Rebecca and Brendan
My husband and I cannot recommend Killeavy Castle Estate enough for your wedding. Not only is the venue itself absolutely stunning but every single member of staff, especially Ashleigh (Events Manager) went above and beyond to make sure we had a wedding day of dreams. Due to these uncertain times, our wedding with Killeavy Castle was booked and planned in a total of 10 days. The staff made those 10 days super easy and made sure we were never stressed. Ashleigh and her team pulled off a miracle and we had the most stunning wedding in Killeavy Castle. We look back so fondly on our wedding day, to put it simply it was literally perfect. Planning a wedding during COVID times could not have been simpler with Killeavy Castle. Although all safety measures were implemented and everybody remained safe, not once did it feel like we were having our dream day during a pandemic.
Ashleigh and the staff at Killeavy Castle took our vision and brought it to life! Not only is the hotel itself spectacular but the grounds are fabulous for photographs with family and friends! It meant for us we could take our professional photographs at Killeavy Castle and enjoy more time with our guests. Nothing was too much for Ashleigh and her team and they made sure that our wedding day went smoothly with no glitches. Our guests still talk about how amazing the food and cocktails were at our wedding. Although the Chef was catering for a wedding party it never felt that the food was mass produced. It felt like you were eating in a small quaint restaurant and each dish was made with such love and care.
I can’t put into words what an excellent wedding venue Killeavy Castle is, it is truly amazing!! A wedding in an Irish Castle is every little girl’s dream and Killeavy Castle is one of the best!! The boutique feel of this hotel makes you feel at home as soon as you walk into reception! We can’t wait to return to Killeavy Castle for our first wedding anniversary and make more memories at this gorgeous Estate.
Adam and Louise
Now that the dust has settled, we just wanted to send you a mail to say thanks so much to you and all of the team at Killeavy for helping to make our wedding so memorable. Your help and guidance was very much appreciated, and everything was lovely on the day.
All of our guests were overwhelmed by the beauty of the hotel and castle, and are still talking about it, and every single person said the food was great. In particular, everybody thought the venison dish was outstanding, and the onion and white port soup was described by several people as the best they had ever had, so please do pass on our thanks to the chef Darragh for his outstanding work. Please also pass on our thanks to Jason for showing us around when it was still a building site and for the initial organisation, our MC John, who made the day run so well, and Martina for all of their help. We will of course be looking to book into Killeavy for our first anniversary, and look forward to another great stay (we will book soon). Thanks again for everything!
Ronan and Ciara
We made the right choice in selecting Killeavy Castle Estate for our wedding, it was like a fairy tale. We had an amazing day and the fact that this stunning wedding venue is based in our own area made it even more special. John, Ashleigh and their team were outstanding, everything was done exactly as asked. The attention to detail in meetings with Ashleigh made the planning process much easier and from the moment we met John we knew we were in safe hands - he was there throughout the day to guide us and keep everything running smoothly.
The venue is exquisite with a great variety of areas between the hotel, the castle and the marque - everything was exactly as we would have wanted it. The food was first class and all our guests commented on it. The staff could not have been more accommodating and we felt at home in the castle for the night. The setting around the castle is stunning for photographs as you have the option of the caves, the wooded area and the venue itself. We could not recommend Killeavy Castle Estate highly enough. South Armagh is a stunning area of outstanding natural beauty and Killeavy Castle Estate, nestled on Slieve Gullion, compliments and showcases that beauty perfectly. An ideal wedding venue.
Brad and Kathryn
Brad and I live in Perth Australia, and we wanted to get married somewhere close to where I was originally from (and it had to be a castle!) We couldn’t believe our luck when we found out that Killeavy was being renovated, being only 45 minutes away. When we first visited the Castle, it was still under construction and we were lucky enough to meet Mick on the day, which was when we realised he was Australian – the stars seemed to align.
From then on in the team at Killeavy were absolutely top notch, especially Ashleigh, who was a star and connected with me via phone and internet regularly whilst I was in Perth. I had absolutely no worries about anything thanks to Ashleigh who was very helpful throughout the whole experience. We were able to sample a taster menu to help us decide the food for the day and it was such a tough choice – the food is honestly incredible. I can’t forget to mention what a gem Jason is, he worked closely with us ensuring we got the wines we wanted and really helped to settle our nerves on the day. From feeding peacocks for photo opportunities to keeping us calm before the ceremony, nothing was too much trouble for Jason.
The hotel, grounds and the castle are absolutely stunning, no detail was spared when renovating and building. We would like to express our biggest thanks to all of the staff from management, front of house, to the bars and restaurant – everyone was a pleasure to deal with. Our entire day went off without a hitch thanks to Jason and the staff; both ourselves and our guests could not compliment the food and service enough. Brad and I and some close family stayed in the Castle accommodation on the night which I highly recommend, the bath in the wedding suite is to die for! Overall, we couldn’t fault our experience with Killeavy and look forward to visiting again.
Johanna and Michael
The Management at Killeavy Castle Estate were very supportive of me and Michael when we started our wedding plans. They took time to get to know us personally and strive to understand our vision and they successfully delivered a stress-free, tailor made, most memorable experience. They took on board what we wanted for our wedding which was simple and bohemian, yet classy. They organised everything from the delivery of bouquets of simple yet beautiful flowers to hairdressing and makeup, high quality of food, music, decoration and transport in order to ensure that our needs and expectations were delivered.
From start to finish, the reception ran smoothly in the grand and glorious setting of the banquet hall in Killeavy Castle. All the arrangements functioned faultlessly and we found the staff courteous, welcoming and responsive. We had the most wonderful day Thursday, 12th September 2019. Both our families and friends, without exception, were full of compliments about the banquet hall in Killeavy Castle and the meal that was produced for us. We are very appreciative of the management and the staff for their warm support during the build up to the day and on the day per se. John, Martina and Ashleigh and the whole team combined to make it a very happy and relaxed event for us and our families. We wish the management and the team at Killeavy Castle every success for the future.
Rachel and Pearse
My first viewing of Killeavy Castle was when it was under construction. I have always loved the castle and hoped that one day someone would make it into a wedding venue! Needless to say once I met with Jason and he gave me the vision of what was planned for the castle I was under no hesitation and booked that very same day.
We are delighted that we reserved our wedding date with just under a year and a half to go even tho under construction Killeavy Castle turned out totally amazing, the service we received from every single staff member from the very beginning until our big day was nothing but exceptional!! From planning our service in the marquee to our meal, and evening entertainment, to our BBQ and band the next day we were King & Queen of the castle for two days, everything was a dream! Thank you very much to Killeavy Castle and their amazing team right down to floor and bar staff you made our day truly amazing!!