Dear Trish, Catherine, Gillian, Joe, Julie and all the wonderful staff in Rathsallagh. Thank you all so much for making our wedding day on the 29th of April one we will never ever forget.
From the moment we arrived at Rathsallagh House at our initial meeting in October, we fell in love with the place. It is such a beautiful house, both inside and outside. And the grounds are fabulous. The staff are amazing. Rathsallagh is a place where I instantly feel relaxed.
The first couple of times I came to Rathsallagh House, I started asking people their names so I could compliment them to a Manager at a later date. But the more I visit, the more names I gather! Literally every staff member I met has been professional, courteous, knowledgeable, helpful and extremely friendly and personable. I feel as though the staff are happy in their work and it shines through in how they deal with guests. They genuinely did everything they could to make me feel special, not just on our wedding day, at the initial appointment and at the tasting, on the wedding day and the following day at breakfast and when we were checking out. Rathsallagh House is a beautiful place but really, it’s the warm hospitality that makes it.
The wedding planners were all fantastic. It was great to have a team of people looking after us. All our emails were responded to in a very timely and efficient manner. We could always get through on the phone. And we really felt like nothing was a problem. Organising a wedding is a huge undertaking. But organizing a wedding in Rathsallagh House means little or no stress. We were very well looked after and any potential issues were identified and dealt with before they could become problematic to us in any way. I cannot speak highly enough about Trish, Gillian, Catherine and Julie.
The food too was amazing. We were told by a number of people that it was the nicest meal they ever had at a wedding. And there was more than enough food, even for those with very large appetites. The waiters and waitresses and bar staff were all excellent. There was a really lovely young waitress looking after us at the top table. I wish I could remember her name. She had a lovely way with people and kept us all in great spirits as she carried out her duties. Your chef is very talented and he too has a lovely manner and is very much aware of the importance of ensuring guests are happy. At the tasting and the day after the wedding, he made sure we were 100% happy with the food. And really, we couldn’t fault it in any way.
And thank you so much to Joe. I think you knew the day you met us that we loved Rathsallagh House. It really was a dream come true hosting our wedding there. It felt to us like you and your family had opened up your home to us. You met us on the first day, carved our meat for us on the day of the tasting and you were there on the wedding day, in the background, making sure that everything was just so. At breakfast the next morning, I got to meet your father, your daughter and your dog that I had heard all about but had never met at that point. I really felt so welcome by you and all your family. Rathsallagh House is a very special place. You should be so proud of the work that goes on there. Every staff member is an absolute credit to you and to themselves. They represent Rathsallagh so well.
From the bottom of my heart and Fachtna’s, a huge thank you to all the staff in Rathsallagh House. I would be really grateful if you could pass on my compliments to everyone who was working on our special day and anyone we’ve been in contact with to date. I think we’ve probably met all your staff by now and they really are wonderful. I hope to see you all very soon. I look forward to booking in for a night or two of relaxation and fine dining!! Until then, thank you once again. Kate & Fachtna
Wedding date: 8th April 2016
I’ve given a top score to Rathsallagh as we were just blown away with our April wedding!! It was everything we imagined and more besides. To be honest, we fell in love with Rathsallagh the moment we drove up the gates and it did not disappoint. Catherine, Gillian, Patricia, Stephen and Sinead and all the staff were amazing! They were all so lovely to deal with and very professional. The food was amazing and the wine flowed. Unfortunately, it rained on our day and were were so disappointed that we couldn’t use the grounds to the fullest extent but we still managed to get some wonderful pictures in the house. Regarding the value I have given it full marks but it is expensive but we valued spending the money here on the good food and drink, service and scenery rather than any other embellishments or extras. We were absolutely thrilled with how everything worked out and we really couldn’t fault a thing only the weather :). Clara & Pauric
Wedding date: 1st April 2016
