Temple House Estate

Temple House Demesne, Ballymote, Co Sligo
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Temple House is a beautiful Country House wedding venue set amidst an idyllic 1,000 acre private estate overlooking the lakeside castle of the Knights Templar.

A family home since 1665 makes the atmosphere here especially peaceful and special for weddings. The mansion boasts rooms of grand proportions and grandeur and yet there is a wonderful sense of intimacy too.

You may hold your ceremony here or maybe celebrate with a blessing in the garden, or just make merry. We welcome intimate gatherings or larger parties. A capacity of 20 - 160 means we adjust which parts of the house are used to ensure good energy and flow throughout the whole day. Your guests can mingle, inside or outside; it is all very flexible and relaxed. 

Food is important here too, taking enormous pride in our reputation. We look for fresh local ingredients and go from there. 

There are just 10 guest bedrooms so exclusivity is easy. A cottage sleeping 8 on the estate plus local hotels and B&Bs offer an easy approach to accommodation. We like the wedding party to take the house for the day prior so that you will enjoy the experience all the more.

No occasions are the same – we know that. Please email or telephone to discuss your specific wedding requirements.

Reviews of Temple House Estate

10 reviews
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Daragh & Abigail Blennerhassett
Married on 28th May 2022
Could not have asked for more. The house and grounds are even nicer in person than the pictures and videos. Roderick and the staff are really helpful, down to earth and provide legitimately useful advice and recommendations. There's a great home feeling about the venue when you're staying there with amazing fresh cooking, comfortable yet regal social rooms and character everywhere. The quality of the food was incredible and value for money for the house, cottage and grounds was really good. There are no hidden extra costs for small details or add on's, with Temple House and Roderick, what you see is what you get and makes for a very relaxing, transparent and honest experience.
I would absolutely recommend this venue, the photos we have of the castle, lake, grounds and all rooms in the house made for a magic day. As I said, really couldn't have asked for more.
Added 18th Jun 2022
Maria and Ollie
Married on 22nd Oct 2022
we enjoyed every second of our time
We got married at Temple House on October 22, 2022 and stayed for two nights along with our family and closest friends. Booking Temple House was the best decision we made about our wedding. It was absolutely perfect.
Roderick is a fantastic party planner. He knows how to keep the energy flowing in the right way and he makes sure that everyone is taken care of. We live in Toronto and his communication was always on-point. Before we booked, he facilitated a thorough tour via video and then accommodated my parents on a visit around the venue. The ceremony room has the most stunning windows and skylight. It poured rain all day of our wedding, but despite that, the room was so bright and welcoming. Even though we didn't get many opportunities for photos outside, the house itself is so gorgeous! Our friends commented that our photos look like something from a movie.
The food was to-die for. The soda bread!!! The apple & rhurbarb crumble!!!! The pork belly!!! We served a four course meal for the wedding dinner and every plate was clean. It felt like the food was made with love. The house wine was delicious, and the midnight snacks were hoovered up.

The accommodations are stunning. Even though the rooms are huge, they felt so cozy and warm. The beds were some of the most comfortable we'd ever slept in!
Temple House bewitched our family and friends and we enjoyed every second of our time there. Thank you so much to Roderick and team for making our weekend so special! We can't wait to come back some day.
Added 7th Mar 2023
Eva and William
Married on 20th Nov 2021
It's been over a week now since our wedding and we are still speechless! Temple House were amazing and we cannot thank them enough for everything they done for us, both on the day and on the lead up to it. Wedding planning seemed very much like a daunting (yet exciting) task for us but Roderick and Helena made it so easy, they knew exactly what we needed and how to do it!

On the weekend of the wedding Roderick & Helena and their amazing staff were brilliant, the Friday evening is such a lovely touch and really helps to relax everyone and settle in to the weekend, The house looked amazing and on flowers supplied by Leitrim Flowers (recommended by Temple House) really set it off, Leitrim Flowers know exactly how to give the house the touch needed. We were overwhelmed with the amount of compliments the venue got from our guests, they were in amazement the whole time.

The staff were brilliant all weekend, I have never been to a place before where the staff are so willing to go out of their way to accommodate you, and we cannot not them enough for all the little things they did to help make our weekend what it was, all the little things did not go unnoticed!

The food was unbelievable, Vicky is one very talented chef! I have never been to a wedding where the guests have had such high praise for the food, every meal we had was fabulous, my gluten-free sister says she will never be able to eat out again after sampling the GF food ye offered her!

We definitely will be back for a visit some time!

Eva & William
Added 17th Jan 2022
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Rachel and Andrew
Married on 20th Aug 2021
Just a quick update, now that we are back from our honeymoon (and back to reality!). We had the most amazing ceremony and celebrations in Temple House - the venue was just absolutely perfect and we were so lucky the sun even shone for us at the right time!

