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Lyrath Estate Hotel

Lyrath Estate Hotel, Paulstown Road, Kilkenny
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"Lyrath Estate... a place of understated elegance"

Blending ‘something old, something new’, at the heart of Lyrath Estate Hotel is a gorgeous 17th century Manor House, which has been sensitively restored and added to by a series of chic, modern spaces to create a luxurious resort, set in 170 acres of lush green parkland and historic gardens. The perfect marriage of past and present, the 5 star Lyrath Estate makes an exquisite backdrop to any wedding, whether traditional or contemporary.

From your arrival up the main avenue, past to the original historic home where you will greet your guests in old world elegance and grandeur, a wedding at Lyrath Estate Hotel is a very special occasion.

The charming décor at 17th Century Lyrath Estate Manor House provides a gorgeous setting for intimate weddings up to 50 guests. Larger parties of 50 guests and more are catered for equally superbly in the elegant surroundings of our Ballroom, uniquely spacious with impressive chandeliers.

From artfully designed table d’hôte wedding menus to bespoke menus tailor made to suit your personal style and taste, the team of award-winning chefs continue the trademark Lyrath Estate's  attention to detail in the exceptional food created for each wedding.

Lyrath Estate is one of the country’s finest 5 star hotel resorts and a magnificent venue for a stylish and memorable wedding.


68 reviews
Quality of service5.0/5
Aine Butler
Added 2nd Sep 2022
Wedding 30th Jul 2022
From the moment we walked into Lyrath Estate we knew it was where we wanted to get married. Our day was an absolute dream and everything we could have wished for an more. The venue, the food and the staff are out of this world. A special mention needs to be given to our wedding coordinator Gill who went above and beyond to make sure our day was all we dreamed of and more. All of our guests commented on both the beautiful venue and the amazing food. Nothing was ever too big an ask and we throughly enjoyed popping up to the hotel for wedding tastings and meetings with Gill. Gill was so helpful and obliging that it made the planning of the wedding stress free which meant we had time to enjoy the run up to it and celebrate with family and friends. She is absolutely amazing at her job and you can tell within five minutes that she loves what she does. Gill is an absolute lady and a pleasure to deal with. We had so much fun with her. One look at this hotel and you’ll fall in love. The attention to detail in the hotel is amazing. The staff are friendly, mannerly and kind. We wanted our guests to feel special and that’s exactly what happened. Thank you to all the staff for making our day magical. Our hearts are so full. We’ve made memories to last a lifetime. Best wishes, Denis & Áine
Niamh and Mark
Added 9th Jul 2022
Wedding 25th Jun 2022
I cannot recommend Lyrath Estate enough - they were fantastic to deal with from start to finish. Everyone we met in the lead up to the big day, on the Wedding day itself and afterwards were fantastic and exceeded our expectations. Gill was our wedding co-ordinator who took care of everything. She was amazing, very detail oriented & thought of everything. I cannot thank her enough. For e.g. we wanted to do our speeches before our meal and make them a little less formal. She was so accommodating & suggested lots of ways to do this. In the end we had it in the yellow room in the Manor House which was lovely - it worked so well! The entire staff in Lyrath were outstanding from the reservations team to the staff on the day. They even let us practice our wedding dance in the ballroom the week before - including setting up the speakers to play our song. The attention to detail on the day was perfect - all the staff were fantastic and made us feel like VIPs (including our bridal party). The food was amazing on the day too - our guests were very complimentary. We had our day two in Lyrath also where we wanted something a little different. Again Gill was so helpful. We had a late lunch & drinks for our bridal party in one of the Manor Rooms followed by wedding cake. It was perfect for us. Again the staff were outstanding and even thought to bring down our main table flowers to decorate the room. We loved it. 10/10!
Tom Rogers
Added 4th Nov 2022
Wedding 24th Sep 2022
Words can’t really describe how happy we were with how well our wedding went. It was incredible. From the first point of contact with Lyrath through to the big day, staff at Lyrath were exceptional and made us feel so very welcome. Nothing was ever a problem. All of our requirements were catered for, we were given excellent advice and support from Gill our wedding coordinator and this culminated in our perfect day. We were fortunate that the sun was shining and this allowed us to host our ceremony outside in front of the Manor House, which has made for some incredible photos. All of our guests raved about the food, the portions and the venue. We couldn’t have asked for more. We would absolutely recommend Lyrath to anyone looking to have a wedding in Ireland. We can’t wait to return for our 1 year anniversary!
Kara Clukey
Added 13th Sep 2022
Wedding 8th Aug 2022
Our wedding day was a dream! The Lyrath Estate team was friendly, attentive, accommodating and professional. From the first inquiry to our wedding day we felt like we were in good hands, even planning from miles away! They genuinely care and take pride in the work they do. We will hold these memories dear to us and can’t thank all of the staff at Lyrath for going above and beyond. Can’t say enough good things!
Added 12th Jul 2022
Wedding 24th Jun 2022
Where do I start ! Lyrath Estate was absolutely superb from start to finish, I could not recommend this hotel venue highly enough. Gill the wedding coordinator was fantastic and guided me through every detail of the wedding, no request was too big or too small. On the day, Emma-Jayne, Susan and Boban were so helpful and made sure everything ran smoothly. The venue decorations, the drinks reception and the main meal were perfect. All of the food was delicious and nothing was left behind. I have numerous family members with severe allergies and everyone was catered for to the highest standard. We had the best day of our lives in Lyrath Estate and again I could not recommend it highly enough!