Don’t even think about looking anywhere else! We got married three weeks ago and held our reception at Rathsallagh. From the minute we walked in to view the venue a year ago, to the minute we checked out the next day, there is not one thing we could possibly find fault with. The venue itself is stunning, from the drive up (which will completely awe all your guests), to the cosy sitting rooms & receptions rooms, and the fact that each of the bedrooms are decorated individually and beautifully. Someone had said to us before the wedding that the weather won’t matter with Rathsallagh and they were completely right – it rained ALL DAY and we hardly even noticed, we just enjoyed the log fires. The pavilion function room is amazing, and just gets even prettier as the evening goes on, with fairy lights twinkling outside. When chatting about venues, we always agreed that one of the most important aspects of a wedding reception was the food. Rathsallagh has to be one of the best places I have ever eaten, and not just in Ireland! The tasting meal last November was incredible but there is always the worry that catering for a large wedding party won’t be the same – I don’t know why i ever doubted. We had the beef, which is cooked to order of preference for each guest (where else would you find this?!) and guests are still talking about it weeks later. Most important was their attention to detail – we had a number of coeliacs at the wedding (including myself) and not only was this catered for with no hassle, we had g/f canapes, g/f midnight feast and cream brulee offered to guests for dessert instead of the usual fruit salad I’m used to. Staff made such an effort to ensure that g/f guests were found for the midnight feast no matter where they had moved to. I could go on and on about the venue, food etc., but the biggest reason I would do it all over again in heartbeat in Rathsallagh is their staff. We first met with Catherine on the viewing and the first thing that came across was how much she loved the place. Not only did she take an hour showing us around that day, she also took time again a couple days later to meet with my parents and show them around, although unplanned. From the day we booked Rathsallagh, we had absolutely nothing to worry about. All of the staff that I dealt with were so lovely and couldn’t do enough to help us out and answer any queries quickly. The biggest thing for me was that on the day (and since), all of our guests have spoken so highly of the staff there. Mags & Steven looked after the day itself and I think the majority of our guests got to talk to them at some stage, there was literally nothing they didn’t have covered. I could go on and on but just go view this place and BOOK IT! Oh and maybe invite us to the wedding, I could totally go for another one of those dinners :-). Orla & Gerard
Wedding date: 3rd January 2016
I don’t normally post reviews but on this occasion it is a must. We recently got married here & I can’t say a big enough thank you to the wedding team for all their help. They were absolutely amazing throughout the whole process and made my job so much easier & also made our day as fantastic as it was! I’ve heard numerous comments from our guests on the day of and after the fact about the beautiful setting,great rooms,friendly and efficient service etc.. Myself & Charlie were discussing on honeymoon about the day itself and if we would change anything but the common theme was that we would do it all over again in Rathsallagh without a doubt. We had a great night the night before also and everyone was super helpful. As part of the bridal party on the day we were all very impressed with how relaxed but also efficient the service was. I would highly recommend it & i have no doubt that we will be back celebrating our 1st Anniversary there. Tara & Charles.
Wedding date: 27th November 2015
I have been overwhelmed with the whole Team at Rathsallagh house from the moment I met them to the weekend of our wedding. The team there from the Wedding Co-ordinators, Duty Manager, Bar and Waiting staff have been wonderful. We stayed the night before and the night after our wedding and we were blown away by the quality and professionalism of every single member of staff at all times, not only to ourselves but to our guests, it was 10star service all the way, if that even exists! The day of the wedding ran like clockwork, we were made to feel by the Wedding Planners and all staff that we were the most important people in the world and they showed genuine excitement for us on our big day, I don’t think I could ask for anything to be done any differently the only sad part was that we had to leave Rathsallagh on Sunday. I would have absolutely no hesitation to recommend this venue to any future couples – enjoy the luxury and first class treatment without paying first class prices. Hospitality at it’s very finest. Catherine & Des
Wedding date: 26th October 2015
We would like to write our comments as to how special Rathsallagh House & staff were for wedding. We had an amazing wedding day in Rathsallagh on Monday October 26th. We wish to comment in particular on the food and wine which were delicious and were really enjoyed by all the guests. Also the staff, in particular: Gillian, Stephen, Catherine, Patricia, Sinead and all the serving and house-keeping staff who went out of their way to accommodate all our requests and were so friendly and accommodating on the day and throughout all the planning. I still don’t know how Gillian remembered everything! We had a lot of requests such as last minute changes to the seating plan, extra beds required in the rooms for children, stickers under the plates for prizes, podiums, microphone, stand up tables, play tables!!! Rathsallagh House also allowed both families to get ready beforehand in the hotel, my family in the Orangerie and Hugh’s in the Kilbarry room. It meant that we had a lovely morning with everyone together and it wouldn’t have been the same getting ready in a B&B or in Dublin and then traveling down. So thank you all so much for making our day so lovely, intimate and relaxing. It was exactly how we wanted it to be. Clare & Hugh
