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The Avon

Burgage, Blessington, Co. Wicklow
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Reviews for The Avon

25 reviews
Quality of service4.7/5
Added 16th Jan 2021
Wedding 5th Jun 2021
I gave this venue the benefit of the doubt. However, there is no justification of the lack of management in this venue. I booked this venue for my wedding for summer 2021 including accommodation with ceremony and reception to take place on the grounds of The Avon back in early 2020 and it is worth mentioning I first visited the venue with my partner back in December 2019. Throughout our numerous visits there was a change of wedding coordinator 3 times. Prior to COVID we had a break booked to stay in the venue which was unfortunate cancelled following the email I received that my accommodation for my wedding will no longer be available because the houses are to be rented to residents for a long term basis. This as a result broke the contract that we had with the venue. I received a refund of only €250 and promised to receive the remaining €750 mid to end of October 2020. It is mid January 2021 and I have not received any response to any of my emails or calls. I understand that it is hard times but this venue is far from what they are advertising and promising the public. Will not be coming back nor recommending to anyone. Awful is not even the word. Do not book!
Sabrina & Niall
Added 12th Nov 2019
Wedding 27th Jul 2019
Myself and my 'Husband' got married in The Avon on the 27th July 2019 - it was absolutely amazing, the views were breathtaking, the staff were lovey and very accommodating, could not recommended The Avon enough - thank you so much!
Niamh & Anne
Added 11th Nov 2019
Wedding 17th May 2019
We are back in the land of the living and just wanted to drop you a line to say thank you for such an amazing day!! from start to finish we were looked after - Geraldine kept my nerves in check right up until the day before the wedding where Laura took over and went out of her way to make sure we were all ok , Jacob outdone himself with the food which people are still raving about! All of the staff throughout the day were like busy little bees looking after us and we cant thank you all enough, its a day we will never forget so thank you from the bottom of our hearts :) Niamh & Anne
Alison O Brien
Added 19th May 2019
Wedding 22nd Nov 2018
The hotel and staff were absolutely fantastic on our wedding day. The venue and the views were beautiful. From day one the staff went above and beyond to meet our needs for our big day. I visit the hotel regularly and the service is always 100%
Response from The Avon
Alison, Thank you for your review. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your Big Day. We hope to see you soon!The A Wedding Team.
Cathy Atkins
Added 7th Dec 2018
Wedding 28th Sep 2018
We dealt with Katie for our wedding and Saoirse for accommodation. They were both along with the rest of their team, extremely professional. They responded quickly to any queries. I couldn't recommend them highly enough. The venue was magnificent with stunning views and the food was lovely. All our guest were pleased. I'd do it all again with the Avon Ri if I could.
Michelle & Duncan
Added 22nd Sep 2018
Wedding 7th Sep 2018
Our wedding was in Ireland but it could have been anywhere in the world. The ceremony took place outside overlooking Blessington lakes and definitely had the wow factor. It had a rustic feel that was felt throughout the Avon Ri resort, with a beautiful festival style tent sheltering our reception in the library bar. The day flowed from start to finish and I believe that that’s the vibe this relaxed setting offers. Choosing to have our wedding day here is a decision that we are delighted with. It really is a wonderland where even indoors the stunning views and interior offer the outdoors. We can’t express our gratitude to all of the staff in the Avon Ri for the most magical wedding imaginable. From start to finish the staff went above and beyond to make the experience a personal one where attention to detail and customer service were the makers of the best day of our lives. Myself and Duncan will miss you Katie. You are top of your game when it comes to wedding planning, Thank you! Laura you are super thank u and your team for going above beyond for us and our guests the service is fantastic! We would highly recommend the Avon Ri to any couple who want all of the above! Wish we could do it again.. Michelle & Duncan September 2018
Natalie Shanahan
Added 6th Dec 2018
Wedding 24th Aug 2018
Had our wedding in August,love this place,we had an outdoor wedding,it was amazing,food is amazing and staff are so lovely and very helpfull,would defitnitly recommend the Avon Ri lakeshore Resort.
