Ghan House

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4 Star Hotel
Ghan House is an 18th century country Georgian house set in private, walled grounds for exclusive use. Up to 60 guests in the drawing room or up to 110 guests in 3 dining rooms. The ballroom has wall to wall dance floor. For smaller intimate weddings where dancing is not required - Private Dining is possible - for 2 to 54 guests. Civil Ceremonies in Ghan House for 50 guests in front of the log fire. Or the adjacent Heritage Centre for 110. Up to 110 guests can enjoy an outdoor champagne reception in private walled grounds with views of the mountains - with log fires and candlelight awaiting inside. 1 hour from Dublin & Belfast and just a tree length from Medieval Carlingford.


Ghan House  in Medieval Carlingford is an eighteenth century Georgian country house set within walled grounds where exclusive use of the whole house and grounds makes for an ideal Wedding & Civil Ceremony venue

For dates available - please contact Paul, Orla or Sarah directly at Ghan House on +353 (0)42 937 3682

Ghan House is just an hours drive from Dublin and Belfast with views of Carlingford Lough , Slieve Foy mountain & The mountains of Mourne.

The unique aspect of Ghan House is that you can have exclusive use of the whole house & gardens ~ which means, no other guests apart from your own!  We have beautiful views of Slieve Foy, the Mountains of Mourne & Carlingford Lough - from the gardens, all the public rooms & bedrooms.  In addition we have 8 ft high stone walls enclosing the gardens, adding to the privacy & uniqueness.

For weddings up to 110 guests where the unique atmosphere of a Georgian House lends itself to a very sociable day; we offer:

  • Champagne reception on the lawns – overlooked by the adjacent Heritage Centre which is licensed for Civil Ceremonies for up to 110 guests.  Ghan House has also held Civil Ceremonies for up to 50 guests.
  • Dancing in the ballroom
  • Log fires & candlelight

Our head chef Stephane was awarded "Best Chef in Leinster 2015" at the YesChef awards, we also won 'Best Hotel & Country House Restaurant in County Louth' - for 3 continuous years ~ The Restaurant Association of Ireland and have been awarded2 AA Rosttes  for the restaurant 2011 - 2019.

The bedrooms have been selected by John & Sally McKenna's Bridgestone Guide -'Best 100 Places to stay in Ireland' for 20 continuous years from 1998 to 2019.

The Drawing Room holds up to 60 guests and has a fully tuned grand Piano. There are magnificent views of Slieve Foy, Carlingford Lough, the mountains of Mourne and the castellated walled gardens of Ghan House .

Most of the weddings held at Ghan House have 60 to 110 guests where up to 3 other dining rooms are used ~ utilising the whole house. Later on the band or DJ sets up in the ballroom.

The Ghan House alternative to the big hotel function room makes for a very intimate, sociable and great wedding!

Some Testimonials:

"We recently had our wedding at Ghan House and it was the best decision we could have made. Paul the owner was fantastic with advice about the food, drinks, layout etc and the staff were really helpful and professional. The food and venue on the day was absolutely fantastic and slickly organised, it was like a giant house party. Everyone had a great time, it was the perfect balance with a nice relaxed environment with a beautiful building, gardens and setting.
For those looking for a special, intimate venue for a wedding, we cant recommend it enough!"
Brendan & Majella, 57 guests


My now wife and I staged our wedding at Ghan House. We had taken several walks in Carlingford for its natural beauty. Part of that beauty and charm was encompased when we walked past ghan House.
It was just so relaxed and reassuring. Come the big day, all i can say is that Ghan house were amazing!!!! They catered for some of our guests that had small children, dinner was amazing, the quality and service was incredible. Even when we began running late (as weddings do) Ghan house just informed us cool and calm and then made suggestions as to how we could catch up without any drama's. Our day was fantatstic, our pictures incredible and the whole affair one to remeber for all the right reasons. All our friends have assured us that it was one of the best weddings that they have ever been to because we had the run of fthe whole house and it wasnt a boring hotel. The food was excellent, served politely and promptly with no overt fuss being made so we could get on with eating and enjoying our day. The staff were calm cool and just got on with their jobs. We never had a complaint and they were so accomadating. When the day finally came to an end, the owner spoke with us, introduced us to his family and gave us some of the history of the venue. If you are having a wedding in Ireland and you dont want to have the same thing as everyone elsoe in a hotel function room that is no different to anywhere else then Ghan house is a place you must consider. for the location, service , organisation, family atmosphere and great experience its a must see for your consideration.

