Wedding Testimonials

Please see below for some recent testimonials from couples who have had their wedding reception at Ballyliffin Lodge & Spa.


"Our Happily Ever After!"

A few weeks overdue but we are only quite literally getting sitting down after our whirlwind of atrip back to Ireland. Where do I start:

5* in all its glory:From exceptional customer service from every individual we dealt with fromstart to finish, top notch wedding planning & advice, superb location,stunning rooms & the view, well it really speaks for itself.

When we decided last minute to return to Derry for Christmas we were not expecting to also get married at the same time, but with a family member unwell and a few nicely placed comments from family, we thought Why Not! With only 3.5 months to plan our special day we hit the ground running and everything fell into place;Ballyliffin was our old 'Sunday run' drive as a family growing up; the folks would bundle us in the car and away we'd go for the day! So when our date was set, this was the only reception location in mind; We managed to secure our date at the Lodge & Spa and bagged the winter special package, fantastic really as this included everything but the kitchen sink; Bridal car, pick up from home to chapel, whisked off for our photos with a bottle of bubbly to boot; the driver an absolute gentleman- Thanks a mill, your company was great on the day; Champagne reception on arrival, even the red carpet treatment, we were truly on cloud 9; The bridal suite was something else and the guests all commented on their rooms too; The food on the day was out of this world, which isn't unusual having ate there before, but to top that it just kept coming,seconds were offered and our guests were full to the brim, with both food and drink. Happy Days! A bit of a name drop but Nathan we can’t thank you enough,your smooth laid back approach really worked well with us; Nothing was too difficult, not that we relied a lot on your expertise and judgement anyhow; we were happy to be lead and glad now that we let you take the lead! You are fantastic at your job; if you ever make it to Aus you will have to hit us up ;)

 Our vendors,photographer 'Stephen Latimer', videographer 'Simba Starmedia', singer 'ConorMcLain', band/DJ 'Hard2Handle', room decor specialists 'Ultimate Touches',unreal cake specialist Caroline Hyndman 'CakeCraft/ CakeDesign' all liaisedwell with the venue to have everything seem less and spot on, on the day! Also,check these people out, I genuinely could not recommend them highly enough!

 I am hoping this helpsupcoming Bride and Grooms make your day just as magic as ours! Mr & MrsCameron x

Caitriona & Bradley Cameron January 2017

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"Amazing Wedding Hotel"

We had our wedding here in December and the staff couldn’t have been more helpful or friendly. The price for weddings is very competitive. The hotel itself looks very well, the rooms are much better than any other hotels locally. The food was lovely and served really quickly when we in for dinner. The staff were also really accommodating for any vegetarian guests. Overall the hotel provided a great venue for a really enjoyable day and night!

Helen & William Ferry 30th December 2016
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"Royal Treatment"

Where do i begin?! Guys you really outdone yourselves for my recent wedding on December 1st, from working behind the scenes with Riccardo and Nathan, to on the day with Madeleine. MADELEINE!!! You are absolutely amazing at what you do, so much precision and excellence and everything was done with pride and a smile on your face, we thank you so much. All the staff were amazing too, and the food! I thought I wasn't going to eat much on my big day, but I couldn't refuse it!  Unreal! All my guests had a wonderful day and have been singing your praises!

You are all experts at what you do and no task is left undone!
Thank you all!

Charlene & Jason Blackburn 1st December 2016
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"Wedding Function"

What a brilliant experience!! We held our wedding reception in the hotel on Saturday and had the experience of a lifetime! The food was amazing, the service was exceptional and I can honestly say we had the best day of our lives. The extra touches made all the difference and all our guests remarked on the fact that all the hotel staff took care to make sure everybody felt valued and special on our special day.

I would like to take this opportunity to especially thank Nathan and Madeleine for the time they spent with us, right from the first stage of planning right up until we checked out this morning. Our room was like a palace and all our guests have commented on the standard of accommodation that was laid on for them. We would absolutely love to repeat our wedding and wouldn't change a thing. We were definitely in the hands of experts and can't thank everyone at the hotel enough.

