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The Lodge at Ashford Castle

Ashford Estate, Cong, Co. Mayo
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Set on a beautifully idyllic site overlooking Lough Corrib, The Lodge at Ashford Castle is a stunning 4* hotel venue for a Wedding Day you will treasure forever.

The Setting
On a fine day the front lawn is a lovely place to enjoy drinks and canapés after your Wedding ceremony. There are also several areas indoors which are suitable for the drinks reception before your celebration dinner.

The Harbour Ballroom This spacious and well appointed Ballroom can accommodate up to 200 guests and is filled with natural daylight with stunning views of Lough Corrib.

Adjoining the Harbour Ballroom is the Harbour Bar, a generous reception room which can be opened or closed to the main room. There is also a formal garden terrace leading out from the Harbour Room.

Junior Harbour Room For smaller more intimate weddings, the front of the Harbour Room overlooking the lake can be closed off to accommodate 30 guests on three round tables or 24 guests on one large table.

The Wedding Dinner
A Menu tasting will be arranged six to eight weeks before your Wedding, your perfect opportunity to taste the food as it will be on your Wedding day and wines which best suit your Menu choices.

As an added bonus should you choose to have your wedding at The Lodge at Ashford Castle, we offer an overnight stay along with your menu tasting, and a complimentary Bridal Suite the night of your Wedding.

On the day of your wedding, Tables will be dressed with crisp white linen and our florist will provide seasonal fresh flowers as centrepieces.

All 26 suites and 24 deluxe rooms in The Lodge at Ashford Castle are located in a Courtyard setting linked to the Main House and are individually designed and equipped with the latest comfort technology. Rich deep pile carpets, super-king beds with goose down duvets and pillows, bespoke furniture and the latest flat screen technology are featured through-out.

The Day After
Make the celebrations last an extra day with a leisurely Lake Cruise followed by a hearty Barbeque at The Lodge.

On cooler or darker evenings enjoy an indoor Buffet and relive the events of the day before.


80 reviews
Quality of service5.0/5
Aoife & Eoin McDermott
Added 12th May 2021
Wedding 31st Dec 2020
My Husband and I had the pleasure of having our wedding at The Lodge on 31st December 2020. NYE has always been a special date for us so when Cora told us there was availability we snapped it up! From the beginning the service we received was superb. We really cannot fault it. Cora and her team are amazing. The attention to detail and open line of communication exceeded our expectations, there was always someone at the end of the phone. Albeit a 'Covid' wedding with 25 guests we weren't made feel any different on our special day. If anything we felt that the staff at The Lodge went above and beyond to make the run up to and the weekend of our wedding even more special for us. Our families are still commenting on how well they were treated by Andrew and the staff during their stay. Our guests were allocated fabulous rooms, had the opportunity to take part in activities on the grounds of Ashford Castle and enjoyed a gorgeous dinner at Wilde's the evening before the wedding. Planning our wedding with Cora, the Wedding and Events Manager, was a dream. Firstly, she put all my worries and woes about the covid restrictions at ease...and we had many a phone call back and over on the run up to NYE! From planning our wedding tasting night to tables plans, Cora was on hand to lend her advise and expertise. Cora and her team listened to our requests and helped us make the most out of our intimate wedding. The function room was arranged and decorated beautifully and really was the perfect setting for an intimate evening with family and friends. Cora and team didn't miss a beat and had tended to all the finer details for Eoin and I before our arrival. It truly was the most perfect setting and we loved the care and attention that was given to dressing the function room for us. Our wedding meal was outstanding, a special word of thanks to the wonderful Chef Jonathan Keane for providing the wow factor. It was simply delicious! Throughout the wedding day/evening itself our vendors were treated so well and have commented on how accommodating and welcoming the staff at The Lodge were. They wanted for nothing throughout the day/night. A special word of thanks to Anna also, who ensured that our wedding evening ran smoothly. From acting as a DJ to coordinating our first dance outside before rounding up the staff and guests to ring in the New Year with fireworks display. She was super and even threw in a few surprises for Eoin and I along the way! It really was the most amazing day. The staff, venue and atmosphere were wonderful. We couldn't recommend The Lodge enough and we can't wait to come back for a night soon! Aoife & Eoin 31.12.2020
Stephen & Deborah King
Added 19th Jan 2021
Wedding 29th Dec 2020
We got married less than a month ago in December 2020, and chose the most unpredictable year to do so! We originally decided on The Lodge at Ashford Castle because of the location, hotel suites, gorgeous lake view reception room, delicious food and incredible staff - we were so so grateful on many occasions to have made that decision! Before we knew just how unpredictable the year was going to be, we had started to plan our perfect day with the help of The Lodge’s Wedding & Events Manager, Cora. She helped us choose vendors that would work well for our situation (living in the US while planing a Winter wedding back home in Ireland) and was a pleasure to work with. With all of the uncertainties, Cora was so helpful and flexible, ready to talk us through the government recommendations, changes and adaptions needed. We never had to worry about breaking our original contract, having less people to fill rooms or seats on the day. Our minds were put at ease right away without even having to mention it. Cora and the team listened to what we wanted to do, advised us when we were unsure and made our 21 person wedding just as spectacular and more special than we could have imagined. The night before the wedding we had a meal for all our party, but even with social distancing, the team at The Lodge still delivered the most intimate evening for us and our guests. The food was delicious, the atmosphere was light and fun, and everyone was so comfortable and at ease, from the babies to the Grandparents. On the day of the wedding, the team at The Lodge took care of everything, from thoughtful snacks for the vendors, to a couple of surprises for my husband and I! They ensured that everything was set up perfectly, acted as “DJ” for our day and no request from us or any of our guests was met with anything less than helpful enthusiasm. If we were doing it all over again, The Lodge would be our number one choice. The staff, venue and food were wonderful. We would have no hesitations in recommending it to any couple who are planning their big day or even if you just want a few days away!
Response from The Lodge at Ashford Castle
Deborah & Stephen, thank you so much for your lovely review. I am so delighted your day was so special. We cannot wait to welcome you both back here in the near future. Best Wishes, Cora Duggan - Wedding & Events Manager
Noel & Ruth Swan
Added 29th Apr 2021
Wedding 5th Dec 2020
We celebrated our wedding at The Lodge at Ashford Castle on 5th December 2020. We found the service to be unbelievable. The attention to detail and communication between the weddings manager and us the client, was second to none. We had been forced to reschedule our wedding due to Covid restrictions and the hotel were so accommodating to make this as easy as possible. We do need to single out Cora, the Wedding and Events Manager. She was always available to take our calls and help us plan our special day. Similarly, Brianán gave us excellent help and advice. Our families and guests were treated like royalty and wanted for nothing. We would highly recommend anyone to book their wedding with the team at The Lodge at Ashford Castle. You will be guaranteed of a top class service and a very special day.
Anita & Brian
Added 30th Jan 2021
Wedding 26th Nov 2020
Having never been to The Lodge before, we emailed the hotel and got in touch with Cora the Wedding Coordinator before making an appointment to go up and see the venue. Once we had a tour of the hotel and took time to chat with Cora, we booked our date within a couple of days. From the initial email right through until after our wedding, service was exceptional! The rate of responsiveness was almost immediate no matter how big or small a query we had despite the limited opening hours of the hotel due to COVID. Nothing was an obstacle for the hotel, Cora reassured us and they remained so flexible due to the pandemic which was amazing for us when planning during a very uncertain time. We had 25 guests and the room was absolutely ideal in terms of space and layout, so much so, it felt as if there were far more as the room appeared full! The welcome we and all our guests received was so warm, to the extent that almost everyone was commenting on it. Staff were so kind and couldn't do enough. Food and service were second to none, fillet steak cooked to order for all. We had an amazing time and wouldn't have any other venue over The Lodge - highly recommended!!
Arlene & Tom
Added 11th May 2021
Wedding 26th Sep 2020
Our original date was rescheduled due to lockdown. We cannot thank Cora, Peter, and all @ The Lodge enough for their hard work, attention to detail, and superior service to all our guests. Weather on our side, the team arranged our outdoor ceremony looking over Lough Corrib at less than 24hrs notice. We sincerely recommend The Lodge and the amazing attentive team.
Maria and Michael
Added 24th Nov 2019
Wedding 1st Nov 2019
Thank you so much for everything! We had a wonderful day and felt so well looked after. All our family and friends can’t stop telling us how fantastic all the staff at the lodge were, so again thank you very much for that! Both yourself and Fergal were absolutely amazing on the day! We had the best time! Also, we love the framed picture of The Lodge, this is such a nice touch and already has a place in our home. All the best, Maria & Michael.