Natalie Shanahan
Added 12th Oct 2018
Wedding 24th Aug 2018
Had our wedding in August,love this place,we had an outdoor wedding,it was amazing,food is amazing and staff are so lovely and very helpfull,would defitnitly recommend the Avon Ri lakeshore Resort.
Helen Cashell
Added 31st Jul 2017
Wedding 1st Sep 2017
We dealt with Katie and Saoirse throughout the final stages of planning our wedding and over the weekend itself. They couldn't do enough for us, everything ran so smoothly with accommodation and the Bridal House is newly refurbished and just so gorgeous. We were due to have an outdoor ceremony and with 10 minutes until the ceremony, the heavens opened! The staff quickly moved the ceremony to the beautiful covered decking area overlooking Blessington Lakes, and our guests felt the turnaround was so smooth and professional. We had quite a busy day with bands playing at our drinks reception as well as after the meal, and staff were on hand to support us throughout. We had about 20% of our guests eating vegan or vegetarian food, and the chef, Ray, ensured that everyone was very well looked after. I had serious issues with my bank when trying to make the payment and the staff were so patient and accommodating while I sorted it out. We cannot fault this venue and would highly recommend it for its food, friendly staff, amazing scenery and excellent accommodation for guests.
Pamela and Darren Tobin
Added 5th Jan 2018
Wedding 26th Aug 2017
I cannot fault the staff at Avon ri for their services throughout our wedding day. We put all our confidence in them when we booked our wedding with them and they followed through on everything they said they would . Fantastic location . The views are unbelievable . The food was superb on the day and with 70 / 80 guests you would expect a blip but there were none . Everything went amazingly .
Michelle Oconnor
Added 5th Jan 2018
Wedding 25th Aug 2017
The Avon Rí was a fab place to have our wedding the secenery was fab for our pictures Katie was brill she looked after us so well and couldn’t do enough for us food was lovely and the houses were fab to would highly recommend this place staff were so nice and the kids loved it they could play in the play ground and we could see them
Added 5th May 2018
Wedding 4th Aug 2017
Absolutely fantastic venue, scenery for pictures was amazing, staff were very attentive and ensured everything ran smoothly on the day, going so far as to bring one of the guests dinners to their accommodation on site, as they were feeling unwell. Rooms and their layout were splendid went out and above my expectation, very accommodating to the children on the day. I would 100% recommend this venue and their staff.
Thomas and Roisin Canning
Added 5th Jan 2018
Wedding 14th Jul 2017
I have to say the Management in the Avon Ri and staff could not do enough always available when needed and a special thanks to Katie kinsella who organised the whole day for me and my new wife Roisin.I recommend this place highly Thank you again
The New Wilson Ryans
Added 23rd Jan 2018
Wedding 26th May 2017
I can only describe the Avon Ri as a hidden gem in Blessington. We were so lucky to have one of the hottest days of the year as our wedding day. Sun, Lakes and amazing food. Isobel was our wedding coordinator for the Avon Ri and she made our wedding come together and had myself and my new husband so happy with the day and the next one too! The Avon Ri are more than accommodating they put out all the required decorations that I wanted for the day. Organised everyone where they were supposed to be - this just made the day run so much better and we even had those precious moments together. I cannot recommend this venue for your wedding the photos with the lakes in the background is just worth it! Also need to mention the menu - we are food lovers my husband and I, Avon Ri gave us a menu that our guests still talk about today.
