5 Stylish Venues for your next Family Get-Together

Is there a big birthday coming up in your family or are you maybe organising a family reunion?

If so you already know the pain of searching for the perfect venue. You want somewhere where all the hassle is taken out of your hands and you can concentrate on reconnecting with loved ones. Picking the perfect spot for a family gathering can be as tricky as finding a day that suits everyone. We’ve put together a list of perfect places for family gatherings.


Coopershill House – Co. Sligo

Nestled in the centre of a 500 acre private estate of mature hardwoods, deer pastures and our own river, privacy at this country house is total. With just 8 luxurious bedrooms, this elegant 18th century country mansion is just perfect for a small family gathering or intimate party.

Activities on the property include snooker, tennis and croquet. Guest can also enjoy clay pigeon shooting, golf and spa facilities in the vicinity.

Enjoy a fully catered house party with your closest family and friends with four poster beds, candlelit dinner and log fires. The perfect cosy house party for a birthday or other special event.  House Party package includes: 2 nights’ accommodation, 2 full Irish breakfasts, 2 four-course dinners in the dining room and Afternoon Tea.

Capacity: 8 Bedrooms, suitable for 12-16 people

Best for: Getting away from it all. Nestled in peaceful Sligo, at Coopershill you can truly leave the hustle and bustle of everyday life behind you as you relax, rejuvenate and reconnect with your loved ones.  


Enniscoe House - Co. Mayo

Enniscoe House is an elegant Georgian Manor property in north Mayo. Overlooking Lough Conn, guests can enjoy a luxurious dinner, bed and breakfast .

Perfect for spending a special occasion with your loved ones, the house can be exclusively yours for birthday parties, reunions, anniversaries and more. The main house has 6 bedrooms making it perfect for an intimate event, but there are a further 8 bedrooms in the three courtyard houses adjacent for larger celebrations.

Guests can partake in some of the activities on offer at Enniscoe, such as fishing on the lake, taking a boat trip out to Errew Abbey or taking a picnic to Castle Island. Families visiting might also be interested in visiting the Enniscoe Heritage Centre to trace their family history.

After the days activities, you’ll be aching to return to the comfort of Ennsicoe House to continue the celebrations, followed by the most comfortable night’s sleep in one of Enniscoe’s cosy bedrooms

Capacity: 6 Bedrooms in the main House and an additional 8 Bedrooms in the Courtyard Houses, for 12 – 26 guests.

Best For: History lovers. Trace your genealogy and family history at the Ennsicoe Heritage Centre


Blairscove House - Co. Cork

Overlooking Dunmanus Bay, and sleeping just 11 people across 4 bedrooms, Blairscove is a truly special venue for that special occasion with friends and family – luxurious, yet still cosy and intimate.

House Party packages include overnight accommodation and breakfast for 11 people, as well as a private drinks reception. Guest can choose whether to enjoy drinks in the reception room under the magnificent chandelier, or on warmer summer evenings, outside in the courtyard under the soft glow of outdoor lanterns and chimineas.

Capacity: 4 Bedrooms accommodating a maximum of 11 people

Best For: A Room with a View. Guests at Blairscove House can enjoy stunning views of Dunmanus Bay and the surrounding mountains from their courtyard cottage rooms.


Newforge House -  co. Armagh

The house and gardens at Newforge House are available for your exclusive use for that special occasion or family gathering. Exclusive hire of the property includes overnight accommodation and breakfast for 12 guests.

Set in an idyllic location, Newforge House is an oasis of calm despite being just 30 minutes from the vibrant city of Belfast.

Newforge is tucked away behind trees and cloaked in fields on the edge of the village of Magheralin making it blissfully quiet. Spend a peaceful afternoon exploring the house, grounds and orchards and return to enjoy a sumptuous fine dining experience for just yourself and those nearest and dearest to you.

Capacity: 6 Bedrooms for 12 overnight guests.

Best for: Farm to table produce. The beautiful orchards provide fruit for their home-made chutneys and preserves, vegetables are home grown and friendly chickens lay eggs for breakfast.


Rathmullan House -  Co. Donegal

Situated on the north coast of Donegal, idyllically located a stones throw away from a beautiful sandy beach, Rathmullan House is suitable for a large family party of up to 80 guests – maybe one for a milestone birthday or anniversary. Ideal for family gatherings, Rathmullan House has family-sized bedroom suites and specially cater to the needs of kids and their parents.

Guests can spend the afternoon relaxing on the beach and evening enjoying delicious craft beers and wood-fired pizza in the informal Tap Room Restaurant. For a more formal celebration – The Cook and Gardener serves a sumptuous seasonal menu in an elegant dining room.

Planning a smaller celebration? Rathmullan House are happy to cater for family gatherings and celebrations of any size. Contact the team for more information.

Capacity: 32 Bedrooms and up to 80 guests.

Best for: Seaside seclusion. While staying at Rathmullan House you will be mere steps from a gloriously quiet golden sandy beach. Take a relaxing stroll, paddle in the surf, and in the summer, enjoy a picnic and even some swimming.


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