Susan & Conor
Added 3rd Sep 2022
Wedding 10th Jun 2022
We truly had the BEST wedding day possible and that was down to our amazing wedding venue Lyrath and their brilliant staff! From the moment we visited Lyrath we knew it had to be our venue. Wedding coordinator Gill went above and beyond for us and nothing was any trouble and she made sure the day went seamlessly for us! Our guests were blown away by the hotel and beautiful grounds. The food was out of this world and so many of our guests have said to us it was the best wedding venue and food they have ever had. Gill and all the staff are so friendly and they really make sure everything goes smoothly for you both on the day. Lyrath ticks every box and we would recommend it to anybody! From top class food, warm and friendly staff, beautiful rooms and the ability to create an amazing atmosphere for our guests! We are so glad we chose Lyrath as our wedding venue and Gill could not have been more helpful! The hotel is truly breath taking and we couldn’t recommend it enough to couples.
Amy & Dan
Added 8th Jun 2022
Wedding 27th May 2022
We just recently got married and had our reception in Lyrath and it was the most amazing experience. It really exceeded our expectations in every aspect! The Manor House was the perfect setting for our drinks reception, we still have guests telling us how much they loved the overall setting of the venue! From the moment we booked the venue, our wedding coordinator, Gill, was fantastic. She was always quick to respond to any queries we had and our day went off without a hitch. We also had our BBQ in Lyrath for the second day and this was also amazing, as was the food both days! All the staff are incredibly friendly and helpful. Would highly recommend Lyrath as a venue for a wedding!
Fiona & Dave
Added 28th Aug 2022
Wedding 30th Apr 2022
We got married in the Lyrath in April 2022 and couldn’t recommend it more. We planned our wedding from Australia and Gill (wedding co-ordinator) couldn’t have been more accommodating. Gill and the team were extremely responsive to our emails and calls and made the whole process stress-free. All of our guests complimented the excellent hospitality with the food and service second to none. The staff in the hotel were amazing from start to finish, particularly Gill, Darragh and Boban who helped make our day so special. We have just received our wedding photos and video back with incredible shots at the lake on the Estate. The mix of old and new between the Manor house and the modern function room really distinguishes the Lyrath from other venues. Thanks to everyone at the Lyrath for making our day so special.
Máire Ryan
Added 10th Jul 2022
Wedding 23rd Oct 2021
We got married in October 2021 and had our reception in Lyrath Estate Hotel. The Manor House was the perfect setting for our drinks reception and the grounds provided wonderful autumnal colours for our photographs, there are so many options! The team were fantastic to deal with especially when there were things not within our control due to restrictions. All the staff are incredibly friendly and helpful and something all our guests noticed. Gill and Nathan were fantastic to deal with, nothing was ever too much for them. Would highly recommend Lyrath as a venue for a wedding!
Emma & Kevin
Added 7th Jul 2022
Wedding 21st Aug 2021
We initially booked our wedding at the Lyrath Estate for summer 2020. The Lyrath staff were exceptional in dealing with our postponements and made the whole process as easy as possible. We really appreciated their kindness and understanding during such uncertain times. We had our intimate wedding reception with reduced numbers in August 2021 in the beautiful yellow dining room. We later had our full wedding reception in the ballroom in April 2022. Gill and Darragh both went above and beyond to make sure that everything ran smoothly on both days! They thought of everything and really were a pleasure to deal with in the lead up to the celebrations. We were all extremely well looked after, our friends and family were very impressed with both the meal and service. We are glad that we chose the Lyrath as our wedding venue and thoroughly enjoyed our celebrations there! We would highly recommend the Lyrath as an exceptional wedding venue!
Lorraine & Padraig
Added 16th Mar 2020
Wedding 14th Dec 2019
Lyrath is top class and we had the most magical day for our wedding in December. The decor in the hotel was like a winter wonderland and provided a fabulous backdrop for our photos. We were blessed with a clear bright day and we went to the lake beside the hotel for our photos. So beautiful. The meal was amazing and we got lots of compliments. Gill was our wedding coordinator and she couldn't of done enough for us. I would highly recommend lyrath for your special day.
Emily & Albert
Added 15th Jan 2020
Wedding 25th Oct 2019
We would highly recommended the Lyrath Estate Hotel as a wedding venue. We had our wedding there in October 2019 and had the absolute best day we could ask for. Our wedding coordinator Gill was extremely professional from the beginning and guided and advised us through the whole process with ease. No queries or concerns on our part were an issue and it ultimately allowed us to have little or no stress on our wedding day. We can honestly say that on the day of our wedding we did not have any concerns about anything as the hotel proved themselves as highly organised, professional and pros at weddings :) The banqueting managers (Gavin and Nathan) on the day and beforehand were amazing too. Thanks to them the day ran very smoothly and we didn't have to even think about anything once we arrived at the hotel. Not only is the food top class, the venue is amazing and such a beautiful place for the reception and photographs etc. Overall - Top class hotel and the Ultimate Wedding Venue
Cliona Weir
Added 26th Nov 2019
Wedding 7th Sep 2019
We got married in the Lyrath on 7 September last. Gill and Gavin were a pleasure to deal with throughout - extremely professional, helpful and accommodating. All of the hotel staff were extremely friendly and helpful. I would highly recommend the Lyrath to future brides and grooms.