Wedding date: 10th September 2015
I can honestly say without any hesitation whatsoever that Rathsallagh deserved the highest rating in all categories that I can give, our day and the lead up to was so fantastic on all levels, the venue, atmosphere, food, staff; from professionalism to the friendly and relaxed manner in which it was received. Rathsallagh certainly has something special to offer, of course that is said without a biased opinion based on personal experiences from other weddings I have attended. I would say to any bride to strongly consider Rathsallagh as your venue you most definitely would not be disappointed, I just wish I could do it all again! I am happy to offer further feedback or answer any questions for any brides. Jessica & John
Wedding date: 6th August 2015
We had our wedding in Rathsallagh in August this year. For any bride/groom that are looking for the most beautiful country venue with the most magnificent surrounding grounds, this is the one! The O’Flynn family and Catherine, (the wedding co-coordinator) and her team made us so relaxed from the start – her can-do; easing going, yet unbelievably organised attitude made the run up to the wedding extremely calm and enjoyable. She was always so cheerful and helpful. We could never have envisaged the outcome on our wedding day. The reception surpassed all of our expectations. The grounds of Rathsallagh are really out of this world. We visited in winter when booking our wedding and it really is a venue for any time of the year. From the roaring turf fires and cosy feels in winter to the stunning walks around the grounds in spring time. Our summer wedding reception started off in the walled garden where our champagne reception was held. We also had our photos taken here so we felt we weren’t missing out on any of the fun with our guests! A really special start to our celebrations. Our wedding meal was 10/10 – there is no other way to describe it. The beef was cooked to your liking which was a big talking point amongst our guests because generally at weddings beef is cooked the same way for all guests, followed by the mouth-watering warm berry crumble with homemade vanilla ice-cream! Topped off with an outstanding service. The big oak tree on the grounds lit up with fairy lights at dusk while guests sat outside watching the sun set was a superb sight! The dedicated and helpful staff working in Rathsallagh really made our day for us! Stress free and absolutely nothing was a problem from start to finish. Their helpfulness and on-point execution of all aspects on the day was truly remarkable. I would highly recommend Rathsallagh to anyone considering wedding locations – its far from just a venue, its an entire experience. We will definitely be back to visit this wonderful place! Elaine & Alan
Wedding Date: 6th August 2015
As parents of the Bride we were very involved in all the interaction and planning for Elaine & Alans’s wedding on the 6th of August 2015 in Rathsallagh House. Catherine and the team in Rathsallagh House were simply amazing and from beginning to end covered every detail to perfection. The best compliment one can pay to them is that if we had to organize the day again we would change nothing. Real class 10 out of 10!!! Saidhbh & Pat
Wedding date 8th May 2015
Joe, Catherine and all the team at Rathsallagh. Thank you so much for making our wedding such a wonderful event. We and all of our guests had a fantastic weekend ( despite the weather ). We will always remember having our special day at your gorgeous house. Many thanks. Sinead & Alan
Wedding Date 17th April 2015
Thank you all so much for an amazing 2 days myself and John spent with yourselves for our recent wedding. It was a pleasure to deal with you Trish and lots of planning and organizing was very obvious to see on both days and every little request I had asked you about was dealt with. From the moment we arrived on the Thursday afternoon we were all very well looked after. Nothing was a problem, all the girls were so helpful and attentive. We had a very enjoyable Steak Night on the Thursday night. The children loved their food and the freedom that afternoon they had, they were also very impressed with their bedrooms. The little touches which included Trish bringing sandwiches to our room while we were getting ready on the Friday morning and also when we arrived back from the church, she came up to myself and my sisters in the room with some canapés was so thoughtful. Our guests since the wedding have been raving about Rathsallagh House saying it was the best wedding they were ever at. Paula & John
Wedding date 2nd April 2015
The care and attention to detail was second to none. We were treated as though we were the only Wedding this year. Nothing was left to chance. The wedding team had lots of suggestions to help us but took on board all our wishes and requests, making our journey uncomplicated and stress free. We couldn’t recommend them highly enough. Aoife & Suzanne
Wedding Date: 27th March 2015