No doubt Ballyliffin Lodge will remain high on our priority list for a weekend break in the not too distant future. Thanks again guys, we have had a weekend we will never forget, and hopefully you enjoyed it as much as we did.

Emir & Colly Timlin 5th November 2016
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"Alan & Denise's wedding 22nd September 2016"

Where do we start about this wonderful place. From the minute we booked our wedding at the Ballyliffin Lodge & Spa, we where taken back by the hospitality of the banqueting team of Nathan, Madeleine and staff. They couldn't do enough for us on the day. From the guests arriving to the last man standing, the efficiency and professionalism was second to none.

We had a fantastic day and our guests had nothing but good reports to give. We would highly recommend this hotel for your wedding, or even a few nights away, great hotel, great location!

Denise and Alan Moorecroft 22nd September 2016
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"Best Hotel in the North West!"

Had my wedding here in September and could not have been happier with it. Everything went perfect from start to finish, staff were so good and worked so well as a wedding team. Special thank you to Nathan for planning especially before the big day and for some help afterwards. Thank you to Riccardo for professionalism on the day, last but not least thanks big Michael for his work on the big day and when every time we visit this wonderful hotel.

Michaela & James McMenamin 17th September 2016
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"Amazing Wedding Experience"

John and I would like to kindly thank all the staff at Ballyliffin Lodge and Spa Hotel and in particular Nathan and Riccardo for giving us the most amazing wedding day ever. We cannot thank you enough for making the day a true success by your professionalism and hospitality. Your attention to detail, kindness and support made not only the planning stages but the day itself a truly memorable.

Nathan and Riccardo helped us to create the reception we wanted, and dreamed of having. Once we put the idea of what we wanted, Nathan and the staff helped fine tune our reception to perfection. The staff at Ballyliffin Lodge were always available for any questions or concerns we may have had throughout the months prior to our wedding.

We received so many positive comments from our families and friends regarding the meal and exceptional service and is still a talking point amongst all our guests. Both your service and your staff exceeded our expectations.

We truly enjoyed our time with the Ballyliffin Lodge and will always cherish the memories of our wedding and the entire experience of working with Ballyliffin Lodge.

Elaine & John Faulkner 12th August 2016
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"Best Wedding Ever"

We were so lucky to have been able to celebrate our wedding here. Start to end, nothing was too much trouble for Nathan & Riccardo! Everything was done to a five star standard and if I could give it six I would! Food was amazing, attention to guests outstanding and they know how to put on a great party, 11/10 and thats not just from the Bride, its from all the guests too.

Tracey & Brian O'Boyle 25th August 2016
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"Wedding"

We had our wedding in the Lodge in November 2015 and everything was just perfect - staff, food, service & accommodation. What more could you want. We recently attended a friend's wedding in the hotel and Madeleine (head of service) even came up to say hello to us at the table which was lovely. Food/Service was amazing that day also. That reminded us that we must put this review up! Thanks to Riccardo who was so easy to deal with in the lead up and to Madeleine & all the staff for the superb service on our wedding day.

Laura & Adrian McGrath 20th November 2015
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"Amazing Place"

We had our wedding here two weeks ago and cannot sing their praises high enough.

Nathan and Riccardo were fantastic in helping us arrange the wedding during the run up. On the day of the wedding we had Madeleine as Master of Ceremonies and she made the day run smoothly. She made sure to take us aside when we arrived back to check the room was set up ok ahead of guests entering and to double check music, timings etc.

The food was outstanding, but we already knew this, having tried the Sunday carvery and Jack's Bar several times before. The standard of service was fantastic, and we constantly had friends and family tell us how nice all the staff were.

The rooms are lovely (especially the honeymoon suite!) and everyone was talking of how large their rooms were. Excellent facilities in the rooms and cooked breakfast the next day.

Thanks again to Nathan, Riccardo, Madeleine and the team.