Siobhan and Richard
Added 6th Oct 2019
Wedding 31st Aug 2019
From start to finish, we were delighted with how everything went. Gill helped us with all the planning and she was very easy to work with - she was very organised, thought of everything and gave us plenty of time to make any decisions. Everything went to plan on the day, thanks to the brilliant staff, and in particular Nathan who looked after us on the day. The food was delicious, from the drinks reception through to the meal and late night buffet. We are still talking about the dinner! We really liked that the dining room included a separate dance floor, so there was no need to move away the tables and the band could start immediately after the speeches. The old house is also a beautiful setting for the drinks reception, plus there is outside space if you get a sunny day. The hotel is also big enough that most of our guests were able to stay there. Overall we would highly recommend Lyrath to any couple!
Ciara Burke
Added 15th Nov 2019
Wedding 22nd Aug 2019
We are so happy we chose the Lyrath for our special day. It is such a beautiful setting. All of our guests loved the old house and country setting with the luxury of the hotel and spa. The Lyrath were very easy to deal with and gave us a lot of help when we needed it. The food was amazing. Every commented on how great the food was. They also had lovely food for our guests with dietary requirements. All of our photos taken at the Lyrath were beautiful. My favourite are the photos taken at the lake. It looks like a fairytale. Would highly recommend the Lyrath to any couple.
Danielle Armitage
Added 18th Sep 2019
Wedding 1st Aug 2019
This was the best choice for our whole wedding day 1 & 2. Impeccable service, complete 5 star service. I would recommend lyrath to anybody for any style of party or stay. Some exceptional people to mention Gill-wedding planner, Jennie-reservations, scott-bar man, nathan- events coordinator . The whole process was easy and a pleasure to work with them.stress free
Sheila Gallogly
Added 12th Aug 2019
Wedding 21st Jul 2019
We booked our wedding with Lyrath Estate in November 2018, and our wedding took place in July 2019. We worked directly with Gill throughout the process - she was just excellent to deal with, and nothing we asked for was a problem. At every meeting, Gill had a full update for us, and worked through the list in an extremely professional manner. The day itself was magical (despite the weather!). We had amazing feedback from everyone who attended. We would highly recommend the Lyrath for anyone considering venues for their wedding. Thanks again to Gill for making it all so easy!
Michelle & Brian
Added 5th Aug 2019
Wedding 5th Jul 2019
We had an absolutely amazing 3 days for our wedding in lyrath , it was the wedding of our dreams . We felt at home for those 3 days everything was just so enjoyable. The food was just absolute perfection , everyone was talking about it , from the canapés to the main Meal to the bbq the next day just unreal. We were so impressed with absolutely everything We enjoyed every single second of our time in lyrath and so did our guests !All of the Staff, waiters & Managers were so helpful and professional, the location & setting is just simply amazing we couldn't have asked for anymore we would highly recommend if you are considering having your wedding in Lyrath you will not regret I =)
Hannah & Michael
Added 26th Jul 2019
Wedding 14th Jun 2019
We cannot speak highly enough of everyone at the Lyrath. From the moment we booked the Lyrath as our wedding venue, Gill, our co-ordinator (& Iona in Gill’s absence) took away any stress or worry we had and looked after everything for us no matter how big or small. The meal on the day was wonderful and was highly praised by our guests and we have to thank Nathan and his team for producing such quality food. We would like to also give a mention to Gavin who looked after us on the day itself and made sure we had everything we needed. Would highly recommend to anyone as a wedding venue.
Added 17th Jul 2019
Wedding 31st May 2019
My husband and I had our wedding reception in the Lyrath estate on the 31st May 2019 and the staff couldn’t have done enough for us. During the planning stage, Iona was so helpful and a pleasure to deal with, every minor detail was looked after and nothing was ever an issue. On the day Nathan looked after us, Nathan and his team were really amazing. Everything ran so smoothly and the food was absolutely gorgeous. The Lyrath really was everything we could have wished for and more. The venue is beautiful and the grounds, there are so many places to get gorgeous photos. So many of our guests commented how amazing the hotel was and such a relaxing atmosphere. We cannot wait to go back again and cannot thank Iona, Nathan and the team enough.
Added 25th Jul 2019
Wedding 3rd May 2019
I cannot praise Lyrath highly enough as a wedding venue. From the minute we visited them first, they were professional, friendly, approachable, flexible, incredibly accommodating and just a pleasure to plan a wedding with. During the 12 months of planning, we never had an ounce of stress or worry with Lyrath and it all came together so beautifully on the day. A special mention has to go to our wedding coordinator Gill who is warm, welcoming and wonderful at her job. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Lyrath to other couples planning a wedding
Added 27th Apr 2019
Wedding 18th Apr 2019
To all the staff at the Lyrath, especially Iona, Gill and Nathan. Thank you so much for a wonderful Wedding Day. From the moment we booked the Wedding we were at ease with how professional and competent Iona and Gill were. No ask was too much and every minor detail was checked and double checked. As for the day itself, what can we say! Everything was perfect. I’m even convinced you guys had a handle on the weather! The set-up was beautiful, the service was excellent, and the food was outstanding. All of our guests commented on the meal and the overall relaxed atmosphere of the day itself. Thank you to Nathan who ensured every last decision was to our liking. We had such a fantastic day and can’t wait to visit the Lyrath again to relive the day.
