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Martinstown House

Martinstown House, The Curragh, Kildare
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Martinstown House is a beautiful country house built in the 1830s available for wedding celebrations and ceremonies on an exclusive basis. Your guests will have total privacy in 140 acres of private park and farm lands, with mature woods and a stunning Walled Garden. The Booth family share the property with flocks of sheep, cattle, two friendly donkeys and free range chickens who kindly donate their eggs to the kitchen. There are six elegant and comfortable bedrooms in the main house and a further three in the Yard House, perfect for any wedding party. 

We take huge pride in our food at Martinstown House. We grow vegetables, salad, fruit and herbs all for the table in the Walled Garden, all of our meat comes from our award-winning local butcher, Nolan's of Kilcullen, and fish from the market in Howth. Our chef has trained in Ballymaloe and Rick Stein's in Padstow, UK, and is happy to bring you through the whole menu process.

Our stunning Drawing Room can accommodate parties of up to 60 in elegant and intimate surroundings, and the vintage-style Indian marquee nestled in the Walled Garden can seat 240+. We are also happy to be able to lend you our vintage 1966 VW Campervan which can be used on site however you wish.

Martinstown House is licensed by the HSE to hold civil ceremonies and are delighted to host alternative weddings. We have beautiful settings in both the Walled Garden and in the Woodlands surrounding the house, and have had great success with Humanist, Spiritualist, and Interfaith ceremonies. There are a number of local country churches close by of all denominations, each with their own character and settings.

Your wedding at Martinstown House is made up of thousands of individual moments, the cumulation of a thousand decisions, big and small. The day is always a blur of memories, of dancing, of smiles, of hugs, of old friends and new family, but it is the tiny moments that you will remember most clearly. Catching someone's eye at just the right moment of the speech and the tears of silent laughter that ensue. Holding your partner's hand as you walk up together for the first dance. Sitting down next to your best friend and breathing a second whilst the whole day washes over you. The warmth of the fires, the pleasure of delicious food. At Martinstown House we strive to create those moments.


15 reviews
Quality of service5.0/5
Added 13th Jan 2020
Wedding 30th Nov 2019
We planned a surprise wedding with just our parents and siblings attending and Edward and Jess couldn't have done more to make it easier, they seemed as excited as we were! The venue was gorgeous, the food was some of the most delicious I've ever eaten and everyone there did everything they could to make the day great. There was 12 of us and the study room was the perfect size for the ceremony, the drawing room had a lovely fire going and the flowers (grown on site) they had placed around looked great, the table in the dining room decorated beautifully and so many locations inside and outside were incredible photo spots. I've no doubt they would do large wedding just as well and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them for a smaller group.
Response from Martinstown House
Surprise weddings are just the best, we really enjoyed hosting this wedding, we were able to keep the secret right up to the reveal moment! To see the surprise, tears and emotion is such a special thing. Just a big thank you to all.
Andi and Neil
Added 23rd Jan 2020
Wedding 28th Sep 2019
Martinstown House was the first and only wedding venue we looked at when we started planning our wedding day last January. After visiting the venue and speaking with Jessica, we knew we had found the perfect venue. The grounds are beautiful, the house itself is so charming and we were immediately made feel at home with a cup of tea in front of a roaring fire. We were lucky to have an outdoor wedding in September in the woodlands and it was everything we could have hoped for. We had a humanist ceremony and the entire team was so accommodating and helpful in organising the day. Jessica, Edward and Andrew were absolutely amazing during the planning process and on the day itself, with all of our requests met with enthusiasm and wonderful advice. They really did an amazing job in keeping us calm in the build up to the wedding day and every last minute request was taken care of with no fuss and with a lot of fun. We could not be happier with our wedding day and the entire team at Martinstown House went above and beyond to ensure a memorable weekend for us and all of our guests. Everyone is still raving about the day, the venue and the food especially Andrew’s incredible deserts! We could never thank them enough. Andi and Neil
Response from Martinstown House
We absolutely loved working with you and hosting your wedding. It was one of those incredible celebrations that we could re-live again and again.
