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The Dunloe Hotel & Gardens

Beaufort, Killarney, Kerry
Reviews (41) 5/5
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The magnificent 5 star Dunloe Hotel & Gardens is situated on its own 64 acre estate in Beaufort, Co. Kerry overlooking the iconic Gap of Dunloe and is a short drive from Killarney town.

The Dunloe Hotel & Gardens has been welcoming couples for over 50 years and is renowned for its high standards of personalised and professional service in a beautiful setting.

The magnificent property is situated on its own 64 acre estate in Beaufort, Co. Kerry overlooking the iconic Gap of Dunloe, the River Laune and is a short drive from Killarney town. The Dunloe is a classic yet contemporary 5 star hotel set in beautiful gardens leading to the ruined keep of the old 12th century Dunloe castle.

A red carpet awaits on arrival where you and your guests are welcomed to The Upper Lounge for your wedding drinks reception which offers panoramic views of the surrounding parkland and beyond. When weather permits enjoy your drinks reception al fresco on the Outdoor Terrace area or choose our rustic Thatch Cottage on the 64 acre estate.

One of the most important aspects of any luxury wedding venue is the ballroom. Filled with natural daylight the elegant Park Suite is your private ballroom for the evening, intimate and classical. With private dining for up to 240 guests, it boasts its own bar, dance floor and outdoor terrace area exclusively for you and your wedding guests.
The overall setting of The Dunloe Hotel & Gardens creates a romantic atmosphere, with walled gardens and secret pathways making it a unique and ideal backdrop for your wedding photographs. With our magical setting combined with our experience, dedication and exquisite cuisine all together creates a truly magnificent occasion for your Wedding Day.

Keeping the service and celebration within the grounds of the estate ensures that the magical spell remains unbroken. The Dunloe Hotel & Gardens is the perfect location for both intimate and larger wedding celebrations.

We are an approved venue to host your civil ceremony, informal blessings and partnerships. We offer a number of options for ceremonies, perfect for everything from small and intimate to larger civil celebrations. The Club Room is a popular option for the smaller intimate celebrations for up to 70 guests whilst our outdoor ceremonies are also popular in the summer months. Our wedding team are on hand to advise you on choosing a registrar or celebrant and we will personally ensure that even the smallest detail that is important to you is cared for.

To speak to a member of our Wedding Team or to book a consultation, email [email protected] or contact +353 (0) 64 66 44 111.


41 reviews
Quality of service5.0/5
Aisling Dowling
Added 28th Nov 2022
Wedding 22nd Oct 2022
The Dunloe Hotel is a dream wedding venue with and excellent team on hand to support and deliver on a fantastic day! The personal service and calm but efficient nature of the team in partucular Rachael, Klaudia and Jason made it seamless and enjoyable. The setting inside and outside the hotel is stunning and the food is excellent. We fell in love with the hotel before our wedding and this was re-confirmed by amazing feedback from our guests. Would highly recommend!
Caitríona and Sean O'Riordan
Added 23rd Nov 2022
Wedding 18th Jun 2022
We had our dream day in the Dunloe Hotel and Gardens in June 2022. Jason and his team were so accommodating and understood exactly what we wanted for our big day. Their attentiveness on the day was outstanding, and nothing was too big an ask. Their suppliers list was also so helpful in booking other suppliers (photographer, decor, piano player) and made everything run so smoothly. Our day was so personal, laid back, and fun(!), all with a touch of class brought by the team. We are so grateful to them and recommend The Dunloe wholeheartedly. We can't wait to visit again soon!
Melissa & Andy
Added 5th Mar 2022
Wedding 2nd Oct 2021
“My Husband, Andy and I got married in October 2021 in St. Marys Cathedral, Killarney and had our reception then at The Dunloe Hotel & Gardens. I emphasise the Gardens as from the moment we drove through the gates of the hotel to meet Jason for our Initial wedding Consultation, the picturesque gardens and views with the hotel set into the background, just caught my breath and I remember actually sitting forward in my seat so excited and saying to Andy, “Oh my god, I feel like I have been transported into another world, this is it, this is where we are having Our Wedding.” Practical Andy to my impluseness replied, “Hold on till we meet the man first and see how it goes.” & Did it go, Jason was so professional and devoted and we just got a sense from him that he would go up and beyond to give you the most memorable wedding day. As myself and Andy drove back out after the meeting with Jason, we stopped to admire the Horses and Andy agreed, “Yeah this is it.” It took me ages to put pen to paper about what to write for this Venues Review as I wanted to do it so much Justice, because as a Bride to be you have a vison and dream of what you want your day to be, for me it was “Elegance meets Nature” and ever the Interior Designer my theme was “Chanel in the Forest,” from the tables named after Irish Trees to acorns underneath the Candelabras to black sashes on the Ivory Chair Covers, nothing was too much for them. Jason and Clodagh just went up and beyond and the whole weekend was above any dream I could envision, it was our Fairy-tale Wedding. This exceptional duo Team are absolutely First Class, how I would summarize them would be like two in sync graceful swans you see gliding effortlessly on a lake, but obviously underneath their feet are kicking mad to move along but you don’t see that and that’s how it felt on our day, everything was taken care of and the whole reception just went so seamlessly, in fact the whole weekend from check in to check out. SEAMLESS would be the word to sum it all up. My feedback highlights how amazing the Gardens, Castle and the Interior of the Hotel is, but for Andy he is still raving about the Children’s onsite activities as we had our 2-year-old Freya with us the children’s activities in particular the kids club was a godsend to us and she absolutely loved it. For our guests they are still talking about the beef… “The best beef they ever had.” “And they kept coming around with more helpings” At breakfast the next morning, the main topics of conversation were how good the food was, how lovely the wine was, how amazing the views are from their rooms. As a newly married couple that’s all we wanted to hear was that everyone enjoyed the day as much as we did! So, to wrap this up, Jason & Clodagh… Thank you, thank you, thank you sincerely for creating The Perfect Day, we will never ever forget! We look forward to coming back in October to celebrate our 1-year Anniversary and reliving our amazing memories.
