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Lough Eske Castle has been voted the Best Castle Hotel in Ireland on numerous occasions. See what our guests have to say below:

My Team Will Remember It And Talk About It For Many Years To Come

Jeroen, Sinead and the team at Lough Eske Castle gave us a five star, home from home, experience which made every single member of our group feel special and individual, they showed us what true service excellence could be. My team will remember it and talk about it for many years to come.  I would strongly recommend Lough Eske Castle as a great venue!


Karen Forrester

Managing Director


Karen Forrester- T.G.I. Friday's UK,

Found The Perfect Place And Wedding Coordinator


We got married on July 25 at Lough Eske Castle. I am from California and Kieran is from Omagh, but we met and live in London. We wanted to get married in Ireland and googled several places! After speaking with Stephen over the phone for a few minutes in December we knew we had found the perfect place and a super wedding coordinator!! He helped my mother, who lives in San Francisco, plan the whole wedding! His attitude of " anything you want" and " leave that to me" was so refreshing and he really made everything we wanted, happen! My mother and I visited Lough Eske Castle in March and when we met Stephen we knew we had made the right choice!! The only time Kieran and I could come to the tasting was during Easter weekend and Stephen made that happen!! He was constantly in touch and took care of every detail. We had several items shipped to Lough Eske and Stephen had it stored for us. He arranged with the chef to have special treats delivered to our guests on arrival. He also took care of arrangements with the spa and a fishing trip for Kieran and his groomsmen. When we arrived at Lough Eske a couple of days before the wedding, Stephen was there to greet us even though it was the last day of his vacation! He made sure we were all checked in and had everything we needed. Our guests were mostly from the US and UK and loved Lough Eske Castle. The rooms are large and beautiful and the service is fantastic! The bridal suite was fabulous and we were able to entertain our whole bridal party there! From the rooms we stayed in to the welcome buffet dinner, to the wedding ceremony and ballroom dinner, the weekend was perfect! The ceremony in the Rockery was magical and Stephen and his team produced a great setting both outdoors and indoors. Lough Eske Castle was a fairy tale weekend for us and we would love to do it all over again!! Thank you Stephen and the superb staff at Lough Eske Castle for a truly memorable wedding weekend!!!

Lough Eske Is The Best Place To Get Married

Lough Eske is the best place to get married in Ireland. Knowing we wanted to get married in Ireland, we began to research the best places across the country. From an initial longlist of best venues, we were able to work out our list into a shortlist. Once we met Stephen Bell and the team at Lough Eske we knew instantly that Lough Eske would be our venue. The arrival to Lough Eske is impressive, but what really appealed to us was the genuine warm welcome and hospitality we received by Stephen and everyone at Lough Eske. From our first visit, Stephen explained everything involved in the planning and made it very easy for us. He is an expert at planning and went into the very fine details that we didn't even think about! The preparation provided for us ensured that we weren't stressed at any point leading up to, or on, our big day. The service at Lough Eske is outstanding too. Having guests coming from the US, Sweden, Germany and all over Ireland and the UK, many commented on how exceptionally friendly the staff were and how the service was the best they have ever received. This added to making our special day even better and the day flowed smoothly with no problems whatsoever. If you want to save an immense amount of time and research, we strongly recommend you choose Lough Eske Castle hotel as your wedding venue. Everything will be perfect!

Annika & Brendan

We Can Only Give This Hotel 5 Stars

We can only give this hotel 5 stars for the most wonderful wedding experience. When they tell you not to worry and that they will take care of the detail...believe me, they really mean it. Here's a few reasons why it was so good:
1) the venue - it's a castle! What's not to love?!
2) the staff - they're so helpful and friendly, not at all stuffy so they make you feel right at home while also completely taking care of you.
3) the food - exceptional menu choices and delivered impeccably.
4) the 'restaurant experience' during the meal - don't you hate it when you're at a wedding and you're only getting main course while the people on the other side of the room are on desert?! Well, not at Lough Eske! There's something very special about everyone being served at the same time. 
5) Flexibility - Stephen was great for not being a stickler for the rules (within reason). Little things like letting us mix and match some of the menu choices really made it for us. Also if you're worried about the room being too big or too small...don't! We booked it thinking our numbers would be bigger and then i worried a little about only having half the room or it feeling really empty. Thanks to Stephen it worked out perfectly - we had 2/3 of the room open for dinner and then in the other bit the band set up during dinner and after we opened it all the the party was revealed! It meant we could have our top table by the rockery but were then able to have the bar open in the room during the dancing.
6) The rooms - I would move in tomorrow if I could!! They're just out of this world!
7) The spa and pool - lots of our friends stayed for the wknd and it was fantastic to have such great facilties on site.
8) The bar - great for a casual drink around the wedding itself and fab bar food too!
We just loved everything about our time at the hotel and really enjoyed the whole experience - thanks so much to Stephen and the rest of the staff for ensuring we had the time of our lives!

