Our review feedback
"Had our wedding at Cloughan Castle in January, the place is Amazing! Would highly recommend to anybody considering this place!! Honestly felt like a princess on my wedding day- a real dream come true. Kim and crew thank you so much, the entire process was so easy with your help. Although planning your own catering etc sounds stressful it honestly couldn't be easier. Kim's recommendations were fantastic. Kim made the whole experience stress free, bringing great knowledge and experience to the table. It literally took 3 phonecalls!
The grounds around the castle are great for photography! As for the castle itself, fantastic! Honestly the place needs no decorations, it's got character in every room. The rooms are so individual and beautifully decorated, every guest was honestly astounded with the venue!!!
The view from the top of the castle at night is a must see, stunning views all around.
We had a small wedding of 26, spent the night in the homely drawing room. We felt so relaxed all weekend having the place to ourselves.
Cannot say enough about the place, every detail well planned and the whole venue was picture perfect. Couldn't ask for more!! Thanks again guys."
"We stayed in Cloughan Castle at the weekend, I won a nights stay in it in a competition. It was absolutly amazing, it was so much more than what I expected. The grounds around it were stunning. Every room in the castle was done to the highest standard. Kim the manager was a pleasure to talk to and was so helpful, Enda the caretaker met us with the keys when we arrived and showed us around. Everyone had such a fantastic time there. I would highly recommend Cloghan Castle. "
"Cloughan Castle is a fantastic venue!
When we started planning our wedding we decided we wanted a venue with character, Cloghan Castle has this in spades! The castle itself is beautifully restored, and the grounds are stunning.
Initially, we thought a self catering venue might be a lot of work, with having to book caterers and bar separately but Kim, the general manager, made the planning process so easy and her advice was invaluable. The food and service was amazing thanks to Justin (Maggie May's, loughrae).
We cant reccomend the castle enough, it is such a unique place!"
"We celebrated our wedding day on Fri October 18th 2019 and what an amazing experience we had. From the minute we found and booked venue, it has been so easy to organise. Kim was so helpful, as was Lourda who let us in the day before. Justin Comber from Maggie Mays did all our catering. The food was amazing, so much wonderful food. Everyone is still talking about the beef. The food was hot and served quickly to all tables.
Maurice was fantastic and ran the bar and drinks reception so smoothly. He also made sure that the bathrooms were looked after throughout the day.He gave us great recommendations and little tips to help the day run smoothly.
Denise from Hitched Events was amazing. She decorated the reception room and castle exactly the way we wanted, really listened to us. Couldn't recommend her enough. We had some dinner entertainment and this brought the celebrations to another level. Thank you to Marco from Singers for hire wedding and corporate entertainment.
Our wedding band were The Weightless Astronauts and wow, what a band!!!! The floor was full the whole night, my feet are still sore after all the dancing. It was wonderful to be able to relax the following day and not have to check out until the Sunday.
We organised for Justin to cater food for the Saturday evening for 20 family members who were staying in the castle and nearby. It was lovely to just chill out in the Drawing Room after the dinner. If anyone wants an intimate, unique and stunningly amazing venue, then this is the place for you. I couldn't recommend Cloughan Castle enough.It will always hold a very special place in our hearts. Thank you to everyone there. You're all amazing."
"Cloughan Castle has an amazing team working behind the scenes, a special mention has to go to Kim who provided great help/support and recommended excellent suppliers to us, whom, I mention below, that insured the reception, dinner, and bar were run efficiently and professionally and we didn’t need to think about the food & drink all day, as we knew it was being looked after and all was in hand. The location and venue Cloughan Castle was just stunning, from the manicured lawns, luxurious bedrooms and beautifully restored original features, no expense has been spared in undergoing the restorations and it has been so thoughtfully laid out and the comfort as well as style of all the interiors and unique rooms were fantastic. The castle has the perfect balance of the stunning location while retaining a certain warmth and class. We took over the castle for the weekend moving in on Friday through to Sunday afternoon, so it was “ours” for the weekend. The beauty and presentation of the venue was matched by the efficiency of service and quality of the food prepared by Justin (Maggie Mays Restaurant, Loughrea) and Maurice (a local bar owner, Loughrea) who was so professional and efficient ensuring all our guests were seen to at all times, this was a well organised team who ensured we had a fabulous setting and atmosphere. Food choice, drinks, service and quality were second to none. Since our big day we have had endless compliments regarding the venue, all of our guests just thoroughly enjoyed themselves from start to finish and are still talking about their experience in Cloughan Castle. We couldn't have had a more incredible weekend if we tried. Cloughan Castle provided us with a fairytale and magical wedding day. We can't begin to describe the absolute joy we had over the weekend with our families and friends, we are so grateful to everyone who worked so hard to make it such a success and we wouldn't hesitate to recommend Cloughan Castle for your wedding venue."