Emily Fitzgerald
Added 17th Nov 2019
Wedding 5th Oct 2019
We had our reception in the Dunloe Hotel in early October and wow! It exceeded every expectation! From the start Jason, Niamh and the team were fantastic to deal with, they made our day so easy and everything was exceptional quality and customer service. We would highly recommend any couple to have their reception here, it will be the best decision you made! Thanks to you at at the Dunloe Hotel & Gardens for the most special day. Emily & Ger
Regina and Mark
Added 30th Oct 2019
Wedding 24th Aug 2019
We recently had a wonderful weekend celebrating our wedding with our family and friends in The Dunloe Hotel and Gardens. We fell head over heels in love with this hidden gem the first time we met Jason and immediately knew this was the venue for us and our wedding was in safe hands. Jason is so competent, knowledgeable and easy to work with. From the moment we booked to this day, the service we received was exceptional. In the months leading up to our big day, Jason, Niamh and Simon could not have been more helpful and accommodating, always prompt to respond to any queries. There was never any problem making the wedding planning experience really enjoyable and stress-free. We were always made feel so special and that our wedding was unique and important to them. Our wedding menu tasting in The Grill Restaurant was an outstanding experience and we definitely recommend staying the night and making the most of this fun experience. We loved staying at the hotel for the weekend of the wedding. Our family and friends were made feel so welcome and it truly was a home away from home. We enjoyed some pre-wedding drinks in The Bar the night before (The Dunloe Signature cocktail was a big hit!) and this really added to the excitement. Also, the view of the Gap of Dunloe from The Grill Restaurant each morning while having breakfast was breath-taking. Mark and I are both lost for words on how to describe the service on the wedding day but it completely exceeded all our expectations. The bridal suite was so beautiful and spacious and made for a really relaxed morning getting ready. From early morning to late that night, both Jason and Niamh checked in with us regularly throughout the day to make sure everything was going ok for us. They were there to wish us off to the cathedral and welcome us back for the celebrations. Everyone was blown away by the luxurious Upper Lounge with its spectacular views for the drinks reception. Our guests are still commenting on how beautiful the grounds and hotel looked and most importantly how amazing the food was. We cannot complement the chef and kitchen staff enough for the quality of food that was presented. All the staff are so genuine and courteous and went above and beyond at all times. We are so grateful that everything flowed smoothly and perfectly on time, undoubtedly down to all the hard work that went on behind the scenes. We could not have asked for a better wedding day and highly recommend The Dunloe Hotel and Gardens as a five star wedding venue. It will forever hold a special place in our hearts with fond memories to last a lifetime. Thank you to all the management and staff for making our dream wedding come true.
Added 9th Feb 2020
Wedding 9th Aug 2019
I am eternally grateful for the fact that I was blessed with The Dunloe as our wedding venue, the most beautiful hotel and setting that I ever could have imagined. From my very first appointment at the hotel, during the many visits from London in the planning stages and on the weekend itself, the service and attention to detail that we experienced was highly impressive. It was fantastic to work with Jason and Niamh went above and beyond to support the planning; nothing was too much. The Dunloe is the wedding hotel of dreams. The grounds, decor, staff and food were absolutely magical and all contributed to our wedding day being a showstopper. I can't thank Niamh, Jason and the staff enough for making planning a wedding from overseas a stress free process. I would highly recommend The Dunloe to anyone who aspires to the full fairytale experience. We - along with our families - are already planning our return trips to the hotel.
Aoife and Michael
Added 14th Aug 2019
Wedding 27th Jul 2019
From the moment we picked the Dunloe as our wedding venue, the service we received was 5 star. On the lead up to the wedding we were treated like VIP’s by Jason, Niamh and all of the Dunloe staff. The staff could not be more helpful and really make you feel at home. From the food, quality wine, accommodation and room layout the Dunloe is second to none. On the wedding day itself, the service and presentation of the hotel, the reception and the dining room was impeccable. There was no stress organising our wedding as Jason and Niamh took care of everything. We had an elderly parent and grandparents with us who needed wheelchair assistance. On a few occasions throughout the evening Niamh was a huge help and went out of her way for them. The food and ambience at the reception and at the dinner itself was amazing, all our family and friends are still raving about it 3 weeks later. The wedding rate accommodation is very reasonable including breakfast (which was delicious). All of our friends and family are so excited to go back. If we could give this venue more then 5 stars for a wedding we would! Thanks so much again Jason, Niamh and all the staff
Rae - Louise and Padraig
Added 14th Aug 2019
Wedding 13th Jul 2019
The team at The Dunloe couldn’t have made our special day anymore magical! The service provided from looking after the bridal party and getting the bride ready, accomodating our horses and carriage to feeding our guests was flawless! Surrounded by unicorns and immaculate gardens we had so much fun with our photographer! We will definitely be coming back for our anniversary
Miriam and Owen
Added 14th Aug 2019
Wedding 12th Jul 2019
To all the staff at The Dunloe a massive thank you from Owen and I for such an unforgettable wedding reception in July 2019. Jason and Niamh, you were fantastic in the weeks running up to the wedding. We really appreciate the effort you both put in. The food, wine and venue were second to none. We are blown away by the location every time we visit. I cannot wait to return! A special mention also to Cormac at the front desk, no task was ever too big or small! Many thanks again for all the hard work that goes on behind the scenes to make a wedding venue seem effortlessly flawless
Jean and Daniel
Added 14th Aug 2019
Wedding 6th Jul 2019
Myself and my now husband got married at The Dunloe on July 06th. From the very first day when we visited for our initial wedding consultation to the big day, the staff at this hotel have been nothing short of amazing! Both myself and my husband were very familiar with the hotel before choosing it as our wedding venue, however we were still blown away by the level of professionalism displayed by all staff members going from front desk to kitchen staff, bar staff, accommodation and everywhere in between. Special mention to Cormac at reception, Pearce in the bar, Mike in the restaurant. I would especially like to recognise Jason Clifford General Manager and Niamh Coakley who ensured we had the very best day! I would highly recommend The Dunloe as a wedding venue and we will be returning, it was always a special place for us and now it means so much more!
