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If you are looking for a venue that is in the heart of Ireland’s countryside, but still has the level of five-star accommodations and services, consider hosting your dream destination wedding at an estate house. Not quite as large as castles, these estate and manor homes are no less exquisite or finely appointed as their larger castle cousins. The Irish country estate house offers couples a more intimate feel; we recommend this option in particular if you plan on come with a small to larger group of your loved ones where you can exclusively rent out the entire house for your event. Each estate is beautifully appointed with the latest in technology and comfort, offers the same expansive grounds experience and manicured gardens, but feels a little bit cozier than a large castle. Another bonus is these tend to be farther away from major cities, so it provides a quieter reprieve for you and your guests if you are looking more for a “get away,” but are still close enough for easy sight-seeing and day trips to explore.

Waterlily Weddings has had the pleasure with working with the best estate houses and manors throughout Ireland, and we continue to look for and forge partnerships with newly renovated estates. We have had the pleasure of producing many perfect weddings at Kilruddery House, a spectacular estate home in Co. Wicklow that boasts and exquisite organerie to host ceremonies. Bantry House dates back to the 1700s and has been called home by some of Ireland’s most notable Earls and Viscounts. Kilshane House includes a conservatory built in 1860 in addition to a 320 acres of private parkland. Village at Lyons is an old mill built on the Grand Canal in the 1750’s, offering unique details to make your wedding stand out from the rest. Powerscourt House is full of rich history and an awe-inspiring garden with lakes, mazes, and sculptures. Gregans Castle sits picturesquely in the heart of The Burren, conveniently located near the Cliffs of Moher and on the perch of the fabled Irish countryside; no wonder it served as inspiration for The Shire in J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings.”

From the heart of Dublin to the romantic countrysides of the west, these estate homes and manors offer the perfect combination of elegance and exploration, often perched on the edge of the Ireland to indulge your adventurous spirit. Contact us today for more information to start planning your dream destination wedding in Ireland!

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