Mr. & Mrs. Neil and Tracey Abbott- January 2016
We had our wedding here (for 85 guests) in early 2016 and absolutely loved it. We arranged the whole wedding while living in England but the team made sure this was no issue and always replied to emails quickly and fitted our appointments around our trips to Ballina. It didn’t feel like we had much to arrange at all as the package we chose from the website included everything we wanted and more. Once we had met Rachael we knew we were in safe hands and had every confidence that our wedding day would be something special.
We were able to visit a couple of months before the day to enjoy the pre wedding taster menu which was really impressive and we were spoilt by the quality of the food and wine. All the options were of a high standard and included a vegetarian choice.
The customer service was incredible! We had lots of guests from England who wanted to stay at the hotel for 2-3 nights and they were all impressed with the rates, bedrooms, food and most importantly how they were made to feel so very welcome. The venue is really child friendly and the children enjoyed exploring the hotel as well as using the leisure facilities.
The majority of our guests arrived the day before the wedding and it was the hotels idea to arrange a private dining area for us. Everyone had a three course meal, the service was perfect and it and set the tone for the rest of the stay.
I stayed in the spacious honeymoon suite before the big day as well as on the night which meant I was able to enjoy it properly with my bridal party. Our hairdresser and make up artist came to the hotel on the morning and were brilliant (Lorrells hair and Mystique beauty).
We chose the Brusna Suite to hold our Civil Ceremony and were taken back by how beautiful it looked on the day. The soloist we chose (Brenda Grealis) added to the feel of the ceremony and there were a few emotional moments.
Our photographer (June Walsh) took advantage of the stunning grounds and we were able to walk through the gardens and have the backdrop of the trees in our photographs.
When we saw the ballroom for the first time on the day we were really impressed with the decorations, especially the top table. Once again the food and the service was great and the team thought of everything. Later on the band performed our first dance and did a great job of getting everyone on the dance floor during the rest of the evening finishing off with a disco until the early hours.
Would 100% recommend this place to people looking for a wedding venue.
Neil & Tracey Abbott.