Response from The Lodge at Ashford Castle
Maria & Michael, Such fond memories of your special day with you both. Thank you so much for your lovely words. We were delighted to be part of the day. We wish you all the very best for the future and look forward to welcoming you back very soon. Kind Regards, Cora Duggan - Wedding & Events Manager
Marie and Barry
Added 2nd Mar 2020
Wedding 31st Oct 2019
We had the perfect wedding at The Lodge at Ashford and would highly recommend. The location is private and unique and the surroundings are beautiful as is the hotel itself. The staff are second to none, extremely friendly and obliging and nothing was too much trouble. The food was superb as was the service. There is a lovely relaxed atmosphere to The Lodge which made all our guests feel comfortable and many commented on the striking artwork and relaxing vibe. What made our day very special was the fact that the Hotel is also pet friendly so we were able to have our pooch with us on the day for a few hours which was wonderful.
Rachel & Barry
Added 14th Oct 2019
Wedding 11th Oct 2019
We had the pleasure of having our wedding at the lodge on 11th of October and it was one of the most magical experiences. From our first meeting with the team we knew there was only one venue for us. The standard of service and professionalism displayed by all of the staff was exceptional. We were made feel as though The Lodge was our home. The compliments from our guests about the day itself and the attentiveness and friendless of the staff were overwhelming. A special thanks to Cora & Brianan for all their help in the lead up to the day and on the day itself. The attention to detail was second to none and there was no task too big to ask.There was nothing they weren't able to do for us. Fergal was also a pleasure to have around the day of the wedding and helped put us at ease the entire day. We cannot thank you enough for everything you have done for us and we most certainty look forward to coming back to our most loved hotel. Rachel & Barry xx
Response from The Lodge at Ashford Castle
Thank you ever so much Rachel & Barry for the lovely words. All of the team here at The Lodge really enjoyed being part of your special day. Enjoy the honeymoon, we cannot wait to hear all about it. Looking forward to seeing you at The Lodge again very soon. Kindest Regards, Cora Duggan - Wedding & Events Manager.
Megan & Mark
Added 24th Oct 2019
Wedding 27th Sep 2019
Our wedding day was everything we could of wished for. The level of service that we received from our initial viewing right up to the end was amazing. All of our family and friends really enjoyed the entire day. I have to compliment the waiting staff and bar staff for their amazing warmth and service on the day. A special thanks to Cora & Brianan for all their help and support along the way and on the wedding day itself. Thank you for making our day so memorable. Best Wishes, Megan & Mark
Response from The Lodge at Ashford Castle
Dear Megan & Mark, Thank you for your kind words. It was a pleasure of ours to be part of your special day. We really enjoyed planning the day with you and look forward to seeing you both again soon. Kind Regards, Cora Duggan Wedding & Events Manager
Karina Dolan & Conor Walshe
Added 9th Oct 2019
Wedding 14th Sep 2019
Peter, Michelle, Brianan, Cora I just wanted to say a huge thank you for such a memorable & spectacular day in the lodge on the 14th September. It absolutely exceeded our expectations by far. The hotel & it's fantastic team could not have done more for both us & our guests. Both our guests & us were truly blown away by the huge discretionary effort evident throughout the hotel & our experiences. As for Brianan words escape me you are truly one professional lady that just covered everything to perfection, even the smaller details were covered! I cannot thank you enough & I miss our communications this week! Michelle a big thank you to you also, nothing was any problem to you & totally reassured me all for fine! Cora thank you also for providing ongoing support to us over the weekend. Well done to the lodge, it's not just the venue & location , it's the professionalism & sophisticated culture you have in place that permeates throughout the hotel & guest experience! Keep doing what you do so well..... Brianan you are an absolute pleasure to deal with Karina & Conor, Ryan, Kate & Killian !
Response from The Lodge at Ashford Castle
Thank You Karina & Conor for such kind words. It was an absolute pleasure to host your wedding day. We look forward to welcoming you back to The Lodge in the near future and of course seeing Ryan, Kate & Killian again. Kind Regards, Cora Duggan - Wedding & Events Manager
Ciara & Ronan
Added 13th Oct 2019
Wedding 20th Jul 2019
Thank you sincerely to you and your team at the Lodge for facilitating our fantastic wedding day. It was a very special day for us and your team were a big part in making that happen! The location is spectacular and the food was amazing. We appreciate all the work you did in the lead up to our wedding day and looking after our guests so well throughout that weekend. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Ciara & Ronan
Response from The Lodge at Ashford Castle
Ciara & Ronan, Thanking you both kindly for your lovely words from your wedding day here at The Lodge. We look forward to creating many more happy memories for you both in the future and we hope to welcome you back to The Lodge very soon. Kindest Regards, Cora Duggan - Weddings & Events Manager
Ruth & Ross
Added 8th Oct 2020
Wedding 13th Jul 2019
I can't recommend the Lodge At Ashford highly enough. They were THE best decision that we made. They couldn't do enough for us from the moment we made our first enquiry, all all the way through until we got married, and finally left them alone two days after that. It was all done with warmth and ease. Our wedding co-ordinator was always on hand, and always ready with a positive reply. I didn't have a particular vision or, to be frank, much of an idea of what we wanted (we just wanted to get married and have some fun!) and they made every moment simply that; Fun. We got married on the grounds, and all the staff were spectacular. "Is there any chance you might have a speaker for my phone, so that I could play some music?" I asked on the morning of the wedding as we got ready. Cue a professional boom box arriving in our room within two minutes. I jokingly then asked for a pony, which I think they genuinely considered getting me. The room we were due to get married in was set up beautifully, but as the day gently eased into a sunny afternoon, they suggested that we could get married outside. 'Not a problem'. It was bliss. The food was amazing, the rooms are gorgeous and I haven't even begun to talk about the views or grounds. Getting married at the Lodge At Ashford is one decision that you won't regret. Bain sult as.
Regina & Conor
Added 10th Oct 2019
Wedding 28th Jun 2019
When we went to visit The Lodge At Ashford as a potential wedding venue, we knew almost instantly it was the perfect place for us. The setting over looking the lake was picture perfect, and when we met Claire, who was the wedding event manager at the time, that just confirmed things for us. The difference between The Lodge and all the other places that we checked out was that they actually make you feel like you are the most special couple in the world, which makes you feel like they have your back instantly. They dont try the hard sell, which was a breath of fresh air, and really just allow you to get a feel for the place without feeling under pressure to make any decisions. The whole process from beginning to end was seamless. Nothing we asked was a problem, and if anything they showed great enthusiasm when you came up with an idea for your big day. Not once did we feel we made the wrong choice. Everything worked brilliantly, and we couldnt have been happier with the day. If you're considering The Lodge as your wedding venue, stop thinking about it and just book it. I really mean that. That place is special, and our guests still talk about the beautiful setting. So THANK YOU The Lodge, for helping our wedding day be the best it could be :) Regina & Conor :)
Response from The Lodge at Ashford Castle
Regina & Conor, thank you ever so much for taking your time to write such kind words about The Lodge. We are delighted that your wedding day was everything you had hoped for. We look forward to welcoming you back again to The Lodge at anytime. Kind Regards, Cora Duggan - Weddings & Events Manager
Laura & Eoin
Added 22nd Oct 2019
Wedding 15th Jun 2019
Our wedding day in June was absolutely incredible. It all came together exactly how we envisioned, even though we did things a little differently to the standard Irish wedding. We had a few Aussie touches such as long tables and no top table, and no request was turned down by Claire. Planning a wedding from Australia was no hassle as Claire was very responsive. The service was impeccable and the food was divine - every single one of our guests raved about the service they received and the food they ate. Nothing was too hard for any of the staff which was evident when some of the more simple eaters requested a plain chicken fillet instead of the what was on the menu and Fergal made it happen. Although the food and beverage staff didn’t usually work with long tables, there was no confusion while serving. We were made to feel like royalty and everything went off without a hitch. As soon as we arrived, we had food and drinks waiting for us and someone to help us with our every need. Words can’t describe how amazing our day was. I would recommend this venue if you’re looking for 5 star food, service and venue because it was all second to none.
