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Markree Castle Hotel

Collooney, Co. Sligo
Capacity
210
Reviews (57) 5/5
Prices from
€92.00
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Markree Castle, with its relaxed atmosphere, picture-perfect 500-acre grounds and luxury accommodation, provides the ideal location to celebrate a wedding, and the freedom to create a wedding you have always dreamed of. On your wedding day, arrive by wedding car or if you want something more unique, arrive by boat to our boathouse, or by horse and carriage or on horseback through our ‘port la couer’ at the front of the castle.

Part of the uniqueness of Markree is that you and your guests use Markree as you would your own home, with a drinks’ reception in the Grand Hall in front of the fire, a five-course banquet in our unique individual adjoining dining rooms and dancing in the specially designed entertainment suite, which features a Gin and Whiskey bar. It’s like a house party in a castle! Guests can use our Butlers kitchen – a hidden gem where late night food and the wedding cake are served with tea and coffee, while the wedding couple can relax before dinner with their own private mini bar in our Billiard Room.

Markree Castle is the perfect place for a destination wedding in Ireland. The privacy of up to 210 wedding guests is ensured by the extensive estate and the castle’s countryside location. Each guest is made feel like royalty by not only the extravagant venue, but the exemplary level of service provided by each member of staff. Our award-winning wedding team take the stress out of planning a wedding from abroad – they are always at hand to answer any phone calls, emails, or even video call!

Our magical Markree wedding package includes exclusive use of Markree Castle, which offers a stunning setting with mature trees, a rose garden and grounds along the river Unshin for unforgettable photographs. The package also includes a dedicated wedding team to advise couples on every aspect of their day. The most important part of the package and the real highlight of the day is the five-course wedding banquet. Using only the finest of locally-produced ingredients, we guarantee a superb dining experience for you and your guests.

Markree Castle is registered for civil ceremonies and partnerships, which can take place in a choice of five different locations including our onsite chapel, which boasts beautiful stained-glass windows and an antique church organ, or among the rich décor in the Grand Hall.

Alternatively, if you would prefer to say your vows amid the beauty of the great outdoors, we have three outdoor locations: the stunning natural setting of the castle terrace – which overlooks the rose garden, under the trees in our landscaped forest or perhaps a ceremony among our manicured gardens may be the perfect spot for you to say “I do”.

Markree Castle weddings are personal and bespoke, celebrating who you are as a couple. We are here to make your dream wedding come true so contact us today to arrange a private viewing of Markree Castle.

Markree Castle Hotel is an castle wedding on the wild atlantic way from Sligo Ireland servicing weddings throughout the local area including Sligo, Galway, Roscommon, Donegal, Longford.

Markree Castle Hotel is an brilliant and outstanding exclusive hire wedding venue that has been completed restored and has been part of the wedding industry industry for 2018 specialising in castle, vintage, royal.

Reviews

5.0/5
57 reviews
Quality of service5.0/5
Value4.9/5
Responsiveness4.9/5
Flexibility5.0/5
Professionalism5.0/5
Louise and Kealan
Added 19th Jan 2021
Wedding 31st Dec 2020
From the moment we met Deirdre and Nicholas we knew we had found the right venue! No ask was too big and no question too silly, they really held our hands and guided us through everything so smoothly and always with a friendly smile. Given the circumstances the year brought and all the uncertainty and worry, we still always found time to laugh on our calls and always felt at ease after speaking to Deirdre. I would highly recommend Markree as a venue, not just because of its beauty and elegance but more so because of the people who make it such a special place. A big thank you to all the team at Markree for making our dream wedding at a reality
Sarah
Added 20th Jan 2021
Wedding 12th Dec 2020
The whole team at Markree Castle including of course the wonderful Deirdre and Nicholas, could not have been more helpful in the lead up to the big day (including reorganizing due to Covid-19 restrictions), and on the day itself. The venue itself is like something out of a fairytale that is exclusively yours, with beautiful rooms for your guests, gorgeous grounds to explore and a beautiful area to have a relaxing morning getting ready. We even ended up with an extra bridesmaid, the gorgeous Roisin (an Irish wolfhound) who made sure our morning was filled with laughter and was not camera shy. Markree also have a chapel onsite that you can get married in that is not only beautiful, but it also means you don’t even have to leave the venue for the wedding ceremony. All of our guests commented on how lovely all the team were, what excellent service they provided, the amazing food, rooms and venue. We can’t thank the team enough for such a magical day and can’t wait to go back to visit Markree. We could not be happier with our choice of wedding venue & wouldn’t change a thing!
Michelle Butler and Ken Russell
Added 19th Jan 2021
Wedding 11th Dec 2020
What an incredible venue to celebrate our special day. We had a small number due to pandemic restrictions and at one point we thought the castle might be too large. But it couldn't have been more perfect. This venue works for weddings of all sizes, we have been to a few weddings here and it always exceeds expectations. Deirdre and the team were just amazing, she was running around the castle the day of the wedding picking up things I was leaving behind, just so nice and goes above and beyond. The chapel was spectacular and added so much to the day, the food was a 10, the atmosphere was so warm with the roaring fires, beautiful flowers and the Christmas lights and decorations added that extra sparkle. Was emotional driving away the following day. Can we do it again please!
Florence Cretaro
Added 2nd Dec 2020
Wedding 27th Sep 2020
We had our dream wedding at the amazing Markree Castle back in September and I could not find fault with the whole experience. It's the most stunning castle - on the inside and outside - and it was the perfect backdrop for photos. We were lucky enough to have our ceremony outside in the gardens and it was so beautiful. I walked from the potting shed (this is a gorgeous apartment attached to the castle and it's where I stayed the night before) to the top of the aisle on a red carpet and the finishing touches to the decor really made the whole setting magical. The staff had everything covered so I had nothing to worry about. The food was top class. We had requests for vegan and vegetarian meals and nothing was too much for the chef. Everyone is still talking about how good the beef was! And OMG the desserts were out of this world!! I'm booking to go back for an evening meal over Christmas just to enjoy some of Lee's creations again. The day was so relaxed and the staff were so lovely and friendly. Deirdre, the wedding coordinator, and her husband Nicholas were amazing to deal with. Deirdre was always on hand to answer my questions in the lead up to the day and on the day itself and she assured me everything was going to work out despite there being so much uncertainty around weddings with COVID. She was right and we had the best day of our lives. Thanks to everyone at Markree Castle. Ladies, I could not recommend this dream castle enough! AMAZING venue, AMAZING value for money, AMAZING food, AMAZING staff and an all round magical experience from start to finish. I wish we could do it all again!
Response from Markree Castle Hotel
Mr & Mrs Cretaro, thanks so much for your kind review. We loved heling you plan your dream day, indeed the road there was a bit uncertain at times however the end result was as you dreamed off. Wishing you both a long & happy married life together, very best wishes from all the team at Markree Castle!
