Ballygarry House Launches Master-plan with Latest Development

Third generation Ballygarry House proprietor, Padraig McGillicuddy (front left) signing the contract forms with contractor, Ned O’Shea, Ned O’Shea & Sons Construction Ltd with, from left: Tadhg McGillicuddy, MRG Consulting Engineers Limited; Seán McGillicuddy, Architect; Stephen Dowling and Diarmuid Dineen of Ned O’Shea & Sons Construction Ltd.
Ballygarry House Hotel and grounds is the setting for the proposed development and expansion plans.

Ballygarry House has reinforced its position as Munster’s leading wedding venue destination, by signing contracts with Ned O’Shea builders for the construction of a dedicated on-site ceremony venue, to be named The Lodge.

“We are delighted to be progressing with this project, which will provide our couples with a stunning venue for their ceremony,” said proprietor Padraig McGillicuddy and he went on to describe the proposed facility:

“It’s a rustic barn style building with New England influences that will overlook the Slieve Mish Mountains and Ballyseedy Woods.”

Among Munster’s Top Wedding Destinations

Ballygarry House has always been regarded as one of Munster’s top wedding destinations, and has won numerous awards for weddings, along with its recent number five ranking in Ireland on TripAdvisor.

Being known as an innovative leader in the industry, Ballygarry House has 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,” Padraig explained.

Demand for On-Site Ceremonies

“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 and dine in the Banqueting Suite,” he said.

Bridges to Ballyseedy

The Lodge will also act as the gateway to the Estate currently being developed, which will compromise of almost 200 acres.

As part of its overall masterplan, Ballygarry House is 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.

New Integrated Wetlands

“As part of our sustainability focus we will neutralise our carbon emissions and treat all waste water simultaneously with our new integrated Wetlands that is ready for the busy season ahead,” Padraig added.

The last part of Ballygarry House’s five year plan is to build a thermal garden as a new addition to the 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 our bee hives coupled with 21 new guest rooms to manage increased demand.

Development with Long Term Vision

 “Too many times I’ve seen fragmented developments with no long term vision in our industry,” Padraig added.

“We are setting our plan through collaboration with Kerry County Council, Fáilte Ireland, market trends, demands, future direction for the industry and our stunning location,” he concluded.

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