Response from The Lodge at Ashford Castle
Laura & Eoin, Thank you kindly for the lovely review. It was a pleasure of ours to host your wedding. We were only looking at photos of your wedding the other day. When you return from Australia again we would love to welcome you back to The Lodge and catch up with you both. Kindest Regards, Cora Duggan - Wedding & Events Manager
Added 25th Aug 2019
Wedding 14th Jun 2019
We had a perfect weekend at the Lodge, Claire was excellent. The hotel looked gorgeous and the service and food were brilliant on the day. We had our second day bbq out the front of the hotel and were so impressed by the gorgeous set up and food. Everything went great but felt very relaxed. Highly recommend.
Added 26th Dec 2018
Wedding 3rd Nov 2018
The hotel were very welcoming to guests on arrival, however it was confusing where drinks for reception were being held as multiple entrances. Service was excellent and staff were very attentive and friendly to guests. Food was prepared beautifully and was plentiful, however, long gap between courses. Transition between meal and dancing was seamless. Bar staff were organized and fast. Breakfast was exceptional, well presented and very accommodating staff. Overall fantastic experience and delighted we choose the lodge as our venue.
Siobhan Diskin
Added 18th Mar 2019
Wedding 1st Nov 2018
From the very first meeting with Claire I knew this was the most perfect place to get married. Stunning location, cosy and warm atmosphere and spectacular food. We had decided we were having a very small intimate wedding and The Lodge was just ideal for this. Claire and her team were so welcoming and explained every option we had to make the day all we ever wanted. Nothing was too much or a problem to sort out which puts a bride at so much ease!!! So efficient over email and phone whenever we had any questions planning the day, all the team were a pleasure to work alongside. We had a Civil Ceremony wedding in the beautiful Junior Harbour Ballroom overlooking the lake followed by our reception here in the evening. From the day we all arrived the afternoon before, Eimear was by my side to help unpack and do anything I needed in preparation for the big day. The morning of the wedding she was on hand all day to check we were doing OK and making sure everything was set up to run smoothly. I cannot thank her enough for that, she kept me so relaxed as I didn't need to worry about anything, she was absolutely brilliant and such a credit to the wedding team at The Lodge. The attention to detail was outstanding, the bedrooms were luxurious, all of the food was so tasty and elegantly presented, the staff were so professional and friendly to all of our guests, the sun shone all day for us, we really couldn't have asked for anymore. The most perfect day we will never forget and we cannot wait to go back and celebrate our anniversary with The Lodge. So, if you are thinking about this charming little hotel as a venue for your wedding, please do not hesitate in contacting Claire and her team to arrange a viewing appointment, you really won't be disappointed.
Donna & Michael Keane
Added 1st Jan 2019
Wedding 27th Oct 2018
We highly recommend The Lodge at Ashford. From the moment we spoke with Clare Moran and visited the stunning location, we knew this would be the perfect place to celebrate our Wedding. The service was remarkable each member of staff were so personable and professional in particular Fergal Murphy, who managed & coordinated the entertainment on the night, speeches, fireworks, band & do & even made sure we got a few slices of the Wedding cake! Colin Burke who guided us through our tasting and helped us chose our Wedding wine & gave us a tour of the ballroom to give us a sense of the day. Eimear Birch who supported Clare Moran and were so attentive in the build up & on the Wedding day, calling to the salon in the hotel with surprises & teas, coffees & pastries for the bridal party, gathered our wishes & laid out our photographs & personal touches so beautifully and made the Wedding our own. Thanks to Peter Fergus & Jacinta Downey for their management. Thanks to Michael, Nicky, Ross, Conor & Daragh for keeping all our guests served throughout the night. A huge thank you to Marcus, Adam, Roisin, Daren, Karen, Chloe, Mark, Kevin, Ronan, Aoibhinn, Emilio and Pat for their impeccable service, we were spoiled, throughout the dinner and after, our guests were delighted with the personal welcome with help carrying bags, holding umbrellas out as we arrived, turning napkins, helping us carry out all our belongings to our car and even parking for us. Ye thought of everything and we are so grateful, thank you for helping us create some very special memories in your fabulous hotel in such a magical location.
Ita Geraghty
Added 24th Nov 2018
Wedding 5th Oct 2018
The Lodge gives the ultimate experience for any couple getting married. The staff are excellent and so professional. They looked after my husband and I, and all of our guests extremely well. The hotel and setting provides the perfect atmosphere for a fairytale wedding which my husband and I can attest to.
Response from The Lodge at Ashford Castle
Thank you Ita and David for your wonderful words. We are delighted to hear that you got the fairytale wedding that the both of you deserve! I will be sure to pass on the compliments to the whole team. Looking forward to seeing you both soon.
Greg & Jessica
Added 21st May 2019
Wedding 26th Sep 2018
We are a little late in writing a review, but we wanted to share our experience with The Lodge at Ashford Castle. It was a wonderful and amazing experience. We worked with Claire, planning our wedding from the US; she made the process easy and fun and she always had time to answer our questions/requests. Once we were in country, everyone on the team made our wedding happen smoothly. The service at the Lodge is incredible, starting with Claire, who is so talented, organized, friendly, and all around a great person. She helped us feel confident that everything would come together for the wedding, and she took care of all the details. We had a fabulous time; our guests raved about the Lodge setting, service, and the food. We had a beautiful time at the Lodge, and we hope to get back there again, we loved it so much. We are thrilled that we were able to work with so many awesome people at the Lodge, and know that anyone choosing to have their wedding there will not be disappointed.
Stacey & Paul Reilly
Added 30th Oct 2018
Wedding 8th Sep 2018
We fell in love with the Lodge at Ashford Castle many years ago when we first visited. I can't even put into words how special this venue is. You get that lovely "Home from Home" feeling when you are there. The service is amazing, the staff are super friendly you'll find yourself hanging out having chats with them throughout your stay and most importantly the Lodge has a way of adding that "Special Touch" to everything, that you just can't find anywhere else. We feel so lucky to have been able to celebrate our Wedding there in September, spending three days there was just Amazing from start to finish. Claire and Eimear our wedding coordinators were like friends to us at the end of it all, they are Pros at what they do! If you are even considering having your wedding there, all I can say is just go and spend a day there, chill out, drink coffee and eat cake, you will fall in Love with it just like we didx
Response from The Lodge at Ashford Castle
Stacy and Paul it was an absolute please to work with you both from start to finish. Even we were sad when it was all over! It really makes it all worth while when we get to read your kind words. Hopefully you both will be able to visit soon for more coffee and cake!
The O'Brien's
Added 18th Oct 2018
Wedding 11th Aug 2018
Claire and the team at The Lodge were nothing short of amazing. Leading up to the day Claire was our go to lady and she kept us in the loop, very responsive and personable. Claire and her team managed to make the day before the wedding, the morning of and the wedding day run so smooth. I don't know if this is a first, but NOTHING went wrong on my wedding day! and I absolutely believe it was the work of this wonderful team behind the scenes that made that happen. Thank you Claire and everyone else who was involved. Dylan and I appreciate everything you did to make us and our families feel welcome and comfortable.
Response from The Lodge at Ashford Castle
The O'Brien's (I love it). Thank you very much for sharing those kind words about your wedding day. Its always lovely to read about the wonderful times had here in The Lodge. If you are in Ireland again be sure to pay us a visit!
Lisa & Evan
Added 17th Oct 2018
Wedding 5th Aug 2018
We got married 5th August 2018.It was THE most PERFECT wedding anyone could ever ask for! The staff, the location, the food, the ambiance, the views, the EVERYTHING was unbelievable! I recommend The Lodge to anyone that is getting married or just wants some relaxing time away. You will not be disappointed!?Thank you so much to Claire and the team who looked after us on our special day. We really appreciated it and can’t wait to get back for a visit!
Response from The Lodge at Ashford Castle
Hello Lisa and Evan. Thank you very much for your lovely words. We are so gland that you all enjoyed your time here at The Lodge for such a special occasion. Please do come back for a visit soon!
Added 19th Jul 2018
Wedding 24th Jul 2018
Super day!
Sinead Keogh
Added 11th Oct 2018
Wedding 23rd Jul 2018
My husband and I had quite a small, intimate and absolutely perfect wedding celebration at the Lodge following our wedding ceremony. As we only had 12 dinner guests and were keeping our celebration quite informal, we were unsure of how to proceed however Claire and all the team at the lodge were incredibly helpful from beginning to end. I should also add that we had quite a short lead in time to our wedding, just three months, therefore Claire pulled it all off very quickly. Claire and her team prepared one large table in one of the quaint rooms at Wildes at the Lodge for our small party and it worked perfectly for our intimate gathering. We were so grateful that our families were so well looked after from the moment they arrived to when they left. The dinner and impeccable service was absolutely faultless and Claire and her team took all of our requests regarding the menu (some fussy eaters) on board which made our celebration with our family very special indeed. The accommodation was spectacular and our suite was stunning with very thoughtful touches for a newly married couple. Our families, having never visited this area before, were blown away by the grounds at Ashford and spent much time the following day exploring the area. I have no doubt that the team at the Lodge do an exceptional job for larger weddings however if anyone is considering having a small intimate wedding, this is most definitely a very special place to spend your day and it is a real treat for all of the family. Claire and her team played a huge role in making our wedding day the most fun, perfect and special day of our lives effortless and a day that we and our family will never forget.