Christine Maguire
Added 26th Nov 2020
Wedding 12th Sep 2020
It's hard to find the right choice of words for our experience at Markree; exceptional, professional, perfect and fairy-tale however are a few words that come to mind. We booked our wedding with Markree for 12th September 2020 back in 2018 not knowing what lay ahead with a global pandemic. While 2020 was certainly a difficult year to navigate, the service provided by the team at Markree in the lead up (Deirdre in particular) to the date was amazing. Unsure as to whether we should change our date or stick it out and hope restrictions would allow, Deirdre was in regular contact with us to discuss options and how the day might look with reduced numbers. Our mind was well and truly put at ease and we were lucky to go ahead with our date having 50 guests (as opposed to the initial plan of 180). The day itself was honestly the most perfect day we could have wished for and exceeded our expectations. The service received from arrival to check out was honestly the best service you could ever ask for and they certainly make you feel like VIPs (and this isn't only the wedding couple, guests are also treated this way). Every individual member of staff deserves recognition as they all went above and beyond to ensure every single person there was looked after, whether a drink needed topping up or they needed direction to a particular area; nothing was too much to ask. On top of that the lovely Roisin was also a hit with the guests and brings an additional warmth to the overall atmosphere. Although the castle is grand in appearance the interior has such a homely feel and even with 50 guests it didn't feel empty and certainly allowed a more intimate, warm wedding where everyone felt comfortable and at home. Nicholas and Deirdre were a dream to work with and really made sure our day was a fairy-tale come true. We absolutely loved having them as our wedding venue and cannot wait to visit again. I highly recommend Markree as a wedding venue of choice - you will not be disappointed!
Response from Markree Castle Hotel
Thank you Christine & Ciarán for your very kind review. We were delighted to help you plan your special day. Indeed it was a strange time in the lead up to your wedding, however the end result was magical! Wishing you both a long & happy married life together, very best wishes from all the team at Markree Castle!
Brian & Kevin
Added 17th Dec 2020
Wedding 5th Sep 2020
We had a really brilliant wedding experience with Markree Castle. Before ever we were faced with changing dates, reducing numbers both Deirdre and Nicholas were excellent for communication, meetings on-site for us to view the venue and rooms and discuss menus. With Covid restrictions, they were so accommodating and as our plans were changing even very close to the date it was never a problem. The venue itself is really amazing, you have the castle for yourself and your guests for the whole time. We highly recommend checking out Markree for your wedding, you certainly will not be disappointed.
Patrick & Shannon
Added 27th Nov 2020
Wedding 15th Mar 2020
We had our wedding at Markree Castle in March, 2020. It was an absolutely stunning experience and venue. Everyone on staff was amazing. Special call out to Deirdre, Emer, Nicholas and Alex they were always available in helping us plan our wedding from the US. Each and every one of them was so gracious and calming throughout the uncertainty we had from planning this from Chicago. They also provide a vendor list, and all of the vendors were incredible and extremely accommodating. This was very important as we planned everything sight unseen via internet and phone calls. Getting married at the beginning of a global pandemic forced us to change many details at the last minute. Markree was incredibly understanding and worked with us through all of the details. Nothing we suggested was a problem for the team, and they were so accommodating to all our needs and requests. On the day our guests arrived they were blown away by the venue. Every room at the castle was incredible, and all of our guests had a fantastic 2 day stay. The food was amazing and plentiful, no one went hungry or thirsty throughout their stay. We also absolutely enjoyed the castle grounds and Roisin, their Irish wolfhound. Everything was absolutely perfect from start to finish. It amazed us both as the bride and groom how the staff made us feel like we were so important in the lead up and on the day. We cannot thank them enough for making our wedding such a magical experience.
Fiona dn Caleb
Added 6th Apr 2020
Wedding 21st Dec 2019
If you visit Markree you will be asking fro available dates before you leave. If you had to do everything yourself your wedding day would still be incredible because the venue is just that good. Of course you don't have to worry about anything because Deirdre, Nicholas and the entire team have everything covered. From start to finish, with regular check in, tastings, updates, etc. you just share how you want everything, who your vendors are etc and they look after it all. Have 100 last minute changes or requests? no problem, all will be taken care of. The Castle is obviously the most incredible thing about Markree but a very close 2nd is the team, and the food. One tip I would have for couples getting married to ask for the checklist upfront so you can work off that, this is just 1 A4 page and once your check list is complete your wedding day is planned! We can't wait to come back as guests! Thank so much to the whole team!
Response from Markree Castle Hotel
Thanks so much for your kinds words about your wedding experience at Markree Castle. We loved helping you plan your special day. Wishing you both a long & happy married life together, very best wishes from all the team at Markree Castle!
Laura and Fraser
Added 10th Feb 2020
Wedding 14th Dec 2019
We recently got married in Markree Castle (14.12.19) We simply cannot recommend Markree enough. The castle and grounds are truly spectacular and a splendid backdrop for a wedding. The castle itself, although huge in size had a such a warm and homely feel, it was a chilly December day and the castle was warm and toasty. All of our guests were raving about their rooms, they are just fantastic. The food was exquisite, our guests were in awe of it. It wasn't the run of the mill “wedding food” but restaurant quality food. From the canapés to the dinner to the midnight feast, every morsel was delicious and hoovered up. The wine, bubbly and cocktails were also incredibly good (possibly too good, judging by the heads the next day) What made Markree so special was the dedicated team taking care of us. They were remarkable, from management, Deirdre and Nicholas to the amazing chef, to the attentive reception team and the fantastic servers. Everyone was so professional, friendly, helpful and our guests were pleasantly surprised by the level of attentiveness. Thank you to all at Markree for such an amazing wedding. If we could do it all again, we would!!!
Response from Markree Castle Hotel
Laura & Fraser, thanks so much for your very kind words. We loved having you & all of your guests here for you winter wedding! Thank you for choosing us for your special day. Wishing you both a long happy married life together, very best wishes from all The Team at Markree Castle!
Clare & Vinnie
Added 16th Feb 2020
Wedding 6th Dec 2019
We got married in Markree Castle in December 2019. One word – Magical. Beautiful setting, amazing food, outstanding staff and service. Our experience was amazing from the first moment we met Deirdre and the team. If you want a fairy-tale castle venue like no other Markree Castle is the venue for you. We can’t recommend it highly enough.
Response from Markree Castle Hotel
Thanks Clare & Vinnie for your kind words. Delighted that you enjoyed your day at Markree Castle, thanks for choosing us! We loved helping you plan your dream day. Wishing you both a long and happy married life together, very best wishes from all The Team at Markree Castle!