"We got married in Cloughan Castle in June and it was everything we wished for. We fell in love with it the very first time we visited it. The setting and decor is amazing. What we loved was the fact that we would be able to add our own personal touches and that the venue would be just ours for the whole weekend! Our guests commented on how intimate and relaxed the day was and how it was 'something a bit different' which is just what we wanted. The staff (Kim, Kevin and Shirley) were always there to clear up any queries we had, big or small, and nothing was ever too much hassle. They were so so helpful with all the planning in the final lead up and so much fun to deal with. We couldn't possibly class Maurice as being just a great barman because he did so much more for us on the day. He was so attentive to every guest's needs and just knows what works best in the castle. Things definitely ran smoothly because of his input and we'll be forever grateful for that. If you are considering Cloughan Castle for your wedding day we really cant recommend it enough. Its a magical spot that we will hold dear forever. Susan & Sean xx"
I stayed and married in the castle in early August of 2019, and it far exceeded everyone’s expectations. The castle itself is magical, beautiful and fun. Kevin, the groundskeeper, is very entertaining; Kim is absolutely delightful and both are very helpful. To my surprise, the water pressure was awesome, and the heating / ventilation / air conditioning was spot on. The beds were comfortable, and the place was well maintained and clean. I give this place countless stars!
"From the moment we drove through the gates of Cloughan Castle we knew this place was special.
What first attracted us to Cloughan was the exclusivity of the venue. The idea that we would have the keys to the castle for an entire weekend really appealed to us and was a USP versus all of the other venues that we had looked at. Also, the option to choose our own caterer was a huge plus for us. That coupled with the fact that the castle works with a number of preferred suppliers made the selection process so much easier than it could have been.
We had a Humanist Ceremony onsite in the castle ballroom, so our entire day was conveniently held in the one venue. There was no awkward travelling / rushing around between the ceremony and the reception which was fantastic for our guests, most of whom had already travelled a significant distance to attend our wedding.
We also used the castle as the site for our wedding photos. Our photographer was familiar with the venue and so knew all the best locations to get us the most stunning and unique photographs that we will cherish for years to come!
Our caterer was one of the “preferred Suppliers” that the castle have listed in their brochure. We had the opportunity to meet him directly at the castle open day. This meant that we were able to sample the food and know what we could look forward to for our big day!!
Leading up to the day, Kim was available for any and all questions that popped up. She even had some very useful suggestions for us that really made a difference to our special day! We booked the castle for 2 nights and it was honestly like living in a fairytale. From the moment we got the keys on the Friday, the catering and bar staff worked fantastically well behind the scenes ensuring that the day went by as smoothly as possible. All of the staff and suppliers went out of their way to make us feel so very welcome. We didn’t have to worry about a thing!
We cannot recommend Cloughan castle strongly enough for any potential couples who want a break from the “traditional” church/hotel wedding venue. Our guests felt like royalty from the moment they walked through the door. It was indeed the best weekend of our lives!! Rebecca & Gavin"
"We cannot recommend Cloughan Castle enough. From the minute we picked it as our venue, Cloughan Castle was brilliant to work with. Kim was like a personal wedding planner who had great advice, lots of ideas and replied so quickly everytime. We planned the whole wedding from Switzerland and thanks to Kim it was so easy and carefree. Thank you so much for everything. The castle as a wedding venue is absolutely amazing. For us it was perfect in every aspect. We had our ceremony in the banquet hall but the gardens or battlements are also gorgeous places for the ceremony. We had our drinks recepetion in the drawing room followed by the meal in the banquet hall. From start to finish the day was amazing. We rented the castle for a week so we really got to make the most of it. If you are looking for a castle venue, look no further than cloghan castle. For anyone who has questions or would like more information on the suppliers we used, feel free to get in touch."
"Now that the dust has settled I just wanted to thank you for all your help. We had an unbelievable weekend in Cloughan Castle. It was everything we dreamed and planned for- it really was perfect.
Kevin & Shirley and yourself were a great help to us and always on hand. You make a great team. Kevin is a legend and worth his weight in gold! Obviously we've been dealing with him too from the start and he has a lovely way about him that put us at ease everytime we spoke to him.
Justin Comer; I would recommend every day of the week. The food and service was better than 5* Hotel. His staff are fantastic especially Siobhan- she's a wee star and done a fantastic job on set up etc. Maurice was unbelievable. Everything ran so smoothly and he done it all with a smile!! Our guests are still complimenting Maurice and his staff to us. He does a lot more than pull pints and serve prosecco and he massively downplays the role he plays in making our weekend run so smoothly! He really is the consummate professional!
Michael at Caterent was also very easy to deal with and very very good value. He should be top of the list for anyone needing equipment or furniture!
I really can't tell you how fantastic a venue Cluoghan is. If you ever have a bride or groom wavering - please feel free to put them in contact with us and we will do our best to assure them- it works out and they will never regret it. We're still on such a high and we're so glad we went with Cloughan- as I told you, we'd viewed around 10 venues and Cloughan was head and shoulders above the rest in every respect. Thanks again for everything!"