Response from The Lodge at Ashford Castle
Hello Sinead and Kieran. I cannot thank you enough for writing such lovely words. Even though we only had a short lead time it was still so lovely getting to know you both and also your families. I am delighted that you had you had an amazing time on such a special day. Enjoy the married life!
Nicola Wensley
Added 17th Jul 2018
Wedding 7th Jul 2018
Words can’t describe how happy we were with The Lodge this weekend. We had such a magical wedding and were over the moon with the service. The food, service, organisation, attention to detail and exquisite touches made or day even more special. I am sure that you did more than we realised too, but I saw that my cousin received an engagement dessert at her table - I don’t know how that was done, but she was very happy! Every single person that we dealt with in the hotel was outstanding...and we probably dealt with over 50 people! The reception, bar staff, waiting staff, even housekeeping did their job with a smile on their face. I can see why you are an award winning hotel. Most of our guests hadn’t been to the lodge and around half hadn’t been to Ireland before and many said that they would return to both! I don’t plan to marry again, but if I did I would definitely return to the lodge to host!
Response from The Lodge at Ashford Castle
Nicola and Simon thank you very much for taking the time to write so kind words. I am so happy that you both enjoyed your time here at The Lodge. I'm delighted that your cousin enjoyed her surprise. I will be sure to pass on your compliments about the hotel and staff. Maybe you could come back for your vowel renewal!
Leeann & Mark
Added 13th Jul 2018
Wedding 2nd Jun 2018
We are so glad that we had our wedding reception at The Lodge at Ashford Castle. It is a stunning venue and the grounds and view are to die for. Claire was such a pleasure to deal with and nothing we wanted was too much. The food on the day was exceptional and so many of our guests commented on the food and the venue. Picking a venue is the biggest decision you make for the biggest day of your life and we are delighted we chose The Lodge.
Response from The Lodge at Ashford Castle
Leeann and Mark thank you very much wringing such lovely words. I will be sure to pass on the compliments to the chef! We are so happy that you enjoyed your special day with us.
Aaron and Laura Dornan
Added 7th Nov 2018
Wedding 6th May 2018
From the initial email exchange to the day of our wedding we were met with a high level of professionalism and courtesy. Our planner, Claire, was extremely helpful and very efficient during our planning stages. The Lodge was very accommodating and we were impressed with all of the staff who went above and beyond to ensure our guests were well-catered for during our wedding day. The venue is superb, with its beautiful location, inviting décor and excellent facilities. We had a wonderful day and we could not recommend the Lodge more to any couple considering the venue for their wedding.
Rachel C
Added 29th Oct 2018
Wedding 21st Apr 2018
We were 100% happy with our decision to get married at The Lodge at Ashford Castle. Not only was the venue beautiful but the staff were amazing and the setting is just stunning. All our guests were blown away by it too. We can't wait to go back and stay again soon to bring back all the happy memories of our day!
Response from The Lodge at Ashford Castle
Thank you very much Rachel for your kind words. We are so happy that the both of you and your guests had an amazing day. Looking forward to seeing you both soon!
Angie Mc Nally
Added 8th Apr 2018
Wedding 29th Mar 2018
I can not recommend The Lodge at Ashford Castle high enough. The location, the staff , their professionalism coupled with genuine friendliness helped our wedding day become a dream come true. Nothing was a problem. Fabulous.
B. Brennan
Added 13th Apr 2018
Wedding 18th Mar 2018
I could not recommend The Lodge enough. It is such a special and unique venue in a gorgeous setting. The staff, food and accommodation was just first class.
Happy Mayo Couple
Added 7th Nov 2018
Wedding 22nd Dec 2017
Smooth Sailing from planning stage to day of wedding, staff were very accomadating and service was brillant, the venue speaks for itself, it is beautiful and every room is fabulous a real treat, as for the food! Amazing...i could not reccommend this experience enough, will forever look back fondly on the whole experience.
Elaine & Ben
Added 14th Feb 2018
Wedding 16th Dec 2017
We absolutely loved our wedding at The Lodge! Claire and the team took care of everything on the day and our guests have all been raving about the food and service. We live in New Zealand and could only be in Ireland a couple of weeks before the wedding, which made some of the planning challenging, but they were so accommodating and made everything as easy as possible for us, and really went above and beyond on the day. The hotel rooms were really comfortable, with several bridal suites to choose from and there are so many beautiful settings for photos. The nearby village and castle are great spots for guests to visit the day before/after the wedding too, if you're making a weekend out of it like we did. We would definitely recommend as a venue to anyone planning a wedding!
Aisling & Damian
Added 2nd Dec 2017
Wedding 14th Oct 2017
The Lodge at Ashford was an absolutely fantastic venue for our special day. Such an amazing setting, wonderful staff , fabulous food. We would love to do it all over again at this dream venue????
Response from The Lodge at Ashford Castle
Aisling & Damian we would only love for you to host your special day again with us. Thank you so much for choosing The Lodge as your wedding venue. Wishing you both all the very best for the future.
Added 17th Jan 2019
Wedding 7th Sep 2017
We got married September 2017 at the Lodge at Ashford Castle. We are a couple from Liverpool with a close connection to the Emerald Isle. We didn’t have to think hard on where to say “I do” but we had to get the location just right. The lodge was the second location out of three in completely different parts of Ireland. We had been to Cong before and had fallen in love with its history and quaintness. Arriving for the first time at the lodge we both knew straight away that this was our venue. We were welcomed and felt right at home by all the staff. We could picture all our family and friends loving it and being impressed just as much as we did when we first arrived. We fell in love so much we cancelled our third venue meeting. Planning the wedding from Liverpool was a breeze. The people of cong and all who work at the lodge couldn’t do enough for us, giving us advise and pointing us in the right direction at every step of the way. The wedding fair at the lodge in the October before our wedding really helped with our planning too and meeting local suppliers and acts was an added help. Claire was brilliant at keeping intouch with us with conference calls and responding to my bridezilla emails leading up to us coming over. We took over the lodge pretty much the week of the wedding and the whole of cong in fact. 50 scousers are not very quiet?!? On our big day the atmosphere around the hotel was totally calm and relaxed. Claire came to see me and my bridal party in the beauty room the morning of the wedding and made me feel totally at ease. We had our ceremony at Ballintubber Abbey. Returning back to the Lodge on the high that you are on to see all our guests in the bar with our memory table and all our little details just how we had imagined was totally overwhelming. From start to finish of the day nothing was too much for the staff. We even asked Fergel to shout our names when introducing us as the new Mr & Mrs and he did not let us down. The memories we have from our day/week have been made because of the staff and everyone’s kindness and help. Every detail discussed, idea pondered and plan made was captured by Claire and the entire team. We hold the Lodge very close in our hearts and cannot wait to come back to see everyone. We would have returned sooner but Baby Ted arrived June 2018 ???? From start to finish we felt in safe hands planning our perfect day. A first class service from a first class team. We can’t thank you all enough.
no thanks
Added 30th Nov 2017
Wedding 10th Jul 2017
It would be important to be sure exactly how many rooms you have to reserve on the night as these all have to be contracted for so guest would need to be advised that they can't really change their mind if they want a room reserved. This is advise for the wedding couple as the hotel do advise this but the wedding couple would need to advise their guest of this policy or else they could end up paying for unused rooms. Other advice would be to advise guests and the hotels staff etc if you don't want photos on social media such as Facebook.
Miriam & Ronan
Added 3rd Dec 2017
Wedding 1st Jul 2017
Claire was our wedding coordinator, we were so lucky to work with Claire. if you are lucky enough to have Claire involved in your wedding you will have a wonderful experience. The level of service and attention to detail in the lodge is on another level, we had the most personal experience and we felt as though we were the only couple getting married in 2017. The venue is stunning, we couldn’t recommend it highly enough.
Response from The Lodge at Ashford Castle
Miriam & Ronan thank you so kindly for your lovely words. You are such a lovely couple and we are so grateful that we got to celebrate your special day with you. Wishing you all the very best for many years to come.