Added 5th Jan 2018
Wedding 19th May 2017
We had our wedding in Avon Ri in May 2017. From start to finish we received fantastic service and really felt they listened and gave us the wedding we wanted. We wanted things a bit different from the "norm" and were so delighted with it start to finish. I would have no hesitation in recommending them
Dorothy and glenn
Added 13th Aug 2015
Wedding 18th Jul 2015
Fantastic hotel stunning view guys and girls you will go a very long way before you'll get the professionalism of this hotel the staff are amazing the chef mark and his team what food and great value for money the whole wedding team will sit down and discuss everything with you about you're budget and they will make you're wedding experience a brilliant one you won't ever forget we can't praise this hotel enough thankyou Avonri Hotel for everything also if you need a photographer try mand m photography blessi gton a husband and wife they are amazing also Colin on videos for weddings brilliant also if you're having a civil ceremony pastor Gerry byrne is brilliant you can have the civil side plus prayers .our wedding was on 18 th July. 2015 regards Glenn and dorothy
Response from The Avon
Hi Dorothy & Glenn, Thank you for taking the time to write a review & Congratulations once again from all the team at Avon Ri. You were both a pleasure to work with and we are delighted that your Big Day is one that you wont forget. We look forward to seeing you again in the near future. Kind Regards, Isobel & Avon Ri Team
Nicola Hart
Added 13th Aug 2015
Wedding 3rd Jul 2015
Laura who coordinated our wedding talked us through every detail and really paid attention to things that I didn't even know had to be done! She literally thought of everything and advised us extremely well so much so that I'm still receiving phone calls from guests about how great the day was! Mark and all the kitchen staff cooked the best wedding food I've ever had and looked after the vegetarians and celiacs really well, everyone is ranting and raving about the chicken with guiness and cream sauce still! Also a huge thanks to Robbie for looking after everyone into the early hours of the morning and after us every time we came down in the months leading up to the wedding! Every member of staff went above and beyond the entire weekend we were there and I can honestly say I'd do it all again tomorrow and not change one thing. If anyone is in two minds about picking a venue or going with the Avon ri don't be, they gave us by far the best day of our lives and every single person that attended cannot get over the day/venue/staff and I truely mean that!
Response from The Avon
Hi Nicola & David, Thank you for taking the time to write a review & Congratulations once again to you both from all the team at Avon Ri. I will pass on all your complements to all staff members, Marks chicken with Guinness and cream sauce always goes down a treat with all of our customers as one of his signature dishes. We look forward to welcoming you both back to Avon Ri in the near future. Wishing you all happiness and success in the future. Kind Regards, Isobel & Avon Ri Team
Added 18th Aug 2015
Wedding 5th Jun 2015
Most relaxed day the staff were amazing. Got married in the upstairs roomdrinks reception in the bar then had dinner in the restaurant wow I love the food and the room is so different. Then back upstairs for the evening party. It was just so free flowing all planned so well. No waiting around for room to be done up or band to set it. Big thanks to all involved.
Response from The Avon
Hi Ailish, Thank you for taking the time to write a review , we are all delighted to hear that you enjoyed your day at Avon Ri. Huge congratulations from all the team at Avon Ri. We look forward to meeting with you both again in the near future. Kind Regards, Isobel & Avon Ri Team
Orla & Paddy
Added 27th Aug 2015
Wedding 21st Sep 2012
We were looking for a relaxed setting with beautiful scenery for our special day and we couldn't have been happier with Avon Ri. From our first contact the team were friendly and helpful. We got a fantastic package and the guests were really impressed with the meal. After our civil ceremony at the hotel the 2 of us went on a sailing trip on the lake and then got some stunning photos on the Lake shore. We danced the night away looking out on the lakes: it really was a magical day!
Zita and Larry McGowan
Added 23rd Jul 2014
We were blessed with the service, professionalism and dedication from the team at Avon Rí. From our first visit we felt looked after. Valerie and Laura were with us right down the line, and the benefit of their experience enabled us to avoid any pitfalls for the big day. They gave it to us straight, professional to the last. They were accommodating and attentive, well organised and genuinely interested in making it the best day it could be. They provided solutions, not problems, and that is what providing a service is all about! I would recommend Laura, Valerie and all of the friendly staff to anyone. The food was exquisite and Martin (Head Chef) was very thorough and committed. He insists that quality must be consistent for all guests, and this was certainly the case on the day. Having the food just right is so important, and we were delighted with both the service and the food itself. Excellent. As a venue we couldn't have asked for better. The houses are perfect for guests, spacious and fully kitted out. The bars were well stocked and manned. There was no consideration required regarding noise level, as there were no sleeping guests above us, as would be the case in many hotels. We partied on late into the night! The surroundings and views are stunning and it's a very child-friendly resort. So don’t hesitate folks. Have your wedding reception at the Avon Rí. You will be well looked after in a stunning location with your nearest and dearest happily accommodated within walking distance!