Ciaran & Kavita
Added 16th Aug 2019
Wedding 8th Sep 2019
We spent a long time looking for the right venue for our wedding and when we found Martinstown House we knew we had found the right place. Edward, Jessica and Andrew made the wedding special making everyone feel welcome. The ceremony space was amazing, a real find. We were looking to create a Mandapam for a Hindu element of the Ceremony, the partially covered space made it ideal. During the prep time, they were always quick to respond and customize the day to our needs. The day was incredibly special and so much fun. A lot of that came down to the care and attentiveness that the team at Martinstown house provided. The guests all said that the food Andrew made was the best they ever had at a wedding. He even drove some of our guests back to their hotels when they had trouble getting a taxi. We couldn't have asked for a better day. The Place, the food, the people, this venue is perfect don't let this great venue slip through your fingers.
Response from Martinstown House
Thank you so much, Ciaran and Kavita! Your wedding was such a joyous, colourful, love-filled weekend. Thank you so much for sharing it with us. Sending you both lots of love.
Added 11th Sep 2019
Wedding 17th Aug 2019
Had the best day in the most beautiful location. Edward, Jessica and the team went above and beyond for us both, so glad we chose Martinstown house.
Response from Martinstown House
Thank you so much, Vanessa! We are honoured that we were able to host your wedding. You both looked amazing (and the pups as well!). Sending you all love.
Aisling and Éanna
Added 13th Oct 2019
Wedding 27th Jun 2019
Edward, Jessica, Andrew and all the team at Martinstown were absolutely brilliant. They took exquisite care of us not only on the day of our wedding but in all the prep and organising leading up to it. The venue itself is simply magical. We had a completely wonderful day due in no small part to the amazing support of the Martinstown team. Thank you for so generously giving of your time and your beautiful home to make our day so special.
Response from Martinstown House
You two are such a special pair, and it was an absolute honour to help you plan. What an incredibly joyous wedding it was. Hoping you both are well! - J
Will and Han
Added 3rd Sep 2019
Wedding 4th May 2019
The team at Martinstown House worked so hard to give us the day we wanted and we're so grateful to them! We took a long time to choose our venue and Martinstown House ticked all the boxes. We were keen to find a venue where we could have a lot of input on how our day ran and they were happy to listen to all of our ideas and help make our day happen. They were a wonderful help in the run up to the wedding and definitely took the pain out of the planning process. They were flexible to our requests and always made us feel at home when we had planning visits. On the day everything ran like clockwork. Our guests were blown away by the venue, hospitality and the food. The attention to detail and level of care given to our guests on the day was second to none. All of the staff truly went above and beyond to look after us and give us the best day of our lives! Thank you!
Response from Martinstown House
Thank you so much for your gorgeous review! What a time was had! We hope you're both keeping well, and we're sending you all the love. - J
Tanya and Gareth Dumbrell
Added 18th Oct 2018
Wedding 8th Sep 2018
Well, where do we start. From the moment we chose Martinstown House for our ceremony and reception we knew we'd made the right decision. Jessica, Edward and Andrew could not have done more for us or our guests. They helped give us the dream wedding we'd imagined. Going above and beyond for us and nothing was too much trouble. There's no putting it into words. As a venue, Martinstown House is incredibly beautiful and welcoming. The ceremony area, well nothing can compare to it. From the tin roof to the wood frame and even the chandelier, it's a woodland setting that dreams are made of. All of our guests are still commenting on it. And the food was incredible, well what we had of it haha, nerves kicked in for speeches and we barely touched our meal but the comments from guests about the fabulous meal and the variety of options rings true (our tasting menu blew us away- thank you Andrew). We just can't recommend Martinstown House enough. You will not find a more beautiful place to hold your wedding and as we said above, Jessica, Edward and Andrew are amazing. You just cant go wrong with this venue. If we could do it all again we'd be back there in a heartbeat. Thank you guys xxx
Response from Martinstown House
Gareth and Tanya, it was such an honour to be the venue for your wedding. It was an absolutely fabulous celebration from start to finish. Thank you so much for your incredible review, we're beyond grateful. Wishing you all of the love in the world!