Jean & Peter
Added 1st Nov 2017
Wedding 26th May 2017
We recently had our wedding at The Lodge at Ashford Castle and would highly recommend to anyone. The venue is fabulous and the rooms are impeccable, all of our guests were very impressed. Many of them are talking about return visits to the Lodge. Our food the night before the wedding and also on the day was perfect, all clean plates from all of our guests! Every time we visited the Lodge we were given such a warm welcome by all the staff. Our wedding coordinator Claire was wonderful, nothing was too much hassle for her, she was a pleasure to deal with on every occasion. She took care of everything in the run up to the wedding including getting me to the car on time to go to the church! We would highly recommend the Lodge as a wedding venue and look forward to spending many anniversaries there in the future.
Response from The Lodge at Ashford Castle
Jean & Peter, I cannot thank you enough for you lovely words. I really enjoyed looking after your wedding, meeting your families. It is so important to us that you have a memorable time with us. I wish you the health and happiness in your new life together and I hope to see you in 2018. Best Wishes.
Added 6th Jan 2017
Wedding 3rd Dec 2016
Our first experience of the Lodge was attending a friend's wedding there. From that moment we fell in love with the place and there was then only one contender for our own wedding venue. The layout of the hotel and the stunning views are breathtaking; a very memorable setting. The experience of choosing our venue was also made special by the incredible staff and the welcoming ambiance of the Lodge. Every time we met Claire, our wedding co-coordinator, we became more and more excited. No request was a hassle for Claire or the Lodge, instead every opportunity was afforded to us to make our wedding special. Claire's professionalism, lovely manner and continual offers of assistance were a fantastic help during our planning. We were treated like VIPs every time we visited the Lodge from our fabulous night stay for our exquisite menu tasting to our wedding day itself.On the day itself Claire was once again a star making sure everything ran smoothly and that we were both having a great day. The wider staff group at the Lodge also paid every attention to detail and made us feel extremely special. The food here is also just out of this world. Our guests are still talking about how wonderful our wedding menu was and especially the cheese and cured meat stand for our arrival drinks!! Our experience with The Lodge was 5 star in every possible way and our only regret is that we can't go back and experience our wedding there again.We are already planning on going back this summer.
Kate and Niall
Added 7th Dec 2016
Wedding 2nd Dec 2016
The lodge provided a brilliant wedding location . The staff and especially Karen were so helpful and flexible. The bridal suites are lovely , the setting is stunning and we really had an amazing day
Response from The Lodge at Ashford Castle
Thanks Kate & Niall, I hope you are enjoying your honeymoon!! It was a pleasure dealing with you both in the lead up to your wedding. Niall you are a real comedian, you had everyone in stitches with your speech! They say laughter is the best medicine, so you're in luck Kate! Best wishes always, and we look forward to welcoming you back at any time, Karen & all the team at The Lodge.
Chloe & William
Added 5th Dec 2016
Wedding 12th Nov 2016
We recently had our wedding ceremony and reception at the Lodge and we honestly cannot speak highly enough of the venue and the entire team. Being from the other side of the country, the Lodge wasn't an obvious choice for us as a wedding venue, however, the first moment we saw it we knew it was something special. We were blown away by the breathtaking scenery all around and the warm, friendly atmosphere in the hotel itself, so we quickly booked in our date. The team were so hands on in the run up to the wedding and guided us through the entire process. We genuinely felt like we were their only focus during the planning process and we really valued their attentive approach and professionalism. As we were not from the area, we needed a lot of support in getting the details together and the Lodge was always willing to lend a hand. We can honestly say it was a pleasure to deal with Karen and the team throughout. When it came to our wedding day itself, the team ensured we had the most relaxed, chilled out wedding day possible and they looked after every little detail. Karen was always on hand and made sure that everything was running smoothly throughout the day. The service in the Lodge was impeccable and we didn't have to think or worry about anything. The team anticipated our every need and made sure our guests were completely looked after. As well as the service, our guests were particularly impressed by the food - which really was out of this world - and the atmosphere of the venue. In fact, they are still all talking about it! Like ourselves, we know that many of our guests will definitely be returning to the Lodge soon. We are so glad we decided to have our wedding in the Lodge and we would highly recommend it to any couples who are looking for a wedding venue. There really is nowhere else like it in the world. Best Chloe & William
Response from The Lodge at Ashford Castle
Hello Chloe & William, thank you so much for such amazing words, and on behalf of the entire team here at The Lodge, we send our warm wishes & heartfelt thanks. We are delighted to hear that every member of our team looked after you and your guests attentively, we have a good crew here & we aim to please! I will pass on your comments to Chef as well, we aim for high quality produce and we're happy to hear this hasn't gone unnoticed. I hope you are settling back after your honeymoon and going back to work isn't too much of a reality bite. We look forward to welcoming you and your guests back at any stage. It was lovely meeting you both and looking after your wedding. All the best always, Karen & all the team at The Lodge.
Jane and Dermot
Added 29th Nov 2016
Wedding 15th Oct 2016
Our wedding day at The Lodge was just fantastic. The venue, the food and the staff were second to none. Nothing was too much trouble and Karen, Clare and Sharon were so good with us and all our guests. Everything went like a dream and although the day flew the staff made it so memorable from the beginning of the day until the end at a very late hour of the night! We stayed for 3 days in total and it was the best time and I couldn't recommend the Lodge enough for a wedding venue its so special and hopefully we will be coming back as an old married couple for many years to come!
Response from The Lodge at Ashford Castle
Hello Jane & Dermot, thank you so much for your wonderful words, we will be sure to pass them onto all staff. It was a pleasure hosting you all for 3 days. I hope ye got through more of that cake before going off on honeymoon! Wishing you every health and happiness together. We'll be here waiting for your return! Karen & all the team at The Lodge.
Dace and Charles
Added 9th Jan 2017
Wedding 23rd Sep 2016
We had a wonderful experience from the moment we enquired about the venue and right throughout the preparations and of course the day itself. The staff were excellent and having a dedicated wedding coordinator was just perfect (thanks Karen) Really did make the whole process go so smoothly. Organizing a wedding while living abroad was made simple because of the team at the Lodge at Ashford Castle. Glad we chose them for our big day!!
Mary & Fergus
Added 28th Nov 2016
Wedding 17th Sep 2016
The Lodge Ashford Castle was the perfect location for our wedding reception. From the initial request to book the Lodge, through to the day itself, Fergus and I found Karen Maloney and her team to be calm, supportive and very helpful. Nothing was ever too much for the Lodge and its staff. It is such a beautiful setting and the food was amazing. We highly recommend the Lodge to anyone wishing to have their wedding there.
Response from The Lodge at Ashford Castle
Thank you Mary & Fergus for your kind words. We are happy to hear you enjoyed all the planning from start to finish, and that we could support you along the way! We look forward to welcoming you back again. Wishing you all the best, Karen & all the team at The Lodge.
Peter and Rebecca
Added 6th Dec 2016
Wedding 2nd Sep 2016
We had our wedding at The Lodge on September 2nd 2016. It was a very easy decision. We viewed a few venues before The Lodge but nothing compared to the breath-taking views and grounds on the estate and the extremely warm welcome we received when we arrived. It was the depths of winter when we viewed it first and it looked as amazing then as it did during the summer. Our wedding co-ordinator was Claire Moran, she is such a professional, so lovely to talk to and her sense of calm is very reassuring. From the lead up to the wedding; organising rooms for guests, seating plan, menu tasting and all the smaller details, Claire took care of all of that, to the day of the wedding itself where she saw me off to the church and fixed my makeup as I was about to get into the wedding car after someone gave me a big smacker on the cheek with lipstick, she ran into the bridal suite to get my blender brush to fix it! She was there all day to make sure everything went smoothly. She really was such a pleasure to deal with as were all the staff at The Lodge. The whole wedding process was made so simple. We are so grateful to everyone at The Lodge for making our day so special. Looking forward to spending our anniversary there next year. Thanks all. Peter and Rebecca
Response from The Lodge at Ashford Castle
Rebecca & Peter thank you so much for your kind words. You both were an absolute pleasure to work with and made my job very easy. Wishing you both all the very best for the future and we look forward to welcoming you back to the hotel in the new year. Enjoy the honeymoon, I cant wait to hear about it.