Look forward to going back soon.

Seán & Bronagh Woods 12th July 2016
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"Excellent Customer Service, Brilliant Stay and PERFECT Wedding!"

We had the opportunity on the 21st of June to have our wedding at this establishment. Having only booked the hotel and spa months in advance, we had a lot of work to do to get it to where it was and without the help of everyone at the hotel and spa, we wouldn't have been able to do it. Everything about this hotel was fantastic. The food was luscious, the WHOLE team of staff at the bar, spa and hotel were beyond accommodating and brilliant and big shout out to Riccardo and Nathan who made our day fantastic! 

Thanks so much!

Laura & Joanna 21st June 2016
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"My Wedding"

Had my wedding here on the 6th May 2016 and it was fantastic! The staff were brilliant and nothing was any trouble! Nathan and Madeleine were both excellent and made sure they day went smooth which it did! I really recommend this hotel for any type of function. On the day Madeleine made me feel so at ease and she is a total lady and fantastic at her job! Nathan too was excellent and was always at the other side of the phone / email if I needed anything.
The Waiting staff were all fantastic and are a credit to the hotel as are all the staff!

Thanks so much guys for making our wedding day so easy and fun!

Eimear & Raymond Campbell 6th May 2016
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"Great Wedding Venue"

We had our wedding here on the 11th June. I would like to especially thank Nathan who helped us with everything on the run up to the wedding. On the day Madeleine was great, she was just there when you needed her. All of the staff where friendly and they couldn't have done more for us. Everything that I asked for was done. The guests just loved the food and the honeymoon suite was amazing. I would highly recommend this hotel to anyone.

Cathy & Ryan Mullan 11th June 2016
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To Riccardo, Nathan and all the staff,

We would just like to thank you for making everything so perfect on our wedding day, from the initial booking to all the fine details. Everyone was so impressed with the food and the warm welcome from staff (Has to be the friendliest hotel around). You took a lot of stress out of planning the wedding and I can safely say your "You Dream It, We'll Do It!" motto is 100% true. Looking forward to coming back again for our anniversary.

Laura & Chris Donaghey 28th November 2015
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"Our Wedding"
 

I felt I had to write a review on the Ballyliffin lodge and spa hotel after celebrating our wedding there on Saturday. The hotel and their staff were brilliant from start to finish. They were ever so helpful and even managed to get me another room for a key guest right at the very last minute.Must say special thanks to Lorraine, Nathan, Ricardo and Madeleine. The food and service on the night were 10/10. The rooms were excellent and jacks bar was excellent. We had the best day of our lives and would strongly recommend Ballyliffin lodge and spa for any upcoming weddings.

Margaret & Andrew Bullock 28th May 2016
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"Our Wedding"

We recently had our wedding in the Ballyliffin Lodge and I could not recommend it highly enough. Nathan was our wedding co-ordinator and was extremely helpful throughout the process, nothing was too much to ask. The staff were friendly, food was great, everything was perfect and I would have no hesitation recommending the Ballyliffin Lodge to anyone.

Cathy & Donnan Cleary 9th April 2016
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To Nathan, Riccardo & Madeleine,

We would like to say a very big thank you to you all for all your help in the run up to our wedding and on the big day. We were very happy with everything and how it all ran like clockwork.

Nathan, Riccardo & Madeleine are fantastic and talented at their work and to Marie and Roisin  for all your help with the rooms and all the changes that ye made. A big thank you to the kitchen staff and all who helped with the meal.

A fantastic hotel, well run in every area.

Many Thanks again,

Colette & Kieran Gallagher 26th March 2016
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Dear Ricardo, Nathan and staff,

I would like to thank you sincerely for the incredible level of service we received at our recent wedding.  We were blown away by how pleasant and helpful all the staff in every area of the hotel were.  All of our guests commented on the outstanding level of service also.

On the wedding day itself, we couldn't have asked for any better.  Everything was top notch and we sincerely thank you for that. The food was beautiful and many of our guests said to us that it was the best"wedding food" they have ever had so please pass our compliments to the chef and his staff.