This is just a quick note to say thank you so much for making our day even better than we could ever have imagined! The hotel was perfect! The staff were so friendly and helpful and nothing was too much trouble! We had countless compliments first of all about the hotel, how lovely, cosy and homely it was. The function room looked amazing! We still have people coming to us saying the food was the best wedding food they have ever had. We must agree, it was amazing! And when the seconds of the meat came out, well all the men thought all their Christmases had come at once! We will be back to enjoy the comfort and surroundings again! Hopefully not before too long!! Thank you so much! Noelle & Column
Wedding date: 12th March 2015
Addressed to Mary McCann – Dining & Event Supervisor Rathsallagh. – Michael and I are genuinely so grateful to you for everything you did for us on March 12th to ensure that we and all our guests had the most amazing time ever. You made the whole evening flow so smoothly and we are still receiving compliments from so many of those who were with us on the night for the absolute professionalism shown to us all. We thought the venue looked amazing. The dining room was simply beautiful, as were the flowers on the tables and the food was just divine!. And so much of it. It was definitely restaurant standard and the staff were so attentive. For the two days we were there, Rathsallagh felt like a home away from home – and for me that meant everything. I never expected to enjoy the day itself as much as I did. It didn’t fly by and I actually lived every moment of it – something that fills me with joy to have so many happy memories. I was far calmer than I ever thought possible but I know the fact that you and Catherine were in control of everything made it so much easier. But a sincere and heartfelt thank you Mary from both Michael and I for the big part you playing in ensuring that we had such a happy day. We truly did. We will be back soon ! Niamh & Michael
Wedding Date: 24th October 2014
Dear Catherine, Trish, Joe and all the team at Rathsallagh. We would like to express our sincere gratitude to all of you for helping to arrange our most perfect wedding reception at Rathsallagh. Catherine and the team couldn’t have been more attentive in the planning process and we really benefited from your guidance and expertise. Joe and Trish welcomed s and our guests so warmly on the big day and we felt so at home as soon as we arrived. As always, the grounds looked absolutely stunning and we couldn’t have been happier with our autumnal wedding photos among the trees. Mary and the team worked wonders at the reception dinner, everything was so well organised and coordinated. Please pass on to the wonderful friendly staff of Rathsallagh. We really appreciated the champagne left in our room- every detail was catered for. We have such fond memories of our wedding day at Rathsallagh – the most perfect venue! We look forward to visiting soon. Aoife and James
Wedding Date: 3rd, 4th October 2014
Dear Catherine and Trish. We wanted to thank you so sincerely for everything you did to make our day so special. We know how much effort you put into everything and it really showed. We are so thrilled with you both as well as all the staff and the venue. We can’t sing praises enough and our guests raved about how amazing everything was. If you ever need to refer anyone to us we would be only delighted to gush about how brilliant you all at Rathsallagh were. We and an amazing time and only wish we could do it all again! April and Seamus
Wedding date: September 2014
THE WEDDING THAT ALMOST NEVER WAS We were married in Rathsallagh House in September 2014. In the July before our wedding my husband’s father became very ill and sadly two weeks before the wedding, he passed away. We were left devastated. It was an extremely emotional time for us and the wedding took a back seat, in fact, we weren’t sure if we would go ahead at all. Hens and Stags had been cancelled the previous month and we had no real will to go ahead with our day without him. Catherine and her team at Rathsallagh were so understanding. In the months that my father-in-law was sick they were a quiet voice in the background, letting us know they were there if we needed them but never once putting pressure on us to make decisions about our day. Catherine was a constant support, she was there to advise when needed. When we finally made the decision to go ahead (10 days before the wedding) Catherine pulled out all the stops. She had been busy with preparations in the background during the previous months and all of the hassle of wedding planning was taken away from us. I can honestly say I did not stress about one thing in the lead up to our wedding as I knew she had it covered which meant we were able to grieve and spend time with my husband’s family in the lead up to the wedding. On the morning of the wedding my father took very ill and had to be taken by ambulance to hospital. He suffers from arthritis and literally could not get out of the bed, his pain was that bad. The paramedics felt that once they got him to the hospital and administered some pain relief (morpheine no less!) that he would be able to make the wedding. They took his suit and wash bag with them in the ambulance and told me he’d see me at the church. We delayed the wedding by 1.5hrs. My Welsh cousin went with my Dad but he wasn’t sure of the way back