Seona Dunne
Added 8th Dec 2019
Wedding 28th Nov 2019
We had our wedding at Markree Castle on 28/11/2019. All we can say is that everything was spectacular! Nicholas,Deirdre, Alex, Emer and the team were incredibly professional and friendly and couldn’t do enough for you! There are very few words to describe how wonderful everyone at Markee Castle is! They made the whole wedding planning process so easy and kept surprising us on the day with little details. Our guests keep saying how wonderful Markree Castle is and how wonderful the staff are. We can not recommend Markree Castle enough! Please get in touch with them if you’re considering getting married there! They will help make your day so so special and certainly not one to forget. Thank you to all the team at Markree! Seóna and David
Response from Markree Castle Hotel
A massive thank you Seóna and David, we are delighted to hear you had such a wonderful experience with us at your wedding. It has been a great pleasure helping you both plan your special day, thank you for choosing Markree Castle. We are looking forward to welcoming you back to Markree Castle in the near future. Wishing you a long and happy married life together. Best wishes, the Markree Castle Team.
Dee & Gary
Added 19th Jan 2021
Wedding 31st Oct 2019
We had the most amazing Halloween wedding in Markree Castle. The venue is stunning that goes without saying. The castle is breath-taking day and night. However, Deirdre Nicholas and the rest of the team are what really makes it so special. While there we were made feel like we owned the castle. The food was so amazing all our guests commented on it and every tiny detail was taken care of. Our little dog Belle stole the show on the day and the staff spoilt her rotten, she had the run of the place. We would highly recommend Markree and all its amazing team! We are sorry this took so long to be written but we came back from honeymoon with a little surprise of our own and have been busy getting ready for the unexpected arrival. We hope to get back to Markree sometime in the future to relive the amazing time we had.
Caroline & Declan
Added 13th Nov 2019
Wedding 4th Oct 2019
We could not recommend Markree Castle highly enough. Deirdre, Nicholas and the entire team were a pleasure to deal with. We landed up to them in January with no idea of when we wanted to get married, how many people, whether we wanted our ceremony on site or anything else about planning a wedding other than knowing without a doubt we loved the castle and had to have our reception there. They were so so helpful meeting us several times, sharing ideas, supplier lists, helping us plan the timing of events throughout the day, numerous questions answered while never putting us under any pressure - nothing was too much trouble for them. We were also lucky enough to attend the first food tasting just before our wedding menu had to be chosen which was a great help when making those all important choices and I can say on the day itself our wedding food was just amazing, our guests are still raving about the venue and the food. The lovely Roisin (their Irish wolfhound) was a complete charmer too posing for photos with our guests - be sure to find her if you visit. So in summary, Markree Castle, the venue, the food and the amazing staff made our dream wedding come true - you won’t be disappointed.
Response from Markree Castle Hotel
A massive thank you Caroline & Declan, we are delighted to hear you had such a wonderful experience with us at your wedding. It has been a great pleasure helping you both plan your special day, thank you for choosing Markree Castle. We are looking forward to welcoming you back to Markree Castle in the near future. Wishing you a long and happy married life together. Best wishes, the Markree Castle Team.
Lydia & Dean
Added 19th Jan 2021
Wedding 3rd Oct 2019
Markree Castle was the first and last venue we considered. Everything about the castle has the wow factor. Prior to the wedding day we were invited to a tasting day to help us select the menu. There was so much choice but not too much as to overwhelm you. We took a tour of the rooms and were able to allocate them to the guests that were staying in the castle on the night. Nicholas and Deirdre Ryan are the coordinators in Markree Castle. Deirdre met with me several times to discuss my ideas and how she could help make them work. On the day of the wedding I had no worries. Deirdre and my wedding planner Nicole Cosgrove worked seamlessly together to make sure EVERYTHING was in place. Really, I cant stress this enough, the staff at Markree were exceptional. From decoration details, vendor organisation, guest management, flower deliveries, food for the wedding parties and the meal on the day. Wow, just wow. We had our wedding on a Thursday and we have no regrets. We had a slightly lower price than if we had it at the weekend which is always a bonus. The entire wedding party got ready in Markree Castle and we had our ceremony in the chapel on site. Everything was so convenient. Best of all, our dog Nova was given free reign around the castle and was allowed stay with us for the night. We highly recommend Markree Castle as a venue and we would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone there for making our day so magical.
Dean Reddy
Added 27th Oct 2019
Wedding 3rd Oct 2019
All I can say is if u want your dream wedding it has to be markree castle Sligo, the staff the venue the location was all amazing all the different rooms your guests will be stunned, the food was 10/10 too that’s very important and the staff worked so hard they treat u like royalty, every1 that came to our wedding said it was the best wedding they were ever at and that was down to markree!!!
Response from Markree Castle Hotel
Thank you so much Dean, we are delighted to hear you had such a wonderful experience with us at your wedding. It has been a great pleasure helping you plan your special day, thank you for choosing Markree Castle. We are looking forward to welcoming you back to Markree Castle in the near future. Wishing you a long and happy married life together. Best wishes, the Markree Castle Team.
Sinead Foley
Added 11th Nov 2019
Wedding 25th Sep 2019
Absolutely fabulous castle venue. Rooms were amazing and Deirdre the co manager was excellent. Nothing was too much for her. The chef is amazing using simply good food without too many additions a quality in my opinion. Good produce speaks for itself. Stayed 2 nights and would have loved to stay for longer. I could not recommend this venue for your wedding enough. Thank you to all at Markree for everything
Response from Markree Castle Hotel
Thank you Sinead for those kind words, we are delighted to hear you had such a wonderful experience with us at your wedding. It has been a great pleasure helping you plan your special day, thank you for choosing Markree Castle. We are looking forward to welcoming you back to Markree in the near future. Wishing you a long and happy married life together. Best wishes, the Markree Castle Team.
Molly & Ross
Added 19th Jan 2021
Wedding 19th Sep 2019
The best food you can ever imagine. The best service you can imagine, the most magical wedding venue. We planned from the U.S and it was easy and amazing. We could not recommend this location more.
Madeleine & James
Added 20th Jan 2021
Wedding 2nd Sep 2019
We flew over to Ireland from Australia for our wedding & could not have been happier with Markree Castle as a venue & the service we received. The castle and grounds are stunning & Deirdre and the team went out of their way to make our wedding absolutely perfect. We wouldnt have changed anything and both our Irish & Australia guests were blow away with the venue & hospitality. We would highly recommend Markree Castle for a wedding or a weekend away!
Róisín & Kevin
Added 19th Jan 2021
Wedding 2nd Sep 2019
Deirdre, Nicholas and all the team at Markree ensured we had our perfect wedding weekend in this beautiful castle. Planning the weekend was made simple with the help of Deirdre's expertise and helpful manner and it was always a joy visiting the castle when we needed to! The day ran without a hitch, our guests were blown away by the standard of the food and we couldn't have been happier with the service. The entertainment area downstairs was perfect for dancing the night away and lots of quieter spaces for people to have a catch up too! It rained all day but thankfully, we were able to get beautiful photos in the castle and in sheltered areas in the grounds. We had our second day celebrations in Markree also and we all felt that having that extra night was invaluable to really soak up the castle vibes and enjoy our stay.