Response from Lyrath Estate Hotel
Thank you so much for the lovely words, on behalf of the Team here at the Lyrath we just want to congratulate you both again! It was such a pleasure to work along side you and we are so happy you had a fabulous day! Iona, Gill & Nathan
John & Pricia
Added 4th Aug 2019
Wedding 23rd Mar 2019
The Lyrath was a very beautiful setting for our wedding. In particular the rooms within the Manor House, where the Arrival Reception was held, are full of gorgeous period charm. The hotel was very cosy despite the March weather. Overall the day went smoothly from start to finish thanks to the preparation, attention to detail, warmth and professionalism of the staff there. We would highly recommend this hotel to other couples planning their special day!
Laura Moran
Added 25th Jul 2019
Wedding 15th Feb 2019
Everything was perfect from start to finish and all of the staff at Lyrath estate were a pleasure to deal with.
Cathy & Fergal Byrne
Added 31st Mar 2019
Wedding 22nd Dec 2018
From the moment we drove into Lyrath Estate Hotel to view the venue for our Wedding, we were blown away. Everything about this place is amazing. But it's not just the aesthetics that are amazing here it's the staff & the food also. We were looked after by wedding coordinators Sylwia & Gill who were both fantastic right the way through from our initial visit to our special day. On the day Gill & Nathan were absolutely wonderful, making us feel at ease & had such attention to detail. The food was just devine right throughout the day & all of guests raved about the food afterwards. The highlights for us were: Beautiful areas both indoors & outdoors for our photos, amazing food, amazing staff, large dance floor, luxurious bedrooms & lots lots more. Just wish we could do it all over again. Thanks so much for the best day of our lives.
Response from Lyrath Estate Hotel
Hi Cathy & Fergal, You are so welcome and it was fantastic working with you both. Wishing you every happiness in the future, Gill, Sylwia, Nathan & all the Lyrath team.
Neala and Paul
Added 27th Nov 2018
Wedding 6th Oct 2018
Lyrath is the perfect venue for a wedding! We had about 200 guests and so many of them said "we are definitely coming back to this place". The food is incredible and we had the honour of meeting the amazing chef Abi (everyone raved about the food), there was plenty of drink and the grounds are stunning and so unique(amazing for photos). Gill was our wedding coordinator and she went above and beyond. Lyrath is so unique in their service- while it's a 5 star hotel, you don't feel the staff are being friendly because they have to. There is a warmth and friendliness that makes you feel a part of the place. I've never seen this in a hotel before and Gill was a perfect example of that also. You don't just build a "professional" relationship throughout the process, you build a friendship which is so genuine. I hope Lyrath never loose that quality. When we hadn't organised a flower arrangement for the church to bring to the venue for the top table, Gill was one step ahead of us and organised ia florist to make one anyway (she knew us only too well). All staff on the day were so friendly and kind, in particular Nathan, who really looked after us. We visited a lot of venues but couldn't have picked a better one and we cannot wait to go back!!
Response from Lyrath Estate Hotel
Hi Neala & Paul, Thank you so much for such a lovely review and we absolutely love the photos that you sent into us recently. I loved working alongside you & it was lovely to shed an emotional tear & lots of smiles with you on the day. We wish you every happiness in the future and no doubt we will see you soon. With best wish, Gill, Nathan & all the team at Lyrath :)
Added 16th Oct 2018
Wedding 21st Sep 2018
I really can’t fault a thing. From the moment we booked our wedding day the staff were so helpful and attentive! On the day itself the staff were exceptional. The hotel and ground are absolutely gorgeous so many lovely hidden spots for photos! The food was 10/10, Our guests are still talking about it. I couldn’t recommend the lyrath more!
Response from Lyrath Estate Hotel
Congratulations again Clodagh & Bryan, I am delighted you had such a lovely day at our gorgeous hotel. It was truly a pleasure working along side you!
Added 16th Oct 2018
Wedding 14th Sep 2018
Utmost professional service, guests were all raving about the food. Planner was Gill who couldn't have done more for us. Everything from breakfast on the morning of the wedding to the BBQ on second day ran like a well oiled machine which meant we could really enjoy the celebrations. Would highly recommend the lyrath for wedding venue.
Emma and Adam
Added 11th Sep 2018
Wedding 27th Aug 2018
Absolutely perfect day. I don't know where to start! We got married recently on 27th August 2018 in Lyrath Estate Hotel and from start to finish, it was absolutely brilliant. The whole team, including Gill, Colm, and Nathan were just superb. Our car to the church broke down and Gill organised a beautiful Beaufort wedding car to come from Waterford to collect us from the church. The food at the reception and dinner was delicious and all of our guests commented on how nice and how much food they got! We were in the McCurdy Suite for dinner and it was stunning. The layout, table planning and decor (organised by Gill and Colm) was perfect. The whole day ran so smoothly. We stayed in Lyrath for an extra night and we were treated like royalty from all of the staff, at breakfast, in the spa, at lunch and dinner the next day. We felt so special. All of our guests commented on how kind and obliging the staff were. There is not one thing I could find fault with in Lyrath Estate. Only that we can't do it all over again! We couldn't ask for a better wedding day. Best day of our lives. Thank you so much to all at Lyrath Estate!
Response from Lyrath Estate Hotel
Thank you so much for your lovely review, it was a pleasure working with you both on the lead up to the Big Day and I'm absolutely delighted that you had the Best Day in our Beautiful Hotel. Hope little Alex is looking after Riley the Teddy! Hope to see you all soon :) Gill.