It really was such an enjoyable weekend.  We will certainly be visiting with you again in the near future, as I'm sure a lot of our guests will also.

Kindest regards,

Emer & Chris James 19th February 2016

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I had my wedding in the Ballyliffin Lodge Friday 5th February 2016, from the moment we booked in on the Thursday afternoon until the Sunday we were treated like royalty. The staff are a credit to the hotel,always approachable and friendly, couldn't do enough. Thanks to the staff for their kind treatment and support on my wedding day, and providing genuine concern when we had a medical emergency on the day. Thanks also to the girls who did my hair and make-up, very friendly and professional. Would highly recommend the Ballyliffin Lodge, with its beautiful rooms and scenic views. Food was excellent, we were even offered seconds, the service was seamless. Made my husband and I feel so special, thanks again to all the staff, and a special thanks to Madeline who helped take the stress out of the day. 

Patricia & Malcolm Stewart 5th February 2016

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After seeing the Ballyliffin Lodge on the internet. We travelled to their wedding fayre in Feb 2015 and we were certain we would book as soon as we walked into the foyer!

Breda, Nathan & Ricardo were on hand from taking the booking to talking me through all of the arrangements on the lead up to the wedding

My Wedding Day was a magical day thanks to professionalism of the wonderful staff.

The 'can do' attitude of all of the hotel staff is outstanding.

Truly talented beautician and hair stylist, spotless rooms, fabulous food,stunning spa.

Special thanks to all who made my day flow with ease, especially Madeline!

Thank you all so much.

Debbie & Lindsay Cockcroft 12th February 2016

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We held our wedding reception at the Ballyliffin Lodge last month and from the day we booked to the day we left the treatment we received from staff was next to none.. Roisin booked our wedding and helped us with every enquiry we had, she was there on the day of the wedding and went out of her way to help. Nathan the wedding coordinator was on top of everything, took time out of his busy schedule to sit down for a chat with us even when we didn't have an appt. Nathan ensured everything we wanted was included in our package and helped us to a very high standard. On the day of the wedding Ricardo & Madeline were amazing, they ensured everything went smoothly and everyone had an amazing day. Little things mean so much like Madeline taking the time to see to our 4 year old daughter who just wanted a bit of everything on the menu, she sat beside her and cut up her food and everything!! We really couldn't have asked for better, the food was amazing, the hotel was amazing and each and every member of staff we met before and on the day of the wedding were absolutely fantastic. They really go out of their way to make your day everything you could dream of. Thank you to the Ballyliffin Lodge for making our Wedding day a day we truly will never forget!! 

Nicole & Marcus Logue 9th January 2016

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Had a fantastic day, everything was perfect. Excellent food and service. The staff were helpful and friendly, even helped guests staying in other hotels get back. Anything we wanted they did their best to accommodate.Perfect place for our wedding.

Caroline & Damien O'Brien 2nd January 2016

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We had our wedding here on 15th Jan 2016. The staff are absolutely amazing!! They make you feel so special and everyone knows you byname!! The silver service during dinner was outstanding and special recognition to Madeleine who made sure our day was perfect and everything ran smoothly!!The Food was outstanding and couldn't fault it in any way!! Nothing was too much for them, even during the preparation leading up to it Riccardo &Nathan were very attentive to our needs....We stayed the weekend so I used the salon facilities to get hair and make up done on the wedding day ..Louise & Roisin were incredible and even came back up to the room to do a wee touch up before the ceremony and we were invited to call in during the day if we needed another touch up!! I would highly recommend this hotel for weddings!!

Thanks so much for making our day perfect!!