Tadgh and Agnes
Added 2nd Jul 2019
Wedding 29th Jun 2019
Amazing wedding ?? reception at the Dunloe 2 days ago we had our wedding reception at the Dunloe House and gardens,best decision we ever made Niamh, Jason and all the amazing staff could not do enough for us ,complete professionals ,amazing food 10/10 in every aspect Thank you Tadgh and Agnes
Sarah Coker
Added 31st Aug 2019
Wedding 15th Jun 2019
My husband and I got married in Killarney in June 2019. We had our ceremony at St Mary's Cathedral and our wedding reception at The Dunloe Hotel & Gardens. We live in London and Jason and Niamh made it so easy for us organising a wedding from overseas. From the first email to Jason about The Dunloe being our potential wedding venue, to Jason meeting us and taking us through all the details and then finalising all the parts for our big day, there was nothing too much trouble or too big an ask. They made us, along with all our family and friends feel so welcome (we had 200 guests fly over from the UK). Everything was 5* perfection and luxury. The Friday night we had drinks in The Bar and the atmosphere was amazing. The day of the wedding was seemless; Jason, Niamh and all their staff are perfectionists and are so well organised. The food was INCREDIBLE! All our guests have commented on how amazing the food was. The honeymoon suite was so beautiful and just the quality of everything in the room was amazing! We honestly can't thank everyone enough at The Dunloe for giving us the wedding of our dreams and making it a weekend we will never forget!! Love Ben & Sarah Coker x
Sarah and Ben Coker
Added 22nd Jul 2019
Wedding 15th Jun 2019
My husband and I got married in Killarney in June 2019. We had our ceremony at St Mary's Cathedral and our wedding reception at The Dunloe Hotel & Gardens. We live in London and Jason and Niamh made it so easy for us organising a wedding from overseas. From the first email to Jason about The Dunloe being our potential wedding venue, to Jason meeting us and taking us through all the details and then finalising all the parts for our big day, there was nothing too much trouble or too big an ask. They made us, along with all our family and friends feel so welcome (we had 200 guests fly over from the UK). Everything was 5* perfection and luxury. The Friday night we had drinks in The Bar and the atmosphere was amazing. The day of the wedding was seemless; Jason, Niamh and all their staff are perfectionists and are so well organised. The food was INCREDIBLE! All our guests have commented on how amazing the food was. The honeymoon suite was so beautiful and just the quality of everything in the room was amazing! We honestly can't thank everyone enough at The Dunloe for giving us the wedding of our dreams and making it a weekend we will never forget!! Love Ben & Sarah Coker x
Deirdre and Eoghan Murphy
Added 27th May 2019
Wedding 3rd May 2019
My husband and I got married here on 3rd May and it was the best day! We are living in New York and when we got engaged we anticipated that it maybe difficult to plan a wedding from abroad but the minute we met with Jason we knew we had chosen the perfect hotel. Both Jason and Niamh were fantastic to deal with on the lead up to our big day. From the minute we arrived at the hotel for our drinks reception everything went so seamlessly and we were able to really enjoy our day knowing that everything was being taken care of so well. Both Niamh and Jason checked in with us regularly throughout the night to make sure everything was going okay for us and this was such a nice touch. We received so many compliments from our guests in regards to the hotel and the service provided that day. One of the main feedbacks we received was how exceptional the food was and how much they enjoyed their meal. Guests also commented on how amazing the staff were and so attentive on the day of the wedding. We were so happy with how everything turned out, it really was a fairytale. We could not recommend the Dunloe Hotel highly enough to anybody getting married in the future. Jason and Niamh went above and beyond what we could have ever expected and we will be forever grateful
Lisa O’Reilly
Added 13th Oct 2018
Wedding 29th Sep 2018
We got married in this beautiful hotel with stunning grounds on September 29th and honestly our day was more than we both could ever have wished for. The hotel itself is spectacular especially since it’s recent refurbishment. The hotel staff were superb In the whole run up to the wedding and on the day they were so attentive to both us and all our guests. The food was also superb and all our guests commented on how good the day was. We can’t recommend Hotel Dunloe enough and we wish we could do it all over again. A big thanks to Jason, Niamh and all the team.
