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Review : Kinnitty Castle, Co.Offaly August 23, 2006

Posted 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 …

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1. Anthony - August 24, 2006

Yeah, I was at a cousin’s wedding there a few years ago – nice. Bit of a drive, though. And you are in Offaly. Of course I wasn’t staying in the castle itself, but a nearby B&B.

2. cp1302ger - August 24, 2006

wasn’t at the ardmore house B&B in kinnitty itself was it – the one with the mad dog ?

3. Ron Browning - November 28, 2007

Yes…..thats where the mad dog was…….it used to chase its tail like many others….but it caught its tail and swallowed it and choked to death…..thats how the tale ended….now there is no end in sight….its now regarded however, as a dead end. Endless stories that make it a Never Ending Tale/Tail.


4. Rambling Man - November 28, 2007

boom boom – nice one Ron !

5. Ciara Swan - January 8, 2008

I can say that my wedding at Kinnitty Castle in September 2007 was absolutely amazing – from the magical atmosphere right through to the excellent service and beautiful food (just to warn you, some of the starters are like a main meal, but who can complain!). The bedrooms are like going back in time, that’s if you ever get there as the Library bar stayed open until… well god knows, but it was late!
Overall, i would highly recommend this venue, the fact that it isn’t too central to many places is maybe a small part of the beauty!

6. Rambling Man - January 8, 2008

thanks ciara – sounds like you had a lovely day ! so did we

7. Paula Harrity - January 23, 2008

My daughter is getting married there in August 2008. Do you have any pictures? We are in the US and pictures seem to be hard to find.

8. Rambling Man - January 23, 2008

hey paula – not really – it was a friends wedding but there are some nice ones on the web – http://images.google.ie/images?q=kinnitty+castle&ie=UTF-8&oe=utf-8&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a&um=1&sa=N&tab=wi

9. Christina - June 18, 2008

You will find some on their web-site http://www.kinnitty.com I have a country house bed and breakfast Ardmore House http://www.kinnitty.com where many of the brides spend their pre wedding night just a few minute drive from kinnitty castle. You will love it there…lovely atmosphere in a romantic castle setting. There is lots to see and do in the area, great walks, horseriding,falconry, visiting haunted Leap Castle, Birr Castle Gardens and Telescope, the monastic site Clonmacnoise

10. Rambling Man - June 18, 2008

your B&B is lovely Christina – we stayed there while at the wedding mentioned above. Couldnt get a more perfect setting.

11. ---------- - February 27, 2009

We stayed at ardmore house back in 2007 for my brothers wedding it was amazing the castle suroundings were just perfect for the wedding they wanted staying in the castle was brilliant just a shame now it is shut down and to be sold on privately.

12. Jamel - September 20, 2014

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