My wife and I decided on Ballynahinch Castle for our wedding based on all the reviews we read on Tripadvisor. We couldn't be happier with our choice. We had some challenges because we tried to plan the wedding from the US. The staff went over and above to suggest photographers, celebrants, flowers and such. From the moment we arrived we were treated like royalty. The service at the castle is top-notch, and the employees are genuinely interested in helping you make the most of your stay.
I was sitting in the pub having a pint of Guinness to calm my nerves while my bride-to-be was upstairs getting ready, when the General Manager came up and sat next to me for a chat. He actually took the time to find out who I was and seek me out in order to give us well wishes and to make sure everything was going well with our wedding plans. I was very touched by the gesture. We even talked about Notre Dame football. He told me that he ordered warm, sunny weather for our wedding, but I think he may have been pulling my leg. However, we had a beautiful, sunny day in Connemara in September...so perhaps there's more to it than I know. Thankfully, we were able to have the ceremony outside by the river.
The Wifi is sporatic, but once you find out where the hubs are you can find a strong signal, so it's not a problem. There is always a warm fire nearby to sit down to read a good book or the newspaper. The food in the restaurant rivals any fine dining establishment in the States, and the food in the pub is better than I expected.
They run a quality operation at Ballynahinch Castle. I don't know if it's just the Irish charm or we got lucky, but the staff here were some of the sweetest people we've met. We are already planning our return trip to the castle for our 1 year anniversary in Sept 2014.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Luxury 4 star hotel located on a 450 acre estate with 48 bedrooms & suites overlooking the river, mountain or both. The Fisherman's pub serves lunch and dinner by the open log fire, dinner is also served in the award winning Owenmore Restaurant. On site, miles of scenic river & lakeside walks, bicycles to explore the area, fly fishing and clay shooting. Locally we have a boat trip from Roundstone fishing village which includes a trip to a deserted island & lobster fishing and great hiking. Connemara National Park, Connemara Golf Club and Clifden are all a short drive as is the ferry & airport to the Aran Islands. Ballynahinch Castle is the ideal base for touring Connemara and the Wild Atlantic Way. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ballynahinch Castle Hotel Ireland/County Galway - Recess