Penny + Neil
Added 23rd Aug 2018
Wedding 28th Jul 2018
We recently celebrated our wedding at The Dunloe and we had a wonderful experience. Not only are the staff extremely professional, but they're also very flexible and easy to work with. We began our planning process with Jason Clifford, the general manager, and then worked closely with the new assistant manager Kayla Burrows. First things first, the venue is stunning. When we’re in the hotel, we’re looking at all the furniture and making future plans for our own home’s décor because it’s so well decorated. You can see people’s eyes widen as they enter the building. Each room has its own personality and you don’t get the feeling of fake luxury that many seemingly fancy hotels exude. This is the real thing. Back to the wedding… We admittedly had our guards up going in, assuming we would have to protect and fight for our desires, especially given how bespoke our wedding was. But our specific requests, no matter how strange they may have been (i.e., can we use a staggered stack of old books in lieu of a cake stand?) were met with warmth and flexibility. When a request couldn’t be met (alright, so maybe the stacked books were potentially flimsy and the cake would be at risk—thanks, Kayla!) The Dunloe would find an alternative solution that worked just as well or better. Do yourselves a favour and listen to their input because, at the end of the day, they have so much more experience with weddings than you probably do and, thus, a model for determining guest behaviors. Jason was waiting for us with champagne when we arrived at the venue and a vehicle delivered us to the castle ruins where we could take some photos before joining our guests in the reception room. We were lucky to have a beautiful day, and the Dunloe grounds made for some lovely photos of our wedding party and family. The reception room is my favourite — recently remodeled. It’s gorgeous. The furniture, the décor, the bar, the balcony and views — a perfect setting to share in tears and laughter with your most cherished people just after tying the knot. In greeting guests, I forgot to grab any canapes before they were done being served so a staff member ran down to the kitchen to make me a special plate. My husband and I began practicing our speeches separately once the guests headed into the dining room and before we were summoned. The same staff member offered me a pen, but I told him I wouldn’t need it. Thirty seconds later, I realized I had some changes to make. As I approached the bar, he had one hand wiping the counter and the other holding the pen out to me. These little touches are what made the day so special for us. They predicted everything! The food was wonderful (seafood salad is amazing as a starter!) and the service was impeccable — fast and responsive. No guest went hungry between the ceremony and dinner, and definitely not between the reception and dinner. The food was abundant and servers even offered our guests extra portions. Plus, they’d even offered some flexibility with menu options. Overall, they coordinated everything perfectly for us, including the song we would enter to, the timing of it, our path to our table — things we never would have thought of. They informed us when we hit certain amounts related to drinks, as promised—and always very discreetly. Although we’d coordinated our own ceremony and designed that venue ourselves, we couldn’t have imagined coordinating the rest of the celebration. The amount of work that must have went into it and the precision with which it was delivered will continue to impress us and make us smile when we think about our day. We highly recommend The Dunloe for your wedding day.
Elaine & Kieran
Added 10th Aug 2018
Wedding 21st Jul 2018
We cannot speak highly enough of The Dunloe Hotel & Gardens. From the beginning of our enquires all the way through, Jason and his team were amazing. Nothing was too much trouble. Everything was absolutely fantastic, the service and the food is unbelievable. Thank you so much again. Such a beautiful place for our wedding. Highly recommend The Dunloe Hotel for your wedding day.
Elaine & Kieran
Added 10th Aug 2018
Wedding 21st Jul 2018
We cannot speak highly enough of The Dunloe Hotel & Gardens. From the beginning of our enquires all the way through, Jason and his team were amazing. Nothing was too much trouble. Everything was absolutely fantastic, the service and the food is unbelievable. Thank you so much again. Such a beautiful place for our wedding. Highly recommend The Dunloe Hotel for your wedding day.
Charlotte and Mark
Added 13th Jul 2019
Wedding 12th Jul 2018
Wedding of our dreams One year ago We got married at the Dunloe Hotel. We were not from Kerry and our wedding was a little different from the average. We rented the beautiful Beaufort House for the week. But we had planned to do a marquee in garden. The Dunloe hotel had just been refurbished and was only around the corner from where we were staying. As the marquee was not a runner in the end. We last minute literally contacted the Dunloe. The staff at the Dunloe were just amazing. My wife dreams came through. It’s very hard to have a 5 star wedding venue that can make you feel relaxed and be as friendly as they were. The Dunloe is something very special. We got first class service. The kids were fed first and then taken off for a camp so the adults got time to themselves (this was priceless as we had 30 children). There was nothing the Dunloe couldn t do. And off course I forgot to say. The Dunloe is in a stunning setting, beautiful hotel with the most friendliest staff I have ever met. I am sorry to Jason and all the staff at the Dunloe I have not wrote this message till one year on. But Charlotte and I thank you will all our hearts for being there for us and helping us relax so we could have a wedding that I believe only Royal s would dream of
Michael & Aoife
Added 10th Aug 2018
Wedding 6th Jul 2018
As we reflected on our Wedding Day in July 18 we could not possibly have asked for more. The Dunloe hotel surpassed all expectation and we will be forever grateful for that. Jason, Kayla, Matthew, Simon and all of the team at The Dunloe Hotel made our day so so special. Every member of staff we met were exceptional. Jason was our first point of contact in the Dunloe and we knew immediately we were in safe hands and when Kayla joined the team earlier this year we were even more assured if that was possible. No request was too big or too small and everything we asked for was met with a smile, good humour and the utmost professionalism. The hotel is newly renovated and the design and layout is to a very high and exacting standard including the outdoor areas. It is set in a tranquil area just outside Killarney with the Gap of Dunloe on its doorstep but also very accessible to the town. The restaurant and breakfast experience is a must and the coffee is excellent. Bedrooms are spotless with lots of space and really comfortable with amazing views from the balconies. The day itself was just magic, every one of our guests commented on the staff in the Dunloe and how lovely everyone was to deal with. The check in process was seamless even though many guest were checking in at same time after ceremony. I think the staff also did a great job of making both sets of parents feel extra special and offering them loads of help. The food and wine were better than we could ever have hoped and the service was what made all the difference. The team in the Dunloe is what makes the venue so incredible and we could not recommend it enough for anyone looking for a very special wedding day. Thank you to everyone in the Dunloe for all your effort and making our day so speciall!