Bridget O Gorman
Added 18th Jun 2019
Wedding 11th Aug 2018
Colm and I got married in lyrath last August and it was a fantastic venue. Our wedding coordinator Gill looked after us very well on the months running up to the day and all the staff were brilliant on the day.They were all so personable and made us feel very special on the day. Gill was always on hand to answer our questions on the run up to the wedding and we felt like our needs were taken into account. The food and wine for our wedding was an important part of our day and we were delighted with how delicious it was and the great feedback from our guests. We were delighted we choose The Lyrath to celebrate our wedding. The venue is so beautiful and luxurious.
Kira Jones O Brien
Added 12th Oct 2018
Wedding 10th Aug 2018
My husband and I got married on August 10th 2018 and celebrated our Wedding in Lyrath Estate Hotel. To say that Lyrath Estate is a perfect wedding venue is an understatement. Attention to detail is absolutely incredible and the friendliness and professionalism shown to our guests from all staff members hugely added to our day. From the moment we checked into the hotel we were greeted with a standard of service that in my opinion surpasses 5 star. Gill Long is amazing at what she does and any Wedding in her hands is sure to be a fabulous one. Colm was by our side throughout our Wedding weekend and was a huge support both on our Wedding day and at our post Wedding BBQ in the purpose built area which is also beautiful! There are so many names I could mention as all staff members were simply amazing. My Wedding was 2 months ago and my guests are still raving about the venue - in particular the lobby and the food! I would not hesitate in recommending Lyrath Estate Hotel to any couple who want a perfect, elegant, magical and memorable Wedding day.
Response from Lyrath Estate Hotel
Hi Kira & Paddy, Many Many Thanks for your lovely words and I will pass them on to all the team. Really happy that you had such a fantastic weekend in Lyrath Estate (all topped off with the Dublin Win on the Saturday!!) It was really great working alongside you for all the planning & please say hello to your lovely mum Aileen, her decor was fab :) I hope we will see you soon, Gill
Edel and Colin McKenna
Added 11th Nov 2018
Wedding 3rd Aug 2018
We were so impressed with the whole team at Lyrath. The day was perfect and every little detail was appreciated and noted by ourselves and our guests. We felt like a king and queen for the day and had the most amazing time.
Response from Lyrath Estate Hotel
Thank you so much Edel and Colin, it was truly a pleasure to be a part of your wedding day. Iona
Karoline & Mark
Added 19th Oct 2018
Wedding 20th Jul 2018
We got married on the 20th of July 2018 in the beautiful Lyrath Estate. From the day we booked the wedding, all the staff could not have been more helpful. The Events and Reservations teams were fantastic at keeping on top of things for us and getting back quickly to any questions we had. Gill and Iona were great to deal with. They made everything so easy for us when we were trying to iron out the finer details closer to the day. A special mention goes to João, the banqueting manager, and his Catering team. The food was fantastic for the wedding and the BBQ on the second day. From the day we met João at our menu tasting, he could not have done any more for us, or our guests. A few people had some special requests on the day of the wedding, João was more than accommodating. People are still commenting to us now about how good the food was at our wedding. Overall, Lyrath Estate was a fantastic venue for our wedding.
Anna Roche
Added 19th Oct 2018
Wedding 13th Jul 2018
We got married at Lyrath over the summer in July. They were such a fantastic venue to work with from start to finish. While there were a few hiccups along the way with new wedding coordinators being introduced to us in the middle of the process, they showed up nothing but professionalism the whole time. They were always willing to accommodate our ideas and were so flexible. They let us bring our wedding decorations and candy bar stock down weeks before and let us leave them with them for as long as we needed after the wedding. It took a lot of stress out of the big day for me personally. Needless to say, the venus is absolutely gorgeous and all of our wedding guests said that it was the best wedding they had ever been to! The pups roaming the grounds might have helped sway people a bit as well. ;) Wouldn't hesitate to book our wedding there again and I can't wait to just go down and spend another weekend with them.
Emma & Tommy
Added 17th Oct 2018
Wedding 29th Jun 2018
We chose The Lyrath Estate Hotel because...... We initially looked passed The Lyrath as it was literally too close to home being on our doorstep, but in the end we just couldn’t find where that came close by comparison. We looked farther afield for something a little different but on all levels kept coming back to Kilkenny and to The Lyrath. Firstly, the setting is Magic!! On driving up - the countryside views and landscapes stretching for miles really creates a breath-taking feel that not many of the larger venues who can cater for numbers of 250+ can offer. Living away from Ireland in Oz, the setting was so important for us as we wanted to feel like we were really at Home, surrounded by Green. The House and Estate are pristinely kept and even though it has that beautiful Old Estate feel the Lyrath offers superiorly modern amenities and décor. The newly renovated ballroom - which has self controlled lighting/background music has a new outdoor decking opening off to the side through huge Glass panels which fills the room with natural light and air and also allows guests who like to take a break from the room - still be a part of the party!! Their 5 * customer service on all levels left any one else we had dealt with in the waiting blocks. We were lucky to be gifted with Gillian – their Events Manager, who was our personal angel in disguise and made organising everything from Australia an absolute breeze. No suggestion was too much and everything we wanted to incorporate into the day was accommodated for. I can honestly say that Gillian and the team made the entire process super enjoyable and easy! All of the organisation was super relaxed– and not only that – we had such a laugh in the progress. We had cocktails on the outdoor terrace because the weather was amazing, a whiskey and cigar bar, our own theme incorporated throughout with help from the events theme and florist, all our guests – especially the ones who traveled were more than accommodated for and this was just the tip of the iceberg. We completely trusted the expertise the Lyrath had to offer with our menu. Everything we had tried at our tasting and to be honest any time we had went for lunch in the bar, has always been above delicious so we had absolutely no reservations about the food that would be served on the day. Everyone knows the weather in Ireland is unpredictable. I loved the idea of having an out door drinks reception however its unrealistic to put all of your venue planning eggs in the same basket as the child of Prague!!No problem for the team at the Lyrath - we had the option of having our drinks reception in the fabulous drawing rooms of the house house - or outside in the courtyard area, with view for miles and the house as a back drop. We were so blessed with our 30deg Summer day that there was no other option than to spend teh most part out side and what I loved most was this wasn't even a question or a discussion - we had mentioned this once and on getting to the venue the courtyard was set up for our arrival. We trusted Gillian with a lot of decisions as from our initial meeting with her - her honest approach and advice along with her mass experience in event planning was super obvious. Its very easy and such piece of mind to hand the reigns across knowing you're getting the best options for your budget/theme/ expectations. The canapes perfectly accompanied our summery cocktail selection of Pimm’s, Mojitos and Processco. the menu, to coincide with the summer feel we went with some lighter options of goat’s cheese tart, sorbet, sea bass or beef and apple crumble for desert. The food went down a treat and on the advice from the head chef – left everyone feeling satisfied but not too full to dance!! We could not recommend the Lyrath highly enough - I think Gillian and her team ( and all the staff throughout the hotel) are really what made the decision for us initially - and proved in the end that we made the right choice in every aspect.
