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We got married in Inishbofin House Hotel in August 2014 and it truly was a magical experience, we couldn’t have asked for more. We wanted something a little different for our wedding, and in that respect, Inishbofin ticked all of the boxes for us. The real draw to the island for us was how intimate the setting of the hotel is, which other venues simply don’t offer.  All of the rooms in the hotel are reserved for your guests so the whole wedding feels really private, relaxed and intimate.

The island has stunning scenery with beautiful beaches, walks and views. Our guests loved the whole island experience and there was a real sense of holiday excitement and fun throughout the whole weekend. They have been raving about it since.

The staff in the hotel are fantastic, so friendly, professional and welcoming. They made the whole wedding planning experience as stress-free as possible. Niall, Claire, and Aisling go above and beyond the call of duty in making sure everything is arranged for you and your guests, so that you can relax and enjoy your wedding day.  My sister forgot her buggy for my nephew and without any hesitation one of the waitresses in the hotel went back to her house to get one she could use. It was little touches like that which made the service second to none. The hotel also provides a taxi service which collects guests from the ferry (even though it is just a two minute stroll from the hotel) and brings them to the hotel.  

The dinner service was excellent. The food and wine are of a really high standard which was really important to us. So many of our guests commented on the wonderful food and service. The function room overlooks the harbour and has stunning views which creates a lovely intimate atmosphere. We also had a BBQ on the front lawn on the evening after the wedding which went down a treat.  The hotel rooms are modern, spacious and well maintained, with many offering fabulous views of the harbour and sea. Some rooms have adjoining balconies too which is ideal. There is also an amazing spa in the hotel if any of your guests fancy some r&r.

We were blessed with the weather on the day of the wedding, which allowed our guests to sit outside the hotel after the church on the front lawn having some drinks and canapés in the sunshine. Claire drove us to the beautiful Duach Beach to get some photos taken which I would highly recommend as they turned out fantastic.

We could not have been happier with our choice of venue and look forward to making many trips to the island for our anniversary each year.  Thanks so much to all at the Inishbofin House Hotel for a truly memorable weekend.

Lisa & Cianan
August 2014

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We held our wedding reception at Inishbofin House Hotel in August 2014 and it was truly a dream come true for us.  We had visited the island on many occasions over the years and when we got engaged, we immediately thought of Bofin for our special day.  As soon as we picked up the phone to Aisling, we knew it was the right fit for us.  We could not have been happier with our choice or more blessed with the day.  

The sun was splitting the rocks from the moment we arrived and between the weather and the stunning scenery, a magical relaxed holiday atmosphere came over us all as we stepped off the boat and stayed with us throughout the whole weekend.  The team were the height of professionalism and service.  We would like to especially praise Claire, Aisling & Niall who we dealt with throughout our preparations and the days of and around the wedding.  They went above and beyond, not just for us but for our guests also who were full of praise for how well they were received and treated during their time there.  Nothing was too big of a problem and all the staff sought at every opportunity to enhance guests’ experience. The kids at our wedding had a blast too and were so well catered for, Claire even graciously allowed them to deface the hotel minivan with ‘just married’ paraphernalia so we could drive around in style on the day (she also thought to pack the van with champagne and canapés for the wedding party after the service)!  

The hotel rooms were spacious, very clean, modern and well presented, many offer a sea view and a balcony. The dining room was made up beautifully with candelabras, flowers, linen chair covers + bows and of course, the stunning views to create an amazing intimate atmosphere for our guests (c.160).  The bar was a great space too and it worked well having the band in the dining room and then moving the DJ to the bar for the after party.  The lobby and library on the first floor were great quiet areas for people to take a moment at any time of the day or night.  The food was delicious throughout from the food at the bar, the wedding meal itself and the day after BBQ (which we ate outside on picnic tables basking in the sun).  The hotel has recently made a concerted effort to bring their food to the next level and they are certainly succeeding.

We would highly recommend Inishbofin House Hotel to anyone looking for a beautiful venue and unique experience to celebrate their special day. We look forward to celebrating many anniversaries to come out on the island.

