Reasons why you absolutely have to have your wedding at Ballynahinch Castle Hotel
Pop the question
Begin your journey at Ballynahinch Castle Hotel long before the big day arrives. Now offering the Diamond Package to help you ask that all important question, the hotel can arrange for a private butler to set out a romantic picnic proposal at the top of a nearby peak, aptly named Diamond Hill. Set in Connemara’s National Park, the sweeping view from the top offers up the perfect setting to get down on one knee.
The castle’s main vocation is a luxurious four star hotel but for a handful of weekends a year, this breath-taking venue closes its doors to the public to provide a unique wedding experience like no other. Despite living up to its reputation as a castle in style, the compact size of Ballynahinch Castle Hotel has the effect of creating a country house party feel for those that choose to celebrate their wedding there. From the moment you walk through the foilage clad front door, expect to welcomed into the Ballynahinch family as one of their own, making it near impossible not to return again, and again.
The perfect backdrop for your wedding photographs
Found on the Wild Atlantic Way and flanked by the magnificent 12 Bens mountain range, you will find yourself spoilt for choice for idyllic photograph locations in the castle’s 450 acre woodland estate and surrounding areas. Chose from rugged mountain terrain, a sandy beach backdrop, or simply get that perfect shot by the peaceful river that ebs and flows throughout the grounds.
If serving the best food imaginable at your wedding is one of your priorities then Ballynahinch Castle Hotel is the place for you. With a dedication to sourcing only the freshest, local produce, the team of expert chefs serve up vegetables from their own home grown vegetable patch and fish from the Salmon River that provides the spectacular view from the dining room. As if this wasn’t enough, the hotel’s breakfast has been named the best four star hotel breakfast in Ireland – perfect for curing all those champagne headaches the day after.
A three day soirée
With a tastefully decorated room or suite for all of your guests, part of the charm of a private house party wedding is extending the celebration for the entire weekend. Gather for a cosy reception dinner the evening before the wedding and catch up in front of one of the hotel’s many crackling open fires. The day after the wedding, relive the previous day over a full Irish in the Owenmore Restaurant before choosing from one of the many outdoor activities Ballynahinch Castle Hotel has to offer. A spot of fly fishing or clay shooting should blow out the cobwebs and for smaller parties, Wedding Journal recommends a guided boat tour of Roundstone Bay where the contrast of the tranquil, turquoise waters is juxtaposed by the commanding mountainous scenery providing an idyllic setting to bring to a close the best weekend of your life.