10 Amazing Country House Wedding Venues In Ireland

Nothing beats the stately grandeur of an Irish country house. And yet, there’s something so homely and comforting about their tranquil settings. Here are ten of our favourite country wedding venues in Ireland.

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1. Gloster House and Gardens

Gloster House is a new and exciting, privately-owned and completely exclusive wedding venue in Birr, Co. Offaly. Centrally located in the Irish midlands, the unique 300-year-old stately home is set within a 150 acre demesne. It has extensive gardens incorporating Italianate terraces, fountains, ponds, lakes and woodland walks.

"This beautiful and historic early-Georgian house has been extensively and sensitively restored in recent years and has regained its former glory and character while incorporating all the up-to-date comforts of modern life. The architecture in the house is both unique and breath-taking with stunning baroque plasterwork in the double-height entrance hall, a large first floor gallery with fireplaces at each end together with a number of gracious reception rooms. No two weddings at Gloster House will be the same. Our philosophy is to be as flexible as possible so that your celebration is unique in a house that is exclusively available to you and your guests."

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Capacity: 150-160

Accommodation: 18

Cost: Bespoke costing on request

T: 0505 47948

Email: [email protected]

Web: glosterhouse.com

 

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2. Cloughjordan House

Set on eight acres of beautiful Tipperary land, Cloughjordan House dates back to the 1600s. Here, you and your guests can enjoy your own little piece of country heaven all to yourselves.

“Food is our thing! We pride ourselves on using ingredients that speak for themselves; harvested from our own walled garden and local artisan food producers. With our quirky new on site accommodation and ‘Asado’ covered BBQ area, we can tailor your celebration to suit you. We offer old school hospitality with a modern convivial twist. With exclusive rental, you can enjoy the privacy of the house and grounds. This includes the historical ballroom, with its exposed stone wall and raised open fire centerpiece- the perfect setting for indoor ceremonies and dancing.  We can also cater for outdoor ceremonies on our sweeping front lawn or woodland area.”

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Capacity: 180

Accommodation: 50

Email: [email protected] 

Web: cloughjordanhouse.com

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3. Butler House

If you’re looking for a historical and classic wedding venue in Ireland for the solemnisation of your marriage, Butler House in Kilkenny makes for a gorgeous choice. This venue is actually the Dower house of nearby Kilkenny Castle and has established itself as Kilkenny’s premier location for wedding ceremonies. The house boasts three magnificent reception rooms with plasterwork ceilings and large bow windows. All of this sits on the backdrop of a beautiful Georgian walled garden and Kilkenny Castle. During the summer, you’ll find this garden in full bloom, making it the perfect spot for the all-important wedding snaps.

“The largest of the rooms will accommodate up to 80 people and each of the smaller rooms will accommodate up to 40 people for a ceremony. Wedding parties can also enjoy exclusive use of the house and gardens for wedding photography. The charming Georgian garden was restored to its former glory in 1999 and boosts its own private entrance to the Castle yard and Kilkenny Castle.  Complementary services such as afternoon tea for guests on arrival and post-ceremony champagne receptions are also catered for. Butler House has its own private car park.”

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Capacity: 80

Accommodation: 13 rooms

T: 056 77 65707

Email: [email protected]

Web: butler.ie

 

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4. Powerscourt House

Powerscourt House & Gardens, set in the heart of County Wicklow is considered one of the finest country house estates in Ireland. The Palladian Mansion presides over a series of formally landscaped gardens, which step down to the edge of the property and share a common backdrop of the Great Sugarloaf Mountain. Powerscourt House was once a castle in the 1300s and is the perfect wedding venue choice for fans of classical architecture.

“Exclusive and unforgettable; from the elegant ballroom, meticulous service and first class cuisine, Powerscourt House ticks all the boxes. Together with our catering partners, Feast Catering (headed by Domini and Peaches Kemp) and our network of preferred suppliers, we will ensure that your special day is all that you have dreamed of. You’ll love the elegance of our formal dining room and double-height Georgian ballroom. And along with the relaxing ambiance of the Garden Rooms and panoramic views overlooking the award-winning gardens, this makes Powerscourt one of the most romantic wedding venues in Ireland.”

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Capacity: 170

Accommodation: Powerscourt House does not provide overnight accommodation.

T: 01 204 6000

Email: [email protected]

Web: powerscourt.com/weddings

 

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5. Boyne Hill House Estate

If you’ve been dreaming of a country getaway for you and your guests to celebrate your big day in, Boyne Hill House Estate could be just the venue for you. The estate is nestled on 38 acres of private parkland in the heart of the idyllic Boyne Valley area. Lovers of the classic novel “The Secret Garden” will be drawn to the estate’s many hidden enclosures. Perfect for quiet, romantic moments.

“The Boyne View Suite offers a fine dining atmosphere and comfortably seats 170 guests, and is complimented by our stone-walled country bar, which can entertain up to 250 guests. Connected by an 18th century underground tunnel, our lovingly-restored Georgian Mansion House and the Courtyard Mews boast 43 deluxe guest rooms to accommodate your guests. With full exclusivity on your wedding day, the Estate becomes your own private residence complete with your own butler.  The secret walled garden is the perfect setting for weddings and civil ceremonies.”

