We hosted our daughters wedding here on 19 July 2012. Throughout the previous years planning the staff of Leighinmohr, and in particular Gwendoline and Harry, could not have been more helpful. As the nerves grew Gwendoline continued to be a voice of reason and calm!
We had many family and friends who had travelled from Scotland, Australia and England who stayed the night before the wedding and were joined by the rest of the family on the wedding night.
On the night before the wedding the late arrivals were warmly greeted by the staff and refreshments provided and the following morning the hotel put on a fabulous hearty "family" breakfast which gave us an opportunity to prepare for the day ahead.
The wedding itself was amazing - the ceremony and reception room was decorated beautifully and was an enchanting place for our daughters big day. The small garden area was perfect for photographs before sitting down to a lovely meal. Later the room was very quickly "turned around" for an evening of dancing and a tasty buffet supper.
At the end of the evening the night porter ensured that non-residents did not "gatecrash" the residents area making sure that those who had "hosted" their own wedding parties in their rooms during the day and early evening had to call it a day. Here's a tip I learned - if you have a ground floor room just drive your car up to the window and transfer the alcohol from the boot into the room - who would have thought! Just beware of the newly painted windowsills which may destroy your trousers!!! What a shame.
The accommodation itself (the bedrooms) is a little dated but very comfortable. (The decor is a leagacy from the previous owners). We also got a fantastic room rate for all our guests which included a full cooked breakfast! I know a couple of the rooms were very warm and it was a beautiful warm, balmy July night which I supose didn't help but overall my family were very content. It is an old building with lots of character and my understanding is that the bedrooms will soon be undergoing refurbishment. I can report that the bridal suite has already been updated and it is beautiful - great taste Gwendoline and good luck with the rest of the rooms.
Would I recommend Leighinmohr for a wedding - absolutely!
Sometimes glitz and glamour cannot make up for the personal touch - watching Gwendoline with her arm around my daughter wiping away her nervous tears more than made up for creaky, uneven stairs - thank you.
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