Ruth & Bryan
August 2014

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I just want to thank ALL the staff at Inishbofin House Hotel for giving my husband and I the most memorable day/weekend of our lives.  My advice for anyone considering tying the knot on Inishbofin is to just go for it!  Niall (hotel manager), Aisling, Claire, Donal, Tara, Fiona, Charlene just to name a few went above and beyond in assisting us with our special day.  The food and service was second to none.  I really cannot recommend the Hotel enough.  Your guests won't be disappointed.  

Thanks guys for all your overtime and hard work that weekend, 

Niamh & Neill 
April 2014

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Derek & I had stayed in the hotel twice before our wedding, once back in 2011 & again in June 2013. We decided that we would love to have the Hotel as our wedding venue, as we wanted something different that our guests would remember. We met with Niall, the Manager of the Hotel, in June & we told him we were hoping to get married in 2013. After looking at dates, we decided on October 12th 2013, which was a gamble weather wise but paid off - we had a beautiful weekend in fantastic Autumn sunshine. This is the most amazing venue to get married. The scenery is amazing & from the moment your guests get on the ferry, there is a holiday feeling. We had booked out the Hotel for friends & family. The hotel itself has the most amazing views of the harbour & is beautifully decorated. The staff are so helpful & nothing is a problem. They could not do enough for us which meant the whole experience was stress free.  The rooms are beautiful with the majority having private balconies & sea views.  

The Hotel provided us with a mini bus service, anywhere our guests or ourselves needed to go, the bus was on stand by.  Clare (assistant manager) collected us from the ferry with is only 2 mins from the Hotel & also brought us to all the fabulous locations for our photographs with champagne & canapés on the bus which was such attention to detail. The food was amazing, all our guests commented on this. The function room is perfect for a wedding of our size, we had 120 guests & could easily cater for more. It was so intimate as all the tables were around the top table which was in the centre of the room. We had 17 children at the wedding.  They had a ball as it is so safe & Niall ensured they had a great time. They had a fun room for the younger ones & a babysitting service. The dance floor was full all the time. We then had a DJ in the bar which was great fun. Everyone was soon dancing away again. We had a fantastic wedding & everyone who came loved the Hotel & commented on the staff.

I would recommend Inishbofin House Hotel to anyone looking for a beautiful venue to celebrate your special day.

Sonya & Derek
October 2013

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We arrived on Inishbofin two days before our wedding in August 2013.  The minute we stepped off the ferry, we immediately felt we had stepped into a different world - such a simple way of life. Claire, from the Hotel, picked us all up on the minibus and brought us the short distance, a few mins drive to the Hotel.  For the next 5 days we were treated like nothing less than superstars. The quality of the food was first class, not only for the Wedding itself but the bar food and breakfasts were raved about all weekend by family and friends.  Our guests who weren't staying in the Hotel came here to eat because it was so good.  

The staff could not have been friendlier or more accommodating.  If you are thinking of this location and Hotel for your wedding, go for it, you will have no regrets.  We had the best weekend of our lives to date here!

Glenda & Billy
August 2013

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We had our wedding reception here in June 2013. We cannot thank all of the staff enough for the hard work and for ensuring the day ran as smoothly as it did. The reception food was delicious and the service was top-drawer.  Cannot fault anything about this Hotel, you never have to ask for anything twice. The staff were all so friendly and could not do enough for you.  The bar has a great pint and the bar food is excellent in terms of quality, value and portion size. 

Highly recommend this hotel for any occasion, you will not be disappointed.

Looking forward to our return visit already! 

Selina & Tom
June 2013

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Inishbofin House Hotel gave us our dream wedding.  
We arrived at Cleggan where the Ferry Crew were so obliging with helping us load all our luggage on the boat.

Claire from the hotel was there to meet us off the boat and, as always, was more than helpful. Claire went over the last few arrangements with us and put us totally at ease so we could enjoy the day before the wedding with our guests.  The Inishbofin House Hotel staff are the most professional, obliging, helpful, friendly and dedicated team one needs during a special time.  The food was delicious and hospitality excellent. They really look after you and your guests.
The Hotel felt like home for the weekend with all our guests taking over the Hotel and mixing with the locals on the island who also made us feel very welcome and showed nothing but generosity and kindness.

We can truly recommend Inishbofin House Hotel to you for your wedding, we were relaxed, had great craic, enjoyed the beautiful scenery and the hospitality that was shown to us went above and behond.

