Weddings at Temple House
Ceremony – Reception – Party!
Temple House is an authentic Country House with terraced gardens set amidst the idyllic surroundings of a 1,000 acre private estate overlooking the lakeside castle of the Knights Templar.
Perhaps it is because it has been the family home since 1665 that makes the atmosphere here so peaceful and special for weddings. Temple House boasts rooms of enormous proportions and grandeur and yet there is a real sense of intimacy here too. The terraced gardens are spectacular, the whole setting breathtaking. We can welcome small intimate gatherings or larger parties.
Capacity: 12-120 seated, (162 seated in two rooms), 200+ buffet style.
If it is part of your plan, your civil ceremony has to be held under a fixed roof Monday-Friday; usually about 3.30pm so that it runs nicely into the reception timings. We like to hold it in the old billiard room which has a wonderful skylight. Alternatively, a humanist ceremony can also be held on a Saturday in the terraced garden overlooking the lake or, if the weather is inclement, in the house. There are also lovely churches in the area.
The initial reception with bubbly and canapés is held in the vestibule, morning room and hopefully in a sunny garden. We often have the speeches in the garden, overlooking the castle and lake, or in the vestibule from the grand staircase. The groom can then relax and enjoy the meal!
After the meal we all migrate to the old billiard room wing where the band set up and you can dance the night away. There is also quiet space for chat. It ensures that there is an easy flow to the whole day, keeping it fresh as another part of the house is revealed.
5,500 euro which includes 2 nights B&B for 14. You must take the house the day before your wedding so that you, your friends and family can settle in and relax all the more. The venue means the whole house, gardens, lake and miles of walks around the estate.
There is an optional self-catering cottage on the estate that sleeps 8 which is good value. For guests unable to stay on the estate we suggest a 10-20-minute shuttle to hotels in Sligo or Ballymote.
It is actually lovely being able to have an intimate breakfast with family in the big house, especially the day after. You may also consider staying for a 3rd day for a survivor’s get-together or wind down?
One quick tip: set up a dedicated wedding email address. eg brideandgroom20xx@……
* One Fab Day 100 Best Wedding Venues 2013-2016, 2017
* Good Hotel Guide Editor’s Choice 2018 awards – Historic Hotels for Weddings.