Perfect for our small wedding
We had our small wedding of 25 guests over 2 days in Temple House in July. We could not have imagined it being any better.
Being based in Melbourne, we had not seen the venue in person before arrival but I can say the the house and grounds exceeded any expectations. We had booked the entire house and it made the whole thing perfectly relaxed and intimate even in the grand setting.
Roderick, his family and staff looked after us so well from arrival to departure. I’ll put in a special mention to how much fun the group of 7 kids had which meant their parents also had a great, stress free time.
From food & drinks to location to service, we can’t find a fault. They even managed to get us sunny weather in Sligo.
I’m not sure there is a better venue in Ireland for a wedding like ours.
Erin & Patrick. July 2022
"Our son and his beautiful wife had a very special wedding last weekend at Temple House Estate in Sligo: Roderick is a wonderful unflappable host, his family and the staff could not have been more helpful and were so easy to work with. Roderick advised us on what would work best and his input was invaluable. The food was spectacular from morning to night. The house itself has a lovely relaxed atmosphere with a balance of historic elegance and family comfort with memorabilia and portraits everywhere! We are looking forward to many more family events at Temple House."
It's been over a week now and we are still speechless! Thank you for everything you done for us, both on the day and on the lead up to it. Wedding planning seemed very much like a daunting (yet exciting) task for us but you guys made it so easy, you knew exactly what we needed and how to do it!
On the weekend you were brilliant, the Friday evening is such a lovely touch and really helps to relax everyone and settle in to the weekend, The house looked amazing and thanks for recommending leitrim flowers, like you said, they know what works for the house. We were overwhelmed with the amount of compliments the venue got from our guests, they were in amazement the whole time.
Your staff were brilliant all weekend, I have never been to a place before where the staff are so willing to go out of their way to accommodate you, thanks for all the little things you did to help Eva's mother have a good time, all the little things did not go unnoticed!
The food was unbelievable, Vicky is one very talented chef! I have never been to a wedding where the guests have had such high praise for the food, every meal we had was fabulous, my sister Jane says she will never be able to eat out again after sampling the GF food ye offered her!
Eva and William
Just a quick update, now that we are back from our honeymoon (and back to reality!). We had the most amazing ceremony and celebrations in Temple House - the venue was just absolutely perfect and we were so lucky the sun even shone for us at the right time!
A massive thank you to George for all his help - and the girls were just absolutely wonderful, their service was spectacular. They were so helpful throughout and put such care into even the smallest of details - which didn't go unnoticed. Our families also commented on how lovely all the girls were even to the point of them making the effort to remember individual guests' names. We couldn't have been more impressed.
From start to finish - we were on cloud 9 and couldn't have asked for a more beautiful location to celebrate our wedding.
P.s a major thank you for pulling out all the stops to get the ceremony room finished for our day - you'll hear from the video attached how incredible the acoustics were for the ceremony. The room also looked fantastic - so thank you again for this!
Rachel and Andrew
We had our wedding at temple house on the 11 June we stayed there with our guests for 3 days it was the best.. the house and grounds are just breath taking. The food over the 3 days was fabulous. Roderick and his staff were excellent nothing was to much trouble for them attention to detail was excellent. All our guests were very happy rooms were beautiful and the beds omg so so comfy. Can’t wait to go back for our one year anniversary. Thank you again Roderick Helena and staff for making our wedding so special.
Sean and Mary
We got married in Temple House last month! Roderick was so helpful during our planning stages and always on hand to answer any questions or queries we had. The few days we spent in Temple House will never be equalled. Some of our guests enjoyed clay pigeon shooting and the boating facilities, while others explored the beautiful gardens. The staff were fabulous, they were all so friendly and helpful, going above and beyond to make our day run smoothly. The food was absolutely gorgeous, from Helena’s beautiful baking to Chef Vicki’s amazing canapés and our main meals! Our dream of getting married outside was put at risk by the inclement weather but Roderick was quick to come to the rescue with an alternative plan. The final point to note was how great everyone in Temple House was with our nieces and nephews (aged 4 - 9), they were spoiled and entertained by Roderick and all the staff. We are looking forward to returning! Thank you to all in Temple House for giving us such an amazing unforgettable experience.