Eoin & Sophia
Added 27th Jul 2016
Wedding 16th Jul 2016
We had our wedding at the Dunloe on the 16th of July 2016. We are based in London so had to organise a lot over the phone and mostly by email. This was not an issue and everything was in hand on the day, Jason and Veerpal deserve special mention as they were a great help throughout. The venue is stunning, it is unlikely that you will find a venue in Ireland (or anywhere for that matter) that is in such a beautiful setting. There are great views of the Dunloe Gap from the room you have the reception drinks and also from many of the bedrooms which are all fantastic. The dining hall is also beautiful and looked amazing on the day (Danielle at Abbeyfeale flowers / Tie the Knot weddings did our flowers and table dressing - it looked superb). The food and service during the meal was 10 out of 10! For photographs the nearby Dunloe Gap and the grounds at the Dunloe are perfect. Everyone complimented us on how amazing the venue was and that it was the best wedding they had been to. The Dunloe played a big part in what was a perfect day. It is a really lovely hotel to stay in, the staff are very pleasant and eager to go over and above. I really look forward to staying there for a few days when I'm not stressed out having to throw a wedding! Overall an amazing experience, we can't recommend the Dunloe enough ! Really sad it's over... thanks for the best day, Eoin & Sophia
Lind and Barry
Added 18th Jul 2016
Wedding 16th Jul 2016
My husband and I had the pleasure of getting married in The Dunloe in early July. I just have to write a review of what an outstanding venue and experience it was for us. We live in the ME and as you can imagine it was not easy to plan a wedding for 180 people from here, however Jason and all the staff just made it a seamless process for us. For anyone thinking of holding their wedding there please go ahead, you are in great great hands! Food, drinks, ambiance, accommodation, scenery, it was all outstanding!
Joane and Alex
Added 18th Jul 2016
Wedding 20th Jun 2016
My partner and I got married in the Dunloe early June 2016. What can I say, we had the best day of our lives! We live in Perth, Australia and to be honest I had my doubts about planning a wedding from this far away, however I shouldn’t have worried as Jason Clifford had it all under control. My many many many emails to Jason were always responded within 24 hours and always very professional. Jason always made us feel at ease throughout the whole wedding planning process. We checked in along with many of our family and friends before the wedding day and everyone fell in love with this hotel. It is set in a beautiful location and the staff could not do enough for you. I stayed in the bridal suite overlooking the gap the night before the wedding and it was nothing but amazing! To wake up to that view on the morning of our wedding was fabulous!! We had our civil ceremony in the hotel also. On the wedding day itself, I thought like any bride I would be a bag of nerves, but alas I wasn’t! The Dunloe definitely played a factor in my relaxed approach, as knowing Jason, Veerpal and Simon were there handling everything was bliss! They co-ordinated everything so well on the day along with their staff. After the ceremony, we had plans to go to Killarney for photos but we never ended up leaving the hotel! The grounds were just so beautiful there was no need to leave. I could not recommend the Dunloe highly enough. All our family and friends are still talking about our beautiful wedding, the food, the scenery. We are so glad we got married in the Dunloe, it was a fabulous day and one we will always have lovely memories of. We look forward to visiting again soon. Joanne & Alex Lamont (Perth, Australia)
Elisabeth and James
Added 20th Apr 2016
Wedding 8th Aug 2015
My husband and I live in Birmingham but decided to have our wedding in Kerry as this is where my family are from. While on holiday we arranged to visit a number of potential venues. A number of people had recommended The Dunloe to us and once we visited it we knew why. From the moment we entered the long drive down to the hotel we knew it was a special place. The manager Jason was fantastic. He was so thorough when showing us around. We had our three young children with us and he made a real fuss of them which they loved. The hotel is absolutely stunning and the view of the Gap is out of this world. It really is in a beautiful location and there is so much to do in and around the hotel we knew it would be a fantastic place for all our guests, especially as a large number would be travelling from England. Having young children, a major plus was that the hotel is so family friendly. Throughout the planning Jason was so helpful. Any queries we had were promptly answered and he made the whole process a lot less stressful than we thought it would be. A large number of our guests stayed at the hotel for a few days. They all said that the service was outstanding. All the staff were so attentive and friendly. They made everyone feel like VIPs. On the day, the wedding was amazing from start to finish. We didn’t have to worry about a thing as Jason, Verdeep and the team had everything perfectly organised and running smoothly. The venue was perfect, it looked beautiful, the food was delicious and all the guests commented on what an amazing place it was. The staff were so helpful. One of our guests lost wipes for her baby and one of the staff actually went to the shop to get some for her! We will definitely come back to the hotel with our children, as will a number of our guests, as it is such a fabulous place. We cannot recommend this hotel highly enough if you are looking for a wedding venue in Kerry. We had 5 star treatment from beginning to end!