Added 16th Oct 2018
Wedding 23rd Jun 2018
We had an amazing wedding. The entire team at the Lyrath were so helpful and accommodating. The guests had a wonderful time and everyone complemented the food. We highly recommend the Lyrath.
Mr and mrs Allman
Added 4th Nov 2018
Wedding 18th Jun 2018
We could not have looked for better service. They dealt with us on a personal budget and in a very Personalised way.
Response from Lyrath Estate Hotel
Mr & Mrs Allman, thank you so much for the lovely words. I really enjoyed assisting you in planning your big day, Iona
Siobhan and Denis Lillis
Added 16th Oct 2018
Wedding 16th Jun 2018
We couldn't have asked for a better hotel for our wedding. Lyrath was amazing.
Response from Lyrath Estate Hotel
Thank you so much Siobhan & Denis for your lovely review. Wishing you every happiness for the future and hopefully we can welcome you back to Lyrath sometime soon, Gill
Regina McCarthy
Added 5th Aug 2018
Wedding 13th Jun 2018
The Lyrath is an amazing venue with amazing people working there. Everything about it is five star but, unlike some five star hotels that are uptight, The Lyrath has a wonderfully warm and friendly atmosphere. It has been two months since we had our reception there and still all of our friends and family talk about how amazing it was. All of our guest were looked after to the highest of standards and the food and service was exceptional. I dealt with Sylwia at first as our wedding coordinator but Gill took over as Sylwia went out on maternity leave. Sylwia was so well organised and on top of things that the change over to Gill was seamless. Gill was also amazing to work with and was so efficient and quick to respond to emails and calls. We did not go with one of the packages available, instead we created our own special day with a small dinner in the old manor house and then a big BBQ at 7 that evening for all of our friends and extended family in the ballroom. Only for the help of Sywia and Gill in the organisation of all the different aspects and the amazing staff and managers on the day, the whole wedding reception went off without a problem. We really cannot fault the venue and staff and we cannot wait to return for our anniversary.
Response from Lyrath Estate Hotel
Hello Mr & Mrs McCarthy :) Thank you so much for such a gorgeous review. I'm delighted that I got to work with you both in the final few weeks of organising the Big Day and so happy that you had such a good time. Very Best of wishes to you both from myself, Slywia & all the team.
Aine Tobin
Added 11th Oct 2018
Wedding 2nd Jun 2018
The lyrath were amazing!! Couldn’t have been more professional or helpful!! Can’t recommend them highly enough
Response from Lyrath Estate Hotel
Thank you Áine, I am so happy you had a wonderful day and thank you for the recommendation, Iona
Sarah Carroll
Added 28th Nov 2018
Wedding 13th Apr 2018
There is nothing we can fault. The service on the day was excellent. Everything was on time and we had a very relaxed day knowing that everything was being taken care of. Also during our drinks reception we missed out on cupcakes and the staff kindly brought us out our own plate of desserts.
Jennifer Doherty
Added 20th Nov 2018
Wedding 10th Mar 2018
from beginning to end this was simply the best experience. the team were exceptional. nothing is too much. I arranged the wedding from half way around the world but that did not impact on the service I received. It was perfect.
Response from Lyrath Estate Hotel
Thank you so much for the lovely words, truly it was amazing being able to assist you in planning your perfect day! Iona
Niamh Russell
Added 20th Nov 2018
Wedding 30th Dec 2017
Amazing to deal with and were very flexible with changing things in and out of the package.
Added 9th Nov 2018
Wedding 15th Dec 2017
Iona and the folks at Lyrath couldn't have done enough for us they were so professional and warm, professional and gave us the best day, nothing was too much. Thanks guys!
Response from Lyrath Estate Hotel
Thank you Grace, I really enjoyed assisting you in planning your Wedding day!
Justin Brady and Deirdre Dunne
Added 30th Mar 2017
Wedding 18th Mar 2017
In the lead up to the day Iona was a great a help the planning was painless one detailed meeting following by two short ones she left nothing to chance. We and all our guest had an incredible day that will live long in the memory and all thanks to the exceptional staff in the Lyrath. Cannot recommend them highly enough.
