Boutique Wedding Experience
Unique, Private, Alternative
From small intimate weddings of less than 20 guests in the main house, to parties of 140 guests in the banquet hall, to much larger marquee weddings for up to 250 guests; we can accommodate them all here at Loughcrew Estate. We have many spaces and amenities that can be used to facilitate your dream, alternative wedding.
From small intimate weddings of less than 20 guests in the main house, to parties of 140 guests in the banquet hall, to larger marquee weddings; we can accommodate them all here at Loughcrew Estate. We have many spaces and amenities that can be used to facilitate your dream wedding.
A unique, bohemian setting
Loughcrew Estate is not your average “wedding venue” . It is your own private estate for the entirety of your celebrations, a place where your whole family can join you and relax in the Irish countryside. Your guests will be blown away by the magic of St Oliver Plunkett’s church ruin and the quirkiness of our stables and courtyard. A completely different, alternative backdrop for your big day.
Loughcrew Estate is filled with warmth, love and fun – all that an Irish wedding encompasses. Come and experience the magic of Loughcrew by making a viewing appointment today
The Perfect Partners
Loughcrew Estate is a unique and beautiful place to stay for you and your whole family. Sleeping 17 in the main house, friends and family are welcome to stay in our adjoining accommodation – The Courtyard Apartment (sleeps 5) & The Stable Lodge (sleeps 6). There is ample additional accommodation available in the country town of Oldcastle and surrounding areas. Some of these options aerea:
Loughcrew Lodge – the old gate lodge of Loughcrew Estate is owned by antiques dealer Niall Mullen and is beautifully decorated
Oldcastle House Hotel – a quaint, old-style country hotel. Rooms are large, spotless and very comfortable. The manager, John Joe, is a delight to chat with!
Loughcrew Megalithic Centre – a budget friendly hostel can be found just up the hill. They also have a very cool yurt for hire, complete with wood burning stove.
Ross Castle – Yes, a castle! Very comfortable rooms located in Ross just 10 minutes down the road. Call our friend Jackie for more information
Millbrook Cottages – 2 cute cottages at the end of the main road, ideal for getting home to after dancing the night away at Loughcrew
The flexibility we can extend to you for your big day knows no bounds! From outside caterers, to helicopters landing in the garden, to arriving on horseback to your ceremony… we have had it all here at Loughcrew. Make the magic your way! We can recommend some wedding suppliers to help you on your planning journey
Gourmet Food Parlour – Our preferred caterer here at Loughcrew Estate, they can provide any style of food you like from formal dining right through to barbecues. Contact Ella for special requests, prices and how to create your own bespoke menu for your 1 or 2 day celebration.
Andrew Holmes Catering – Personalised menus and they never recreate the same wedding meal twice
The Whole Hog – One for the meat lovers! John can provide a pig on the spit for your casual dinner or indeed for your second day party
Once you have the food covered, get in touch with the lovely Brigid at Fernwood Flowers. Her creations are so unique, fresh and most importantly home-grown right here in Co. Meath. We also have other recommended wedding suppliers such as wedding celebrants, wedding bands and wine stockists – just ask!
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A Unique Experience
What people say
We always said to ourselves that we didn't want a cookie cutter hotel wedding. We came across Loughcrew by complete chance and just fell in love. It was everything we wanted, laid back, relaxed and we could put our own stamp on it. Deborah and the team were incredible, super quick to respond and help make our ideas come to life. We loved our wedding weekend, and all of our guests got to experience a unique treasure in the hills of Meath, made even better by all the sunshine of the weekend!