Laura Piller

We Couldn't Have Chosen A Better Venue

We had our wedding at Lough Eske Castle on 20th April 2015 and we couldn't have chosen a better venue. We had to plan our wedding from Australia, so it was quite a daunting experience not knowing where to start in the planning process and not being able to see everything in person, but Stephen the wedding planner was amazing. From our initial contact with him he completely put us at ease and helped us through the whole process, nothing was too much trouble for him, he is excellent at what he does. We stayed for 5 nights at the hotel, arriving the day before the wedding and the staff were excellent. They had made a point in knowing our names and were very friendly and professional.

Everything on the wedding day went perfectly thanks to Stephen and the catering team. We had the ceremony in the presidential suite which was stunning and then on to the ballroom for reception. Our photographs and storybook were all done on the hotel grounds and it was just stunning. Some of our guests had never been before and they were in awe of the castle and the grounds. The reception food was outstanding and as my sister was vegan, Stephen and the chef had been in contact with her to create a menu that would cater for her needs that she would enjoy. The bar staff were also amazing, special thanks to Bernard who had stayed with us until the end of the night, great barman.

The day after the wedding we also had a BBQ outside to celebrate my husbands 30th and the food was unbelievable, especially the deserts. To all the staff at Lough Eske, the biggest thank you, especially Stephen. You ensured we had the most memorable wedding 30th and 'mini moon' we could have ever wanted. We really appreciate everything you have done for us and we can't wait until the next trip back home to book in to the Castle again.

Clare Stewart

To Say It Went Perfectly Was An Understatement

My new wife Laura and I held our wedding reception at Lough Eske Castle, Donegal.

To say it went perfectly was an understatement.

As much as any couple, we were a little fussy. But, for Stephen Bell and his team, nothing was too much trouble. If they didn't have what we wanted - they found it. If we were unsure of anything - they tracked down the answers. If we had an idea, thought or eleventh-hour whim of any description - they got it done, and did so with a smile on their face.

In the lead up to the wedding, we dealt exclusively with Stephen - wedding coordinator at Lough Eske. We didn't have much of a clue about the fine detail, the nuts and bolts of organising a wedding, but he walked and talked us through the whole thing. In truth, he made what could have been a very stressful experience simple, straightforward and enjoyable. (Especially the pre-wedding food tasting. A major perk, that). Moreover, he never tried to push in to blowing cash on unnecessary extras. He asked what we wanted, and, when it came to the day, he and his team delivered in a big way.

On the day itself, Stephen's right hand man - who's name escapes me at this second - was incredibly attentive, efficient and, well, likeable. He made sure table service throughout dinner ran like clockwork, and he watched like a hawk to ensure Laura and I had everything we needed before we needed it. The food was great, too. Top-notch. (It still amazes me how they can cook so many dishes at the same time, and still deliver restaurant quality grub).

All in, it was a seamless, extremely professional operation; made even better by the waiters, waitresses and bar staff who, in the way only Donegal folk can, went about their business with a genuine warmth and no small amount of expertise.

I should mention that it rained buckets on the day. But, somehow, once we arrived at the hotel, it simply didn't matter. We had a truly amazing time.

Paul Connolly

Exceptional, Welcoming And Friendly

From the very initial email to enquire more information we had first class responses inviting us to come and look around the castle. Stephen and Donal were exceptional; they were so welcoming and friendly and gave us all the information that we were looking for to see if our dream wedding could come to life in this amazing castle. They were always quick to respond to emails and phone calls answering our questions and even going out of their way to fulfill special requests. We were then invited to our menu tasting which was another first class experience. All the staff are so welcoming and friendly and it was as if we had knew them forever. Stephen had also gave us information on recommended companies for dressing the ball room, music and even an ice cream kart.

As a creative person I wanted to design and create our own special theme and this was greatly welcomed without any restrictions. The day before the wedding we had loads of jeeps and vans bring all the trees, tree trunk slabs, lanterns etc and Anthony was straight out with the staff helping to carry everything in to a room that they had provided us for storage. We also had the space to dress the tables the night before and make the bouquets, along with extra help from the staff especially Alison.