Response from Lyrath Estate Hotel
Thank you Deirdre & Justin, I am delighted you had a great weekend and I could assist you in planning the day. Kindest Regards, Iona
Carol McC
Added 14th Mar 2017
Wedding 4th Mar 2017
I got the pleasure to work with Sylwia through most of our planning of our wedding. Since the beginning she was amazing, great help and always there answer any questions we had and provide us with different alternatives that would suit us. I couldn't fault her service at all. She new exactly what we needed and what we were looking for. She always dedicated us time and effort through the planning of our wedding. We got the exceptional combination of old and new, we got our civil ceremony in the old house and the reception in the new building. It was just amazing. The staff was amazing, we always ended up going to Toppers bar and the staff were brilliant, always helpful and they always welcome you with a smile. Laura and Ivan on the day of the wedding they were a delight, they were extremely helpful through the day, they were always checking to make sure all was going according to plan and making sure myself and my husband were happy and looked after all the guests. The next day, they both as well, were extremely helpful and a delight, making sure all was going according to plan and making sure everybody was looked after. The staff in general were just brilliant, always extremely polite, extremely helpful. Very happy with all their help from the beginning to when we checked out. It was just brilliant.
Triona & James
Added 21st Jul 2017
Wedding 14th Jan 2017
We had our wedding at the Lyrath in January 2016. We cannot say enough positives things about our experience there, from the initial booking to the day itself. It is a big venue, with the ability to accommodate large numbers, but it feels like they really care about each wedding at a personal level. Communication with Iona was always so easy, which was very important to us as we were planning our wedding from abroad. The wine cellar was perfect for a post-rehearsal dinner the night before the wedding. Many of our guests stayed for the wedding night, and they all commented on how helpful and friendly staff were....this was very important to us. We would highly recommend the Lyrath for anyone planning their wedding. You won't regret it!
Response from Lyrath Estate Hotel
Dear Triona & James, Thank you for your lovely message. I am delighted you and your guests had a wonderful day and that I could help you plan it. Wishing you both all the best in the future. Kindest Regards, Iona
Irene & Ross
Added 1st Apr 2017
Wedding 7th Jan 2017
Lyrath Estate Hotel was fantastic as our wedding venue and Iona, our event coordinator was a joy to work with. All of our requests were accommodated, nothing was a problem and we had a fabulous day from start to finish. Even the weather behaved itself and we got some beautiful photos taken by the lake. Our preference was for a small wedding, 65 guests for a Spiritual Ceremony and Reception in the three beautiful Manor House rooms and reception area, with a similar number arriving later for the evening reception. The food and drink was fantastic, as was the service. As we took the three bedrooms upstairs in the Manor House, we basically had the entire beautiful old house to ourselves for the day. If you are planning a small wedding, we cannot recommend the Lyrath Estate Hotel highly enough. Make it extra special with a Black Tie dress code. Many of our guests declared that it was the best wedding that they had ever attended.
Response from Lyrath Estate Hotel
Thank you Irene & Ross, it was such a pleasure to work along side you both and your kind words are really appreciated! Kindest Regards, Iona
Alan Murphy
Added 19th Jan 2017
Wedding 17th Dec 2016
We got married in the Lyrath on the 17th December 2016 and it really was the most amazing experience. Our situation was somewhat unusual as we are based in Sydney but all of the staff we dealt with really took the stress out of planning a wedding from the other side of the world. Our wedding planner Iona was an absolute superstar to deal with and the wedding co-ordinator Alan made sure everything ran perfectly on the day. Every single member of staff we dealt with was professional, friendly and obliging. The hotel really treated us like royalty and provided a few additional perks to make the whole experience even more enjoyable. Every one of our guests we spoke to told us how impressed they were with everything. The rooms, the facilities, the food and the the service. The grounds are the additional bonus and we were able to take some amazing pictures down by the lake. It made life so much easier on the day being able to go straight there from the church and then only having a short journey up to the hotel itself. Sometimes you read a review and wonder if an experience could really be that me for us it was. Thank you again to all the staff at the Lyrath, especially Iona and Alan.
Response from Lyrath Estate Hotel
Thank you Alan, The most important thing is that you both had a fantastic day and I am very glad we could deliver that for you! Wishing you both the very bets for your future together! Best Wishes, Iona
Eimear & William
Added 16th Jan 2017
Wedding 10th Dec 2016
Lyrath was a great venue for our wedding. The standard of the food was excellent and on the day staff went out of their way to ensure everything was perfect.
Response from Lyrath Estate Hotel
Dear Eimear & William, Thank you so much for your lovely words, I am delighted you had a wonderful day! I loved helping you organise the little details and wish you both the very best for the future! Kindest Regards, Iona
Mark R
Added 2nd Dec 2016
Wedding 10th Nov 2016
When dealing with Iona and the team in the months leading up to the wedding day, we never felt like just another wedding, we were always made feel special. They also made us feel relaxed because of their professionalism, they knew what they were doing and on the day it showed. Everything went off without a hitch and we were free to just enjoy it all stress free.
Response from Lyrath Estate Hotel
Dear Mark, Thank you so much for your kind words, it really was such a pleasure to help plan your Wedding day. I wish you both the very best in the future! Best Wishes, Iona
David and Sinead
Added 2nd Dec 2016
Wedding 30th Sep 2016
Simply a pleasure from first day to last. Highly recommend
Response from Lyrath Estate Hotel
Thank you David & Sinead! I really enjoyed working alongside you both and hope we can welcome you back soon. Warmest Regards, Iona
Audrey Walsh
Added 18th Dec 2016
Wedding 21st Jul 2016
Excellent service. Staff were always on hand to deal with queries and always came back to us promptly. Would highly recommend.Special thanks to Alan and Iona for all their help.
