“We don’t even know where to begin. From the moment we first visited Castle Leslie long before our engagement we knew it was a special place so once we were engaged we headed straight to the Estate to view it as a potential venue. The sales team on the estate are excellent, particularly our contact Louise. We were shown around and walked through what the Estate had to offer for our Wedding Day. At no point did we feel under pressure and returned for a second visit with our parents before we committed. They were extremely flexible in tailoring the day to us and what was important to us. Truth is we went to see two other venues but nowhere else came anywhere near how fabulous Caste Leslie Estate is. If you have stayed on the Estate before you will know how friendly, welcoming and accommodating everyone is on the Estate and we knew this would be no different when planning our wedding. The date was set and we were introduced to our coordinator Joan who was incredible throughout. Joan was impressively responsive, professional and the quality of service was exceptional over the 18 months. Joan made our wedding planning journey stress free and enjoyable. Joan facilitated all the little extras we wanted and offered great advice and had thought of all the things we hadn’t. We cannot thank her enough. The reservations team were excellent and assisted us greatly with managing our room allocation. This was probably the most difficult aspect of the planning and the reservations team really helped us manage this as smoothly as possible. The Castle and the Estate are out of this world beautiful. Each of the rooms in the Castle are unique. All of our guests were blown away by the accommodation on offer be it in the Castle, the lodge, old stable mews or village cottages. There is also ample accommodation in the surrounding areas so any guests staying off site did not have far to travel. The grounds are stunning and offer a beautiful backdrop for photographs but don’t worry if it rains like it did for u,s we got beautiful shots inside. As everyone warned us time flew and before we knew it the day had arrived. From the second we pulled up outside the Castle we were treated like royalty. Master of Ceremonies Paul was on hand all day, he truly was like having a 6th bridesmaid and 5th groomsman. His professionalism and expertise ensured the day ran like clockwork. It might sound strange but we worried we would be stressed and anxious and wouldn’t enjoy the day but oh my god did we have the most amazing day. Nothing was too much for Paul and the team at the Castle. We enjoyed every second of it and we really think that was all down to the team at Castle Leslie Estate. They are true professionals at what they do. The team made sure we remembered to eat during the drinks reception and also ensured we got to take a few moments out together to take it all in. It rained for most of the day so we had all our family photos inside, but with a break in weather just as we were set to sit for dinner Paul encouraged us to go outside and get the photos we really wanted. Our guests were well looked after as they patiently waited. We are so delighted we followed his advice. The food was incredible, from the canapes, the meal and the afters food, we got so many compliments,”Best food at a wedding ever”. We worried given our big numbers there wouldn’t be enough canapes etc… but our guests couldn’t get over how generous the food was. The level of service we and our guests received on the day was more than we could have expected, it was truly the best day of our lives and there isn’t a thank you big enough for Castle Leslie Estate and their amazing team. Our only regret is that it’s all over! We would do it all over again and would not hesitate to recommend Castle Leslie Estate. We may be biased but it was the Best Wedding EVER!!”
“We’ve finally returned from honeymoon after what was an incredible wedding! Almost hard to believe that the wedding was a month ago! We wanted to thank you immensely for being our foundation during this wedding planning experience. Not only did you make it easy for us despite being in different time zones for most of the planning process, you were also an incredible facilitator to our vision. We can’t think of anything that didn’t go to plan which is credit to you, Chris, John and the team. Many of our friends are still raving about what a magical experience the day was and it’s no surprise, with a venue like Castle Leslie and your formidable team in the background. You helped up to organise a phenomenal day and we’ll forever think of you and the team, when we look back at our wedding photos, with love and gratitude. Thank you so much again”.
“Treatment fit for a king and a queen! This is exactly how my husband, Joe and I felt about our entire experience at Castle Leslie, from the signing of our contract to our magical wedding day! From the very beginning, we knew that our big day would be something special thanks to the staff at Castle Leslie. Karen in bookings was absolutely wonderful to work with, and was especially helpful since we live in NYC and had to coordinate early morning phone calls. Her kindness and patience made signing our contract hassle free and all the more memorable.