Annie & Conor
Added 19th Jan 2021
Wedding 18th Aug 2019
The venue is stunning and all our guests are still talking about how amazing it was to stay in such a gorgeous castle. Also, the staff was so kind and accommodating to us and our guests throughout the whole weekend. We're glad we decided to have our wedding at Markree Castle and would do it all again in a heartbeat.
Mary & Jan
Added 20th Jan 2021
Wedding 9th Aug 2019
We could not have chosen better. From the moment the beautiful castle appeared in view as we made our way along the long avenue, we knew this was a very special place. Every detail of our wedding was given great attention by Deirdre and Nicolas. Organising a wedding from abroad is not easy, but they made it so. Nothing was a problem. They provided us with everything we needed to plan our celebration, supplier lists, accommodation and rooming lists for the castle and detailed menu options for full two days. They gave us endless valuable advice all designed to make our lives easier. I found them both to be very responsive, always calling back or responding via email immediately. But most of all they were very relaxed and are clearly real professionals. An important aspect of the celebration for us was the food. Everything from the canapés to the meal to the evening food was beautiful. Truly high quality menus using mostly local ingredients, served at top restaurant quality. It was truly a wonderful dining experience. Most of all I was very impressed by the service and the efficient staff - each table was served with military precision so every guest received their meal at the same time. This really impressed our guests - we all know what it’s like to have to wait for others to get their food while yours goes cold. There are so many aspects to Markree castle that we loved. The venue itself is top notch. The food and general organisation of all the different elements were excellent. But most impressive and very much appreciated by us was the flexibility that Deirdre and the whole team provided us. Having researched many other venues Markree stood out from others in this regard. This is a fantastic venue which will provide the perfect experience for any bride and groom and their families and friends.
Orla
Added 22nd Oct 2019
Wedding 2nd Aug 2019
We had an amazing wedding day at Markree Castle, filled with wonderful memories we will treasure forever. The food and service were excellent. Many of our guests commented on the excellent standard of both and how helpful and efficient the staff were throughout the day. We were planning our wedding from abroad and the support and guidance we received in the lead-up and throughout the day was excellent. We got married in the unique onsite church, our drinks reception and first dance were outside in the gardens, both areas allowed us to capture beautiful photographs at day and night time. Nicholas and Deidre are professional, accommodating, friendly and efficient. Their calming and joyful demeanour made our wedding experience at Markree wonderful. Markree is truly a magical venue that captured our hearts and delivered on high-quality food and service. We highly recommend Markree Castle.
Response from Markree Castle Hotel
A massive thank you Orla, we are delighted to hear you had such a wonderful experience with us at your wedding. It has been a great pleasure helping you both plan your special day, thank you for choosing Markree Castle. We are looking forward to welcoming you back to Markree Castle in the near future. Wishing you a long and happy married life together. Best wishes, the Markree Castle Team.
Caroline Feely
Added 27th Aug 2019
Wedding 27th Jul 2019
Beautiful venue in fantastic setting. Wedding co-ordinators were flexible, helpful and responded quickly to emails and queries. Food was delicious and service on the day was excellent. All staff in the venue were of high standard.
Response from Markree Castle Hotel
Thank you Caroline for your kind words, we are delighted to hear you had such a wonderful experience with us at your wedding. It has been a great pleasure helping you plan your special day, thank you for choosing Markree Castle. We are looking forward to welcoming you back to Markree Castle in the near future. Wishing you a long and happy married life together. Best wishes, the Markree Castle Team.
Richard and Mairead Dalton
Added 14th Aug 2019
Wedding 18th Jul 2019
We had the most beautiful wedding celebrations; better than we could ever have imagined. This was mainly down to Markree Castle. Firstly, Deirdre and Nicholas and the team were brilliant, so responsive, accommodating, thoughtful, knowledgable, efficient and professional in every way. Our family members, some of whom are disabled and elderly, were treated with the utmost care and respect which we greatly appreciated. Markree, inside and out, is truly magnificent. Every inch of it decorated with uniqueness and precision, as well as, maintained to the highest standard. We were allowed access to all areas and it was delightful freely exploring the beauty of it. The food was also beautiful. The canapés, wedding meal, buffet and breakfast all lived up to our expectations and pleased our guests very well. Overall, we could not recommend Markree highly enough. We were blessed to have celebrated the beginning of our married life there and we will definitely be returning to reminisce when possible!! Many, many thanks Deirdre, Nicholas and all the Markree team. Keep up the GREAT work!
Response from Markree Castle Hotel
A massive thank you Richard & Mairead, we are delighted to hear you had such a wonderful experience with us at your wedding. It has been a great pleasure helping you both plan your special day, thank you for choosing Markree Castle. We are looking forward to welcoming you back to Markree Castle in the near future. Wishing you a long and happy married life together. Best wishes, the Markree Castle Team.
Anjelica & Michael
Added 20th Jan 2021
Wedding 14th Jul 2019
Just know that if you book your wedding here, you will not only have an amazing life experience, but you are guaranteed to have stunning photographs as well. Guests raved, and can't stop saying, it was the best wedding they have ever and will ever attend. Venue: My husband and I live in the USA and wanted a unique destination wedding experience. While looking for castles all around Europe, the Markree definitely stood out aesthetically and had the best value. We rented out the entire castle for 2 nights and wished we had stayed longer! From the rich history and the attention to detail to the vast amount of rooms and acres of the stunning Irish countryside, the Markree was far grander than we could have imagined. Growing up with a parent who is a manager for Marriott, I expect a high level of cleanliness and the Markree was exceptional. Food: The Markree's chef definitely gets a 10/10. Sadly, many times you expect the food to be subpar when made in large quantities, but not here. The food was hot, tender and most importantly, well seasoned. I feel confident that no matter what we would have selected from their extensive menu, it was sure to be something outstanding. Staff: The real gem of the castle. Again, growing up in hospitality I understand the importance of having a knowledgeable staff that cares not only about your stay, but the stay of all of your guests. The customer service at the Markree is what you wish 5-star hotels gave you. There was nothing too little or big for anyone on their staff. Everyone made it a point to make sure your every need was met. Deirdre and Nicholas, our wedding coordinating team, were great from the very beginning. Having the pleasure of working with them for many months leading up to the wedding, they were absolutely wonderful. They were always prompt to answer any question or concerns we may have had, and made us feel completely comfortable and confident that our wedding was going to be just as amazing as it was.
Ailish & Tristan
Added 20th Jan 2021
Wedding 12th Jul 2019
We had our wedding here in July 2019, and my only regret is that we can't do it again! We could not have chosen a better venue than Markree. We booked it for the beautiful location and amazing venue, but what ended up making the day so special was the incredible quality of service. Deirdre, Nicholas & their team are absolute professionals: Whether they are helping you achieve your dream of an outdoor ceremony (not always easy in the West of Ireland), or making sure a nervous best man knows where to stand and what to say, they made our day flow effortlessly. We planned it from abroad in less than a year, but it was absolutely painless, because of their expertise. The quality of the food deserves a mention - we have had a lot of comments saying that it was the best wedding food people have ever had, or that it was restaurant quality food. Thank you a million times for the gift you have given us - we will cherish our memories of love and happiness in Markree forever.
