, we will never forget the extra mile each and every member of staff went to make us feel like royalty.
If you book this venue for your wedding, you will not be disappointed. From the build up to your big day to after service, the professionals at Fota house will leave you 100% happy with the service they provide. Go ahead give them a call, you won?t regret it
Response from Fota House Arboretum and Gardens
Hello David and Lianna. Thank you very much for taking the time to post a review of your wedding here at Fota House in July.

We loved hosting it, and being part of your Wedding Day. Thanks for your glowing recommendation of staff, venue and organisation. That's what we are here for, to make your day very special and something to remember.
Thanks again for your support of Fota House it is very much appreciated.
Bryan Conlon, Visitor Services Manager.
Added 10th Nov 2019
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Veronica Brennan
5.0
Married on 11th Aug 2018
We couldn?t of been happier with the service and location of fota house and gardens
The elegance of the room was perfect and needed very little decoration . The room just spoke for itself,
The grounds were beautiful for pictures and we got beautiful shots in the house upstairs ,
Response from Fota House Arboretum and Gardens
Hello Veronica and David. Thank you very much for taking the time to post a review of your wedding here at Fota House in August '18 We loved hosting it, and being part of your Wedding Day. Despite the inclement weather on the day, they whole thing went off without a hitch and it was our pleasure to be part of the whole event.

Thanks again for your support of Fota House.
Bryan Conlon, Visitor Services Manager.
Added 8th Apr 2019
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