Looking forward to returning again soon.

Ciara & Mark
June 2013

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We decided we wanted a unique venue by the sea for our wedding. We had heard great things about Inishbofin House Hotel and when we went to see it, we instantly fell in love with it and the Island itself!  The setting was magical and we knew we were onto a winner!

From start to finish the staff at the hotel were so friendly, and went above and beyond in making our ideas and requests a reality.  Their hard work and dedication made sure our wedding went off without a hitch, the attention we got made us feel like we were the only wedding in the hotel for the entire year!  The food was amazing and to such a high standard, this was very important to us.

Our guests commented how the hotel had such a lovely warm and welcoming feeling.  From the minute they stepped onto the ferry they really felt like they were away from it all and got into the swing of things very quickly!  The relaxed and fun atmosphere was obvious throughout the whole weekend and we’ve had many comments from guests saying ‘it was the best wedding I’ve ever been to’!!  (Which of course we’re choosing to believe!!).  Not forgetting how amazing our photos are, the scenery and setting of them looks fabricated- but of course only Inishbofin can only be credited for this. Honestly can’t think of one bad thing to say.  It truly is such a special place… Already looking forward to our next visit!

Stephanie & Des
April 2013

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My husband and I came to Inishbofin a couple of years ago in our search for the perfect wedding location - and we stopped searching once we met with Kathleen and the staff at Inishbofin House Hotel! We wanted our wedding guests to have a different wedding experience, we wanted them to have a little holiday, relax, enjoy the heavenly surroundings and most of all take special memories away from our wedding - Inishbofin House Hotel did this for us and so much more. From our very first meeting with Kathleen and the staff to when we said goodbye to them after our wedding, they made our and our guests stay wonderful. 

All of the rooms, the bar and the restaurant were so clean, comfortable and warm. The staff provided amazing support on the day of our wedding, even acting as taxi for the wedding party as we traveled around the island for pictures! Our wedding guests still talk about their experiences at the hotel; the friendliness of the staff, the wonderful food and overall good quality and value. The location of the hotel itself is excellent, a short walk from the pier and very close to the church, so close in fact that I walked to the church with my Dad - very special. The island itself has the most spectacular views; the locals are very friendly and very proud that people choose the island for their wedding location. 

We can’t wait to go back to the hotel and catch up with everyone – it’s like home away from home for us. We would highly recommend Inishbofin House Hotel, both as a fantastic wedding location and holiday destination.

Linda & John
June 2012

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My husbands slightly crazy idea to get married on Inishbofin turned out to be one of the best ideas ever. We got married in Inishbofin House Hotel and it was really fantastic. We could not have asked for more. The setting is just perfect, it was the perfect opportunity for us and our guests to take a break from everyday life and enjoy a few days on Inishbofin.

Kathleen and the staff in Inishbofin House Hotel did a fantastic job for the wedding, they couldn’t have done more for us and our guests. From collecting everyone at the pier, tasty food to the staff who kept the party going late into the night!

I would highly recommend Inishbofin House Hotel for a wedding or just a break away. Its a great spot for an escape. Can’t wait to return again next summer!

Geraldine & Gearóid
June 2012

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Just wanted to say a huge thank you to Kathleen and all the staff at Inishbofin House Hotel for making our wedding such an amazing event. Friends and family are still talking about the weekend on Bofin!

We had heard great stories of weddings on the Island from friends and we were not disappointed when we planned our own. The island itself is a magical little place with breathtaking views, beautiful beaches and plenty of walks for the outdoorsey types but one of the biggest draws is the friendly locals who make the Island such a relaxing, chilled place with plenty of craic and music at night time.

Having not visited the island in over 15 years, we were very pleasantly surprised when we saw the hotel with the stunning views and simple, modern decor. Kathleen and the all the staff were so friendly and helpful in both the planning stages and nothing was too much trouble on the weekend. They went above and beyond to make our weekend so special.  One of the biggest highlights of the day was the quality of the food served and it didn't disappoint on the following day either.

We wouldn't hesitate to recommend Inishbofin House Hotel as a wedding venue or just as a place to spend a few days and relax. We are really looking forward to going back to visit this summer.

Thanks again for everything.

