Choosing the right venue to match your bridal theme and the size of your wedding party can be a minefield. With so many boxes to tick – from pretty backdrops for photographs, elegant reception rooms, quality of menu and service, as well as the ability to host guests – it’s no wonder the quest can be time-consuming. Consider The Station House Hotel, Kilmessan, County Meath, which fulfils all of the criteria for brides looking for a country house vibe with many original details.
Just 35 minutes from Dublin, The Station House, originally a busy railway junction, is made up of several listed buildings dating back to 1862, and is surrounded by pretty gardens and woodlands. The romantic Turntable, once used to turn the trains going back to Dublin, is now a discreet setting for magical outdoor weddings, set in an enchanted wood, which is often used for after dinner entertainment.
The family-run hotel, owned by the Slattery family and overseen by second generation Denise and Suzanne, is celebrating 36 years in business this Easter as well as unveiling an elegant makeover. The décor is now a mix of Irish artisanal furniture with family heirloom antiques complemented by beautiful fabrics by Christopher Farr, William Morris and Nina Campbell and designer lighting, which blend beautifully with the original 19th century features. The original station building is now home to the Platform Bar, Piano Lounge and Lobby, and the award-winning Signal Restaurant, which also serves as a setting for chic smaller weddings of up to 60 people.
The original engine room, now the stylish Carriage Suite, seats up to 190 guests comfortably and provides a private setting with exposed granite walls, wood panelling and fresh eucalyptus dressing on the windows. Renowned for its food, The Station House Hotel prides itself on serving local, seasonal Boyne Valley and Irish ingredients. Matriarch, Thelma Slattery, plays an active role in menu setting, food sourcing and adding personal touches such as her famous jams and chutneys made from home-grown fruits, brown-bread ice-cream and many more traditional delights.
The Station House Hotel sleeps 70 guests across its on-site bedrooms and off-site village guesthouses located in the village of Kilmessan. As for the bridal suite – it is The Signal Box, once the control room for switching the train tracks and managing rail signals, and often described as “the cutest bridal suite in Ireland.”
The Station House Hotel is hosting a special post-makeover Wedding Showcase on Saturday, March 14 from 1pm, when brides can meet the experienced wedding team. Alternatively, you can book a private viewing with one of the team. For all appointments including showcase appointments, register online at www.stationhousehotel.ie/weddings.
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