"We can’t recommend cloughan castle enough. After deciding to marry in Ireland last June we had our venue narrowed down to a few, and we decided we wanted an authentic castle.. not something that was castle on the outside but hotel on the inside. Cloughan castle was exactly what we were looking for.. the castle grounds are absolutely stunning and the castle itself was more then I could ever imagine. It is clean, big and warm and most of all authentic - cloughan castle acts as an Airbnb and it was so nice to have the whole place to ourselves- we partied until the early hours of morning and had music on blast and didn’t have to worry about a thing. The cloughan castle team are simply amazing though - Kim Monaghan has been emailing since I decided on the venue and was such a huge help, she answered my hundreds of questions and gave me recommendations for everything that needed to be booked for a wedding. Shirley was the one who met us the day we arrived to get us settled in and helped us with everything we needed over the next couple of days and was so sweet. Pictures and the internet really don’t do justice of our stay here- it really was an absolute dream come true and the perfect fairytale. I’m already planning my 10 year vow renewal haha
If your thinking of getting married here you will not be disappointed and feel free to ask me any questions you may have."
"We are still on cloud nine after our fairytale weekend in Cloughan Castle. It was definitely how we imagined and way more! Kim and Lourda were so helpful from day one. All of their recommendations and advice really helped to shape our day. Úna ó malley (one beautiful ceremony) gave us a beautiful ceremony, along with pianist Sean Rowland. Nothing was too much to ask for from Maurice the barman, he is an absolute gent, and such lovely friendly staff he has, as had our caterer, Justin. We couldn't fault Justin's food, beautifully cooked, big portions, and plenty of seconds to go around.
The castle blew everyone away. The place was spotless when we arrived on the Friday. We were handed the keys and it instantly felt like home. We were left to enjoy the castle to ourselves, and although Cloughan Castle staff were only a phonecall/text away, our closest family who stayed with us throughout the weekend made it their home too. My sister is planning to book her wedding here (she is currently single but we will be back haha). Our wedding guests loved how they could explore the bedrooms, tower, battlements and gardens. We went for a fairytale theme and truly felt like King and Queen, our little Robyn was a real life Princess as she kept saying! Thanks so much from Barry, myself and Robyn. We truly had the most magical weekend of our lives. Such a special place ❤"
"When we decided to get married, we wanted a castle, we also wanted accommodation and the option to have a few days to spend with our guests. That plus our budget meant that Cloughan Castle was just perfect. We got the keys on Friday morning and handed them back on Monday afternoon so we were literally the king and queen of our very own castle for a weekend! Living in Melbourne meant we did a lot of organising from Australia which was challenging but Kim, the General Manager was so helpful with sending information and recommendations. We used all the recommended castle vendors which I would highly encourage others to do, they were fantastic! If you are looking for a breathtaking venue and a unique wedding experience for you and your guests I can’t recommend Cloughan Castle enough. It was stunning!"
"Our wedding at the Cloughan Castle three weeks ago was simply magical! The authenticity of the Castle and the warmth of the team, it all felt like as if we were absorbed in a fairy tail! Which nobody wished to end...! Everything went very smooth. Kim was of great help and recommended us brilliant staff who insured the reception, dinner, and bar were run perfectly well. Kevin welcomed us warmly and was around to make sure all goes fine. The beauty of this well maintained Castle and the warmth and professionalism of the staff made our special day unforgettable!"
"Words cannot describe how grateful we are for the amazing team at Cloughan Castle. Kim and Kevin went above and beyond to make sure our Wedding in May was perfect. Living in Australia, we did not set foot on the property until the day before our wedding, and the venue was truly above our expectations!! Not in our wildest dreams did we think this castle would be so beautiful and authentic, the atmosphere at the wedding was all thanks to the picturesque surroundings. During the lead up and planning, Kim took care of everything for us, we had the whole wedding planned with a few emails and phone calls, completely stress free. Once we arrived at the Castle, Kevin was there to greet us and take care of everything we needed. He quickly became like part of the family with his warm and friendly personality, nothing we asked him was an issue. I can not recommend this venue highly enough, our guests are still talking about how homely and relaxed the castle was. The perfect venue for all occasions!"
"Thank you so much for providing such a stunning place for our family Easter holidays , your team are so helpful and we had a magical time there."
"Got to spend a night in the castle for our dad’s birthday. The whole place is fabulous and finished to such a high standard. A special night in a spectacular venue, would highly recommend!"
"We had a fantastic wedding day at Cloughan Castle.I cannot recommend enough for a special,unique wedding venue. Lots of happy memories made there."
"We can't say enough about Cloughan Castle! We had our wedding here on 11 July and it was absolutely wonderful! The castle is beautiful and being able to fully use the whole place and do everything how we wanted it was perfect. I would recommend Cloughan to anyone wanting a fairytale wedding venue. I can't imagine having our wedding anywhere else. It is the perfect wedding spot!"
"We had our wedding in Cloughan over the May bank holiday this year (2017) and had the most magical wedding day and weekend ever. Kim couldn't have done more to help with our preparations and the venue was just fabulous."