Having the entire castle just for our friends and family made our wedding extra special. We felt completely at home – well if our home was a castle!
We kicked off the celebrations with a Prosecco reception, relaxing in the luxurious drawing rooms. We just managed to beat the rain for a couple of group shots with an impressive castle backdrop. The restored dining room is a sight to behold, with incredible attention to detail.
The chef played a blinder, with every meal more delicious than the next. From the canapés on arrival and 5-course dinner, to the late-night snacks, full Irish breakfast and barbeque, the skill in preparation and the quality of the ingredients was apparent.
Downstairs, Markree has created a cool evening venue, complete with vaulted dancefloor, gin-bar and chill-out lounge. The guests love exploring all of the nooks and crannies – I can still see my Mam’s face as she discovered the dedicated kitchen with a never-ending supply of tea and coffee!
After a lengthy sing-song, we all headed for our rooms. Everyone loved the individual, spacious bedrooms – each with its own unique feature including free-standing baths, round towers and wonderful views.
The bridal apartment is a world unto itself! It is made up of an elegant drawing room and bedroom, and a huge bathroom complete with twin shower and free-standing bath. The original stonework adds a lovely cosy feel to the apartment.
We couldn’t have imagined a more perfect venue for our wedding and will treasure our memories forever. All of our guests have been singing the praises of Markree Castle, and we’re just trying to come up with an excuse for our next party there! Thanks again to the kind, helpful and professional team.
Karen & Barry, June 2017
"One word - WOW!"
Beautiful surroundings, amazing food and fantastic staff.
If you want a fairytale castle wedding - this is the venue for you.
Myself and my husband had our wedding reception at Markree Castle in June 2017.
There are 30 beautiful bedrooms in the castle. Your guests will feel like Kings & Queens! This is a private venue, so any guest that is staying there will only be part of your wedding party.
My family and I had the wonderful experience of staying in the Castle the night before the wedding.
The morning of the wedding was the most fantastic experience. Myself, along with all my friends and family, got dolled up in the Billiards room.
Fiona from Polished Ireland took charge of hair and make-up. She was the dream team along with Brenda and Nina. I couldn't recommend them highly enough!
If any bride is lucky enough to get ready in Markree the room to get ready in is the Johnny Cash Bedroom - just wow! A super space to get into your dress. Fantastic photo opportunities, both in the room and exiting onto the masterpiece staircase.
On return to the castle following our ceremony, our guests were blown away by the beauty of the refurbished venue and gardens. We were all greeted by a Champagne and canape reception. They were divine!
We had our photos taken at the castle. Our photographer was Conor Doherty who has plenty of experience in Markree. His relaxed approach suited myself and my husband. I would recommend him to any friend or family member! The sun shone for us so we were able to use the gardens. We also took advantage of the billiards room, the chapel and grand entrance hall and staircase for some extra photos.
The piece de resistance of Markree Castle is the dining room. It is palatial. The room is split into four sections. There is no need to worry about this, the room flows and all guests feel part of the party.
As mentioned above, the food in Markree is amazing and plentiful. No guest will go hungry. Any guest with allergies need not worry, just have a note of their requirements and where they are seated and they will be well looked after and catered for.
The evening entertainment takes place downstairs in the basement. This level has been opened by the Corscadden Family as part of the renovations. You will find a dance floor and two bars, one of which is a well stocked gin cocktail bar. There is also a kitchen downstairs where any guest can pop into for a cup of tea or water. The evening food is also served in here. We danced the night away to the Bentley Boys.
To Patricia, thank you for making us feel like Markree was our home away from home for the two nights we stayed.
A special thanks must also be mentioned to Markree's fantastic wedding co-ordinator Cora.
From the day we met her for an off-spec show-around in the newly-opened venue she made everything go smoothly and seamlessly.
Cora's attention to detail and passion will make your wedding day the best day of your life!
A must view for any bride to be!