Castle Grove Country House Hotel is one of the few remaining family run private estates in the North West of Ireland. Located six miles north of Letterkenny, it provides the perfect base to explore the beautiful scenery of Donegal and the Wild Atlantic way.
This near-original Georgian house was built in 1695 and is situated at the end of a mile-long avenue on the shores of Lough Swilly. The 250 acre grounds are made up of farmland and extensive gardens that were designed by Capability Brown.
The Grove family estate dates to 1656 when William Grove resided at Castle Shanaghan, approximately 1 mile from the current location. During the ‘Siege of Derry’, James II lauded William Grove for his military knowledge, which led to the family house being burnt down after the siege.
After the ‘Siege of Derry’ in 1690, Castle Grove House was built in 1695 nearer Lough Swilly and was later added to between 1750 and 1780.
The ownership of Castle Grove throughout the years is as significant as the history of the house. It remained in the Grove family until 1970 when the last of the family died.
The Grove/Boyton family played a pivotal role in the election of Daniel O’Connell to Parliament in 1828. Another famous son who left Castle Grove to achieve greatness was General Richard Montgomery who left the British Army in 1772 and emigrated to America where he later led the cavalry in the Battle of Quebec where he was slain in 1775. His bravery was later honoured by having his remains interred at St. Pauls cathedral in New York City.
In 1970 Castle Grove passed to a relative who used it as a private home until 1989 when it was sold to the current owners, The Sweeney’s.
Donegal is undoubtedly a beautiful Irish wedding destination and Castle Grove Country House is one of its true hidden gems.Our 17th Century Georgian house can accommodate up to 130 wedding guests.
The property features a grand entrance hall, two spacious drawing rooms, an opulent dining room, cosy bar. Our charming library is perfect for a little rest and relaxation on what is sure to be a busy day!
If you’re looking for onsite accommodation for members of your wedding party, Castle Grove has 15 en suite bedrooms, all of which are furnished with authentic antiques and luxury fabrics.
Whether you’re planning an intimate occasion or a larger gathering, we are committed to creating a unique, personalised and individual experience, ensuring your special day surpasses your expectations.
We’re also approved to host civil ceremonies and blessings so feel free to contact us if you’d like to discuss your requirements.We look forward to hosting your wedding at Castle Grove and extending warmth and hospitality to you and your guests.
Castle Grove offers a truly unique wedding experience. We don’t just offer you a function room – we give you our home for the day.
Our strict policy ensures we only host one wedding per day, offering you and your guests exclusive use of our beautiful Georgian House and the expansive and picturesque grounds of our private, estate. We are also happy to assist you with any personal touches you might wish to add to the property, including flowers, decorations or items of sentimental importance.
We are proud to offer a stunning, intimate setting for your wedding day and look forward to welcoming you to Castle Grove Country House.