Response from Lyrath Estate Hotel
Thank you Audrey, I am so glad you had a wonderful day, Wishing you both the best! Warmest Regards, Iona
Emma & Dave
Added 2nd Dec 2016
Wedding 12th Jun 2016
All of the staff we dealt with were great. In particular, the Sylwia and Darragh from the Events team! Thank you for everything!
Response from Lyrath Estate Hotel
Thank you Emma & Dave! It's been a pleasure helping you in the planning of your Wedding Day. Best wishes, Sylwia
Added 11th Oct 2018
Wedding 18th Mar 2016
The Lyrath staff went out of their way to give us the day of our dreams. Nothing we wanted was out of the question so we got a totally personalised day and not just a checklist wedding. We love the Lyrath so much that we go back several times a year and each time we are made to feel as special as we did on our wedding day
Response from Lyrath Estate Hotel
Hello There Kristina & Padraig! Ah, thanks so much for this review. I still miss you at the wedding showcases! Please let me know the next time you are down, I would love to see you. Best Wishes, Gill
Louise Bourke
Added 5th Dec 2016
Wedding 16th Mar 2016
It was great all around, the hotel couldn't do enough for us. The food was fab, the venue was perfect as we had a small wedding and the rooms were lovely. We had a wonderful day.
Response from Lyrath Estate Hotel
Thank you Louise, I am so glad I could assist in planning your wedding day. Wishing you both best, Iona
Barbara & Mark
Added 16th Nov 2015
Wedding 31st Oct 2015
To begin with Lyrath Estate is a beautiful venue. The function rooms are decorated to the highest standard Gil (the wedding co-ordinator ) will organise to have any extra touches you want for your day. The staff are most professional and helpful during the planing and on the day itself .The food was delicious and plentiful the wine flowed ! Our guests had a great day some planing on using Lyrath for their own wedding . The hotel is fabulous our guests used the pool and the spa , as did I bliss for the day after ! My mother and the mother-in-law are both delighted with the reviews from the relations ! All and all the best day to the start of our life together I could have imagined . Thanks to all in Lyrath
Lisa Gyves
Added 17th Nov 2015
Wedding 17th Sep 2015
From start to finish, every member of staff in The Lyrath was excellent. There was no task too big and even small changes made on the day were accommodated. We were made feel as though we were the only couple to get married there :)
Added 2nd Dec 2015
Wedding 8th Aug 2015
Truely amazing venue- worth paying that little extra for. Everything ran smoothly on the day and loads of guests commented on how lovely all the staff were at all times over the weekend. Lyrath took all requests in their stride and created a truely amazing day for us and all our guests.
Anna & Donal Quill.
Added 24th Nov 2015
Wedding 7th Aug 2015
Would highly recommend this hotel as all we and our guests could say all day was truly amazing. The whole day the staff looked after every detail perfectly and with upmost professionalism.
Added 16th Nov 2015
Wedding 17th Jul 2015
I had an amazing wedding day. The Lyrath staff couldn't have been more helpful, professional and accommodating. The hole day I didn't have to worry about a thing as they had everything taken care of for me. The food is absolutely amazing and my guests still comment to me on how it was the best wedding meal they ever had! The scenery is gorgeous so sun, rain or snow your photographer will have plenty of options for your wedding pictures
Emma and Ciaran Meagher
Added 16th Nov 2015
Wedding 20th Jun 2015
Overall a superb venue for a wedding. Everything was taken care of and handled very well on the day which was very important for us. The planning in the months coming up to the wedding were also made very simple for us even though we are living in Australia. The Lyrath staff were happy to do Skype sessions and take our direction for the big day.
Added 5th Mar 2016
Wedding 6th Jun 2015
The Lyrath Estate Hotel makes a beautiful setting for a wedding venue with its beautiful gardens and lake and the traditional Old House and spacious banqueting suite. The wedding team have excellent attention to detail and made the planning process easy and very enjoyable. The food was absolutely fabulous and the banqueting team provided such a warm and professional service to all our guests. Our reception was absolutely flawless and beyond our expectations all thanks to the wonderful team at the Lyrath.
Added 16th Nov 2015
Wedding 2nd Feb 2015
Amazing venue, staff & food !
Deirdre Beirne
Added 21st Dec 2015
Wedding 29th Nov 2014
Gill, the wedding coordinator, was excellent to deal with, as was Alan the banqueting manager. Loved the old house for the drinks reception and the meal was great.
Deirdre Beirne
Added 20th Dec 2015
Wedding 29th Nov 2014
Gill, the wedding coordinator, was excellent to deal with, as was Alan the banqueting manager. Loved the old house for the drinks reception and the meal was great.
Added 30th Apr 2015
Wedding 4th Jul 2014
Thanks to Jill and all the team at the Lyrath, we had a great day. The hotel staff couldn't have done enough for us, the venue was lovely. I would highly recommend the Lyrath.
Majella and Eoin
Added 24th Mar 2016
Wedding 21st Sep 2013
Our wedding was a great success and the Lyrath staff did everything they could to accommodate us. There were a few hiccups which were sorted without fuss and we didn't even know about it. Food and service was excellent. The suite was deadly. We had our drinks reception outside as the weather was fab and it was perfect. I'd definitely recommend.
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