Michelle Greene
Added 6th Dec 2016
Wedding 20th Aug 2016
We chose The Lodge at Ashford Castle because it was an intimate venue, with personalised service and great food. The staff at the Lodge are amazing. They really work hard to make the day special and take care of every last detail. The location is stunning and our guests felt so well looked after. We really could not recommend this venue highly enough. Jacinta who coordinated the wedding for us was absolutely amazing. She really sorted everything which was so important as we were trying to organise the day from the UK.
Síle and Gearóid Ó Cuinn
Added 28th Nov 2016
Wedding 12th Aug 2016
We had such an amazing wedding and the team were great! It went without a hitch. The guests really enjoyed the beautiful food, excellent wedding rate on rooms and lovely ambiance at the Lodge! The views are stunning and we had the best day ever! Highly recommend! Karen and Claire the wedding planners were lovely and everything went smoothly ????
Response from The Lodge at Ashford Castle
Thanks Sile & Gearoid for your lovely comments. Your wedding day is the best day of your life, and we're glad we got to share in some of the magic with you both! Wishing you all the best for the future, Karen & all the team at The Lodge.
Emer and David
Added 28th Nov 2016
Wedding 6th Aug 2016
We have the most amazing wedding in the Lodge in August 2016. We really could not have asked for a better experience. The venue itself is outstanding, it has a small and intimate feel to the place, it is so beautiful and all feels very relaxed. The dining room is amazing, the views out over the lake are spectaculor. Another important area for use was the food and we weren't disappointed there either........the mains were incredible and guests are still raving about the fillet steak!! What also really helped to make the day so special was the staff at the Lodge. They were all increidbly friendly, professional and so accommodating, no ask was too big or small. They really made us feel special as the bride and groom and ensured that the lead up and the day itself went off without a hitch. Would highly recommend the Lodge!!!
Response from The Lodge at Ashford Castle
Hello Emer & David, thank you so much for your lovely words. We were delighted to host your wedding and thrilled you and your guests enjoyed it so much. Wishing you both continued happiness & we hope to see you both soon again. Karen & all the team at The Lodge.
Added 6th Dec 2016
Wedding 29th Jul 2016
I couldn't recommend the Lodge highly enough. We had our big day there in July this year and it was the weekend of a lifetime. The scenery, the food, the beautiful way the hotel is decorated and the fact that the team at the lodge couldn't do enough for us. The service really is second to none, with so many thoughtful touches. They made us feel like we were the only wedding at the lodge (when in reality they have a wedding there most days). We absolutely loved it and so did all of our guests.
Added 7th Dec 2016
Wedding 28th Jul 2016
We cannot recommend or praise the Lodge at Ashford Castle highly enough. From start to finish they were a pleasure to deal with.The day ran so smooth, the setting is so beautiful and the food was out of this world. We had a childrens table (about 10 kids) at our wedding and they all felt right at home with the lawns and games room and the staff were excellent with them.The staff are so welcoming and really made all our guests feel at home. Karen and Jacinta were so lovely to deal with and really made it a day we will always remember. Weddings can be a stressful experience but it really wasn't dealing with the hotel they are so professional full of recommendations to help it all go smoothly. We brought our own beer for the drinks reception it was no problem at all. We had a very relaxed and enjoyable day from start to finish, thanks to all the wonderful staff at the Lodge at Ashford Castle!
Ann-Marie & Dara
Added 13th Dec 2016
Wedding 16th Jul 2016
The Lodge at Ashford Castle was our dream wedding venue. From start to finish it was absolutely flawless - the grounds, the food, the rooms, the staff and all the little details in between. We viewed 3 or 4 venues when we got engaged but this was an obvious winner for us. We didn't even consider anywhere else once we had discovered The Lodge. On the 'big day' itself we had the wedding we always dreamed of - drinks reception on the beautiful lawns, personalised cocktails, amazing 5 course meal, great wine, fabulous reception room overlooking Lough Corrib, followed by dancing and singing until all hours into the night. In addition to all of that, (and many of our guests commented on this too), the service was impeccable and the staff were so professional, friendly and helpful. We could not have asked for more from them. The following day, we had a private boat trip organised and barbecue back in the Lodge, followed by a trad session down in the lovely little village of Cong. Overall, amazing experience from beginning to end, not only for my new husband and I, but for our families and friends too. Thank you to all who contributed to making it happen for us, a weekend we will always look back on fondly x
Response from The Lodge at Ashford Castle
Ann-Marie & Dara thank you so much for writing such a lovely review. It makes us all very proud here in the hotel to hear of your experience with us. We loved taking care of all your friends and family and are so happy to hear they enjoyed themselves. You are such a lovely couple and it was a pleasure working with you planning your big day. We hope to see you both again in the not so distant future. Wishing you all the very best.
Yvonne & David
Added 7th Dec 2016
Wedding 18th Jun 2016
We had our wedding reception at the Lodge and we couldn’t have asked for anything more from the venue – a fabulous location inside and out, wonderful staff, beautiful and luxurious rooms for our guests, and truly amazing food from Jonathan and his team. We wanted to add lots of our own décor on the day and the wedding team couldn’t have done a better job with making sure all our little touches were incorporated and laid out perfectly. Claire, Jacinta and Karen were an absolute pleasure to deal with from planning right up to the big day itself, and if you have chosen the Lodge we are confident that you will be very happy! Thank you again All at the Lodge!
Response from The Lodge at Ashford Castle
Yvonne & David thank you so much for your lovely words, we will be sure to pass them on to all the team. We absolutely loved helping you both to plan your big day you were a pleasure to deal with and we are looking forward to seeing you over the Christmas break for a catch up since the big day.
S & L
Added 31st Jan 2017
Wedding 16th Jun 2016
We could not recommend the Lodge at Ashford Castle enough to anyone looking for the ideal wedding venue for their big day. It's a dream venue, exquisitely presented and immaculately run. The rooms were breathtaking, not just the wedding suites but the guest rooms aswell. The food is mouth-wateringly good and we were really keen on the locally sourced and home grown produce. Staff were so friendly, approachable, and flexible in helping make the day a success, before and during our wedding. Everyone took an interest in our big day, from the porters on arrival, to the bar and restaurant staff - they all knew our names for our menu tasting and wedding day. A big thankyou to Colin, Claire & Jacinta for all their help and support. The Lodge at Ashford Castle have now got two lifetime fans. We'll be back every year celebrating our Anniversary in Style! Without a doubt the Best Wedding Venue in Ireland !
Added 6th Feb 2016
Wedding 30th Dec 2015
Overall, the service provided was impeccable from our first meeting with the wedding planner, right through the planning of the wedding, to our wedding day. The staff were excellent and helpful. The food was A1! Our guests were very complimentary of the food and venue.
Response from The Lodge at Ashford Castle
Dear Paul & Alicia, thank you so much for your kind words. We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your special day. We will be sure to pass on your kind words to our Head Chef Jonathan. Wishing you both all the very best for the future and we hope to see you again soon.
Clair O'Shea
Added 17th Dec 2015
Wedding 10th Dec 2015
Our day was wonderful from beginning to end with every aspect of it covered so professionally and personally by Mairead and her team. All the guests raved about the food and the friendliness of the staff at The Lodge. From outset I said if we just arrived on the day, I had the confidence that Mairead would have everything arranged as she is a true experienced professional as well as easy to deal with and very quick to respond. The Lodge itself was like a home away from home and is well run and very well kept. A huge thank you to all there and I can't wait to go back for years to come.
Response from The Lodge at Ashford Castle
Dear Clair, Ray, Izzy & Elvis, Thank you so much for the review, I really enjoyed looking after your wedding, meeting your families and of course Elvis. It is so important to us that you have a memorable time with us. I wish you the health and happiness in your new life together and I hope to see you in 2016. Best Wishes Mairead Geehan Wedding & Events Manager
Aishling Ryan
Added 22nd Dec 2015
Wedding 5th Dec 2015
We had the most wonderful wedding reception at the Lodge in the midst of storm Desmond. The weather conspired against us but Mairead and all the staff at the Lodge pulled out all the stops to make our day so special that the wind and rain outside only made the Christmas fairy lights twinkle even brighter. In the run up to the wedding we had no worries or stress regarding our venue, Mairead was always very responsive to our questions and kept us up to date with a summary of all decisions. In the year before our wedding we stayed on two different occasions at the Lodge and aside from the beautiful setting and building, the friendliness of the staff is something that we noticed, which was important to us for our wedding. The food on our wedding day was amazing, and vegetarians, vegans and children were all accommodated. The bridal suite was gorgeous with a copper bath in the room (luckily we decided to stay an extra night after the wedding so were able to relax and appreciate it all). Many of our guests had travelled from Dublin and had not stayed often / before in the area and I know that after staying at the Lodge many intend to return. I'm so glad we chose this venue for our wedding, not only because everything went so well but also because we have somewhere so special to return to for wedding anniversaries etc. In a nutshell, if you are looking for somewhere magical for your wedding reception - this is the place!