We loved having our wedding at Loughcrew! Not only was Deborah amazing but everyone staffed at Loughcrew that helped us set up was so friendly! We had recently moved from London to the US and had to plan everything from the US so while this was a bit tricky given the time difference, Deborah was amazing at accommodating us! Just in case you need to hear it again, Deborah was amazing! 😛 The venue is a more relaxed and rustic - which is exactly what we were looking for. We had a very casual, backyard BBQ type of wedding. There is a fire pit in the outside courtyard area which was a hit with our guests (it allowed them to gather and talk while still being apart of the dance music inside). The venue had little wooden benches that surrounded the fire pit and was there throughout the wedding for additional seating outside. The bar area was also perfect! It is slightly removed from everything but not too far away that people are taken away from the party. We hired Peter Caffery for the bar - who took care of kegs and glasses but we stocked the rest of the bar - since there is not a corkage charge (which saved our lives in budgeting)! And finally, the reception/dinner area was very romantic and communal. My bridesmaids and I decorated the venue ourselves and while it took the whole day before the wedding - the reception area looked amazing when we were done. It already has a romantic vintage feel to it, so we added flowers and lights and it brought everything to life. We hosted around 120 people and the reception hall was a perfect fit. We also hired John from The Whole Hog to cater our sit down dinner - who was also AMAZING! (I recommend the Lamb, Fish Pie, and the tomato soup). 🙂 Overall while this venue seems a bit more expensive, you get great value for your money. I've had guests come up to me and my mother in law saying that this is the best wedding that they have ever been to - so check it out! 🙂
Loughcrew Estate exceeded my expectations of a venue. Every member of staff I encountered on the day was so friendly, St. Oliver's was such a beautiful setting for a ceremony and the grounds around it were lovely. We had a great day and it was thanks to everyone working at Loughcrew - Thank you! Response from Loughcrew Estate Dear Lorraine, We loved having you here at Loughcrew. We hope that you have treasured memories from Loughcrew
We had our wedding weekend in loughcrew and everything from beginning to end was fantastic. Deborah and the team did everything we wanted without any fuss. They were very accommodating about allowing us access and visits whenever we or our suppliers needed it. Everyone raved about the church and the birdsong during our ceremony. The grounds were perfect for photos and the courtyard was buzzing for our cocktail hour. The beauty of the venue is that you can really put your own stamp on it so we had our own beers in wheelbarrows and a gin bar in the corner. The fire pit was incredibly popular as the night went on and since we have the whole place to ourselves we didn’t have to worry about other residents and the noise levels. Our guests loved the fact that when they needed a break from the dancing that they could wander to the lounge area and sit by the stove with a drink and have a relaxing chat. Others loved the camaraderie around the fire pit. More than one person told us it felt like a really personal wedding festival and it was the most unique wedding they’d ever been too. I honestly cannot recommend the venue highly enough or Deborah and the team. They really will do their very best to make sure you have the wedding of your dreams. Thanks again for a weekend we’ll never forget! Steph and Ali x Response from Loughcrew Estate We all loved seeing all your creative ideas come to light at Loughcrew. We have such pleasure seeing you all enjoying the venue so much
My daughter wanted a unique wedding in a church ruin and Loughcrew was the ideal venue for that. Guests from New Zealand stayed in Loughcrew House. The reception ran smoothly from the meal in the main room, to outside entertainment in the courtyard, to a Ceili in another room and back to the reception room, which had been cleared for a disco. Deborah was so helpful, as were the other staff. The scenery was perfect for photos. It was an unforgettable day.
'Loughcrew is the perfect place to have your wedding. It’s idyllic in every way: the grounds, history, nature. The owners are also very hospitable and are willing to help tailor the venue to your liking. We used all the rooms and our guests, of which there were 17 or so, had no complaints. Being in one house with your friends and loved ones can elevate the whole experience. Additionally, if you appreciated nature you will not be disappointed as the grounds and neighboring area are gorgeous, including the cairns which are right down the road. We hired a wedding planner and he, along with the person Loughcrew provided, made everything super easy. The food from Andrew Holmes catering was also fantastic! If you’re willing to put in a little work you can reap big rewards at this magical venue. Just thinking about it now makes me want to go back. I’m very happy I listened to my incredible bride.' ~ Will 'Loughcrew is such a special setting. We're from NYC and never visited St. Oliver Plunkett's Church Ruins or Loughcrew before our wedding week. We visited the cairns on a previous visit, and I felt confident from photographs they listed online and others that I found