A massive thank you to George for all his help - and the girls were just absolutely wonderful, their service was spectacular. They were so helpful throughout and put such care into even the smallest of details - which didn't go unnoticed. Our families also commented on how lovely all the girls were even to the point of them making the effort to remember individual guests' names. We couldn't have been more impressed.

From start to finish - we were on cloud 9 and couldn't have asked for a more beautiful location to celebrate our wedding.

P.s a major thank you for pulling out all the stops to get the ceremony room finished for our day - you'll hear from the video attached how incredible the acoustics were for the ceremony. The room also looked fantastic - so thank you again for this!
Added 12th Sep 2021
Lisa and DJ
Married on 24th Jun 2021
We got married in Temple House last month! Roderick was so helpful during our planning stages and always on hand to answer any questions or queries we had. The few days we spent in Temple House will never be equalled. Some of our guests enjoyed clay pigeon shooting and the boating facilities, while others explored the beautiful gardens. The staff were fabulous, they were all so friendly and helpful, going above and beyond to make our day run smoothly. The food was absolutely gorgeous, from Helena?s beautiful baking to Chef Vicki?s amazing canap?s and our main meals! Our dream of getting married outside was put at risk by the inclement weather but Roderick was quick to come to the rescue with an alternative plan. The final point to note was how great everyone in Temple House was with our nieces and nephews (aged 4 - 9), they were spoiled and entertained by Roderick and all the staff. We are looking forward to returning! Thank you to all in Temple House for giving us such an amazing unforgettable experience.

Added 12th Sep 2021
Tracy and Mark Sally
Married on 4th Dec 2020
After a disappointing start to 2020 (having to postpone our large wedding abroad), we came across Temple House Estate. From the get-go Roderick, the host, was so organised and laid back about everything. On first viewing, we got an extensive tour of his home and he very simply put forward many ideas for our big day- we didn't need to look further for the perfect wedding venue.
Temple House, is a venue like no other. Initially having invited 100+ to our big day, this was narrowed down to under 25 people which could not have suited Temple House more. The guests arrived and were all wowed by the surroundings and even more by the grand house, Christmas decorations and their rooms. With a small number, we were able to spend the perfect few days all together under one roof.
Roderick and the staff could not have done any more, taking a very 'there but not there' approach, making it feel like it was our personal venue but with someone always there to top up a glass or help out if needed.
All guests were completely wowed with the term 'unbelievable' floating about a lot!
The food was amazing and to say the least no one went hungry! Guests have since commented on the only regret of not being fit to finish all their grub!
Temple House, Roderick and the staff (Lorraine notably) were amazing from day one and even with Covid 19 restrictions in place, we were able to have the best wedding we could have imagined! Many family and friends have already spoken of a return visit!

To sum up;
-amazing food, with a huge selection to cater for everyone. Wine and spirits all top quality.
-amazing grounds
-amazing bedrooms- clean, comfy beds with views of lake and ruins
-amazing staff- they knew the guests by name by the end of the wedding

10/10 would recommend or do it all over again!
Response from Temple House Estate
Tracy, Mark, family and friends. It was a real pleasure. Truly. Thank you.
Added 10th Dec 2020
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Carol & Brendan Kelly
Married on 28th Nov 2020
Thank you to Roderick, Lorraine and team in Temple house for making our wedding day perfect. When we saw Temple House and it?s beautiful surroundings we knew we wanted our wedding to be there. On first meeting Roderick we felt like he had safety as his top priority in light of Covid-19. Planning our day, it was difficult to picture how it would flow with social distancing, masks etc. The Temple House team made sure every safety measure and precaution was taken and everyone felt safe and enjoyed the day. The day itself flowed seamlessly, from getting ready in the morning, then our arrival back after the ceremony to enjoy the celebration. We had so many menu options to choose from for the canap? reception to the main meal itself, each one unique and something to suit every palate. The food did not disappoint, everyone enjoyed it from children to adults.
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Carol and Brendan
Thank you so much for your kind words. I'm pleased that getting the balance right between c19 and a good party worked. We thoroughly enjoyed hosting your friends and family. You're all great!
Added 5th Jan 2021
?Thanks again for being such wonderful hosts, and for making our wedding planning so easy and the day so fantastic for us. All of our friends and family have been raving about Temple house since then, and deservedly so, it really is a very special place. Your laid back but attentive approach was perfect for us and we had the most amazing few days."
Added 6th Sep 2012
?Thanks so much again for everything you and the team did to make our day what it was for us which was perfect.?
Added 18th Jul 2012
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?Temple House couldn?t have been a better venue, nor could ye have been more help before and on the day!?
Added 11th Jun 2012
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