Eoin & Maeve
June 2012

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My wife Lindsey and I started looking at locations for our wedding towards the end of 2010. One of our friends had a wonderful experience staying at the hotel the year before and recommended we visit the island for ourselves. We visited Inishbofin House Hotel early last year and the decision to have our wedding on the island was a very easy one to make. 

The island itself is a piece of heaven. The backdrop of Connemara, beautiful beaches and turquoise waters make such an impression on you as soon as you arrive. It's so peaceful and quiet that it's just the right place to get away from everyday life.

The location of the hotel itself has the most spectacular views of the bay. It really is breathtaking to wake up to. The rooms were lovely and clean and with, a danger of repeating myself, amazing views. Our whole weekend was perfect and we honestly couldn't have wished for more. We still have people talking about it now, nearly a year on.

I can't write this review though without mentioning the staff who were not just incredible to both wife and I, but to all our guests. Nothing was too much and every request was met with a sincere smile. Kathleen and Claire run a very smooth ship, and that carries down to all their staff. Also, Shane thanks for helping out on the big day.....another really nice guy that was liked by all.

We will be back again this year for sure. See you soon guys.

Alan & Lindsey 
May 2012

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We got married in Sept 2011 and had our reception at the Inishbofin House Hotel. From start to finish it was a thoroughly enjoyable experience. Everyone at the hotel is so lovely to deal with and every detail we wished for was taken on board. They were happy for us to make the day our own in any way we chose. The food was fantastic – lots of the guests commented on it and in general we made the best choice of venue without a doubt.

You can’t go wrong with the Inishbofin House Hotel!

Thank you to Kathleen, Aisling, Claire, Shane and everybody else! X

Landy & John
September 2011

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We got married on Inishbofin in July 2011. The island of Inishbofin is a stunning location for a wedding and the Inishbofin House Hotel is an absolutely fantastic venue. The fact that the hotel closes during the winter months initially caused us some concern, however, when the weekend of our wedding arrived we realised very quickly that our concerns were unfounded. The staff were incredible especially the manager Kathleen, Shane and Claire. The attention to detail, the food on the day and the service were flawless. The bedrooms are spacious and well maintained. There is a large bright relaxation room on the first floor overlooking the front garden with magnificent sea views. It was perfect for the bridal party’s preparations on the morning of the wedding.

The function room was set up beautifully without any input from the bride or groom. The chair covers and centre pieces available in the hotel were perfect. We had a champagne reception outside on the lawn after the church ceremony (we were very lucky with the weather). Again the service, the staff availability and their reactions to different requests from our guests were exceptional.
We will remember our wedding weekend with nothing but thanks and appreciation to all of the management and staff in this hotel and we highly recommend it as a venue for any couple looking for a truly amazing wedding experience.

Nick & Elaine
July 2011

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To Kathleen, Claire and all the Staff,

We had the most magical weekend whilst we were there. We couldn’t have asked for any more on our wedding day and that was down to all the staff and such a beautiful location. You all went above and beyond for not just me, but for all the guests, they have all been raving about it since. We’ll be back soon and it looks like you’ll have a lot of our guests back too!
Many thanks for everything.

You made all our wishes come true.

Elaine & Kevin x
July 2011

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My husband and I were married on the 10th June 2011 on Inishbofin and we held our reception with 140 guests at the Inishbofin House Hotel. I cannot praise the management team, Kathleen & Claire enough who went over and above the call of duty to make our planning process as stress free as possible and also in making all of our guests feel so welcome and at home. Many of our guests commented on how friendly and accommodating all of the staff were. Like most brides to be, I had lots (and LOTS) of little request, all of which were dealt with by Kathleen and Claire in such a friendly and professional manner. I enjoyed some lovely relaxing treatments in the Spa the day before the wedding which Kathleen had arranged prior to our arrival.

We were absolutely delighted with our wedding banquet, the food was (and maybe I am biased) the best I have ever eaten at a wedding. Many of our guests commented on how impressed they were with the food and service they received throughout the meal. The wedding reception flowed in such a way that neither my husband nor myself, had to think about anything at all and were able to thoroughly enjoy our day with all of our guests. The hotel has a relaxed atmosphere and was happy to accommodate some of our guests who enjoyed a “late night drink”. We also enjoyed the same level of friendly service throughout the following day when most of our guests returned to the hotel for a delicious post wedding barbeque. I cannot praise the management and staff enough and would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending the Inishbofin House Hotel to any couple planning a wedding. It was the most fantastic weekend all round and we have such fond memories of our special day.

