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Feedback from just a handful of couples who Celebrated their Special Day at the Castle!

"Words can barely describe how grateful we are to the Barberstown Castle team for making July 2nd 2011 as perfect a day as we could have ever imagined. We can have nothing but good words to say from the first interaction via web enquiry to the checkout the morning after our wedding.

Richard was very patient in showing the banquet hall to a few family members who needed to act as our eyes as we were living in the USA.

Gretchen and Eimear sent numerous photos to act as back up for the good reviews we had received. Management were so confident (and rightly so!!) that we would love the venue when we saw it in person that they were willing to work with us on the deposit required to secure the date. After we saw the venue in person we knew we had made the right decision. All subsequent emails and telephone calls were dealt with in a timely and professional manner. Thank you for your patience too as we had many queries!

The wedding day itself can only be described as perfection. The moment we stepped out of the car and on to the red carpet we were greeted by Paddy with a glass of champagne. It can't be easy making more than 200 guests feel that they were very important to the success of the wedding, yet they managed to do it flawlessly. The banquet hall itself was better than we expected the flowers and candles really added to the magical feel. The top table set up makes you feel like a high chief and many of our guests felt the need to bow in jest as they passed us to get to the bar area! The food was amazing and all our guests commented on how much of it there was, many guests had second helpings! The wait staff were phenomenal in how they managed to ensure everyone was served very promptly. The wine kept flowing during dinner and the bar tenders worked tirelessly until the early hours of the morning. The late night barbeque is a lovely add on and it really separates Barberstown's package from the standard sandwiches and tea that you receive at other venues.

The Irish weather decided to play its part which meant that the courtyard and gardens were utilised to their full potential. They are perfect for photo opportunities. We had many travelling from the States and further afield and all commented on how beautifully maintained the gardens were. The accommodation in the castle can only be described as magical, All our guests felt the same way! Four poster beds a plenty! We had block booked every room and nobody was disappointed!

As with many other people who have reviewed your venue, we forgot to pass on our thanks to Paddy on the night in question. The best man found him a pleasure to deal with and no request was too much for him or his thank you Paddy and please pass on the same to your wonderful team! You all played a criticial role in creating a day and night we will never forget! "

- Mick and Lina July 2nd 2011


"We had an outstanding day on the 30th and cannot thank all the team in Barberstown enough for your professionalism and expertise. Please extend our heartfelt thanks to Paddy (every home should have one!!). As soon as we pulled up to the door and Paddy handed us a glass of champagne, we knew we were in the most capable hands and we did not have one single worry for the rest of the day. He was just fabulous and my only regret is I don't think I conveyed to him on the day what a difference his capable calm nature meant to us. I think everyone who attended remarked to us about the quality of the food and most people said it was the best meal they have ever had at a wedding. The waiting staff were so effortless int eh way the glided around the room and even from the top table, I could see that their professionalism didn't waver once. Once we booked the hotel nearly 2 years ago, we felt very confident that we had made a really good decision but even knowing that, our experience exceeded our expectations. I would wholeheartedly recommend the Castle to anyone thinking of booking and the atmosphere of the room on a chilly December evening is quite simply hard to beat. To you Jennifer, a massive thank you. You were a pleasure to deal with and the speed and efficiency with which any query we dealt with was really very impressive. A special thanks to Gretchen too. We are happy to provide a testimonial to couples considering Barberstown Castle for their special day. It will always hold a very special place in our hearts. Many thanks to you, Paddy and all the Team."

- Noreen & Denis, December 2010


"We wanted to thank you again for helping to make our whole day so special an perfect We are so happy we chose Barberstown and all the Stories I heard from our big day were down to such lovely, helpful and hardworking staff. Not one person had a bad word to say about anything. You all should be so proud because you help to make lovely and special memories for people. Thank you all so much!"

- Olra and Paul, May 2010


"Thank you so much for helping to make our wedding day the most special and amazing day of our lives. Everything was fantastic on the day and all our guests raved about the food, service etc. We knew we were in safe hands when we booked but everything surpassed our high expectations!! Thanks again"