Response from The Lodge at Ashford Castle
Dear Aishling & Ciaran, Thank you so much for your review. I have to say storm Desmond was not casting a shadow over your day. It felt quite cosy being inside with the mulled wine and blazing fires. I really appreciate your feed back, I will share this with the rest of our team, it is so important to us that your day is perfect. I really believe in a warm friendly west of Ireland welcome. Aishling & Ciaran, I wish you both Health & Happiness in your new life and I look forward to welcoming you back to the Lodge for your anniversary. Kind Regards Mairead Geehan Wedding & Events Manager
Evan & Deirdre Noone
Added 21st Dec 2015
Wedding 4th Dec 2015
Staff were extremely helfpful..all our requests were accommodated as well as the room laid out exactly as we wanted with our own table settings. Guests were all delighted with the food. There was a bad storm that night and some guests had to be moved to different rooms but it was all dealt with quickly and discreetly.
Response from The Lodge at Ashford Castle
Dear Evan & Deirdre, Thank you so much for your review, it is very much appreciated. I wish you both the best of luck in your new lives together. We hope to see you both in 2016. Kind Regards Mairead Geehan Wedding & Event Manager
Erin Jordan
Added 27th Nov 2015
Wedding 11th Oct 2015
The Lodge was amazing! I needed to lean on them a lot, as I was planning from the US, and they made everything so easy! We even wanted to bring over some new customs from the US and they were able to set everything up without a hitch!!!
Response from The Lodge at Ashford Castle
Dear Erin & Shawn, Thank you so much for the review, I very much enjoyed helping you with your wedding plans and getting to meet your family, you became part of the furniture! I wish you both the best of luck for the future. Kind Regards Mairead Geehan Wedding & Events Manager.
Added 28th Dec 2015
Wedding 9th Oct 2015
The wedding manager Mairead was very co-operative and assited in recommendations for Car Hire, Churches, flowers, etc. and left nothing to chance. As father of the bride I was most pleased with the location and wedding room, the food which could be described as better than Michelin star, the bedrooms and surrounds.
Response from The Lodge at Ashford Castle
Dear Oliver, Thank you so much for your review, it really means a lot. I have to say you are still one of the top Fathers of the Bride, always at hand to help with the planning, and always such a pleasure to deal with. I do hope you will come back to visit in 2016. best Wishes Mairead Geehan Wedding & Events Manager
Added 22nd Nov 2015
Wedding 9th Oct 2015
The Lodge is in a stunning setting, which wowed the guests from the drive in. The staff were extremely welcoming and friendly and the atmosphere on our wedding day was one of relaxed fun. Although we hadn't exclusivity of the venue, it still felt like we had largely taken over a country home! Food was fantastic, better than at our tasting, and the feedback from guests on the quality and quantity of the meals was extremely positive. Mairead and her team are skilled at what they do, so relax in the knowledge that you and your guests are in safe hands. Thanks to all at the lodge for looking after us so well. We had a fantastic day.
Response from The Lodge at Ashford Castle
Dear Alison, Thank you so much for posting a review, it means so much to us here at the Lodge. To hear feedback likes this really makes out jobs worth while. I very much enjoyed looking after you and Jason. I wish you all the health & happiness in the world. Mairead Geehan Wedding & Events Manager The Lodge at Ashford Castle
Edel & James
Added 27th Nov 2015
Wedding 19th Sep 2015
Excellent service and superb value for a venue of this quality. Process was excellent from start to finish and staff have been amazing through.
Response from The Lodge at Ashford Castle
Dear Edel & James, Thank you for the review, it is much appreciated, we hope to welcome you back in 2016. Kind Regards, Mairead Geehan. Wedding & Events Manager.
Added 21st Dec 2015
Wedding 14th Aug 2015
We got married at the Lodge at Ashford this summer and we had an absolutely fantastic experience! We are so happy that we picked this venue, for the location, the coziness of the Lodge, and certainly not least - the level of professionalism and service we got from the staff. We were planning the wedding from another country, and we were so pleased with how well the hotel communicated with us and worked with us to help plan our big day. They truly went the extra mile. We always felt like we were given their full attention, even though I know that summers are very busy with weddings every weekend. Their level of individual attention was really impressive. We also found most of their wedding suppliers to be excellent - their florist (Geraldine), bakery (Devour), hairstylist (Siobhan) and in-house makeup (Debbie) were truly fantastic and we were so happy with their work. We would highly recommend this hotel for a wedding. I don't think we could've been any happier with the way they managed our own wedding, and the experience we and our guests had here.
Response from The Lodge at Ashford Castle
Dear Seamus & Lanchanie, Thank you so much for your review, it is much appreciated. I wish you both a very Happy New Year. Kind Regards Mairead Geehan Wedding & Events
Anna & Jonathan
Added 22nd Dec 2015
Wedding 1st Aug 2015
We held our wedding on August bank holiday weekend 2015. We took the lodge exclusively as our numbers started at 300 and with the addition of a glass marquee we needed to secure the venue for a few days. It really was the most amazing weekend. Our family felt it was completely out of this world. The level of care and attention each and every one of our guests was shown was amazing. The quality of food was like nothing before and people were in awe of the lamb and how well it was cooked, presented, served and tasted for such a large number. The standard of service throughout the hotel again was second to none .. The staff are just so natural and personable. It really made for a fun weekend. We still have family saying it was one of the best weddings they were ever at. We held a bbq and fun family sports day on the Sunday which was such fun .. The grounds in lodge are just perfect for all your 2nd day activity needs. The boat cruise was a huge success with our family and the Luskins were just fantastic. The lodge is such a stunning and special venue for so many reasons and I must be crazy but I would do it ALL AGAIN and change nothing about our day. It really was all we imagined and more.
Response from The Lodge at Ashford Castle
Dear Anna & Jonathan, Thank you so much for your review, your wedding weekend was such a magical weekend, there was never a dull moment. Everything about your day was just perfect. Kind Regards Mairead Geehan Wedding & Events Manager.
Added 4th Jan 2016
Wedding 31st Jul 2015
We had our wedding reception at The Lodge in July 2015. It was absolutely perfect! It is such a beautiful and relaxed venue. Mairead the wedding planner was so helpful from the very start and always promptly responded to my many questions and queries. Every member of staff that we dealt with from management to wait staff were so lovely and pleasant. The food on the day was exceptional. We had so many compliments from our guests on the food. The evening before the wedding we went down to The Lodge to set up some of our own decorations and a DIY photobooth, the staff that were there at the time were so helpful and basically took it all from us and said they would organise it all. I was very impressed by this and it took a lot of pressure off! The function room looked beautiful on the day, I would advise any couple to go and look at the room when it is set up for a wedding, fab! We had such a good experience at The Lodge, it really was the perfect day. I would have done it all over again the next day!
Response from The Lodge at Ashford Castle
Dear Elaine, Thank you so much for your review, it was such a pleasure to help you and Charles with your wedding planning. I wish you both a happy New Year. Kind Regards Mairead Geehan Wedding & Events Manager.
Added 28th Nov 2015
Wedding 25th Jul 2015
Very helpful, accommodating and professional. They made the day so special. Everything ran smoothly and our guests were very impressed.
Response from The Lodge at Ashford Castle
Dear Sandra, Thank you so much for the review, it means so much to us here at the Lodge. It is very important to us that your day runs smoothly and you have a memorable time. I wish you both Health & Happiness for the future. Kind Regards Mairead Geehan Wedding & Events Manager
Jennifer Healy
Added 27th Nov 2015
Wedding 16th Jul 2015
The Lodge is amazing in every way possible! The quality of service is second to none, every single person we encountered was professional, friendly and couldn't do enough to make our wedding special. It's such a beautiful location, very unique and relaxed. We loved every second of being there and found it very hard to leave! Looking back we wouldn't change a thing about our day, the staff at the Lodge, together with the amazing food, rooms and location made it the perfect wedding venue. I also have to mention the beauty rooms for my makeup (and room for hairdresser to use) it was a very stress free morning getting ready! And finally Mairead the wedding co-ordinator and the girls that managed the dinner on the day, their attention to the small details really made everything run so smoothly. I can't fault a single thing.