Una and John
Added 21st Aug 2015
Wedding 31st Jul 2015
WOULD DEFINITELY RECOMMEND Fabulous Location, setting perfect for a wedding. Hotel management and staff could not have done more to accommodate family and guests. Facilities, rooms, restaurant, food etc all surpassed expectations. A big thank you to all staff.
Carol and Michael
Added 5th Aug 2015
Wedding 4th Jul 2015
Myself and my husband had our wedding ceremony in the Dunloe hotel a few weeks ago. The level of service the hotel provided was outstanding, not just on the day itself but the weeks and months leading up to it. From the very beginning with our consultation with Jason we were very confident in the choice we made to have our wedding reception here. They had everything under control and were always available with some good advice. The hotel grounds are spectacular and make a great spot for some photos. The gap of Dunloe is also very close if you choose to go there. We selected beef or brill as our choice of mains and both were excellent, perfectly cooked. I didn't try it but quite a few people commented on how good the pea and mint risotto was also (celiac option). The red wine was served at the perfect temperature. On the day itself Vikram was at hand organising everything around us. He and the team were very attentive and ensured all of the guests were happy. Overall I would highly recommend the hotel. Looking forward to our next visit!
Mr & Mrs Masters
Added 7th Sep 2015
Wedding 29th May 2015
We recently had our wedding reception at the Dunloe Hotel in May 2015 and it was beyond fantastic. From the moment we selected the hotel to be part of our big day, Jason and his team were ready to help with anything, no matter how big or small. Any time we went to the hotel during the planning phase, food tasting we were greeted by Jason and the warm and friendly staff who make you feel at home immediately. As for the day itself it was absolutely amazing, everything ran very smoothly and calmly. The drinks reception was amazing with the breathtaking views to top off the lovely glasses of bubbles that were flowing. The function room was beautifully laid out and all our extra touches perfectly presented. The food was exquisite and is still spoken about by our guests to this day! The wedding suite itself was pure luxury, as well as the breath taking scenery from the balcony. It was the most sensational day that we will never forget and we would like to thank Jason and all this team for making our wedding so memorable and special.
Nathalie and Simon Shannon
Added 23rd Jun 2015
Wedding 22nd May 2015
When we first went about looking at hotels for our wedding we weren’t sure what we were looking for. We didn’t even know exactly what county we would have it. So our list of hotels visited was quite comprehensive. We visited the Dunloe when it was actually under construction during renovations. We were met by trucks, labourers etc. but we were still sold on the place. That all started with the grounds and the surrounding views which to say they are spectacular doesn’t quite do it service. We next met Jason – who couldn’t have been nicer to us. He showed us around including where the drinks reception could be (2 choices depending on weather both better than we’d seen anywhere else), the hotel rooms including the bridal suite, where our guests would stay and finally the room where our reception would be. This room is perfectly sized and laid out. It has great natural light coming into it and also has great views from all angles of the surrounding scenery. We were sold. The leading up to the day itself is always going to be hectic but in Jason we couldn’t have asked for more. He has vast experience of what works and doesn’t and helped us through every step. Recommendations for florists, music, surprises, church or anything else we could possibly think of. Menu tasting also couldn’t have went smoother. On the day itself everything was just perfect. The venue, the food, the service, the grounds, everything. Couldn't have asked for more. Small touches that you never think about or ask for – the Dunloe delivered. Little things like the canopies and champagne been sent down to us while we were down doing our photos on the opposite end of the grounds to where the drinks reception was. Having a car sent down to pick us up from the photos so we could get back to our guest asap. The Dunloe delivered on everything they said they would and then did a lot more. All our guests are still talking about how amazing it all was and how nice the food was on the day. They really bent over backwards to make our day so special and were so attentive to our every need. The bridal suite was so beautiful and spacious. It needed to be on the morning as there was hairdressers, makeup people, photographers, videographer as well as bridesmaids and family. And yet there is a certain calmness you get while looking out at horses running on the grounds with a backdrop of the gap of Dunloe. All the rooms our guests stayed also had beautiful views. We ourselves will be back at this hotel as it is so special to us now but we were surprised to hear that several of our guests within a week after had booked a weekend later in the year for their families. In closing this is a 5 star hotel but at no point is there a snobby feel about the place. The entire staff couldn’t have been friendlier or nicer. Staff choice is obviously very important to the hotel and it shows. This hotel is part of our lives for the rest of our days and starting your marriage here is getting everything off to the best possible start
Claire and Shane Barry
Added 27th Jun 2015
Wedding 9th May 2015
My wife and I had our wedding there an the 9th of may 2015. It was simply amazing, the food, the service, attention to detail were all second to none. All the staff were brilliant especially the hotel manager and assistant manger, they took care of everything and no request was too small or too big. The best hotel i have ever been, fully deserving of its 5 star status! Thanks again Jason and Verpal
Aoife and Donogh
Added 5th Sep 2015
Wedding 28th Jun 2014
"Honestly, we could not recommend The Dunloe more highly as a wedding venue. As a five star hotel it meets all expectations in terms of an eloquent setting (boasting arguably the most scenic views of the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks), luxury and comfort. However, what sets it apart from many other five star hotels is its staff and their leader, the hotel manager, Jason Clifford. In the run up to our wedding, Jason was always contactable and met our every demand with a can-do attitude. No is just not a word that features in his vocabulary. In addition to pandering to all of our needs, the staff at The Dunloe, drawing on their wealth of experience in hosting wedding receptions, provided us with many useful tips and resources which facilitated the event planning process. The day itself ran without a hitch and not once was myself or my husband ever interrupted with any complications or problems. After the wedding, many of our guests not only complimented the hotel‘s surroundings and amenities but also gushed about how amazing the staff treated them. It was truly great to hear our guests say this because our primary focus in terms of the reception was that our guests would thoroughly enjoy themselves. There is a great amount of comfort in knowing that the hotel’s staffs’ extremely obliging and courteous manner not only extended to me and my husband but to all our guests as well. Just one example, of the many I could give, of how the hotel staff goes above and beyond their duties without dramatics is how I had forgotten to inform the hotel of a particular guest’s food allergies. The day after our wedding, the particular guest affected came up and thanked me for providing a special menu for her. Mortified, I confessed I had not actually told the hotel about her situation. As it transpires, when ordering she reminded her waiter that she was the guest with the food allergies: wrongly assuming I had already told the hotel of her requirements which had been clearly set out in her RSVP. Rather than telling her it had not being given advance notice, behind the scenes the hotel somehow seamlessly came up with an entirely separate and, I am told, equally delicious menu for her. Each course of which came out in conjunction with our other guests’ courses."