- Jessica and Rory, August 2010


"Happy New Year! We're sorry this is a little late in getting to you! We wanted to thank you so much for the most amazing day on 20th November. Our wedding reception was all we'd dreamt and more. Everything ran so smoothly. Our guests loved the venue with the warm fires, mulled wine, music and gorgeous food. Many said it was the best food they'd experienced at a wedding and the most elegant venue. The tables, favours, cake, room gifts etc were laid out just as we'd asked, not a thing out of place. From the entertainment to the food to the service, everything was beyond our expectations. Thank you too for allowing our groomsmen and co surprise us with their Single Ladies dance and for the owner not killing them for running around in your bathrobes! Sorry! We were thrilled with the atmosphere of the place; the whole day just seemed to be buzzing. Our guests adored the rooms and so many were upgraded. I heard a few showing off their fancy rooms to guest who weren't staying over. Breakfast the next morning was beautiful too. Can't believe it's all over now. It was just magical. Thank you too Jennifer for the amount of times you showed us around the place and replying to our emails so fast. You've a big job! Can't wait to come back and visit again soon!"

-Belinda & Michael, November, 2010



"We just wanted to write to thank you all once again for making our wedding day so extra special. Everything from start to finish was fantastic and everyone who was at the wedding is still raving about it! The food was fantastic and we'd especially like to thank the chef for making such a delicious vegetarian tofu dish for all the veggies! Jennifer was alwasy so lovely and professional all along and Paddy was so in control on the day that we really felt very looked after and relaxed in all our dealings with Barberstown. We look forward to visiting again. Thanks a million everyone"

- Ann and Terry, June 2010


"Thank you so much for everything...! We had such a fantastic day that everyone is still Raving about the venue and the Staff. Thanks especially to Richard for his patience; Jennifer, Gretchen & Paddy and all the waiting staff. We hope to return for afternoon tea soon and will recommend you highly at every chance!"

- Nicola & Johnny "The Happy Bride & Groom", June 2010


"We couldn't praise the staff enough; everyone was so helpful and made sure that everything ran smoothly. Please pass on my thanks to all involved, especially Richard and the Maitre D, and the receptionist who tied my Dad's tie for him... The food was amazing and many people commented that it was the nicest meal they had - ever... Everyone, guests and bridal party included, says it was the best wedding they were ever at. We also enjoyed a lovely family meal the night before in the Castle Keep. I would thoroughly recommend future couples to do the same - it was really relaxing.I wouldn't change a thing, except maybe going to bed a bit earlier than 5:am..."

- Orla & Paddy, January 2009


"I just wanted to thank you again for the wonderful day that we had in Barberstown Castle at my daughters' wedding last Saturday. Everything was perfect, and your staff assisted us and accommodated us perfectly, As you are aware, for the parents, it is hoped that all will be well on the day, but we needn't have worried, you all looked after us professionally and with great courtesy."

- Kirstie & Alwin, February 2009


"Just wanted to drop you an email to thank yourself and Jennifer for all the hard work you put into our wedding day. We really had an absolutely excellent weekend one we will never forget thanks to all you guys at Barberstown and of course the fab weather that topped it all off. Hopefully we might bump into you next year when we have our one year anniversary x Thanks again for making our wedding day (and the build up to it) truly special xx"

- Anne Marie & Greg, May 2009


"Just a quick email to say THANK YOU for organising the best day of our lives. We had such a ball and everything went perfectly thanks to all your organisation. We are really really grateful for all of your hard work and patience with all of our queries and anything at all that we needed. Many people said that this was the best wedding they had ever been to and especially those that travelled from outside of Ireland to come to the wedding who were overwhelmed with the castle, the hotel rooms, the reception hall & room, the gardens, the barbeque and most of all the service at the tables which was excellent. While the room is stunning and looks posh and formal, the atmosphere is relaxed and natural which we just loved. Paddy was brilliant in organising the timing of everything on the day and he has the patience of a saint with all the drunk guests that we had! Everything ran like clockwork thanks to Paddy. The food was divine and everyone said the same. I loved the sorbet and the meat tasted so fresh. I was especially delighted with the flower arrangements in the reception hall and room. I love flowers and the vases on the tables were just stunning. Flowers are really important for me and the arrangements were just spot on. We will contact you shortly with a full run down on things but just to let you know we are eternally grateful for all the effort you put into our big day and we would have no hesitation in recommending Barberstown Castle to anyone we know who is having a wedding in the future."

- Niamh and Jonathan, June 2009


"On behalf of James and myself, I would just like to say a huge thank you to all the staff at Barberstown that made our day so special, in particular we'd llike to thank yourself, Leanne, Richard and Paddy. Our guests are still raving about the wonderful food, service and just the whole place in general. We are 100% sure we picked the right venue when we chose Barberstown and can't wait to come back and see you all for our 1 year anniversary. "

- Jenny & James, July 2009

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