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Capacity: 170

Accommodation: 43 rooms

Cost: Packages starting from €69.95

T: 046 903 1247

Email: [email protected]

Web: boynehillhouse.ie

 

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6. Leixlip Manor & Gardens

Leixlip Manor and Gardens has been going from strength to strength since its opening in 1996 and is now regarded as one of Kildare’s finest wedding venues. This location is the ideal choice for those who dream of a serene, country affair but who don’t want to stray too far from Dublin. Guests will love the elegant décor and comfort of the main house and enjoy taking pictures in the beautifully-kept gardens.

“The Manor is a completely private venue, catering for weddings only, giving you and your guests the utmost attention on the day. The 29 acres of surrounding parkland is home to manicured lawns, ancient trees and a beautiful stone-walled Victorian Garden. We welcome couples to personalise their wedding and put their own stamp on the celebrations. Our team is happy to help create a day that’s uniquely yours. Private viewings are available 7 days a week by appointment. For more information, please visit our website.”

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Capacity: 340

Accommodation: 44 rooms

T:+353 1 624 7415

Cost: The all-inclusive Lavender & Lace Package is now discounted from €15,000 to €7,500.

Email:[email protected]

Web: leixlipmanor.com

 

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7. Temple House

Built in 1825, this luxury Georgian mansion is set in a private estate of over 1,000 acres overlooking the 13th century lakeside castle of the Knights Templar- providing you with tons of beautiful wedding photo opportunities.

“If you’re looking for the grandeur of a country house and the intimacy of a family home, then this is the wedding venue for you! Whatever you envisage; a civil ceremony, a blessing or just a fabulous party, Temple House has the flexibility to make your day all you ever dreamed of. Couples are invited to have their ceremony in the spectacular main house, followed by canapés and bubbly in the terraced gardens. Here, guests can enjoy views of the lakeside castle of the Knights Templar. The main meal and speeches can be held in the garden, the vestibule or dining room, meaning we can offer three options for the wedding breakfast.Our capacity is:  sit-down: 15-150, buffet style: 20-220, marquee: 150-250. Following a delicious meal everybody migrates to the newly refurbished west wing. A ball room, a gallery with a private bar and a quiet room are all focussed on having a good time.”

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Capacity: 250

Accommodation: 23

T: 086 397 1301

Email: [email protected]

Web: templehouse.ie

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8. Fitzgerald’s Woodlands House Hotel & Spa

The four-star, family-run Fitzgerald’s Woodlands House Hotel & Spa is located in over 40 acres of private woodlands in the beautiful village of Adare, Co Limerick. The Fitzgerald family have been involved in coordinating every wedding here over the past 30 years so you know you’ll be in good hands! From your first consultation until the big day, the Fitzgerald family are committed to personally attending to your every need.

This year it unveiled its new gold table settings comprising of gold-trimmed delph, gold-handled cutlery and elegant golden candelabras. In addition to these beautiful new arrivals, we also provide a crisp, contemporary silver set-up. Both of these styles look stunning alongside the hotel’s complimentary chiavari chairs. Along with these fabulous dinner options, Fitzgearld’s also offers a cute vintage tea party arrival reception. This makes a quirky and enjoyable surprise for guests of all ages.

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Capacity: 400

Accommodation: 90 rooms

T: 061 605 101

Cost: Starting from €79 per person.

Email: [email protected]

Web: woodlands-hotel.ie
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9. Virginia Park Lodge

Steeped in history, the Virginia Park Lodge has recently been brought back into Irish hands by Michelin starred chef Richard Corrigan. The acclaimed wedding venue has distinctly homely feel and luxury finishing touches. The exclusive pavilion with lake views can cater for up to 300 guests, while indoors the 18th century banqueting room can hold a more intimate wedding for anything up to 90 guests. What could be more special than exchanging your vows in the gorgeous parterre garden’s full of lavender and tulips, with views of Lough Lamor?

“Just 50 minutes from Dublin or 90 minutes from Belfast, this historic house and stunning gardens are exclusively yours to enjoy with your close friends and family amidst the beauty and privacy of the estate. We source the best seasonal food insisting on freshness and quality so that your wedding meal will be a memorable experience for you and your guests. We use farm fresh organic produce from our own Gooseberry Gardens and Farm. We are happy to design a bespoke menu compiled using only the finest natural produce, a true reflection of Richard Corrigan’s passion for flavour rich and unpretentious cooking.”

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Capacity: 300

Accommodation: 100

T: 049 854 6100

Email: [email protected]

Web: virginiaparklodge.com

 

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10. Crover House Hotel and Golf Club

If you’re committed to a quaint, lakeside wedding but have a lengthy guest list, Crover House Hotel and Golf Club overlooking Lough Sheelin in County Cavan is the perfect choice. Originally built in the 18th century, this venue has it all; history, comfort, nature and even an executive 9-hole golf course. Your guests won’t want to leave! Crover House’s very own wedding co-ordinator will help you plan your dream day, helping eliminate any pre-wedding stress.

“Guest hoping to extend their stay in the area will find more than enough to do to make it a fab holiday. Relax on our Lakeview Terrace or enjoy some post-golf dinner or afternoon tea in our cosy bar. Our extensive gardens are the perfect spot for a stroll or to take some gorgeous wedding snaps.”

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Capacity: 340

Accommodation: 44 bedrooms

Cost: From €45 per person.

T: 049 854 02 06

Email: [email protected]

Web: croverhousehotel.ie

 

So there you have it, 10 gorgeous country house wedding venues in Ireland with just the right amount of grandeur, a homely feel and all the character you could ask for.

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