Megan and Ian
Added 11th Oct 2018
Wedding 1st Sep 2018
Where do we start?! If you’re looking for somewhere to have your dream wedding look no further than Martinstown!! The best thing about Martinstown is the staff. Edward, Jessica, Andrew and the whole team are just fantastic. We organised our wedding from New Zealand and Edward was always so responsive in answering all our emails and questions, making the whole process a breeze. Jessica ensures the whole day runs smoothly and they really care about you, and making sure you have the wedding of YOUR dreams. They allow you to do whatever you want (within reason!!) and are open to all your ideas, providing support and guidance with their wealth of wedding experience. The venue speaks for itself from the beautiful house, manicured lawn, incredible woodland ceremony area, secret garden and marquee. The food is just incredible!! Andrew is indeed a talented man and we were treated to an immaculate feast before dancing the night away!! Our whole wedding day and wider experience was perfect from start to finish. So as I say, book it today!!!
Response from Martinstown House
Thank you so much for your beautiful review. We are so lucky that we go to share in your beautiful wedding. Your friends and family are a testament to how incredible you both are. We wish you all the best!
Christine & Mick
Added 6th Jan 2018
Wedding 20th Oct 2017
Martinstown House was the venue for our wedding in October 2017 and to say we chose wisely would be an understatement. From the first meeting with Jessica in the spring, we were treated with warmth, enthusiasm, sage advice and genuine, personalised wedding planning. Hurricane Ophelia and Storm Brian tried their best to cause trouble for the great team of Jessica, Edward and Andy but our entire day was perfect from start to finish. I would recommend the professionalism, ambiance, food and hospitality of this great venue - all our family and friends are still raving about it!
Niall and Ellen
Added 7th Jan 2018
Wedding 26th Aug 2017
We had a really fabulous wedding weekend in Martinstown House. The delicious food and the laid-back atmosphere and charm of the venue were exactly what we wanted for our wedding. Additionally, the ability to decorate the marquee to put our mark on the wedding added real appeal. The staff get full marks - Irish hospitality at its best. The communal breakfast with our close family and friends around the big table the morning after was really special and an unexpected highlight. Not only did we have a fantastic weekend - so many of our guests commented on the delicious food and the beautiful gardens too. It was truly perfect and we would like to relive it over and over again.
Matthew Durland
Added 23rd Aug 2017
Wedding 24th Jun 2017
This place is lovely and unique on so many levels. The family who run the venue are attentive and kind, ready to personally see to all kinds of requests. The grounds are incredible: from the centuries old house, outdoor ceremony space, walled garden and huge parkland. Dinner was great as was the late night food. The quirky things were my favourite like the firetruck and VW bus for pictures. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a unique setting to throw the party of a life time.
