Ireland has no shortage exceptional exclusive-use Wedding Venues which are perfect for large groups of over 70 guests. But what if you want to hire a country house as a small private wedding venue to have all to yourself? You could be planning an intimate wedding, or planning a destination wedding in Ireland for a smaller group of guests, so a private country house or castle would be perfect. So we went looking for idyllic private country houses for your intimate small wedding celebration!
1. Hillmount House
Located in Drains Bay, near Larne Hillmount House is a beautiful privately-owned Georgian house, boasts a stable-block, coachhouse, stunning sea-view gardens, a woodland meadow, orchard and formal garden, all set on 10 acres of rustic land. The luxurius main house sleeps 10 people and is perfect for a weekend house party wedding!
hillmounthouse.com | Co. Antrim
2. Clonalis House
A gorgeous Victorian Italianate villa just outside Castlerea in Roscommon, Clonalis House is perfect for a very intimate wedding as it can accommodate a wedding group of 22. Take your vows beneath an ancient oak tree or in the cosy chapel, before retiring to the main house to enjoy the four-poster beds, a paneled library, huge fireplaces and views to the river; this is the Irish country house wedding dream come true.
clonalishouse.com | Co. Roscommon
3. Loughcrew House
Loughcrew House is a true hidden gem in the rolling hills of Co. Meath, an ideal location for a creative couple looking to design a wedding with heart and uniqueness. This wonderful private country estate has been lovingly and uniquely restored by the owner, Emily Naper. Set in acres of private beautiful unspoiled countryside, with formal gardens and a lake, it makes a spectacular wedding location.
loughcrew.com | Co. Meath
4. Belle Isle Castle
Belle Isle Castle and Private Island in Northern Ireland is a versatile castle that offers three locations for ceremonies; the beautiful Sunken Garden, atmospheric Abercorn Wing Drawing Room or the elegant Hamilton Wing Drawing Room. Not to mention that it is literally a castle on an island in a lake! Spring weddings can make the most of the beautiful bluebells in the woods for photos. A wedding party of up to 50 guests can dine in the banqueting hall with castle accommodation and cottages in the grounds for all guests.
belle-isle.com | Co. Fermanagh
5. Ardtara House
This renovated 19th-century Country House Hotel oozes charm, character and is a foodie couple’s dream. Located between the Giant’s Causeway and Belfast it has nine spacious bedrooms with high ceilings, filled with antiques and original working fireplaces. Weddings of from 24 to 74 guests can be held in either the Garden room and Clark Room Restaurant or both, with restful views over the extensive lawn surrounded by mature woods.
ardtara.com | Co. Derry
6. Barrow House
Exquisite taste is the only way to describe the refurbishment of this 300 year-old Georgian Country House. It sits in a private sheltered cove on the water’s edge of Barrow Harbor in Fenit. The house and gardens are available for use with room for 18 guests inside in the Marble Room, or more outside if the ceremony takes place on the boat deck in the garden.
barrowhouse.ie | Co. Kerry
7. Ballinlough Castle
This castle in Meath has been a family home for over 400 years. Traditional but sumptuously decorated to a contemporary style and luxury standard, it’s just an hour from Dublin, so very convenient for a destination wedding planned in Ireland. In rooms overlooking the lake, up to 80 guests can be seated for a wedding reception.
ballinloughcastle.ie | Co. Meath
8. Inch House
Inch House is a tranquil 18th century farmhouse near Nenagh, which is still family-run by the Egans. It has a working farm and garden providing gorgeous produce for the dining table but with added mod cons for anyone with an eye on an eco-conscious wedding. The house is powered by solar energy and there is an electric car charger on site.
inchhouseireland.ie | Co. Tipperary
9. Coopershill Estate
Coopershill Estate is the magnificent Georgian mansion home of the O’Hara family since 1774. Located at the heart of a 500 acre estate in Riverstown where sightings of wild deer and red squirrels are the norm, it offers luxury and informality for a private Irish wedding . The gorgeous dining room set with family silver and Irish crystal can comfortably seat up to 30 people, while eight bedrooms complete with four-poster beds sleep 16 in luxury and style.
coopershill.com | Co. Sligo
10. Temple House
Another amazing Georgian Country House wedding venue, this time it’s Temple House in Ballymote on an estate of 1,000 acres, complete with a lakeside castle of the Knights Templar at Templehouse Lake. Up to 80 wedding guests can be seated for dining inside the house, while there is accommodation for 28 guests on the estate.
templehouse.ie | Co. Sligo
11. Hilton park
Rather grand but very relaxed, Hilton Park is an award-winning country estate run by the 8th (and 9th) generation of the Madden family. With beautiful formal gardens, a lakeside view and luxury accommodation. The estate can be hired for a private wedding party to sleep 24 guests or a wedding reception of up to 40 can be accommodated in the dining room.
hiltonpark.ie | Co. Monaghan
12. Viewmount House
Once the home of the Earl of Longford, Viewmount House was built in 1740, but now it’s a luxury hotel that can be yours exclusively. With an orchard, and Japanese gardens making a wonderful backdrop for your photos, and a cosy interior, a smaller wedding of up to 80 would be very at home.
viewmounthouse.com | Co. Longford
13. Delphi Lodge
Nestled at the base of the mountains in Connemara in the West of Ireland, this venue is for those who like comfort and style but a bit of adventure, Delphi has its own adventure center taking full advantage of the rugged terrain and amazing scenery. A wedding party of a minimum of 18 can be accommodated up to a max of 30.
delphilodge.ie | Co. Galway
14. Mustard Seed at Echo Lodge
This Ballingarry gem is a favorite for its gourmet dining options. Dan Mullane’s amazing restaurant in the old Victorian Lodge house is pure gastronomic delight and would be a real treat for up to 75 guests. The house is an oasis of old-school charm and the hospitality is unsurpassed.
mustarseed.ie | Co. Limerick
15. Glin Castle
Also in Co. Limerick is the home of a real life Knight. The Knight of Glin and his family, the Fitzgeralds, have been here for generations, and now you can join them in their home overlooking the River Shannon to celebrate a very special intimate and totally private wedding for up to 70 guests.
glin-castle.com | Co. Limerick
16. Old Rectory Killyman
The Old Rectory in Killyman has been lovingly refurbished over the last two years by owners Paul and Emma. Mingle with your nearest and dearest within the stunning backdrop of seasonal blooms, fruit trees and a colorful rose wall. Venture into the barn, with its striking stone walls, high vaulted ceilings and exposed brick arches that make it rustic and charming.
oldrectorykillyman.co.uk | Co. Tyrone
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