Thanks again for a great weekend in June!

Dani & Jamie
June 2011

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Amazing Place. Great People. We had an absolute whale of a time on our Wedding Day. What a day, we couldn't rate the place highly enough. The whole weekend was absolutely perfect from the food and the staff in the hotel who had the warmest of Irish welcomes and quite literally couldn't do enough for us. Thanks to Kathleen and Shane in the hotel.
BEST DAY EVER if we could do it all again, we would.

David & Rachel
May 2011

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Aisling, Kathleen, Claire & All the staff at the Inishbofin House Hotel,

We just wanted to say thank you for the wonderful time & stay we had on the island and in your hotel for our wedding!

Everyone on the island and in the hotel made us so welcome and went out of their way to make sure that we all had a fab and memorable stay.

You were so helpful and accommodating from the time of the initial planning, through to the tasting, the room decor and layout, and of course the fabulous service and consistently outstanding food - both at the tasting and on the day. We're hill walkers and usually visit the East Island by foot, so transport there on the day with our photographers hadn't occurred to us until the last minute, quite literally. We are so grateful to Claire & Kathleen - they were so obliging the entire weekend and at that moment Claire dropped what she was doing and drove us all and waited with us until we were done. Also thanks too for the sandwiches that were delivered to our room once we arrived back late having missed lunch.

If we were to do it again, we'd have no hesitation in going back to Inishbofin House hotel. At the planning stage we were a little concerned that the staff were new and that the food may not be as good from one season to the next. We don't know how you do it, but we were delighted to find out that the food is of the same high standard, in the bar and restaurant, year in, year out and our fears were totally unfounded. It was fab!

Our hill walking friends were beside themselves that they could go for a swim in the morning before our wedding. And one of my best friends recently told me that if that she were to do it all again, she'd change two things - she'd have a smaller wedding and she'd have it on Inishbofin.

So many many thanks again!

Looking forward to seeing you next Spring.

All the best,
Deirdre & John
April 2011

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We got married on Inishbofin at the end of August with the reception at Inishbofin House Hotel. The overall experience was out of this world. The staff could not have done enough for us, the location is stunning and the food was fantastic. Our guests said it was one of the best weddings they had ever been too. Thanks to Colin, Claire, Cora, Simon & Tony for all their hard work. The island is magical, with beautiful walks, beaches and pubs. The great thing about the island is, once you are there you don't need to worry about anything, everything is on your doorstep.

Brooke & David
August 2010

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If I could capture my husbands and my experience in the Inishbofin House hotel in one word it would be AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!

We got married on Friday the 28th of May and had just over 100 people come to the island with us. Colin catered to our every little whim with a smile. He kept in touch with us throughout the months leading to the wedding and we did not have to worry about one single thing going wrong. He thought of everything and made our wedding a total non-stress free event. The hotel is overlooking a natural harbor. Very Irish looking, stone walls, sheep running free, loads of wildlife and the most amount of peace you could possibly imagine.

The staff at the hotel collected all of our guests from the ferry and transported them to the hotel over the 2 days everyone arrived.
We had actually got married in a registry office earlier in the week with just 2 witnesses and the wedding in Inishbofin was the ceremony for our friends and family. We got married in the library which had a huge apex glass window overlooking the harbor. My little girl sang as I came out with my Dad and there wasn't a dry eye in the house (including all the staff). It was the most romantic day of my entire life. The food was to die for. The main courses were freshly caught fish from the local fishermen and steak which was cooked to absolute perfection. Yummy, yummy, yummy!!

I know many people get stressed about weddings but if you do decide to get married with this hotel you will truly have the most amazing experience of your life.

The hotel is beautiful as it is. It’s on a beautiful island, overlooking the most incredible harbor, the staff are friendly and could not literally do enough for not just us, but ALL of our friends. I would not change a single thing about our day. It was like I said AMAZING!

Thank you so much Colin and Clare for everything. xxxxxx

Aileen & Conor
May 2010