Glen & Ewa Young
Added 30th Sep 2013
To Valerie and all the staff, From the first day we walked into Avon Ri we were blown by not only the stunning views but the hospitality of all the staff. Everybody made such an effort and we knew this was the place for us. Valerie thank you so much for all your advice and help. It really made our Wedding stress free knowing everything was being looked after by you and your team. The Wedding Day was more than what we could have ever dreamed it could be. Our family and friends are still taking about the most amazing meal they ever had. We knew after the wedding tasting that Chef Martin’s cooking would “Wow” everybody and it done just that. Avon Ri will always have a special place in our hearts. Thank you all again for all the memories.?? Glen & Ewa?xxx
Unity & Cliff Pollard
Added 29th Sep 2013
My husband and I got married in the Avon Ri, Sept 2013. From our first meeting with Valerie and Laura we were made feel at ease. There was a very short space of time between our first meeting and the wedding date but the Avon Ri reassured that what we wanted was achievable. Our day was so special from start to finish and we couldn’t have chosen a better place in the Avon Ri. The views are spectacular which we were made even more special by the ‘lucky’ good weather. The staff were fantastic ensuring we didn’t have to worry about a thing on the day. The food and location were complemented by our guests all day and long after that. The selection of food and the quality were outstanding. I can’t speak highly enough of the chef and we couldn’t be happier in our choice for our special day. Thank you again !
Deirdre & Martin Fennelly
Added 9th Aug 2013
We had both our Wedding Ceremony & Reception at Avon Ri. The location is just spectacular, the food was amazing and the service and care we got from Valerie and the team was just brilliant right from our very first meeting up until the wedding was over. Every detail was taken care of including a fantastic BBQ the following day for all our guests who all stayed on a 2ndnight! Nothing was too much trouble and Valerie had everything under control right from the start. Our guests raved about the food in fact they still talk about it, Martin is a wonderful chef who certainly knows how to put on a spread! The reception was so much fun and Avon Ri even provided babysitters allowing all of our friends to dance on until the wee hours! One of the things we loved the most was having the whole wedding in one location so handy and great for all our guests particularly as we had a large group of friends and family from Australia & UK. Oh and the backdrop for all our photos is just wonderful and absolutely another favourite! Great memories from a great day & we can't wait to come back soon. Thanks again to the team at Avon Ri
Julian & Dave Colacioppo
Added 30th Jun 2013
Hi Valerie, Thanks for organizing our wedding. We had a great time with our family and friends. The food was amazing and the venue was impeccable. We received so many complements and were really happy with everything. We had guests coming from many parts of the world and we were delighted with the great memories that Avon Ri provided to us all.
Sean & Linda Bohan
Added 20th Mar 2013
We had our wedding in Avon Ri on the 15th March 2013. Val the wedding manager and all the Avon Ri team made it such a wonderful day with wonderful memories that we will hold forever. Val the wedding Manager is a wonderful and amazing person who made everything effortless and stress free to give us our dream wedding. The whole team in Avon Ri make you feel so welcome and are more like an extended family when dealing with them from planning, to the venue, entertainment, food, accommodation all was catered to our needs. The venue is the perfect fairytale backdrop for any wedding ceremony or afters function. We had our ceremony their on site with the beautiful Blessingtion lakes and Wicklow mountains as our backdrop. The venue is perfect for all in one as you can have your ceremony, drinks reception, afters and photographs and accommodation all in one location and convenient . We also had our lads evening the night before and the activity staff were super with organising clay shooting and outdoor activities and we had the ‘last supper’ in the bar with wonderful food. From val the event manager to the food & waiting staff and the bar staff was of the highest standard the whole way through and made it a fun and stress free day that we and our family and friends will always remember. Thank you to all the Avon Ri team for not just creating a wonderful day but so many wonderful memories that we and our family will never forget
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