6 Chic, Boutique Venues for your Intimate Wedding

If you’re looking for something different for your wedding than a lavish hotel or vast castle, then why not consider a more intimate affair in an elegant country house or boutique city hotel instead? There are many reasons for choosing to have a smaller wedding – it allows you to focus more on the details and elements that reflect you and your SO as a couple, not to mention cost and time savings. Scaling back the guest list also allows you to spend more time with your close friends and loved ones on your special day.

We’ve put together a list of 6 quaint and romantic venues around Ireland so you can start planning the stylish, intimate wedding you've always dreamed of


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Ice House Hotel

The chic Ice House may look like a large, modern and stylish hotel from the outside, but it is still perfect for a small, intimate wedding. Overlooking the gently flowing Moy River, one could hardly find a more tranquil and beautiful location for a special day. A stunning fusion of old and new, chic and elegant – it is ideal for those looking for a boutique hotel with a bit of extra sparkle.

The Ice House can cater for weddings and civil ceremonies of up to 120 guests, including exclusive use of the venue if required. Your dedicated wedding planner can customise your dream wedding right down to the last detail. Design a wedding menu to suit your own tastes and enjoy planning all of those little extras that just aren’t possible with a large wedding.

Whether you’re thinking prosecco on a sunny terrace or mulled wine in those colder months… the dedicated team are there to make your day exactly what you want it to be.

Contact the Ice House Hotel


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Newforge House

One of the smaller venues on this list. Newforge House is just perfect for your intimate wedding of up to 40 guests. The house and gardens are available for the exclusive use of the wedding party bringing a more intimate feel to your special day.

The chic and elegant Georgian Country house is perfect for your bespoke wedding – the dedicated team at Newforge will work with each couple to create an occasion that is unique to them and the period interiors and surrounding gardens provide beautiful backdrops for your wedding photographs.

Newforge House is also licenced to hold Civil Ceremonies.

Contact Newforge House



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Gregans Castle Hotel

Gregans Castle Hotel is a truly special location for your big day. Set amongst the dramatic landscape of the Burren, it is the perfect otherworldly setting for your big day.

Exclusive use of the hotel is offered for up to 75 guests. On your big day enjoy canapes and champagne or cocktails on the lawn or in the Corkscrew Room. The lovingly tended gardens at Gregans Castle provide an idyllic setting for your stylish wedding small wedding.  The dedicated team will work with you to make your day exactly how you imagined it.

Non-religious civil ceremonies can also be held on-site.

Contact Gregans Castle


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Ghan House

At Ghan House in the beautiful Medieval town of Carlingford,  you and your guests will enjoy exclusive use of the house and grounds on your special day. Ghan House is an elegant 18th-century country house set in private, walled grounds with beautiful views of Slieve Foy, the Mourne Mountains and Carlingford Lough. Exclusive use of the full house brings a unique house-party style ambience to your special day. Where guests can choose to relax in the bar while others dance in the ballroom.

Personalise everything from your menu to the décor to the sequence of events. Have an elegant champagne reception out on the lawn in the summertime, or sit by open log fires with mulled wine in the winter.

Ghan House can cater for between 50 and 100 guests. You can also have your ceremony on site.  Up to 50 guests in the ground floor dining room or 100 on the lawn or the adjacent heritage centre.

Intimate, sociable wedding. Unique and personalised. Charm and quiet elegance. Enjoy all the genuine ambience of a fully restored Georgian House. 

Contact Ghan House


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Ardtara Country House Hotel

First class service, bespoke menus and exquisite food. Been awarded Most Romantic Hotel for 2017/2019 at the Northern Irish Hospitality Awards.

Set amidst 10 acres of beautiful gardens and woodland, Ardtara is an elegantly restored 19th-century mansion. The Clark Room Restaurant can seat up to 55 guests for dinner. For a smaller reception, the Garden Room can seat up to 24 guests. Or alternatively use both rooms for a group of up to 79. The house can sleep up to 18  people, and the opulent rooms come complete with tapestries on the walls, oriental rugs, and antiques all around.

When organising your wedding at Ardtara you will enjoy your own dedicated wedding coordinator, and the whole day can be customised to your own desires including candlelight, red carpets and more

One of the other advantages of a small wedding is that you can even enjoy an exquisite tasting menu at your wedding meal. Ardtara Country House is dedicated to creating the perfect customised wedding to suit you.

Contact Ardtara Country House


blairscove house wedding

Blairscove House

Blairscove House is a beautiful Georgian country house in an idyllic location with breath-taking views of Dunmanus Bay and the surrounding hills. For weddings of up to 100 guests, either outside on their lawn or in their marquee, you can create your perfect intimate wedding at Blairscove. Your wedding party will have exclusive use of the property as well as the 4 main guests suites situated around the central courtyard. Blairscove is perfect for Humanist ceremonies and Civil ceremonies can also be held with the approval of a registrar.    

The courtyard is ideal for a drinks reception with your guests and the wedding evening meal can be held in the main restaurant – a lofty, stone-walled room with a magnificent chandelier as the central feature

The elegant setting, pretty courtyard and landscaped gardens make it an ideal venue for gorgeous intimate weddings.

Contact Blairscove House


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