Added 10th Jan 2018
Wedding 26th May 2017
After just an hour-long drive from Dublin, we arrived at the gates of Martinstown House, sensing immediately that something special was about to be revealed at the top of the meandering tree lined avenue. We spent just a few months planning our wedding and Martinstown was our first and only hotel viewing. Enough said. As we drove up to the house, we began to dream that this would be where we would get married. We felt a sense of warmth and welcome from the first minute. The house is a treasure. We loved it so much that we almost wanted to keep it a secret. Filled with history around every corner, it’s an amazing Strawberry Gothic beauty, by Victorian architect Decimus Burton. It fitted perfectly with our dream of vintage themed wedding. It’s so comfortable and homely - we cannot speak highly enough of the warm, cosy and immaculate bedrooms and ensuite bathrooms, which we were more than delighted to show our friends to when they arrived for the big day (and night) with us. There is also great accommodation available in the lovely courtyard. The walled “Secret” garden was for us our perfect setting for the ceremony and we were lucky to have fantastic weather to have drinks on the lawn with our family and friends afterwards. This was followed by a fantastic and taste-filled sophisticated dinner in a candlelit dining room which included a delicious homemade garden soup, perfectly cooked guinea fowl, vegetables and potatoes and, not one, but a trio of exquisite desserts. It was clear that all of our guests really enjoyed the feast. Later, the dining room was quickly cleared to allow for everyone to dance late into the night. Luckily, the weather was so good that guests also had the choice to drink and mingle outside at a log fire on the lawn. A memorable day was had by everyone. After a refreshing morning shower in a spotlessly clean and spacious bathroom, we came down to a first-class breakfast with our friends and family of full Irish, sausages, bacon, eggs from the farm, mushrooms, tomatoes, pudding, homemade muesli and preserves, a selection of yogurts, fresh fruit and cheese, coffee and tea and more. It was delicious and a lovely way to say goodbye to our guests. Edward, Jessica and Andrew were very visible and involved throughout our stay, ceremony and reception, moving around to make sure that everyone was comfortable and well looked after. It must have been about 4am when we went to bed, and they were still downstairs entertaining our friends and family in the late bar. When we woke the next morning, we looked outside to see Jessica showing another couple around the grounds as the heavens poured down. They work tirelessly and always with a smile. We could not speak highly enough of the quality of hospitality of everyone at Martinstown. Planning a wedding can be stressful and they certainly have a special ability to reassure you that everything is going to be ok. We certainly had many questions by phone and email – all of which were met with efficiency and courtesy. Thank you for the wonderful welcome, service and memories.
Shane & Laura
Added 4th Mar 2017
Wedding 2nd Mar 2017
We celebrated our big day in Martinstown House. We could not have chosen a better venue. The venue is picturesque, well maintained and allows you to travel back in time, ideal for special occasions. Edward, Jessica & Andrew are very easy to deal with and very accommodating. All our special requests were met with no issues. Their attention to detail is second to none. Our day was hassle free and relaxing in a very warm atmosphere, emphasised by the large open fire places. Andrew, the chef, with his talent and ability to create delicious plates of food made the dinning experience something to remember. The rooms are very comfortable, spacious and all extra needs were met. Overall it was a wonderful time spent in Martinstown house, not only for us but all of our guests who were complimenting the hospitality and kindness of Edward & Jessica.
Clare and Michael
Added 28th Aug 2016
Wedding 30th Jul 2016
We recently had our wedding at Martinstown House. What can we say it was a perfect weekend from start to finish. Edward was a brilliant host and made the entire wedding planning process stress free and is always there to help with whatever little request you may have. All of the rooms in the main house and courtyard were fabulous and spotless. Our guests were delighted with how relaxed the wedding day was, the beautiful grounds and the delicious spitroast menu. It is a day we will never forget and are delighted we chose this amazing venue to host our big day.
Response from Martinstown House
Thank you so much for hosting your wedding at Martinstown House, we are delighted that you choose us and that you had such a good time in the new marquee. We are always delighted to see you, so drop in for a glass of something cool and bubbly! Best wishes Edward and the team.
Kate and Peter Mullen
Added 13th Jun 2016
Wedding 28th May 2016
For months prior to our daughter Claire's wedding Andrew, Roisin and Edward advised and guided Claire and her, now, husband Declan on all aspects of the catering, presentation, and timings. As the parents of the bride we were extremely grateful for their help and expertise. I have been told in the past that the parents of the bride rarely actually enjoy their daughters wedding as the worry of " pleasing" everyone is on their shoulders. NOT in our case. We had an absolute wonderful time. I use That word as our day was indeed full of wonder. The smooth execution and delivery of such eye pleasing, tasty, Michelin star worthy food was first class service. The friendly, helpful always smiling staff could not have done anything more. This all wrapped in the beautiful surroundings,lantern lite private secret gardens in the evening,offered our privacy, intimacy and security for family, couples and children alike. I could not recommend or boast Martinstown House enough. Thank you for giving our daughter the magical romantic wedding we and she could only have dreamed of for her. Our dream became a reality in Martinstown house
Response from Martinstown House
Such a kind review, thank you so so much. It was such a beautiful celebration.
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