Ghan House is a fully restored 18th Century Georgian House in the Medieval Heritage Town of Carlingford, just an hour from Dublin and Belfast.
Log fires, candlelight and Georgian ambience make us a stunning space for your dream wedding.
The unique aspect of Ghan House is that you can have exclusive use of the whole house & gardens. If you choose to take Exclusive Use, the easy layout of the house and the fact that you have taken us over for the day actually makes for a more sociable environment than just one big function room - more free-range
than all cooped up - you can take a break from the band/DJ and in your own bar, relax in front of a log fire in the lounge or chill out in the gardens knowing you'll only bump into your own guests!
Alternatively, for smaller weddings, you can hold your Civil Ceremony followed by dinner in your very own private dining room.
Beautiful views of Slieve Foy, the Mourne Mountains & Carlingford Lough - from the gardens, all the public rooms & bedrooms.
8 ft high stone walls enclosing the gardens, adding to the privacy & uniqueness.
Most of the weddings in Ghan House are between 10 to 110 with extra evening guests.
We have twelve AA 4* rated bedrooms and have been recommended in the “Best 100 places to stay in Ireland” for 22 continuous years by John McKenna in his Guide to Ireland.
Our head chef has twice been named “Best Chef in Leinster” and the menus reflect the reputation that we have earned over the years. The restaurant has retained 2 AA Rosettes for 8 years and uses the best local produce as well as herbs & vegetables from their garden. Quality produce with a relaxing ambience makes for a perfect dining experience.
So, if you’re looking for great food and a very special, intimate venue for your wedding, we have the experience, location and ambience to fulfil your dreams.
We had our civil partnership at
Ghan House. It really was superb
in every way. Each time we
visited the house while planning
for our day Paul, both Sarah's
and Orla were extremely helpful.
All of our questions and concerns
were met with gentle
reassurance. We also felt that they listened and helped us plan a
day which we hoped would feel like a big party. The house itself
looked fantastic on the day. The ceremony in the house was
informal and relaxed surrounded by friends and family. A definite
highlight for ourselves and our guests was the drinks reception
followed by speeches on the lawn. We worried that perhaps the
day would feel disjointed as we ate in separate rooms however
this did not in any way affect the atmosphere and ensured that
the quality of food and excellent service was maintained
throughout the meal. Likewise, the band playing in an upstairs
room with the bar and lounge areas downstairs meant that guests
could dance, mingle and relax as they wished. The dance floor
never emptied and we definitely had the party we wanted. A big
thank you to the best barman! Nothing but good feedback from
all of our guests. This is certainly an amazing venue.
- Siobhan & Denise
Really cannot thank you
enough for everything on our
wedding day. Paul promised
us it was a "great party
house" & he was not wrong.
no disappointments, the day
was fantastic from start to
finish. We had a wedding of
40 guests with 100 evening
guests who were met with a Prosecco reception & bbq ~ a bbq to
end all bbq's! Such an amazing atmosphere, staff are brilliant, so
friendly & obliging. Just an amazing day, fantastic venue &
cannot recommend Ghan House highly enough. Thank you so
- Ciara & Nial
Myself and my husband got married in Ghan House on the 25th
of July 2014. We were recommended it by a friend of the family
and straight away both Stephen and I fell in love with the house
and its beautiful location. We booked it exclusively for the day
and stayed the night before and after with our guests. The staff
were brilliant from day one, Sarah, Orla and Paul couldn’t have
been more helpful. They made our decisions and planning easy,
replying to every query and change promptly. On the day, we
were extremely happy with how everything went. We had a
humanist ceremony in the garden, the sun shone and it felt like a
fairy tale. We had 40 guests, including several children and
toddlers, the staff couldn’t have done enough, their personalities
and professionalism throughout the day was amazing. All of our
guests raved about the food and atmosphere. In the evening, we
had another 80 guests arrive for drinks, dancing and buffet. All
great comments about the food and setting again. We were
initially worried about the extra guests fitting into the house,
but having the whole house and gardens meant all our guest
were free to roam and everyone was very comfortable.
Throughout our three-night stay Paul was wonderful with all the
family, young and old. We couldn’t thank the Ghan House
enough for making our day so special.
- Aine & Stephen
I just wanted to Thank you all wholeheartedly for helping me
plan and orchestrate the Wedding reception of my dreams! I
couldn't have done it without you and your attention to detail was
truly superb. All my guests are still raving about it and the
majority of them are saying that it was the best wedding that they
have been to which speaks volumes of the outstanding job that
you all did! I have just submitted a glowing review on Travel
advisor wholeheartedly recommending Ghan House as a
wedding venue! I am beyond thrilled with my experience! Thank
you, ladies, so very much for making my day so very special! I am
extremely grateful for all that you have done!
Wishing you all continued success in all your future endeavours.
- Shireen & George
My wife and I recently had our wedding reception at Ghan House
and we could not have been more happy with every single
aspect... The food was beautiful - so good that our friends and
family are still talking about it two weeks later, with several
commenting that it was by far the best food that they had
experienced at a wedding. We had an accident with transporting
our cake on the day before our wedding and the chefs re-iced it!
It looked fantastic and we were very happy and relieved.
The service was also fantastic. All of the staff were attentive but
not intrusive, calm, patient, and professional and we felt confident
that everything would happen when it needed too (and it did). The
owner, Paul, was also
great and his sense of
forethought were well
loved the layout of the
house - it felt homely
and the different
rooms and bar
allowed one to enjoy
different aspects of
the day and it was very social. There was no issue with us having
traditional music in the day, a band after dinner and more music
late into the night.
We considered several venues for our reception but we are so
happy that we chose Ghan House. The day really could not have
gone any better than it did and we will definitely be returning for dinner.
- Una & Stefan
We got married here at the beginning of August and couldn't
fault a thing. The professionalism shown by the team in Ghan
House was outstanding. The service, venue and food was
second to none. We booked all the bedrooms for our family and
they absolutely loved them. The rooms were beautiful, spotless,
comfortable and no one wanted to get out of their beds the next
day as they were so comfortable. We had 50 guests at our
wedding and it was the ideal venue and felt so intimate. Olavi
(front of house) watched over the venue all night so we knew it
was only our guests that were on the grounds which made us feel
very secure. the grounds and rooms are perfect for photos and
we never felt rushed at any stage. i can't recommend Ghan
House enough. there is absolutely nothing we would change
about the wedding, we had a ball and this is thanks to the brilliant
staff in Ghan House.