Maria & Ray
Added 20th Jan 2021
Wedding 22nd Jun 2019
There are not enough characters to tell you how wonderful a venue Markree Castle is. It's breathtakingly stunning but warm and homely at the same time. Deirdre and Nicholas were outstanding hosts and nothing was too much hassle for them, they're both a fantastic asset to the venue. They followed up with clear communication on everything and helped us with our every request. As a bride my attention to detail is pretty good but they had thought of things on the day that I never would have. When guests were away from their tables to go to the toilet or the bar, a member of staff would come over and put a cover on their food to keep it warm!! Guests are still commenting on the food, we had a choice of fillet of beef, sea bass or chicken and they were all fantastic. We also had a couple of dietary requirements and my vegan friend tells me it was the best vegan wedding meal she had ever had. The whole day ran like clockwork but didn't feel rushed, Nicholas made sure we had some time to relax, sit back and enjoy the day. One of my favourite parts of the day was the quiet time with our bridal party right before we entered the dining room. We all sat and drank Prosecco in the stunning room upstairs, they took our meal order and we had a little moment to breathe. The venue itself is breath-taking, even to just walk around and look at it, which many guests did. The dining room, the staircase, the bar, even the guest bedrooms are all outstanding. My only complaint is that there were not enough hours in the day, as everyone says it flies by but it was a happy, love filled day from start to finish and booking Markree was the best wedding decision we made. We will be back for many more visits, it will always have a special place in our hearts.
Sharon & Alan
Added 19th Jan 2021
Wedding 15th Jun 2019
Where do I start?! From the moment we set foot in Markree Castle we were blown away by its beauty and old world charm. We knew straight away it was the venue for us. From the jaw dropping entrance to every beautiful room throughout the castle, it really feels like you are transported back in time. It has been carefully restored to a very high standard, the attention to detail is second to none and the service certainly matches this. We dealt with Deirdre and Nicholas throughout the planning process and they couldn't have been more helpful. They really ensured our guests and ourselves were well looked after over the whole weekend. The food, wine, and service was exceptional and our guests are still talking about the beef fillet. We had the entire castle to ourselves for two days and we really felt at home. Thanks to the entire team at Markree Castle for making our wedding weekend so special. It really was a dream come true, and we cannot wait to return soon.
Rehka & Ronan
Added 19th Jan 2021
Wedding 6th Jun 2019
The Markree team made our day truly special. They really provide the bespoke experience. Nothing was ever too much and the high level of experience and professionalism from all the crew at Markree really made the difference on the wedding day! The castle and grounds speak for themselves, and the food was exceptional!
Carol & Mark
Added 19th Jan 2021
Wedding 17th May 2019
To Deirdre, Nicholas and all the staff at Markree Castle. We don’t know where to begin to start to thank you for giving us the most wonderful wedding day we could ever have imagined. All your help and professionalism in the lead up to the wedding was just brilliant and it took away all the stress and ensured we were able to enjoy the build up. The day itself was just magical, with the venue, outdoor ceremony setup and food all fantastic. Since the wedding so many of our friends and family have said to us how friendly, wonderful and helpful the staff were and it can’t be underestimated just how much that feeds through to the atmosphere at a wedding. The staff at Markree are a credit. It has been nothing but a pleasure dealing with ye over the past number of months and we can’t wait to return to stay in the castle for a few nights! Again thank you so much for giving us such a wonderful day and happy memories.
Esther
Added 5th Jun 2019
Wedding 10th May 2019
Deirdre and Nicholas in Markree are so professional and great to deal with. Management changed between booking and our actual wedding date which I though would be a nightmare but Deirdre was fantastic! Would def recommend! ???? The amount of guests that said their food the best food they EVER had at a wedding, was lovely to hear!
Response from Markree Castle Hotel
Thank you Esther, we are delighted to hear you had such a wonderful experience with us at your wedding. It has been a great pleasure helping you plan your special day, thank you for choosing Markree Castle. We are looking forward to welcoming you back to Markree Castle in the near future. Wishing you a long and happy married life together. Best wishes, the Markree Castle Team.
Sam and Larry Cadden
Added 29th May 2019
Wedding 5th May 2019
The location and venue are just stunning, from the manicured lawns, luxurious bedrooms and beautifully restored original features, the castle is the stuff of fairytales. Management were so welcoming and very attentive and accomodating to our needs throughout the planning process. We were lucky enough to have our drinks reception, speeches and our band play out on the patio - this was well organised by the team and made for a fabulous setting and atmosphere. Food choice, service and quality were all fantastic and the castle now being able to offer couples a menu tasting only provides further reassurance. Breakfast in the bridal suite the following morning was also fantastic! We were able to remove the soup course from the meal which we found meant people were satisfied yet not stuffed and therefore ready to dance after the meal! The downstairs entertainment area is a gorgeous and very unique location for partying late into the night and also allows for a seamless transition from the meal into the evening entertainment. Our numbers were 160 which meant to dance floor was nicely full all night - perhaps larger numbers might struggle a little for dancing space? The kitchen area also provided a quieter space especially for some of our older guests to relax and have a chat. Our only recommendation would be to check exactly the inclusions for the drinks reception which may help you to plan and anticipate a little more though it is so hard to gauge how much people may consume especially on a warm, sunny day outdoors. Deirdre, Nicholas and all of the team really helped us to have what we can only describe as a magical day. Since our big day we have had endless compliments regarding the venue and all of its provisions and would whole heartedly recommend this venue to anyone and everyone seeking a fairytale day.
Response from Markree Castle Hotel
Dear Sam & Larry, you were both so amazing to deal with! Thank you so much for the wonderful testimonial, we are all delighted to hear about your great experience with us. Thank you again for choosing Markree Castle for your wedding. We hope to welcoming you back at Markree in the near future. Wishing you both a long and happy married life together. Best wishes, the Markree Castle Team.
Áine & Conor
Added 13th Jun 2019
Wedding 27th Apr 2019
"Our wedding day at Markree Castle surpassed all of our expectations. The beauty and presentation of the venue was matched by the efficiency of service and quality of the food. Deirdre and Nicholas were so helpful from the beginning and the fact that they and all of the staff were so chilled out and professional on the day really put ourselves and our guests at ease. We had the perfect day and our guests are still talking about their experience at Markree!"
Response from Markree Castle Hotel
Dear Áine & Conor, you were both so amazing to deal with! Thank you so much for the wonderful testimonial, we are all delighted to hear about your great experience with us. Thank you again for choosing Markree Castle for your wedding. We hope to welcoming you back at Markree in the near future. Wishing you both a long and happy married life together. Best wishes, the Markree Castle Team.
