We held our wedding in the Step House at the end of July this year - a couple of other recent posts here refer to the same event. It was such a memorable occasion for us and we were truly blown away by the level of care, attention to detail and the outstanding service we received at this hotel.
This venue is a village boutique hotel, with stunning views of the Blackstairs. The best compliment I can give it is that it reminds me of a mini-version of the Merrion Hotel in Dublin, with the same elegant interiors, warm service, excellent food and overall attention to detail. It was a wonderful venue for a summer wedding as the function room is light and airy, with several large French doors which were thrown open so guests could move between the garden and function room all night long. The cocktail bar and balcony upstairs are cosy and comfortable and proved a perfect place to serve pre-dinner drinks and canapes as well as to round off a very long day in the early hours of Sunday morning. The food was excellent throughout - locally sourced, fresh, seasonal produce prepared with skill and care. The penthouse / bridal suite is quite simply stunning - one of the best I have seen in any hotel anywhere in the world.
The day after the wedding we organised a BBQ for our remaining guests in the garden and again, the food was excellent. We visited a couple of the other pubs in the village that night which was good craic and proved to be an enriching experience for our Dublin friends!
In terms of costs, there are undoubtedly cheaper venues around, but I think it would be hard to beat the Step House for value - in the sense that our 110 guests enjoyed restaurant quality food and palatable, crowd-pleasing wines at a price that we considered fair and reasonable.
Overall, I can't recommend this hotel highly enough - for a wedding or as a base from which to explore this beautiful part of the south-east. It is elegant and comfortable but it also has the kind of character, quirks and personal service that I wish I experienced more often in Irish hotels. I would be proud to recommend the Step House to tourists visiting Ireland because I think it represents the best of Irish hospitality. I really hope the hotel continues to do well so that we have the opportunity to return many times in the years ahead!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Step House Hotel Carlow is a beautiful Georgian town house brimming with character, that has been lovingly transformed into a warm boutique Carlow hotel.Escape to the country in style and enjoy the relaxed elegance of Ireland's most luxurious 4 star boutique hotel situated in County Carlow. The Step House Hotel Carlow offers Luxurious surroundings with warm, charming hospitality. Balanced with great service, we offer some of the south east's finest food creations.The Step House Hotel Carlow is located in the pretty heritage village of Borris, which borders counties Kilkenny and Wexford. This unique location benefits from the magnificient backdrop of the heather-clad Blackstairs mountains and beautiful banks of the river Barrow.Conveniently located just 115km from Dublin, 128 km from Dublin Airport, 26 km from Kilkenny City, 29 km from Carlow Town, 86 km from Waterford Airport and 79 km from Rosslare Harbour . ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Step House Hotel Borris, County Carlow, Ireland