to our church venue so Naas hospital paid for a taxi for my Dad and drove him back to Wicklow, suited and booted and ready to walk his daughter down the aisle. This naturally delayed our reception and again Rathsallagh were amazing. Patricia was there on the day and everything had to be pushed back by a few hours, and nothing was a problem. I wasn’t exactly thinking straight in the run up to the wedding and one of the errors I made was leaving at least 6 people off my seating plan (including my brother and sister-in-law ????). I wasn’t even told about it, Trish had them seated before I even knew there was a problem. I was told not to worry, it’s all sorted. The food on the day was amazing. We didn’t sit down to our meal until 7 that evening and had almost 200 guests and everything was just perfect. They couldn’t have looked after us better. I cannot recommend Rathsallagh highly enough. The venue is so beautiful, the food is amazing (I haven’t even mentioned the tasting day which was such a fabulous experience), Catherine is an absolute gem, I’ve never met someone who can do their job so well almost under the radar, she’s constantly working away and doing her best for you in the background but to say she is a silent pillar of strength by your side is an understatement. We needed all the help we could get and she didn’t disappoint. I haven’t even mentioned the girl who followed me down to the very end of the walled garden with a platter of food while our photographer was busy taking pics, because she had overheard me say to my bridesmaid “I’m starving” as I got out of our bridal car. I wish I could remember her name. And I haven’t mentioned the numerous compliments I received from our guests about everything from the food, to the staff, to the accommodation and the breakfast … oh the breakfast, yum! And the fact that you have the entire house to yourself makes it feel so much more personal. I cannot recommend Rathsallagh highly enough. Our hearts just weren’t in it in the lead up to the wedding and Catherine and her team turned our “let’s just do it and get it over with” attitude on its head and I can honestly say that in spite of the heartache of the previous weeks and the worry of the wedding morning, we had an amazing day and have beautiful memories to cherish from our day, made possible by Rathsallagh. Cian and Nichey
Wedding Date: 30th August 2014
To Trish, Catherine and all at Rathsallagh. A very belated thank you for all the amazing work you did on our wedding day last August. We had the most magical day. From the moment we went to view the venue, we felt at home. We had such a fabulous weekend and the food at the barbeque the next day was just great too. Our guests are still raving about the food and what a great venue it is. We only picked up our wedding album this week and the photos on Rathsallagh grounds are so beautiful. We look forward to coming back to visit soon. Lorraine and Brian
Wedding Date : 25th August 2014
We would like to thank you for our wedding day a truly beautiful and very special day. Thank you to all the wonderful staff and very professional wedding coordinators a particular thanks to Catherine nothing was too much trouble our guests will always remember the magic that is Rathsallagh. Margaret and Raymond
Wedding Date: 18th July 2014
Dear Catherine, Gillian and Patricia and all the rest of the team that looked after us so well at Rathsallagh on the 18th of July this year. We had a lovely day and you all took super care of us and our guests. Catherine thank you for organising the blue room for our winter weekend break to Rathsallagh it was lovely to see the house at a different time of the year. Liah and Robert
Wedding Date: 17th April 2014
To all the wedding staff, thank you so much for making our wedding day a special day, a day that we will never forget. The service and care that all the staff showed us was unforgettable. Rathsallagh looked beautiful and the reception room was just perfect for us to celebrate with our friends and family. The beef that was served is still being spoken about amongst our friends, it was excellent. Thank you again for all your help. Joanna and Tadhg
Wedding Date: 5th April 2013
Gillian, Trish and Catherine were the best. We didn’t have one single worry on the day from our belongings being brought to our room for us to a bottle of champagne and sasandwichs in the room for us when we returned in the early hours. It was the most amazing day. Everybody is still talking about it. I don’t know why somebody wouldn’t get married at Rathsallagh. I want to do it all over again and wouldn’t change a thing. – Kerrie Anne & Barry
Wedding Date: 21st June 2013
Rathsallagh was amazing from start to finish. Catherine & the girls really looked after us. On our first visit we were given tea & coffee & cookies – lovely teapots and cutlery! 2nd visit with my parents we had amazing soup and sambos – deelish. The wedding day itself was the best day in my life, and everyone is still talking about it, I couldn’t fault a thing plus you were really kind to our dog, Tigger, which meant a lot, we can’t wait to go down to visit you for a night soon. All dealings leading up to the wedding date where hassle free and a pleasure working with the girls, I knew I was in safe hands. I would love to do it all again and I wouldn’t change a thing! – Sinead & Paul