Lisa Kent
Added 25th May 2019
Wedding 26th Apr 2019
Deidre was a pleasure to deal with and helped make our wedding day the best day.
Response from Markree Castle Hotel
Thank you so much Lisa, we are delighted to hear you had such a wonderful experience with us at your wedding. It has been a great pleasure helping you plan your special day, thank you for choosing Markree Castle. We are looking forward to welcoming you back to Markree Castle in the near future. Wishing you a long and happy married life together. Best wishes, the Markree Castle Team.
Chyann
Added 20th Nov 2019
Wedding 15th Mar 2019
Bringing 80 Americans to Ireland on St. Patrick’s Day weekend seems like a daunting task. It wasn’t. The staff at Markree made it all so simple. From our first meeting with the wedding coordinator, through the year of planning, up until we all left the castle, everything was seamless. Not a day goes by that a guest or a friend who just sees a picture is blown away by the beauty of the venue. We loved our experience with Markree. I want to go back and get married every year!
Response from Markree Castle Hotel
A massive thank you Chyann & Jimmy, we are delighted to hear you had such a wonderful experience with us at your wedding. It has been a great pleasure helping you both plan your special day, thank you for choosing Markree Castle. We are looking forward to welcoming you back to Markree Castle in the near future. Wishing you a long and happy married life together. Best wishes, the Markree Castle Team.
Catriona
Added 9th May 2019
Wedding 15th Mar 2019
Everything was excellent. Staff were welcoming, attentive and professional. The food was superb. The Castle itself is stunning. A really enjoyable wedding thanks to the willingness of the staff. All requests were met with a can do attitude and a smile! Being one of two Irish people at the wedding I was very proud. All the other guests had travelled from the US.
Response from Markree Castle Hotel
A massive thank you Catriona, we are delighted to hear you had such a wonderful experience with us at your wedding. It has been a great pleasure helping you plan your special day, thank you for choosing Markree Castle. We are looking forward to welcoming you back to Markree Castle in the near future. Wishing you a long and happy married life together. Best wishes, the Markree Castle Team.
Nikki and Richard Loughlin
Added 18th Mar 2019
Wedding 27th Dec 2018
Our wedding was perfect with Markree castle as our venue. We were blown away with the whole service provided. Deidre and Ryan were so easy to talk to and took care of the whole event so smoothly. They coordinated well with the rest of our suppliers. We cant thank Markree enough for the wonderful service. Plenty of compliments from our guests as well.
Response from Markree Castle Hotel
Dear Nikki & Richard, you were both so amazing to deal with! Thank you so much for the wonderful review, we are all delighted to hear about your great experience with us. Thank you again for choosing Markree Castle for your wedding. We hope to welcoming you back at Markree in the near future. Wishing you both a long and happy married life together. Best wishes, the Markree Castle Team.
Susie
Added 31st Oct 2018
Wedding 20th Oct 2018
We had our wedding celebrations here on the 20th and 21st October. We couldn't have had a more incredible weekend if we tried. We knew Markree was special from even seeing it outside while it was undergoing renovations a few years ago. It was about the 4th venue we saw last year (and we saw a lot of top class venues) but just blew the rest out of the water once we walked inside. The building itself is absolutely stunning. 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 glorious dining room has been updated and made even more beautiful (if that was even possible) and creating the downstairs dancing area and two bars was the best idea. Having the kitchen and the sitting rooms dotted around adds a nice element of privacy and the ability to have a chat and chill in between the dancing. Markree has the perfect balance of the stunning location while retaining a certain warmth and class without being pretentious. All of our guests just thoroughly enjoyed themselves from start to finish and the extended bar time helped the celebrations run well into the early hours. Reg, the chef was amazing to meet. He is so passionate about the food and has brilliant ideas that work and catering for the large numbers of guests. We really appreciated his time and the amazing food he created for us over the weekend - we are real foodies so was very important to us to have a meal that befitted the surroundings and the occasion. The wine list that they have is also of a high standard (we decided to upgrade from the house wine) and loved the wine we had on the day. we loved the salmon gradvalax in particular from the starter, the curried parsnip and sweet potato veloute and gin sorbet worked really well and the lamb was absolutely super for the mains. The halibut was also very tasty. The trio of desserts worked really well although I didn't get to eat enough of it! Agi, Emer and Alex played a blinder over the weekend ensuring everything was organised, well run and the service and bar staff were all brilliant. They are also all the nicest people to have dealt with. Thank you also to Cora for the help in the run up to the wedding. Patricia in the Homefarm was absolutely wonderful, helping to manage all our guests and work with some tricky scenarious - we are so grateful to her. Finally, to Philip. He is without a doubt the most impressively meticulous, organised, helpful man to have worked with. He met with us countless times, never rushed us, went out of his way to accommodate us on many occasions. He's the kind of guy you can honestly trust with your life, give great recommendations and no better person to run the kind of venue like Markree - he will not let you down. He was just stellar from start to finish and we are incredibly indebted to him for making our weekend the greatest success. The only minor comment I can think of is that the dining room was quite hot but it was an unseasonably warm day outside (which is probably a good complaint to have). We can't begin to describe the absolute joy we had over the weekend and on leaving, couldn't hold back the tears - the weekend having beaten all expectations. It's impossible to put in words how much Markree will always mean to us and the memories that we and our families and friends will have for the rest of our lives. We are so grateful to everyone who worked so hard to make it such a success and wouldn't hesitate to recommend this venue.
Response from Markree Castle Hotel
A massive thank you Susie for the lovely review, we are delighted to hear you had such a wonderful experience with us at your wedding. It has been a great pleasure helping you both plan your special day, thank you for choosing Markree Castle. We are looking forward to welcoming you back to Markree Castle in the near future. Wishing you a long and happy married life together. Best wishes, the Markree Castle Team.
Juliet Benson
Added 29th Oct 2018
Wedding 20th Oct 2018
We had the most amazing wedding here in Markree Castle near Sligo.. The Castle is magnificent & beautifully refurbished. We took over the castle for the wedding so it was”ours” for the weekend. The food was fantastic as was the wonderful professional staff and Philip who was so helpful with every detail. Everything was perfect. The most fabulous time had by all.
Response from Markree Castle Hotel
Dear Juliet, thank you so much for the wonderful review, we are all delighted to hear about your great experience with us. Thank you again for choosing Markree Castle for your wedding. We hope to welcoming you back at Markree in the near future. Wishing you both a long and happy married life together. Best wishes, the Markree Castle Team.
Rebecca Coyle
Added 17th Oct 2018
Wedding 8th Sep 2018
The service was second to non and all of our guests commented on this along with how beautiful the venue is. We couldn’t of asked for anymore, the day was a complete dream.
Response from Markree Castle Hotel
Dear Rebecca, thank you so much for the wonderful review, we are all delighted to hear about your great experience with us. Thank you again for choosing Markree Castle for your wedding. We hope to welcoming you back at Markree in the near future. Wishing you both a long and happy married life together. Best wishes, the Markree Castle Team.