Response from The Lodge at Ashford Castle
Dear Jennifer. Thank you so much for your review, it makes our jobs worth while to hear such great feedback. I wish you both health & happiness in your new life together. make sure you come back and visit us. Best Wishes Mairead Geehan Wedding & Events Manager
James crowe
Added 28th Dec 2015
Wedding 8th May 2015
The lodge and the staff are so professional and very helpful with everything involved with the wedding. The venue is amazing and has breath taking views and scenes for photos
Added 2nd Dec 2015
Wedding 17th Apr 2015
Can't rate this hotel highly enough. We had an amazing experience. The food is a very high standard. Guests rated the hotel very highly. We were delighted to have chose this hotel for our wedding reception.
Added 3rd Dec 2015
Wedding 29th Mar 2015
We could not recommend The Lodge highly enough for a wedding venue. The staff, everyone including Mairead the wedding coordinator were lovely and so helpful, nothing was a problem on our wedding day. The atmosphere in the hotel makes it such a beautiful venue, be it for an intimate or larger wedding. All guests were delighted with the standard of rooms and service provided. The food was delicious. So happy to have found this hotel for our wedding, it was just perfect!!!
Added 28th Dec 2016
Wedding 22nd Nov 2014
We dealt with Mairead from start to finish and our wedding turned out perfectly. In difficult family circumstances Mairead was so supportive and helpful even when it looked like we might have to postpone the wedding... thankfully we didn't have to. I believe Mairead has moved on now which is a huge loss to the Lodge The entire team in the hotel from reception to bar staff and waiting staff were kind and excellent at their jobs. I couldn't recommend this hotel more. My guests are still talking about the food and we all had an amazing weekend A piece of advice i would give is to ensure you're clear on how many rooms you need as the hotel sold 25 rooms to a tour group on the night of our wedding. This was long before the invitations were sent and if i hadn't insisted on them sorting this out, a lot of my guests would have gone without rooms. I was not consulted before the rooms were booked out to the tour. This however, is my only complaint
Leona King
Added 19th Dec 2015
Wedding 18th Oct 2014
The Lodge at Ashford offers a little slice of heaven! The views are breathtaking, the rooms are modern while retaining the Lodges vintage chic inspirations! The food is extraordinary with something for everyone including the plainest palate and the service is top class. I couldn't say enough about Mairead and all the staff ,words can not describe how kind, hardworking, personable or warm she and the staff are. We stayed two nights and both nights nothing was any trouble for them, the food on the second day was fab and the bar was in no rush to close! Such a great experience, great venue, great location, great staff and a wedding planner that truly is exceptional. The only addition that is lacking in an otherwise excellent service would be the inclusion of a little acknowledgement of the 1st wedding anniversary, it is a nice tip of the hat as where else would you rather spend your wedding anniversary than in the place that gave you the happiest memories!
Sarah Ruane
Added 17th Dec 2015
Wedding 20th Sep 2014
My husband and I could not praise The Lodge at Ashford highly enough as a wedding destination. Mairead, Anna and all the staff were so professional and personable. The food was top notch and the setting speaks for itself. We have such happy memories of all our experiences at The Lodge while planning the wedding, our wedding day and we are most warmly welcomed back any time we return. We couldn't rate The Lodge highly enough.
Response from The Lodge at Ashford Castle
Dear Sarah & David, Thank you so much for the review, it is much appreciated. You were both such a great couple to deal with, I always enjoyed our meetings, it didn't feel like work. We hope you welcome you back in 2016. Kind Regards Mairead Geehan.
Mr. & Mrs J Fuller
Added 7th Jan 2016
Wedding 21st Aug 2014
We were married in The Lodge at Ashford Castle in August 2014. The experience from our first enquiry through to the day after our wedding was second to none. The charm of the venue really is equally matched with the charm of The Lodge staff; no request was too much and all enquiries were dealt with in a timely, professional & friendly manner. Mairead was in touch constantly and was on hand both the day before and the day of our wedding, knowing we had her to rely on really took the pressure off us and knowing our guests were in good hands was another massive relief. The Lodge is a chic and stylish venue, the rooms are amazing and the views are absolutely breathtaking; all of our guests were impressed with both the hotels décor and surrounding natural beauty. The set up for a wedding works extremely well, especially the private bar area adjacent to the main room. The food is delicious too, and one of the highlights for us was the night of our tasting when we got to try a selection of what was on offer for the day of our wedding. We did not have one complaint about our wedding day at The Lodge or indeed the whole experience with Rachel, Mairead , Saskia and all of staff at The Lodge, it really was what we dreamed it would be. Hopefully we will get to return for a night in the not too distant future and re-live our dream.
Michelle S
Added 10th Jan 2016
Wedding 4th Jul 2014
As soon as we stepped through the door we knew the Lodge was the perfect choice to host the most special day of our lives. And we weren't disappointed!! With the Lodge you get much more than just a venue to host your wedding; you get a place that is made to feel like home, a fantastic location that feels like an oasis from everyday life, excellent food that tastes like top restaurant quality rather than another standard hotel, and professional yet warm and welcoming staff who genuinely want you to have a great experience and work very hard to do so. Mairead, Saskia and the team were great to deal with from beginning to end and made us feel at ease throughout. No request was too difficult and every detail was catered for. With all the stress coming up to the wedding it was great to know that this was one part that was in great hands and we never felt worried. We had an unforgettable day and the Lodge played a large part in that!!
Added 9th Nov 2015
Wedding 15th Mar 2014
Fabulous venue/setting for an intimate wedding, good quality food and very obliging staff.
Added 28th Aug 2012
We recently got married at The Lodge at Ashford Castle and really cannot recommend it enough. It was a truly fantastic experience in every way, from the idyllic setting, delicious food, professional and attentive staff to the really comfortable accommodation. Our guests really enjoyed the day and all of those who stayed for the long weekend were really complementary about the hospitality of the staff, great setting and fun! If you are looking for somewhere that offers a little something different to the usual run-of-the-mill Irish wedding venue in oversized and dark reception rooms, I would choose this boutique hotel any day.
Sara and Gavin August 2008
Added 7th May 2009
I felt that I must write and thank you all for the hard work that was put into Sara’s and Gavin’s wedding. Everything was just perfect from the friendly welcome we received on our arrival to the departure. The wedding reception was beautifully organised and the food was amazing. So many guests have commented on the high standard of food and that yu would have to go along way to get a better meal. All your staff are so friendly and may I say a special thank you to Mairead for her organization and attention to detail. Also to Grainne in the beauty salon for the make-up she did on the Bride and Bridesmaids to make them so beautiful. Also thanks from the two Mum’s..!! We will certainly pay another visit to Lisloughrey Lodge when in your part of the world. Once again very many thanks.
Dearbhla and Richie May 2008
Added 7th May 2009
Well we are now back from our honeymoon and to reality with a bang and just wanted to drop you all a line to say thank you so much for everything on our wedding day & the whole wedding weekend last May. We were so happy with the hotel, the service, food and organisation for the wedding and how well everything fell into place…as were all our guests. The three nights in The Lodge at Ashford Castle were truly wonderful and we had nothing but compliments from everyone all weekend. Please pass on our thanks to Chef Wade in particular as the food the night before the wedding in the restaurant, on the wedding day and then again for the bbq was superb. All Mairead and Carly’s words of advice were spot on and we really did appreciate all your help leading up the wedding day and over the whole weekend…as god only knows it can be stressful! The hotel really felt like ‘ours’ for the wedding and it created such a special atmosphere for everyone there. It was truly everything we had hoped for and more and we are just delighted after the whole experience and looking forward to come down to stay again and again over the years! Many thanks again to you all.
Sinead and Ritchie December 2007
Added 7th May 2009
Ritchie and I would like to thank you all sincerely for making our wedding such a memorable day. I have not been to many weddings but all our guests keep telling us how fantastic it was from start to finish, from the helpful and polite staff to the fantastic food and to the perfect setting that is your Hotel. I am sure we will be back to stay for many years to come.
Denise and Shane April 2008
Added 7th May 2009
Just a quick note to thank you so much for making our wedding day the best day of our lives. We love every minute of our time spent. You are all so friendly, welcoming and accommodating. We have had so many comments from our wedding guests on the venue, food and service. It was truly amazing and everything was so professional. We did not have to worry about a thing from when we arrived to when we left. You took care of everything for us so well. Wade, the food was simply out of this world. Our guests have not stopped talking about how fabulous the food was. Top quality indeed! We will definitely be back to visit you all soon and look forward to seeing you again.
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