Sharona & John Gorman 15th January 2016

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We’d like to thank all the staff from Ballyliffin Lodge & Spa for making our wedding day extra special. From the pre-wedding organisation by Nathan who promptly dealt with all queries and requests to Ricardo’s efficiency and professionalism that made things run smoothly on the day from start to finish. Each and every member of staff were very welcoming both on the wedding day and day after as well as before, during and after the meal. The stunning location the Lodge & Spa played a huge part in making our wedding day beautiful. We have had numerous comments from our guests who travelled not just from Derry but from Scotland,England and USA about the fine detail that was put into making the day a success and the hospitality they enjoyed. We would like to thank everyone for all the help and wish all the staff at the Ballyliffin Lodge & Spa all the best for the future. We look forward to going back.

Thanks again for everything,

Bronagh & David Dunn 21st November 2015

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We had our wedding here in July 2015 and we could not have been better taken care of. It may be a 4 star hotel but it has a 5 star service, from the moment we booked we were in great hands from the wedding co-ordinators Breda and Roisin, who did everything they could to put us at ease. On the day, the banqueting manager Ricardo and his team were a pleasure, nothing was too much trouble and they made us feel like royalty for the day, we had so many guest complementing the service. And last but not least, Brendan, who looked after us in the restaurant the following night, was a wee star, and made us feel so at home. We can't wait to get staying here again soon, and would definitely recommend to anyone who is thinking of booking for their wedding, or even just a break away, to do it as you won't be disappointed.

Deirdre & Chris O'Neill 13th July 2015

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To all the staff at the Ballyliffin Lodge,

A huge thank you for helping make our weekend so special.From the moment we booked the hotel last year until we left yesterday everything has been top class. There is a real sense of team work in the hotel. Immediately we knew we were in good hands, the attention to detail and willingness of all staff to help all our guests was truly fantastic. All of our guests have commended how good a wedding it was, from the welcome, rooms, food,staff, everything so thank you from me and Gemma. I cannot recommend yourselves enough and look forward to staying as a guest in the near future.

 

Special thanks to Madeline who attended to myself and Gemma's every request on Friday. The Ballyliffin Lodge are lucky to have such a wonderful set of professional and genuine staff.

 

My most sincere thanks

Joe & Gemma McFadden 6th November 2015

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One word......UNBELIEVABLE!!

We had our wedding here on October 17th and what can we say other than from day one the wedding coordinators were absolutely unbelievable. We first met with Roisin in Feb'14 and straight away we knew we had choose the prefect setting for our wedding day.
We then had the pleasure of dealing with Nathan and Breda coming up to our wedding and there was nothing that we requested that was not followed through, nor was anything any bother to the team.
On the day we had the pleasure of dealing with Ricardo and Madeleine who looked after us on arrival and the catering staff. They provided us and our guests with 5* treatment, the meal was delicious, seconds was offered and there were staff behind the top table to get us anything we requested.
We were completely blown away on the day by the professionalism of all the staff members at the Spa and Lodge. Overall, this hotel and staff are amazing. They done absolutely everything in their power to ensure our day ran smoothly.
For any bride looking to book a wedding in a setting that will do everything possible to give u the day you have always been dreaming about then look no further. Myself and my Husband were completely lost for words regarding how the whole wedding team looked after us and the effort they put in to give us the best day of our lives.
Everything was perfect from start to finish, Thank you to all. We are so glad we had our wedding here.

Joanne & Gary Duffy 17th October 2015


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Hi to all the staff at the lodge. I have been meaning to write to you all since our wedding on the 30th July 2015 and I’m only getting around to it now. We truly wanted to thank each and every one of you for helping to make our day so very special. The support from the moment we booked through Groupon right through to the warm welcome we received were absolutely second to none. I can’t express how much we valued the staff and their professionalism from start to finish and I want you to know that nothing went unnoticed and appreciated. The food was amazing,totally perfect, tasty warm and well presented. In addition to this the service was excellent, so well planned and again professionally served by very helpful and accommodating staff. The restaurant, toilets and entire hotel was spotless,the bridal room and executive suites were just out of this world!! Having worked many years in many hotels worldwide, I have a fair idea and very familiar with how much work goes on behind the scenes from room service to kitchen work, I myself have done the lot! I worked in 5* hotels and even cooked President Clinton his breakfast in one hotel. I really want each and every person to know we appreciated absolutely everything, it was an amazing day and you all made this happen for us. We worked hard in such a short time to arrange the wedding but you truly made it brilliant. Thank you from the pit of our hearts-the Ballyliffin is now my favourite hotel in Ireland and I cannot wait to get an opportunity to come down again soon! Please pass this message to Mary next door and tell her I appreciated that she called to the beach to wish us well!!! 

