Review : Kinnitty Castle, Co.Offaly August 23, 2006Posted by Rambling Man in Hotel & Restaurant reviews.
So we were at “a weddin” in Kinnitty Castle, Co.Offaly this past weekend and I thought it well worth a mention here. The wedding reception was for approximately 160 guests and was held in the castle’s ballroom. We were mightily impressed (not always easy).
The castle itself is an old grand house as opposed to a classical castle but it does have towers and courtyards and so on. It’s set in its own estate, up a long wooded drive lined with dense forest. Upon arriving at the front of the property, you get a great feeling of space and importance as the castle building is set atop a large paddock, higher than all around it.
The buildings themselves consist of the castle, which holds the Dungeon bar, Monk’s Kitchen restaurant and reception/drawing rooms and then across the courtyard, the ballroom. The bedrooms (25 approx.) are finished to a high standard, are clean and try to include some of the older charm of the castle. The hotel bar is in “the Dungeon” and I’ve never seen anything like it – either it’s a very clever design with a multitude of nooks and crannies and snugs or it once really was a dungeon ! that’s how authentic it felt – the perfect place to while away a few hours while the bridal party get their pictures taken in the magnificent gardens.
Being skeptical enough about venues which hold 3 weddings a week, we were more than pleasantly surprised with the high quality of food and service. The function hall is just about as unique as they come – a long central hall with two round tower like spaces at the top. So the “top table” sits in a [ shape with the guests all facing them. It was a very clever setup with guests sitting at long tables along the walls. Very reminiscent of how it might have been way back when. The best thing I can say about the service and the servers is that we didn’t even notice they were there – everything arrived on-time, hot and in plentiful supply. The room is also cool enough at 2am that 100+ merry revelers don’t get too jittery.
So hats off to Kinnitty Castle – couldn’t recommend it highly enough for a nice meal or indeed for your big day.
PS : No idea about the cost but I’d venture that it ain’t cheap …