Tracey & Stephen
Added 30th Apr 2015
Wedding 14th Jun 2014
We cannot recommend The Dunloe highly enough - we had the wedding day of our dreams here thanks to the amazing staff and management at the hotel. Nothing was too much hassle, everything just ran so so smoothly in both the lead up to and on the day itself. We spent some fabulous time at The Dunloe prior to our wedding, for our menu tasting and to stay the night and we were always made feel so welcome. The day itself was impeccable and the service was outstanding. The meal was divine - guests are still talking about the quality of the food!! The accommodation and the surroundings of the hotel are wonderful, it has a lovely calm atmosphere and we can't wait to revisit as soon as possible!!
Tracey & Stephen June 2014
Added 5th Nov 2014
Wedding 14th Jun 2014
We can't recommend The Dunloe highly enough. From the first time we visited we were made feel so welcome in this wonderful hotel. The surroundings are breathtaking and you really feel like you are in another world, away from the hustle and bustle. There is a lovely calm atmosphere in the hotel and everyone we met during our visits was so pleasant and professional. We know that first day that we had found our venue. The planning process was then made so simple by Jason the manager and we also had a great experience with Corinna, indeed everyone we met was lovely! The day itself ran like a dream, every detail was perfectly paid attention to and we were in great hands. We would highly recommend The Dunloe and will definitely be returning! Ps Would def suggest the fillet beef for main course - it was divine!!
Elaine & Colman Foley
Added 12th Nov 2013
A FANTASTIC WEDDING!! My Husband and I got married in The Dunloe on the 28th September 2013. From the first visit to see the hotel Jason and the team were absolutely fantastic. Nothing we asked for was ever a problem - even a big screen to watch the hurling final replay was no problem and all our guests loved it! The day of our wedding was just seamless from start to finish, Jason was waiting at the front door with champagne for us on our arrival and the minibus was on standby to transport the bridal party around the grounds for our photographs. The photographs are beautiful such a stunning location! While we were taking our photographs our guests were treated to delicious canapés. All the staff in the hotel were so friendly and helpful and made our guests day and our day even better than we had hoped for. The reception room was just beautiful. The meal was without doubt top class and 5 star service from all from start to finish, all our guests are still raving about the meal. The staff were always on hand to offer extra servings of meat or vegetables and there were plenty of options on the children’s menu. We cannot recommend The Dunloe highly enough, the location, the staff, the service , everything is TOP CLASS!! A massive Thank you to Jason and all you Staff for giving us the wedding of our dreams. Also a special mention to Bridie who took such great care of us on the top table!
Valerie & Tommy
Added 21st Oct 2013
My husband and I got married here on the 30th august 2013 , from start to finish our day was flawless . We had our civil ceremony here in the maple room , with views that would take your breath away . Elisabeth looked after our day in every way possible , she went above and beyond for us . I would highly recommend anyone planning a wedding to consider the Dunloe highly . The setting , the staff , the location are none I have ever experienced before . We look forward to returning for our anniversary next year
Added 27th Sep 2013
We recently had our wedding at the Dunloe and stayed there for the 3 nights, what an amazing hotel it really lives up to its 5 star rating and more, fantastic service, excellent food, everyone who works there is so friendly and helpful we had the dream wedding and couldn't recommend it more highly, nothing was too much trouble and as we live in Sweden we organised the whole thing over the phone and by email with the manager Jason, a big thank you to everyone at the Dunloe for an unforgettable weekend!
Karen & Kevin
Added 22nd Sep 2013
My Husband and I got married in The Dunloe on the 1st August 2013. Like many young Irish we now live in Australia. We organised everything with the manager Jason over the phone or by email. I arrived home a few weeks prior to the wedding. I must admit I was a little nervous but I need not have been. From the moment we made our booking Jason and the team went above and beyond. Nothing I asked for was ever a problem. On the day of our wedding the weather was terrible but Jason was there at the front door with umbrellas and champagne to welcome us. He had helpful suggestions for photograph locations and had a mini bus on standby to transport the bridal party around the grounds. While we were taking our photographs our guests were treated to delicious canapés in luxurious surroundings. The reception room was beautiful with stunning views of the surrounding countryside. It's been 2 months and my guests are still talking about how good the meal was. I was amazed at how fast everyone was served. The staff were always on hand to offer extra servings of meat or vegetables. The whole day ran so smoothly. The staff were always there to guide and prompt us like when to enter the room or when to start the speeches. They were all so wonderful and friendly. I cannot speak highly enough of the treatment and the services we received at The Dunloe.