Thank you so much Ghan House, you made a special occassion even better!

Emma and Tayo Idowu, 85 guests

 "We celebrated our daughters wedding in Ghan house on June 2nd with 110 guests. Weather hot and sunny. Ceremony in Heratage centre. Champagne, guinness and charcuterie selection on Ghan house lawn with jazz musicians playing in the background followed by speeches on the patio. Meal served inside in three beautiful drawing rooms. Food excellent and in abundance. House buzzing with people mingling throughout from the cosy bar to the comforable lounges out onto the candle lit lawns and by the pond. Band playing upstairs in the dance hall which was full with young revellers dancing through the night with sustainance from chicken curry and gourmet pizza served later in the evening. House rang with laughter and fun. We felt like lords of the manor as Paul the owner who was helpful and courteous from our first moment of contact remained descreet throughout the proceedings. We stayed up to see the sunrise over Carlingford Bay. Wonderful venue, Unforgetable memories, Would highly recommend it for a wedding. P.S. while the weather was a bonus for us on the day we feel sure that had the weather been bad Ghan house would still have been the most perfect venue with huge fires lit (they were lit that night) the candle light and the ambience that this house oozes. Go and enjoy."110 guests


If you're looking for a wedding venue that is relaxed, intimate, welcoming, civilised and gives your guests a sense of a private house party with very good food - then I think Ghan House is one of the best options on the island (of Ireland).In terms of giving overall value for money, an atmospheric location (including the wider village setting), and quality of service - you'll be hard pressed to do better than Ghan House.” Sharon & John, 104 guests

‘A perfect space’   Jane & Malachy, 79 guests

‘Just wanted to write and thank you and your staff for the excellent service provided on our wedding day, celebrated at Ghan House on the 11th March. The professional attitude of the staff and attention to detail made our wedding reception a thoroughly enjoyable and memorable experience for all of our guests. The food was excellent and your establishment is much deserving of the excellent reviews attributed to it.
Thank you once again.'   Joanne & Colm, 40 guests


To arrange a "show around" of this wedding venue, please phone or email usand Paul, Orla or Sarah will get back to you within 24 hours.



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Average Rating: 5.0 out of 5 - based on 15 reviews

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by on Mon, 15th April, 2019

I can't speak highly enough of Paul,Sarah and the team at Ghan House. We had our family & friends dinner on March 3rd 2018 to celebrate our marriage. First is the house. WOW! The moment you walk in, you get the sense that this is not just a business, this is the pride & joy of the owners. Every detail ... Read More

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by on Fri, 12th April, 2019

We only went to see one wedding venue, Ghan House. When we arrived without an appointment Paul stopped what he was doing immediately to show us around and we loved what we saw and heard. Their concept of a laid back wedding with full use of the house was exactly what we were looking for. The communication up until the ... Read More

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by on Fri, 12th April, 2019

From the day myself and Brendan met with Paul from Ghan House, I knew we were in good hands. From the time we secured the date, every email, phone call and meeting was made effortless by Paul and his staff. On our wedding day ourselves and our guest were treated like Royalty. The staff couldn’t do enough for us. I ... Read More

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by on Fri, 12th April, 2019

We wanted an intimate, relaxed, romantic and fun wedding with family, friends and food at the centre and that is what Ghan House delivers! We live in the UK so that could have added an extra complication to the organisation but from the initial enquiry and then liaising with Paul and the team in the lead up to the wedding, ... Read More

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by on Thu, 11th April, 2019

From the moment we saw Ghan house we knew it was the one for us. Paul and Sarah made us feel so very welcome when meeting with us to discuss our day. From the stunning location to the gardens and the house it's impeccable. Not to mention the food which is absolutely sublime. We are so grateful and lucky to ... Read More

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