After the contract was signed, we met our event coordinator, Helen who was an absolute dream –no exaggeration there! Helen was organized, professional, and always went the extra mile to help in any way! She patiently answered all of our questions, collaborated with our wedding coordinator, and even made sure we got to attend our menu tasting when we visited my husband’s parents at Christmastime! The days before the wedding, the ladies at the spa were kind and courteous, adding to the pampering that we had already felt from everyone we had met so far. On our big day, Jonathan was nothing short of incredible! From bringing Joe endless made to order mojitos to wiping mud off of my sparkly heels, he really went above and beyond to make us feel like we were royalty! From start to finish, the entire Castle Leslie staff out did themselves, surpassing anything Joe and I had expected! We plan on returning to the estate next summer to celebrate our one year anniversary, and we can’t wait to see everyone again!”
“We cannot express adequately how fantastic our wedding day at Castle Leslie was. We had the most amazing day. The staff were beyond fantastic and couldn’t do enough for us or our guests and we felt truly welcomed during our stay. Our whole experience from firstly working with Joan and then yourself, Helen was absolutely brilliant. Without your help and organisation I’m not sure if the day would have been as successful. You really helped guide and advise us on something that we really were clueless about! We will always be grateful for the personal service that you provided. It is also important for us to acknowledge John Matthew, from the morning of the wedding when he called to me in the cottage to make sure that we had umbrellas and to organise our luggage to standing in as a make shift table by holding a tray of our drinks for speeches, to keeping us informed with how the day was going and being a magnificent guide and support throughout our day. He was truly outstanding as were all the staff. Eoin was also so helpful to us in organising our luggage and generally going above and beyond in his role. To sum it up I can only reiterate what we said to John on leaving the estate, “If we had to do it all again, we would do it exactly the same”. We will forever be grateful to you all for your generosity, hospitality and kindness to us both and for the beautiful and truly unique gift of our two coat of arms!”
“Amazing Amazing Amazing. We were lucky enough to have our daughter and new son in law’s wedding at Castle Leslie on the 5th July this year. We had high expectations from Castle Leslie for the day and we had worked closely with the very accommodating Castle event co ordinator Denise Larmer. Our expectations where not only met but they where exceeded in absolutely every aspect of the day. From the moment Dessie Clements the Castle florist arrived at our home in Omagh to deliver the bouquets and we had a sneaky peek into his van and saw all the beautiful flowers to be used for the wedding we knew our day was off to a fantastic start. This was proven to us when we saw the flowers at the church as Dessie had delivered what was imagined by ourselves and more. Our amazing experience continued as we arrived at Castle Leslie where we where met by Kevin the manager who was nothing but attentive to all the small details that made this day run so smoothly. The bride and groom and the wedding party had the undivided attention of David who proved himself to act above and beyond throughout the day and made for a very stress free enjoyable and even pain free as he made it his business to locate a more comfortable pair of shoes for the bride once the wedding shoes became too painful!!! We cannot forget Jonathan who was allocated to look after the top table no detail was left out, no request was too little or too large, he really was excellent at his job. This to could be said of any of the staff we encountered on the day and the 2 days to follow as we continued our celebrations at Castle Leslie. I can only say you make a special day very very memorable for your bridal party their family and their guests. Thank you thank you for being part of and creating such a magical experience which we shall have for all time.”
“I wanted to reach out to you to send our deepest gratitude to your entire staff for making our wedding this past weekend a magical and completely fantastic affair. Your team across the entire estate was just absolutely outstanding in delivering caring, exquisite service that touched our hearts and those of our guests. We brought in almost 100 people from around the world and each of them left with memories not only of our wedding but also of the estate and the team that made the weekend unforgettable. I would especially like to recognize Helen McManus – working with her over the past 9 months has been fantastic. She has always responded quickly, added great touches, was always flexible and solution oriented and worked with us to develop and deliver our dream weekend with an extremely personalized approach. I don’t have words to express our gratitude. She is completely impressive and I will miss working with her!! I also want to commend your reservations department – I honestly do not know how they do it. They kept me on track and worked with me through getting loads of people from all over into rooms, made countless changes and delivered outstanding service with a smile. On the day, I could not have been more impressed with Kevin & the day of team for both Saturday and Sunday. When I stepped out of the car, to have a glass of champagne placed in my hand and then to have one of the waitresses follow us through photos and hair touch ups with a tray of canapes to having our pashminas on silver trays for our guests to avoid the chill just exceeded our expectations… and our guests could not stop complimenting the thoughtfulness. The impression your team left with us, our families and our guests has left us speechless. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for an unforgettable, totally magical weekend.”
