8 Leafy Escape Wedding Venues | Villages + Private Hires

Want an unplugged wedding? We’ve rounded up some of the most lush, leafy, secluded places to get married in Ireland. From private-hire country houses to purpose-built wedding villages, you’re gonna find something you like.

We’ve also linked real weddings in every image caption, from photographers who have shot at the listed locations. Perfect if you want to delve deeper into one or two!

Brooklodge and Macreddin Village, Wicklow

Brookelodge is famed for its food, and rightly so. The all-organic menu is absolutely incredible. We compare every sticky toffee pudding we encounter to the one we had here. None compare, and we encounter a lot of sticky toffee puddings.

Beyond the delicious food, there’s an on-site chapel, spa, lots of guest accommodation and large reception hall. The surrounding countryside is some of the most stunning in the east, and golf-enthusiasts can enjoy it on the sprawling adjacent course.

Cliff at Lyons, Kildare

Cliff at Lyons is a fabulous leafy estate that’s not too secluded at all. In fact, the countryside retreat is just a half an hour’s drive from Dublin City Centre. Because of that, the venue is a great shout for couples who want the trappings of a rural location without the trek.

As the venue is on the banks of a canal, couples who marry in the local church can arrive to Cliff at Lyons by boat. You can also have a civil ceremony on site, where you’ll be overlooking a waterfall. Beaut!

Boyne Hill House Estate, Meath

You know we’re mad for a Georgian interior, so this period house was always going to be on our list. Boyne Hill House is available for exclusive-hire, meaning the only people there on your wedding will be you, your guests and the venue’s staff.

You can choose from a few different ceremony locations on the grounds. We love the airy conservatory – perfect for couples who’d love an outdoor ceremony but would prefer not to stress about the weather.

Coolbawn Quay, Tipperary

Coolbawn Quay is a purpose-built wedding village, modelled on 19th century Ireland. There are lanes of private cottages for your guests to spend the night or weekend, and the venue is available for exclusive hire.

The best bit is the view of Lough Derg and potential for lake-side couple’s portraits. Totally worth the trip!

Lusty Beg Venue via The Lou’s Photography

Lusty Beg, Fermanagh

Lusty Beg is an island resort, accessible by a five-minute ferry journey, sitting on 75 acres of private land. So, you’re unlikely to have any gatecrashers.

There are indoor and outdoor ceremony locations at the venue, self-catering accommodation and four-star guest rooms. We love the range of activities on offer – great if your guests are arriving a day early or staying for an extra night. If clay pigeon shooting isn’t the vibe you’re after, there’s also an on-site spa. Exactly what a morning-after headache calls for.

Ballintubbert, Laois

Some our favourite leafy retreats listed lean right into their farmhouse charm, they’re quaint and quite cosy. Ballintubbert House has a bolder aesthetic, with a bright, theatrical interior and a fab Georgian facade. We love it.

If you want to have an on-site ceremony, you can choose from a 16th century church, the gardens or the orchard. Guests can stay in the house (you’ve got to get a look at the bridal suite!) or at glamping facilities on the grounds.

Inish Beg Estate, West Cork

If you’re considering a West Cork wedding, check out Inish Beg Estate. The guest accommodation is dotey beyond compare, with everything from cosy caravans to a spacious boathouse.

This is our pick for couples that are having their wedding celebrations over a few days; partially because of the aforementioned accommodation, but also because there’s a tonne of special activity options for guests. Cooking classes, kayaking, whale watching – there’d never be a dull moment.

Martinstown House, Kildare

An Only a Wedding favourite, Martinstown House has a lot of character. It’s something special – a little bit different, but still elegant and cosy. It’s a fab all-rounder, but we think it truly sings when styled for whimsical, festival-inspired weddings.

We also love the optional extras like the 1966 VW Campervan, the tea caravan or the spit-roast menu.

Missing something? Check out our venue archives for more gorgeous Irish wedding venues.

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