Ballygarry Going Ahead With On-Site Ceremony Venue ‘The Lodge’

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Proprietor of Ballygarry House Hotel, Padraig McGillicuddy, signs contract with Ned O’Shea Builder to construct ‘The Lodge.

BALLYGARRY House Hotel has signed contracts with Ned O’Shea builders for the construction of a dedicated on-site ceremony venue, named The Lodge.

Speaking at the signing, Padraig McGillicuddy, Proprietor said; “we are delighted to be progressing with this project, which will provide our couples with a stunning venue for their ceremony. It’s a rustic barn style building with New England influences that will overlook the Slieve Mish Mountains & Ballyseedy Woods.”

Ballygarry House decided the time is right to invest in the on-site wedding market. “In recent years there has been a noticeable increase in the number of couples looking to have their ceremony with us on site,” said Padraig.

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“According to a Wedding Dates survey in 2015, 30% of couples wanted an onsite ceremony now that’s almost 50%. This new development will give us an added advantage. The offering will be to marry in The Lodge, toast in The Pavilion & dine in the Banqueting suite.”

The Lodge will also act as the gateway to the Estate currently being developed, which will compromise of almost 200 acres. As part of their overall masterplan, Ballygarry House are also working in collaboration with Kerry County Council to link into Ballyseedy Woods with two bridges.

“We will have numerous pathways for guests to cycle, run or walk, with benches for a quick rest or just to watch the world go by. As part of our sustainability focus we will neutralise our carbon emissions & treat all waste water simultaneously with our new integrated Wetlands that is ready for the busy season ahead,” said Padraig.

The last part of Ballygarry House’s five year plan is to build a Thermal Garden as a new addition to Nádúr Spa, with three outdoor hot tubs, a plunge pool, saunas, steam room, salt room, seaweed baths, a hundred metre lake joined with a wildflower meadow and bee hives coupled with 21 new guest rooms to manage increased demand.

“Too many times I’ve seen fragmented developments with no long term vision in our industry,” said Padraig. “We are setting our plan through collaboration with Kerry County Council, Failte Ireland, market trends, demands, future direction for the industry and our stunning location.”

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