Rebecca Jones
Added 11th Oct 2018
Wedding 8th Sep 2018
The most amazing venue and service, we couldn’t of asked for anything more. You will not find a better venue that ticks all of the boxes!
Response from Markree Castle Hotel
Dear Rebecca, thank you so much for the wonderful review, we are all delighted to hear about your great experience with us. Thank you again for choosing Markree Castle for your wedding. We hope to welcoming you back at Markree in the near future. Wishing you both a long and happy married life together. Best wishes, the Markree Castle Team.
Komal & Carl
Added 11th Oct 2018
Wedding 21st Jul 2018
Philip and Cora were amazing! They really helped us with all the details till the last minute. Everyone loved the food and we danced till really late. It was the perfect venue for our big family to stay together in one place. Thank you ????
Response from Markree Castle Hotel
A massive thank you Komal & Carl for the lovely review, we are delighted to hear you had such a wonderful experience with us at your wedding. It has been a great pleasure helping you both plan your special day, thank you for choosing Markree Castle. We are looking forward to welcoming you back to Markree Castle in the near future. Wishing you a long and happy married life together. Best wishes, the Markree Castle Team.
Mairead
Added 20th Jul 2018
Wedding 9th Jun 2018
Castle and surrounding beautiful. Creates a more personal space than a hotel. Staff very professional and helpful.
Response from Markree Castle Hotel
Thank you so much Mairead, we are delighted to hear you had such a wonderful experience with us at your wedding. It has been a great pleasure helping you plan your special day, thank you for choosing Markree Castle. We are looking forward to welcoming you back to Markree Castle in the near future. Wishing you a long and happy married life together. Best wishes, the Markree Castle Team.
Lisa & Mark
Added 17th Oct 2018
Wedding 28th Apr 2018
We fell in love with Markree castle immediately, and Unchin the wolfhound puppy sold us on it! Philip and Cora were fantastic, and everything was seamless on the day, despite us having very large numbers! All of our guests commented on how special the venue was. Wouldn't change a single thing!
Response from Markree Castle Hotel
Dear Lisa & Mark, thank you so much for the wonderful review, we are all delighted to hear about your great experience with us. Thank you again for choosing Markree Castle for your wedding. We hope to welcoming you back at Markree in the near future. Wishing you both a long and happy married life together. Best wishes, the Markree Castle Team.
Helen & Marcus Lally
Added 5th Jun 2018
Wedding 20th Apr 2018
The venue itself is out of this world honestly, you will not believe such a venue exists and the management and staff are also outstanding... we had the pleasure of having this private venue for 3 nights for our wedding on the 20th of April 2018. We first went to view the venue in August 2017 on what can only be described as a wet, grey and winters day, typical unreliable Irish weather!! Despite the weather, the Castle was still beyond amazing and we looked to book dates immediately as we knew this was the only venue for us and our guests. We also knew at that stage that the typical Irish weather would have no effect on the day as the castle provides such luxury and service which gave us great comfort in booking and planning our wedding. We initially dealt with Philip on dates and worked closely then with Cora for all the details of our 3 day wedding. The entire experience and process was great for us, we had a lot of detail for Cora and she met and exceeded our expectations... Trish, Philip, Cora and the rest of the team were exceptional and we highly recommend Markree as a private hire venue for any and all occasions. We had a dinner party/rehearsal dinner on the evening before the wedding which was superb, the wedding day was exceptional including the drinks reception, canapes, wedding dinner, signature cocktails, and late night food. The day after we had an amazing BBQ that our guests loved... we really cannot recommend this venue enough and would love to do it all again...
Response from Markree Castle Hotel
Dear Helen & Marcus, thank you so much for the wonderful review, we are all delighted to hear about your great experience with us. Thank you again for choosing Markree Castle for your wedding. We hope to welcoming you back at Markree in the near future. Wishing you both a long and happy married life together. Best wishes, the Markree Castle Team.
Brian Curley
Added 18th Oct 2018
Wedding 14th Apr 2018
Amazing location. Really professional staff who are really welcoming. A family feel as opposed to a big corporate. If money allowed we would've loved to have taken it for 2 nights.
Response from Markree Castle Hotel
A massive thank you Brian, we are delighted to hear you had such a wonderful experience with us at your wedding. It has been a great pleasure helping you both plan your special day, thank you for choosing Markree Castle. We are looking forward to welcoming you back to Markree Castle in the near future. Wishing you a long and happy married life together. Best wishes, the Markree Castle Team.
Grainne
Added 28th May 2019
Wedding 31st Mar 2018
We got married in Markree Castle in March 2018 and we had the most unbelievable day. As cliched as it sounds, it was just the best day we could ever have asked for. Having our wedding ceremony and venue all in the one place was something we really wanted and Markree Castle catered brilliantly to this. We had our civil ceremony in the castle. There is a church onsite that was built by the original family in the 1500's and it is truly the most beautiful place for your ceremony. It is on the smaller side (we had 190 guests so it wasn't possible to fit them all in) but this is no fault to the hotel. It is an original feature of the castle, built in around the 1500's so it is as authentic as they come in terms of historical castles. Had we been getting married at a warmer time of the year (in Ireland I know this is always 50/50) we would have had the ceremony outside to accommodate all our guests and then pictures in the church inside after. The church being smaller didn't affect our day whatsoever. Our pictures on the grounds were so good. There had been a film crew there for a few weeks before our wedding, recording a drama series of Prince Harry and Megan's wedding. They actually were leaving the day of our wedding and, at the managements request, they left all the flowers they had put in the gardens for filming for our wedding. This was such a great touch. We had beautiful pictures in a rose garden in March, which was very unusual given we had a snowstorm the week before! The food was top quality, really amazing. The staff were excellent. The dining room is, without doubt, one of the most stunning rooms you will ever see. It has been restored to the highest possible standard and we had some unbelievable photos taken in that room. You need to see it to really do it justice. While it might not be your conventional wedding day dining room, (as in generally the room being one large open space), I don't think this detracted from the overall feeling of togetherness at all. It still felt very connected and the day flowed perfectly. I loved that when dinner was finished, the room was closed and everyone had to move to the downstairs section. The gin bar is such a unique feature as well. It was all just very seamless and we enjoyed our day so much. Trish, Philip and Cora were very responsive to all our needs and replied to all our emails without delay. We look forward to visiting again in the near future.
Response from Markree Castle Hotel
A massive thank you Grainne, we are delighted to hear you had such a wonderful experience with us at your wedding. It has been a great pleasure helping you both plan your special day, thank you for choosing Markree Castle. We are looking forward to welcoming you back to Markree Castle in the near future. Wishing you a long and happy married life together. Best wishes, the Markree Castle Team.
Jean
Added 16th Dec 2018
Wedding 2nd Dec 2017
Philip and Cora delivered us the perfect wedding weekend, Markree castle is a fabulous venue. We loved our wedding.