“Well, Jonny and I are back home and trying to come back down to earth after our amazing wedding at Castle Leslie! We just wanted to say a very heartfelt thank you once again to yourself, Dessie, Jonathan, Kevin, all the catering staff and all the wonderful team behind the scenes at Castle Leslie for making it the most perfect fun day of our lives” So many of our guests have commented since on the excellent service and just how much they enjoyed the day. Certainly Jonny and I would agree with them- it was definitely the best service and highest quality food we have ever experienced and we were all so well looked after on the day. I can’t praise your staff highly enough, so please pass on our thanks to everyone”.
“I just want to drop you a line to say a huge thank you. Our wedding day was flawless and J and I were so overcome with how impeccable the service and venue was. I am actually welling up now thinking about how amazing Castle Leslie made our wedding day. Kevin, Jonathan (OMG everyone in the world should have a Jonathan in their life – I am speechless at how special he made us feel – he was born to do that job) and Geraldine to name but a few, made everything so very special for us. I’m devastated that it’s over as we had the best night of our lives (apart from the birth of our boys of course). We were really made to feel like it was the only wedding Castle Leslie had ever done and we were so personally special to you. Everybody was blown away with how spectacular the whole two days were and are still talking about it now. J and I have been to so many weddings and honestly this was the best wedding we’ve ever been to – and so many others said the same thing. We’re still in shock at how well everything turned out and that absolutely nothing was in any way wrong because we don’t feel like we had very much to do with the preparation and that most of it was done for us by you and the staff at Castle Leslie. We can’t thank you enough. We will hold a very special place in our hearts for Castle Leslie for the rest of our lives and hopefully we’ll be fortunate enough to hold another event there for another special occasion that may come along”.
“We are so very grateful for a wonderful wedding reception last week in your Estate. We would like to express our sincere thanks to the following people in particular Deneise for her polite and professional manner at all times in engaging with us in advance of our wedding, for the careful planning, thought provoking questions and the numerous and regular emails and phone calls. Kevin for the very warm reception, the delicious meal and the high standard of service in the Pavilion. Cathy and Jovita who were extremely efficient and patient in the weeks leading up to the event handling all the accommodation details. A number of our guests have subsequently approached us to compliment us on our choice of Castle Leslie for our wedding reception. The standard of service throughout our stay in Castle Leslie was exemplary,but much more than that, the care and the kindness shown to each and every one of our guests was very special indeed. We appreciate in particular the care shown to our older and less mobile guests. Wishing Castle Leslie nothing but the very best for 2013 and beyond. We look forward to returning very soon.”
“We can honestly say that there is nothing your staff could have done to make it any better!! We thought everything was fantastic, from the rooms, to the food, to the excellent service received from ALL the staff, we could not have asked for anything more. Please pass on our thanks and appreciation to all involved and we will look forward to seeing you again in the near future.”
“We had an absolutely fantastic time from start to finish. The main reason for this, aside from the surroundings, was the ease of manner and professionalism of the staff. They really were a credit to the management in each station – from reception to bar and from floor to night porter. Many, many thanks.”
“Our wedding was truly amazing and we couldn’t fault a single thing. Thank you so much for all your hard work in making sure our wedding weekend was incredibly and all we ever dreamt of! Everything was perfect and had an absolutely amazing day.”
“We have nothing but praise for the entire Castle Leslie Hotel events team. From our first contact the service has been efficient, friendly and most of all very personal. All the guests were very complimentary about the castle, the beautiful gardens, and the pavilion and of course the food. Our compliments to the chef. The food was superb and the service was excellent.”
“The level of service & hospitality combined with the relaxed and friendly approach made for a memorable time for ourselves & all our friends and family.”
“The setting was incredible and everything went exactly to plan, without any hitch or hindrance. The preparations by your staff were very thorough and, on the day, everything was just absolutely perfect. It was truly a wonderful & memorable day.”
“Joan we cannot thank you, Paul and Steven and all the team enough. We had our fairytale day in Castle Leslie and everything was just perfect from start to finish – we loved every minute of it. The food was exceptional, all of the staff made us feel like royalty and to top it all off the weather was on side too – couldn’t have asked for more! The flowers were truly beautiful and I will send Dessie a thank you note as everyone commented on them!
I had to laugh when I put a hole in the front of my dress during the photographs – Paul and Steven immediately dropped with safety pins to fix it – they were so good and gave us such a laugh when I think they thought I was going to have a Bridey meltdown!
You were so fantastic through the whole planning process keeping us on track on with decisions and guiding us on what we should or shouldn’t do and I hugely appreciated your steer. We had an event to remember for the rest of our lives. Thank you for everything”.