from sleuthing through the internet. We were taking many gambles and they all paid off! We didn't want to pay extra for a tent, and the weather was crazy at the beginning of the week- strong winds and downpouring. We purchased black umbrellas and had a backup space just in case. Fortunately, the sun came out and everything was perfect! Deborah was integral in this process from day one. She had great recommendations- Brigid from Fernwood Flowers went above & beyond. The Dining hall was so lovely! The bonfire was a big hit. The barman was so great!! We had about 88 people. Loughcrew was laid back and at the same time such a beautiful background to share a very special time with our friends & family members. I felt that Loughcrew was a place that enabled me to connect with the ancient world view of appreciating and enjoying the present moment. I only wish that everyone stayed another day at Loughcrew after the wedding!' ~Crystal
20th Jun 2019 We gathered at Loughcrew for our daughter's wedding from across the USA. Our week in Ireland will be cherished for a lifetime. The long-term preparations for the wedding with Deborah and the staff of Loughcrew were outstanding. Deborah is personable and a consummate professional. Her recommendations for local vendors were spot on. The photo sessions in the gardens will remain etched deep in our memories. We used an Irish travel company (Cara Travel) to assemble air and coach transportation, housing and a few tour events in Dublin. Our travel agent remarked how easy it was to work through the details with Loughcrew staff. We brought 20 guests including 2 infants. The trip was very affordable for our daughter's young friends. Our overall cost was about the same for a wedding we hosted for our second daughter two years ago in the USA. Our wedding party enjoyed a Murder Mystery Rehearsal Dinner the night before the wedding with a local thespian group out of Oldcastle that intertwined Irish history with local legends. It was both informative and fun. The hospitality of the staff made our guests feel as if we were visiting in a friend's home. A trip to the cairn's near the estate was well worth it! It made for a wonderful morning trip for non-wedding party guests led by the groom. (And it got everyone out of the house while the wedding party prepared!) The house and grounds are spectacular. Loughcrew Estate is truly a destination wedding!
We had a clear enough idea of the kind of wedding we wanted and Loughcrew was the perfect venue for it. The entire venue was gorgeous and the staff were helpful every step of the way. I had planned our big day almost entirely from abroad but Deborah (the venue coordinator) was extremely helpful and I cant praise her enough for all her help. We had just 50 guests and half of them stayed overnight at the venue (each room was well kept and nicely decorated too). They really enjoyed themselves - from the ceremony at the old chapel to dinner and drinks in the courtyard and also the fire pit through the night. Deborah helped organise a big family breakfast the next morning too. It was a perfect day and I was so happy to have chosen this venue! I will be visiting their cafe on my wedding anniversary just to reminisce over that special day.
I can't recommend loughcrew enough. They were great in every way. I'm a wedding florist Bronte bouquets and wanted to do alot of the work myself and loughcrew was the only place that gave you the flexibility to do this. They were very accommodating and allowed me to do what I wanted. There is alot to do when doing a diy wedding but it was definitely worth it. I would do it exactly the same way again. Loughcrew staff were very helpful and made us feel at home. I have 2 young children and this was a crucial part of picking a venue that was safe and also i knew they could run around with out me watching there every move and I could enjoy the day. This is what made it for me.It's such a magical place and worth every penny and we have so many amazing memories from our day. Thank you to all in loughcrew. Tracey Cullen check out my images from our day on Facebook on brontebouquets or on instagram
As soon as we both visited Loughcrew, we cancelled our other viewings! It's the only venue that we visited because it was the only venue for us. There's a unique spirit and soul to Loughcrew that's embodied by its owner, Emily. We felt so welcome and it was such a privilege for her to share this piece of paradise with us for four days! Writing this now, I wish we could teleport ourselves right back! As we're based in London, organising a DIY wedding wasn't exactly the most practical endeavour but it was worth every bit of it. Love isn't always logical and neither was our 'vision' of an outdoor wedding in Ireland. However, regardless of the extra effort that we were going to have to put in from afar, we owed it to ourselves and this wonderful venue to at least try! We were so fortunate to have the amazingly helpful and obliging Deborah to help us every step of the way. If we ever thought that we had a problem, she always had a solution. She adds to the magic and we couldn't have done it without her and the team. Loughcrew wasn't just a backdrop or a blank canvas for our wedding celebration. It brought all of our hopes and dreams for the perfect weekend to life with its honest quirks and energy. This might sound convoluted but you'll understand when you visit it! Thank you Loughcrew, for making our dreams come true.