Jacinta & Martin Mc Laughlin 30th July 2015

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Just wanted to send through an email of thanks for the wonderful service we received for our wedding 17th April 2015.  All the staff were very helpful on the run up to the wedding and on the day of the wedding.
The meal was exceptional and a lot of positive comments, family are planning a return visit by all accounts, and hopefully will be added to the list for few further engagements I expect over the year.

Please pass on my thanks to all involved.


Aileen & Dean Lockhart 17th April 2015
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We had our wedding reception at the Ballyliffin Lodge and Spa on the 11th May. Everything was perfect and all of the staff couldn't of been more helpful, from bar staff to the hairdressers and make up artists. Ricardo who attented to all guests throughout to make sure everything was ok deserves a special mention as he was really professional and nothing was a problem. All of our guests commented on the staff and how good the food was and the standard of the service provided. I couldn't of asked for anymore from the Ballyliffin Lodge

Danielle & Declan Crockford 11th May 2015

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 Just a quick thank you to yourself, Ricardo and all the staff following our wedding on the 22nd May. Everything was perfect from start to finish, I can't even explain how happy we are with everything. So glad we decided to have our wedding there.

Lianne & Tony Sweeney 22nd May 2015

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Joanne and myself Cormac picked the Ballyliffin lodge and Spa for our wedding reception after visiting it the day we got engaged even though we are from Belfast. 

We thought the place was a great location and the staff were very friendly the day we got engaged and even give us complimentary desserts and champagne. 

Once we booked the reception with the wedding planners Breda and Roisin they made it so easy for us and were very friendly and extremely helpful, nothing was any hassle which was great as we lived in Belfast. 

When the big day came all the staff were very welcoming, helpful and made us feel so at ease. From Ricardo who looked after us upon entry to the chauffeur driver Paddy who was good craic and helped us pick a different location for photos we didn't know about.

The catering staff were excellent and Madeleine who was in charge of them provided 5 star treatment for us and our guests. The guests were raving about the quality of the food and service and the class of the waiters lifting the cloches of the head tables plates.

Even though we have mentioned a few names on here all the staff deserve so much credit and we can safely say that this is the place to have your wedding reception, have a meal, stay over or even just have a drink. Our guests even said was the best reception they have been at.

Once again a big thanks to Ricardo, Roisin, Breda, Madeliene and all the staff at Ballyliffin. Was the best day of our lives.

Mr & Mrs Craig 18th June 2015

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We just needed to write how fantastic the service was on the 4th of July for our wedding. We have had nothing but excellent reviews from all our guests, everything was so organised, structured and professional. We sat down to our meal at the exact time we requested and the food was impeccable. credit where credit is due, the Ballyliffin Lodge and Spa pulled out all the stops and gave not only us but all our guests a fantastic day to remember . Perfect location for your big day. 

Aine & Ciaran Davenport 4th July 2015

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We recently had our wedding at the lodge on 11 July 2015 and we cannot express how fantastic it was. The staff were superb at the bar, reception and wedding team!! Particularly Ricardo and his guys. They were so tentative to all our guests which made the day run without a glitch. All of the small touches meant so much and didn't go without notice.

The food was absolutely gorgeous as usual and all of our guests commented on how good it was.

We thoroughly enjoyed our day and could honestly not recommend Ballyliffin Lodge enough. We can’t wait to get back again soon as we are always made to feel so welcome. 

Thanks again to everyone

Hannah & Neil McArdle 11th July 2015

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