Emer & John
Added 6th Aug 2013
We celebrated our wedding in the beautiful Dunloe Castle Hotel in July 2013. We had an amazing, memorable day that was made possible by the outstanding service provided by the team in the Dunloe. There are many aspects of this hotel that impressed us and our guests. Firstly, it is set in beautiful grounds against the spectacular background of the Dunloe gap. As a result we took all of our photographs on the hotel grounds leaving us more time to spend with our guests. As the weather was beautiful we had our drinks reception outdoors under the gazebo and the large outdoor terrace adjoining the function room was used a lot during the evening. The food was excellent, from the canapés to the fillet of beef; which was singled out for much praise by many guests. There were a number of the wedding party who had young children at the wedding and they were very impressed with the amenities provided by the hotel; indoor heated swimming pool, large playground, kids club and provision of babysitters. Perhaps the biggest aspect of the hotel that impressed us so much were the staff. Jason Clifford and his team provided us with a superb service, managing to provide excellent attention to detail while maintaining a lovely relaxed feel to the occasion. It is obvious that this hotel prides itself on providing an outstanding, personal wedding service. We would like to thank the hotel and staff for making our wedding day so special and would highly recommend the Dunloe as a wedding venue to other couples.
Linda & Conor
Added 23rd Jul 2013
Myself and my husband gave ourselves 2 years to plan our wedding, but, being the impatient souls we are ditched that plan and decided to do it all in just 4 months. We knew from the very first instant that we drove up the fairy tale drive that this was the hotel for us. We arrived on a dull, wet and miserable day and yet The Dunloe still looked out of this world. Jason is an absolute credit to the wedding planning area of this hotel he really couldn't have been any more attentive; nothing was impossible. We knew we were in safe hands. Not once did we panic wondering would everything be done, it just was. The atmosphere was literally unforgettable, as many of our guests keep saying, months on! Jason and his team ensured all guests were well looked after. It really meant a lot to us to have someone who knew how much we wanted everyone to enjoy every second of our day. We were free and easy in the knowledge everyone was looked after and we could bask in the atmosphere! The room itself is amazing, the first time I saw it my breath was swept away. I would recommend to anyone to go down on a dull day, then you can really get the sense of how spectacular your day can be even when the weather isn't on your side :) the layout is impeccable, you can see each and every one of your guests from the top table, and they can see you. We had roughly 150 at our wedding and everyone was comfortable (although if memory serves me right the room can take 220 easily). The food deserves a paragraph all to itself! The tasting was so professionally conducted that we actually learned quite a bit about wines and which ones to choose. The wines on offer are of great value and Duncan is definitely your man when it comes to advice! We were nearly rolled out of the hotel that evening we were so full! We would highly, HIGHLY recommend the fillet beef and salmon, each and every guest commented on the food, and still are! First time I've ever heard guests raving about the vegetable soup, food was immaculate, enough said! I was so excited that day I didn't get to eat my dinner (husband made sure he did though, typical!) but one of the lovely staff, Mary, ensured I ate something and gave me my weight in desserts! This just shows how attention to detail is second to none, they are a genuinely caring staff, from Jason right through. All in all, I'm so glad we went with our gut instincts and chose this hotel. There are hotels that will offer you the sun, moon and stars for business but The Dunloe actually delivers on its promises, you get what you pay for and the memories are priceless. I'm sure there were areas I fell down on as a nervous bride to be, but Jason and Louise picked up on all the pieces I forgot and gave us a day we will truly and honestly never forget, it was seamless. I cannot thank them enough
Added 19th Sep 2011
This hotel is absolutely STUNNING. The staff are so professional, accomodating and pleasant. The food at our wedding was absolutely gorgeous. We honestly had the best day because we were in the hands of a true professional in the form of Jason Clarke the hotel manager. He is absolutely brilliant at his trade is incredibly accomodating, nothing was a problem for him. I genuinely can not say enough good things about the hotel. Visit it yourself and like we did I'm sure you'll fall in love with it. If you want to give your guests a brilliant day out and one they'll remember against the blurrs of every other wedding, book Hotel Dunloe Castle:)
Added 10th Sep 2011
We had our wedding at Hotel Dunloe Castle in June 2011 and it was wonderful from start to finish. Dunloe has the advantage of being a very plush and luxurious hotel, but with no sense of the stiffness that you get in many 5 star hotels. This is due to the fantastically warm and friendly staff who go out of their way to make you feel thoroughly at home. They are very experienced at weddings and provided a smooth and polished service. The planning phase was effortless for us, as it was clear from very early on that we were in good hands. We had a fabulous experience on the day itself, everything ran perfectly and there was a great sense of calm and relaxation. The function room was laid out beautifully, and having the dancefloor in the middle worked really well. Once the dancing had ended, we had a big sing song that went on until the early hours and there was no pressure on us to leave the function room. Our guests raved about the food, which was exquisite, as well as the breath-taking scenery to be viewed from every angle of the hotel. Those who stayed overnight were also delighted with the absolute luxury of their rooms. I can't wait to go back for more pampering for our anniversary! Thanks to everyone at Dunloe for making our wedding so special.
Added 17th Oct 2010
I had my wedding here in August and I cant say enough about this place. The team there were brilliant, From going to view the hotel to check out after our big day, Hotel Manager Jason made us feel like royalty! The location is spectacular for photos and the food was out of this world, if you are looking for a location that your guests will talk about for a long time, and give you great memories, this is the place to go!
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