"After a disappointing start to 2020 (having to postpone our large wedding abroad), we came across Temple House Estate. From the get-go Roderick, the host, was so organised and laid back about everything. On first viewing, we got an extensive tour of his home and he very simply put forward many ideas for our big day- we didn't need to look further for the perfect wedding venue. Temple House, is a venue like no other. Initially having invited 100+ to our big day, this was narrowed down to under 25 people which could not have suited Temple House more. The guests arrived and were all wowed by the surroundings and even more by the grand house, Christmas decorations and their rooms. With a small number, we were able to spend the perfect few days all together under one roof. Roderick and the staff could not have done any more, taking a very 'there but not there' approach, making it feel like it was our personal venue but with someone always there to top up a glass or help out if needed. All guests were completely wowed with the term 'unbelievable' floating about a lot! The food was amazing and to say the least no one went hungry!
Temple House, Roderick and the staff were amazing from day one and even with Covid 19 restrictions in place, we were able to have the best wedding we could have imagined! Many family and friends have already spoken of a return visit! To sum up; -amazing food, with a huge selection to cater for everyone. Wine and spirits all top quality. -amazing grounds -amazing bedrooms- clean, comfy beds with views of lake and ruins -amazing staff- they knew the guests by name by the end of the wedding 10/10 would recommend or do it all over again!"
"Thank you to Roderick, Lorraine and team in Temple House for making our wedding day perfect. When we saw Temple House and its beautiful surroundings we knew we wanted our wedding to be there. On first meeting Roderick we felt like he had safety as his top priority in light of Covid-19. Planning our day, it was difficult to picture how it would flow with social distancing, masks etc. The Temple House team made sure every safety measure and precaution was taken and everyone felt safe and enjoyed the day. The day itself flowed seamlessly, from getting ready in the morning, then our arrival back after the ceremony to enjoy the celebration. We had so many menu options to choose from for the canapé reception to the main meal itself, each one unique and something to suit every palate. The food did not disappoint, everyone enjoyed it from children to adults."
Carol & Brendan
As a sixth-generation Irish American, exactly one of my dozens of living family members had ever set foot in Ireland before my wife-to-be and I decided on Country Sligo as the destination for our wedding. Using only the internet, we found the Temple House and put a deposit down after a single email and telephone exchange with Roderick, well in advance of even booking flights for a site visit.
The ends to which our instinctive decision was validated can not be overstated. Roderick and Helena were strangers prior to our first meeting in person on January 3rd, 2016. We were married at the Temple House on September 3, 2016, and by then it felt like being married under the auspices of our most pragmatic, empathetic, warm, Temple-House-owning friends.
Roderick, Helena and Temple House will forever be an instrumental, memorable part of our lives.
We can't imagine the alternative.
Eric and Holly
2016, received 2021.
From the minute we stepped through the door over a year before our big day, we knew it was the place for us. Welcoming and unique, the house offers both grandeur and homeliness.
Roderick is an exceptional host. He is a gracious and attentive with humour and charm and ensures that you and your guests have all that you could wish for. The whole team were truly fantastic.
One of our guests remarked that watching the speeches on the staircase reminded them of the intimacy and emotion of Christmas Eve. One of the wedding party took us aside to say that the house, although grand, made them feel comfortable as soon as they arrived and that staying there made the day truly special.
Having our wedding at Temple House was easily one of the best decisions we ever made.
Mary and David
It was incredible. Roderick and Helena were excellent throughout. They were responsive and supportive with all arrangements prior to the day. We found them to be very welcoming and we appreciated their laid-back approach. All staff were so friendly and smiley, they were a pleasure to have around. The house itself is magnificent and a great place to stay. We had it for the whole weekend. We also took advantage of the cottage along a private road not far from the house. It was a great place for the groom and groomsmen to stay prior to the wedding day. We would recommend the intimate meal with your nearest and dearest the night before the wedding also.
The venue speaks for itself but there is the option to decorate it further should you wish. Roderick really helps move your guests from room-to-room throughout the day. He even lets you bang the gong to help if you wish 😊 We released up to 50 Chinese lanterns that night. Watching them rise in to the air was magical and was complemented by Temple House’s beautiful grounds and clear starry skies.