It rained all night and the morning of the wedding and it was our dream to have our ceremony outside in the rockery; Stephen let us make the decision just an hour before the ceremony and thankfully the rain had cleared up and all staff were at hand with umbrellas just encase. They also had the ballroom prepared for plan B.

Every part of our wedding was delightful and made special by the staff and the amazing castle, we cannot thank them enough. Our guests were blown away with the kindness of staff, the exceptional food, the surroundings and they all commented how it was the best wedding they had even been to.

The staff all went out of their way to help us and made us fell like a prince and princess.


Simply Stunning!

Two Weddings and a Fairytale

We had a fantastic wedding at the Lough Eske Castle. From the first time we visited the castle we dreamt of getting married there, the location and character of the hotel were just perfect for our wedding.

We cannot thank the staff enough, we have been to venues where hosting one wedding is difficult never mind two on the same day!  From their professionalism to how accommodating and attentive they were enabled us to relax and enjoy the day which disappeared so quickly.

The food was simply superb and our guests thoroughly enjoyed every meal from the buffet the night before, the lunch on the day itself, the evening meal to the evening buffet. The room created for both weddings was exactly how we pictured it – it was simply stunning and we have had nothing but positive feedback from our guests.

Thank you to Mairead and the rest of the staff for making our wedding day a truly memorable day....our own little fairytale!

Shivani & Jason,

Accomplished With Efficiency And Grace...

Dear Mairead, Donal, Mark & Peter,

We would like to express our sincere gratitude and appreciation to you and your wonderful team at Lough Eske Castle for all you did for us and for ensuring our wedding on October 26th was a special day to remember.   The personable, friendly staff at Lough Eske were the reason we chose it as our venue and they did not disappoint on the day. Everyone was so warm and welcoming to all of our guests and this really set the tone for the day as everyone felt comfortable and at ease.

Thank you Mairead for all the hard work you put in before the big day.

You really went above and beyond the call of duty.  We knew we were in good hands from the moment we met you.  You made sure every detail was in place, provided great ideas and made the whole experience so exciting and enjoyable. You are a true professional with a great personality!

Thank you to Donal, Mark and Peter for ensuring everything went flawlessly on the day.  The food was delicious and everyone raved about the steak in particular. The entire service was seamless and everything was accomplished with efficiency and grace.  Gráinne our waitress at the top table was fantastic.  Her attention to detail really amazed me.

The accommodation was another big hit with guests.  They all loved their rooms as did we!

So well done on a job superbly performed and thank you for showing everyone true Donegal hospitality.  Our wedding day was even better that we could ever have imagined and we loved every minute of it.

Please extend our thanks to everyone involved.

I have attached some photos as promised and here is a slideshow

Best wishes for the future,

Lisa & Ger

Lisa & Gerard,

A Level Of Perfection That Exceeded Our Expectations...

"We would like to thank Mairead, her team and all the staff at Lough Eske Castle for everything they did to make our day so special.

The picturesque castle and beautiful surrounding views of Lough Eske are more than matched by the service which was professional, friendly, warm and welcoming at all times.

The quality of the food was first class which is illustrated by the fact that many of our guests stated that it was the best food they have ever had.

Everything was completed to a level of perfection that exceeded our expectations which is why we are extremely happy we chose to have our wedding reception at Lough Eske Castle."

Kind regards,

Louise & David

Louise Barrett and David Butler,

Shivani Tandon & Jason Scott

A surprise trip to New York in January turned out to be even more special for Shivani when boyfriend Jason proposed in Central Park.

She takes up the story: “We walked further into Central Park to a picturesque space where Jay proposed, it was snowing and the sun was setting, it was very beautiful. He gave me a platinum princess cut diamond ring, which I love! Afterwards we celebrated in Times Square in a rotating restaurant with amazing views.”

The couple spent two years planning their wedding, starting with the perfect location, Lough Eske Castle.

“We chose Lough Eske Castle for both the ceremony and reception venue,” reveals Shivani. “The second we arrived at the venue we knew it was the one as it has a mix of contemporary and old.”

“We knew from day one that we would like to incorporate both Indian and Western themes into our wedding. We decided on an Indian ceremony followed by a civil wedding ceremony and as it was such a long day for guests, we planned an Indian lunch for them

200 guests were invited to attend the wedding, which began with an Indian wedding ceremony at 11am. Shivani looked stunning in an Indian Lengha and Jason wore an Indian suit. The bridesmaids wore beautiful white sarees for both weddings.

Pictures were followed by Indian lunch, before Jason and Shivani slipped away to change outfits for wedding ceremony number two!