Response from Markree Castle Hotel
Thank you Jean, we are delighted to hear you had such a wonderful experience with us at your wedding. It has been a great pleasure helping you both plan your special day, thank you for choosing Markree Castle. We are looking forward to welcoming you back to Markree Castle in the near future. Wishing you a long and happy married life together. Best wishes, the Markree Castle Team.
Jean & Padraig
Added 25th Apr 2018
Wedding 2nd Dec 2017
Philip, Cora, Trish & Staff @ Markree, Thank you for making our wedding day so special. Everything was perfect, we wish you all success. Jean & Padraig
Response from Markree Castle Hotel
Dear Jean & Padraig, thank you so much for the wonderful review, we are all delighted to hear about your great experience with us. Thank you again for choosing Markree Castle for your wedding. We hope to welcoming you back at Markree in the near future. Wishing you both a long and happy married life together. Best wishes, the Markree Castle Team.
Audrey
Added 17th Oct 2018
Wedding 19th Aug 2017
We had our wedding reception here August 2017. Fantastic venue, food and service. We would recommend it to anyone looking for a unique and beautiful venue in Sligo.
Response from Markree Castle Hotel
A massive thank you Audrey, we are delighted to hear you had such a wonderful experience with us at your wedding. It has been a great pleasure helping you both plan your special day, thank you for choosing Markree Castle. We are looking forward to welcoming you back to Markree Castle in the near future. Wishing you a long and happy married life together. Best wishes, the Markree Castle Team.
Lea
Added 6th Feb 2017
Wedding 12th Aug 2017
Markee castle looks amazing!!! Having my wedding at Cabra Castle this year, the staff are just great.. have been all sister castles, and could not complain about any Castle!! Always have a very good experience!! So I can safely say the service in Markee Castle will be the exact same.. highly recommend any of these castles for an amazing experience on the run up to your big day xx
Response from Markree Castle Hotel
Lea thank you so kindly for your review and sharing your experience of our sister Castles with our future bride and grooms.
Karen
Added 23rd Jul 2017
Wedding 30th Jun 2017
One word - WOW. Beautiful surroundings, amazing food and fantastic staff. If you want a fairy tale 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. 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 & 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 our champagne & canape reception . They were divine! We had our photos taken at the castle. Our photographer was Conor Doherty who has plenty of experience in the castle. 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 & 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 4 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 2 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 coordinator 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!
Response from Markree Castle Hotel
A massive thank you Karen, we are delighted to hear you had such a wonderful experience with us at your wedding. It has been a great pleasure helping you both plan your special day, thank you for choosing Markree Castle. We are looking forward to welcoming you back to Markree Castle in the near future. Wishing you a long and happy married life together. Best wishes, the Markree Castle Team.
Evannah & Sam
Added 25th Apr 2018
Wedding 25th May 2017
Dear Philip, Cora & Trish, Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!! We honestly cannot thank you enough for your support, professionalism, patience, warmth and hospitality over our wedding weekend. It was, without doubt, the best day (weekend!) of our lives and we have to thank you and all the Markree staff for making that happen. We are still hearing rave reports of our wedding, from the exquisite food to the stunning castle itself and the most helpful and patient staff. We have not heard one word of criticism. We are sure you have received many similar reports over the summer. We are so delighted we chose Markree to celebrate our wedding and we wish you all the very best in the future! Evannah & Sam
Response from Markree Castle Hotel
Dear Evannah & Sam, thank you so much for the wonderful review, we are all delighted to hear about your great experience with us. Thank you again for choosing Markree Castle for your wedding. We hope to welcoming you back at Markree in the near future. Wishing you both a long and happy married life together. Best wishes, the Markree Castle Team.
Deirdre & Con
Added 25th Apr 2018
Wedding 12th May 2017
Dear Philip, Cora & Team, Just a note to say a huge thanks for our magical wedding in Markree. Writing the thank you cards gave us a lovely excuse to be transported back to that wonderful weekend. Wishing you an incredible 2018! Deirdre & Con
Response from Markree Castle Hotel
Dear Deirdre & Con, thank you so much for the wonderful review, we are all delighted to hear about your great experience with us. Thank you again for choosing Markree Castle for your wedding. We hope to welcoming you back at Markree in the near future. Wishing you both a long and happy married life together. Best wishes, the Markree Castle Team.
Deirdre and Con
Added 24th Jul 2017
Wedding 12th May 2017
“Magical Wedding in Markree Castle” Reviewed 6 days ago NEW Where to begin! What a magical weekend we had in Markree Castle. We were lucky enough to be one of the first couples to get married in the magnificently refurbished Markree. Excellence from beginning to end. Philip, Cora and the entire team were warm, attentive and efficient from the moment we viewed the Castle and the beautiful grounds. Over the course of a couple of months, we observed Markree’s transformation from a construction site to a breath-taking wedding venue. 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 14th century 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.
Response from Markree Castle Hotel
Dear Deirdre & Con, thank you so much for the wonderful review, we are all delighted to hear about your great experience with us. Thank you again for choosing Markree Castle for your wedding. We hope to welcoming you back at Markree in the near future. Wishing you both a long and happy married life together. Best wishes, the Markree Castle Team.
Lisa & William
Added 25th Apr 2018
Wedding 15th Apr 2017
To The Corscadden Family For making our special day so wonderful and giving us the use of your fantastic castle! Thank you so much, Lisa & William
Response from Markree Castle Hotel
Dear Lisa & William, thank you so much for the wonderful review, we are all delighted to hear about your great experience with us. Thank you again for choosing Markree Castle for your wedding. We hope to welcoming you back at Markree in the near future. Wishing you both a long and happy married life together. Best wishes, the Markree Castle Team.
Tracy and Rowan Lee.
Added 29th Nov 2015
Wedding 21st Jun 2013
We were so glad that we chose Markree Castle as our wedding venue. It was a wonderful experience overall, and even more so because of the venue and setting. All of our guests commented on the fact that there was no traveling between the marriage venue and the reception venue because we were able to have the ceremony performed there in the beautiful chapel within the castle. Our wedding photos are beautiful because we had use of the extensive grounds of the castle, we were also able to include the entire bridal party in the photos on the sweeping stone staircases. The meal was wonderful and everybody, including myself and the groom felt so relaxed because the venue was private, so literally everybody there was chosen by us, we were surrounded only by family and friends. It was just a very easy-going, relaxed, fun wedding. I would only change a very small number of things about the day, and I'm sure I'm the only one who noticed those things because I'm a perfectionist!!
Response from Markree Castle Hotel
Dear Tracy & Rowan, thank you so much for the wonderful review, we are all delighted to hear about your great experience with us. Thank you again for choosing Markree Castle for your wedding. We hope to welcoming you back at Markree in the near future. Wishing you both a long and happy married life together. Best wishes, the Markree Castle Team.
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