Thank you again to all at Temple House.
Holly and Adam
Thanks again for letting us celebrate our wedding at your beautiful house. The day was truly amazing and everybody had a wonderful time.
Ellen & Brian
We had a great day for our wedding at Temple House. We found Roderick very helpful in planning the day and he has a lot of experience of hosting weddings so this was very useful. We made a few visits before hand and this was never a problem. Temple House suited us very well as we had a number of family members attending and we were able to stay in the house together the night before. This also made the day of the wedding itself very relaxing. We were able to contribute our own decorations (candles, flowers etc). Everyone remarked on the delicious food and everything went very smoothly. Valerie was on hand throughout the day with the rest of the staff to help out. All in all we had a great day which we can look back on with nice memories in years to come.
Maeve & Conan
We had our day at Temple House during Storm Desmond. The fires were lit and soft lights enticed our guests in out of the wind and rain. We felt embalmed by the warm welcome afforded us by Roderick, Valerie and the girls. Guests arrived to be awed by the splendour of the building which became their home for the weekend. The food was stunning, spectacularly presented and extremely satisfying, on both days. There was plenty of it too! The rooms were cosy and carried that awe factor that period mansions of that era supply. Everywhere had an air of having been freshly cleaned and readied for all and sundry. I suspect we’re already planning the anniversary parties at Temple House, such was our level of being impressed with the place. I couldn’t recommend it to any prospective bride and groom more highly.
We wanted something different for our wedding. We wanted something with a much more personal touch and not just the standard hotel wedding. We wanted it to feel like we were inviting our friends and family into our home to celebrate with us. One other thing to throw into the mix – I no longer lived in Sligo – so I was arranging the wedding via email from Florida. Temple House was perfect! Roderick and Helena are very hands on and they were both completely involved in every aspect of the planning and executing of the wedding. I really appreciated this. It meant that we were dealing with the people who would actually be carrying out all the tasks on the day itself. They were incredibly easy to work with, even from the US. We really felt like they were part or the family (or we were part of theirs). I had lots of requests in terms of dealing with allergies – no dairy, some vegetarian folks, no fish/seafood, gluten free options…the list was endless. Their response? No problem! I had some ideas for food and Helena added her suggestions and together we came up with a totally unique Irish/American allergy friendly plan. Our close family stayed in Temple House with us for the weekend and they were totally blown away by the beauty and grandeur of the house. We enjoyed a wonderful family dinner the night before the wedding, in the incredibly beautiful dining room and then retired to the drawing room for after dinner drinks. It was so nice to cosy up to the fire and catch up with everyone in a relaxed way the night before the big day. The morning of the wedding we had our friends join us for an incredible brunch. So fun and so delicious! We were the first couple to get married in the newly refurbished billiard room. It is a beautiful space with an enormous sky light. It was the first time it has been used since 1860! I cannot say enough about Roderick and Helena. We completely customised our wedding and the food, service and friendliness was exceptional!
In June 2014 we held our wedding at Temple House. This is a wonderful unique venue and perfect for an indoor or outdoor wedding. We were blessed with amazing weather allowing us to have fantastic photographs and the drinks reception and speeches outside. Everyone who came to the wedding commented on the special venue. Helena and Roderick were very helpful in guiding our plans for the day but we were able to add lots of bespoke elements, you will not be fixed to a package at Temple House, but allowed to add your own touches. We had the house for three nights from the Friday to the Monday, with our immediate family staying at the house. The food was very good and we had a wide choice for the menu. The location allowed us to use good local suppliers for cake, flowers, transport etc. This is a special venue and one that will not disappoint.
We loved the relaxed, family home atmosphere and different options with regard to wedding ceremony and reception. The Percevals are extremely good hosts that have an excellent, very polite and efficient team around them that made the day go by smoothly. Also the cook is great, and had the entire menu perfectly served for all our guests. Some guests even suggested that the pistachio mousse on a chocolate base was the best dessert they had ever eaten. We loved that we had the entire place to ourselves and that the Perceval family was very flexible and accommodating with regard to our plans to have a BBQ the evening before our wedding along the shore of Temple House lake. We were able to implement all our decoration ideas and the entire team was very helpful in implementing it.
Aleke & Killian