“I wore a traditional white wedding dress and Jason wore a suit,” says Shivani. “My wedding dress featured a soft sweetheart neckline with A-line silhouette, lace bodice, hand beaded Swarovski crystals and precious stone detail on empire waist.”

The ceremony was performed under the mandap (a canopy which was used for the Indian wedding) and the room looked amazing decorated in a navy and silver colour scheme.

Entertainment took the form of a Dola player (an Indian drum) who ushered guests into the room for the evening reception where guests enjoyed speeches and dinner followed by a band and an Indian DJ.

“The whole day was elegant and relaxed,” recalls Shivani. “We loved every minute of it.”

Shivani Tandon & Jason Scott,

The Best Day Of Our Entire Enter Lives

Karen and I wanted to sincerely thank you for what was without doubt the best day of our entire lives at Lough Eske Castle on our recent wedding. From start to finish everything was flawless and our guests still rave about what many of them refer to as the best wedding reception they have ever been at! Many of them were visiting the castle for the first time and said it was simply jaw dropping. Lough Eske Castle was the only wedding venue we considered as we had our hearts set on it for our wedding reception from the first moment we saw it. The luxury, fine food and fine wine together with the timeless, cosy elegance of the castle itself are unrivalled in our opinion and we look forward to coming back to Lough Eske Castle again and again over the years to come.

Killian & Karen,

A 5 Star Hotel With A 5 Star Service

....Many thanks for all your help over the last 4 months or so.  The service we received throughout was next to nothing.  Absolutely great and it was a credit to yourself, Mark, Jeroen and the rest of the staff, and as one of the guests commented 'A 5 star Hotel with a 5 Star Service'.  So a big thank you from Mary and myself for making everything possible.  It was a pleasure, so a massive thank you for everything, you treated us like royalty :-).

Sean Paul,

A Day That We Will Remember For The Rest Of Our Lives

....My wife and I had our wedding at Lough Eske Castle last month, and it could not have been better. Everything was absolutely perfect, every minor detail was catered for by the wonderful staff.
We would not have changed a thing. It was the perfect occasion, and a day that we will remember for the rest of our lives.

Mary-Jo & Benjamin,

Our Guests Truly Enjoyed The Venue

...Thank you so much for all your help, both before and during our special day. We had a fantastic day and our guests truly enjoyed the venue. There were lots of compliments on the food too.

Mary & Mark

Every Little Girls Dream Wedding

....We got married at the castle on the 25th March this year and are now settling down to married life after a wonderful wedding and honeymoon. To say our wedding went perfectly is an understatement. From the moment we booked to the place to now, hearing all our family and friends tell us how wonderful the day was, how beautiful the location and how fabulous the castle was as a place to stay. The 2 nights that most people stayed were more like a luxurious retreat wig the highlight of a wedding to go to! I must say the quality of staff, service, food and amenities were first class. The staff are so friendly and nothing is too much trouble from the moment you walk into the grand entrance. This place is so warm and inviting... It has the ambience of a small family hotel with all the grandeur and amenities of a 5 star castle. The wedding ran smoothly .... It was the best day of my life thanks to Marleen and Noreen and all the hotel staff who made it happen. We will definitely return in the future.

Janice & Craig McBride

We Had The Best Time Ever

Hi Noreen and Catherine,

Well we are back in Dubai again and after a mad few weeks are only getting around to contacting everyone! Both myself and Andi wanted to thank you both for all your help in organising the wedding. We had the best time ever and it has been a pleasure from start to finish. You both made everything so easy and we both really appreciated that, especially as we were not around much!

The hotel was an amazing venue and we are delighted that everyone else thought so too. Everyone thought that the venue, service, location, facilities, food, etc were fantastic. You did such a great job. We also appreciate the kind gestures and attention to detail everywhere. The ceremony room was amazing and beyond our expectations.

We hope to see you again and we can't thank the Lough Eske enough. Will be recommending it to everyone we know!

Many thanks again.

Caroline and Andi

Couldn't Have Asked For Anything More

Hi Stephen,

Just getting in touch to say a big thank you for everything in the planning of our wedding & in the day itself! Michael & I had an amazing reception in Lough Eske on 31st August & couldn't have asked for anything more for our wedding day!

The food was just fabulous, service fantastic, & all the staff were so friendly. All our guests had a wonderful day & spoke extremely highly of your hotel & staff. For those who stayed, they were very impressed with their rooms & the leisure facilities.

Lough Eske will always be a very special place to us & we hope to come back to visit in the future!

Thank you again, you made everything so easy, enjoyable, & stress free!!

Kind regards,

Kathryn & Michael