Shivani Tandon & Jason Scott
A surprise trip to New York in January 2010, turned out to be even more special for Shivani when boyfriend Jason proposed in Central Park.
She takes up the story: “We walked further into Central Park to a picturesque space where Jay proposed, it was snowing and the sun was setting, it was very beautiful. He gave me a platinum princess cut diamond ring, which I love! Afterwards we celebrated in Times Square in a rotating restaurant with amazing views.”
The couple spent two years planning their wedding, starting with the perfect location, Solis Lough Eske Castle.
“We chose Solis Lough Eske Castle for both the ceremony and reception venue,” reveals Shivani. “The second we arrived at the venue we knew it was the one as it has a mix of contemporary and old.”
“We knew from day one that we would like to incorporate both Indian and Western themes into our wedding. We decided on an Indian ceremony followed by a civil wedding ceremony and as it was such a long day for guests, we planned an Indian lunch for them
200 guests were invited to attend the wedding, which began with an Indian wedding ceremony at 11am. Shivani looked stunning in an Indian Lengha and Jason wore an Indian suit. The bridesmaids wore beautiful white sarees for both weddings.
Pictures were followed by Indian lunch, before Jason and Shivani slipped away to change outfits for wedding ceremony number two!
“I wore a traditional white wedding dress and Jason wore a suit,” says Shivani. “My wedding dress featured a soft sweetheart neckline with A-line silhouette, lace bodice, hand beaded Swarovski crystals and precious stone detail on empire waist.”
The ceremony was performed under the mandap (a canopy which was used for the Indian wedding) and the room looked amazing decorated in a navy and silver colour scheme.
Entertainment took the form of a Dola player (an Indian drum) who ushered guests into the room for the evening reception where guests enjoyed speeches and dinner followed by a band and an Indian DJ.
“The whole day was elegant and relaxed,” recalls Shivani. “We loved every minute of it.”
My team will remember it and talk about it for many years to come
Jeroen, Sinead and the team at Lough Eske Castle gave us a five star, home from home, experience which made every single member of our group feel special and individual, they showed us what true service excellence could be. My team will remember it and talk about it for many years to come. I would strongly recommend Lough Eske Castle as a great venue!
T.G.I. FRiDAY'S UK Ltd
The best day of our entire lives
Karen and I wanted to sincerely thank you for what was without doubt the best day of our entire lives at Lough Eske Castle on our recent wedding. From start to finish everything was flawless and our guests still rave about what many of them refer to as the best wedding reception they have ever been at! Many of them were visiting the castle for the first time and said it was simply jaw dropping. Lough Eske Castle was the only wedding venue we considered as we had our hearts set on it for our wedding reception from the first moment we saw it. The luxury, fine food and fine wine together with the timeless, cosy elegance of the castle itself are unrivalled in our opinion and we look forward to coming back to Lough Eske Castle again and again over the years to come.
A 5 star Hotel with a 5 Star Service
....Many thanks for all your help over the last 4 months or so. The service we received throughout was next to nothing. Absolutely great and it was a credit to yourself, Mark, Jeroen and the rest of the staff, and as one of the guests commented 'A 5 star Hotel with a 5 Star Service'. So a big thank you from Mary and myself for making everything possible. It was a pleasure, so a massive thank you for everything, you treated us like royalty :-).
...I just wanted to say thank you so much for all that you did for us last year, for our wedding in January 2011. I'm not sure if we already thanked you but I have some absolutely great memories and everything went off so well with no hitches at all. Thank you again so much.
Our wedding surpassed our expectations
....Thanks again for everything, our wedding surpassed our expectations(coming from someone who works in marketing and events - no mean feat!!) and every single one of our guests thoroughly enjoyed themselves and raved about the service, castle - I have no doubt that some of them will be back to visit in the not to dear future.
Can you please pass my thanks onto Mark, Anthony and our bar manager and waiters from the weekend who really looked after ourselves and guests in true Lough Eske style.
Once again thank you for everything Noreen and making our wedding such an unforgettable celebration,
A day that we will remember for the rest of our lives.
....My wife and I had our wedding at Lough Eske Castle last month, and it could not have been better. Everything was absolutely perfect, every minor detail was catered for by the wonderful staff.
We would not have changed a thing. It was the perfect occasion, and a day that we will remember for the rest of our lives.
Atmosphere was fantastic
...We both would like to express our sincere thanks and appreciation to you and colleagues for making our day so special. From the outset all staff were extremely professional, helpful and pleasant. Mark- banqueting manager who made everthing run so smoothly on the day, the food, service and atmosphere was fantastic.
To all staff and that includes the Spa, please can you let them know that the feedback from our guests was extremely positive and many have said that they will be returning to stay.
Noreen, a special word of thanks to you again, a job very well done, You ensured that the entire event was a memorable and happy experience.
Wishing you the very best in 2012.
The most truly perfect day
....We really can't thank you enough for our wedding on Wednesday 21st September. It was the most truly perfect day! The run up to the wedding was more stressful that I could possibly have imagined, and because of that I was just waiting to see what else would go wrong on the day itself. But I can honestly say everything was so perfect it blew us and all of our guests away! Tomorrow will be 4 weeks since our big day and people are still absolutely raving about everything. I really can't even put into words how thrilled we are that we choose Solis Lough Eske Castle as our wedding venue.
Each and every member of staff was super, so attentive and helpful but also it was fantastic that they all took a genuine interest in us a people, they went above and beyond to ensure everything was perfect.
The help and support that you both provided was fantastic. Bernie from the spa did a super job with my make-up, especially seeing as I don't wear any, she had quite a challenge! The ladies on reception were fabulous, as was the man that was on reception late the night before the wedding, I'm sure he was glad when I finally went to bed as I was back and forward for various items! On the wedding day itself, the Australian man (I think his name was Mark) that looked after us during the meal was exceptional, nothing at all was a problem - we felt like royalty. Also, I must mention Michael the Porter! He made quite an impression on lots of our guests - he was really super!
The food... what can I say?!? Each breakfast, lunch, dinner and the wedding meal itself was perfection! People just couldn't get over how amazing everything was!
We were so thrilled that we really can't wait to come back again!
We really can't thank you enough - without meaning to sound cheesy, we had our dream wedding day.
Thank you both for everything!
I would never wish to have my wedding anywhere else
....Well what can we say; our wedding at Lough Eske was simply outstanding. We do not have one complaint to make.
We travelled from Co.Down to Donegal after our Wedding Mass in torrential rain, along with 160 guests...Lough Eske definitely needed to pull out all the stops for our guests considering the journey - and they did not fail!!
Not only did Lough Eske bring the weather :) (it stopped raining literally as we arrived), but the service, food, and rooms were top notch - we travelled around Asia on our honeymoon in 5* hotels and not one could match the service in Lough Eske. Our guests ended up having more photos of the venue and their rooms than they did of the Bride! and those that had booked B&B's soon lived to regret it!
From the moment we arrived, I felt like a princess. The staff did everything in their power to ensure we were treated like royalty. The food was amazing - definitely worth the journey!..the best I have ever experienced at a wedding (which is great for a Bride on her wedding day). - I would say some hotels have found it difficult to present food like it in their restaurant, never mind for a banquet occasion.
It wasn't just the things which Lough Eske was being paid to do which left a lifelong memory and outstanding impression, but the extra touches. Our Best Man and another guest overslept breakfast the next day (too good a time partying) and a waiter overheard their conversation about going into Donegal Town for Breakfast instead - without any prompting, the waiter asked if they would like to take a seat in the bar and he would bring them whatever they wanted for breakfast...unheard of in any other hotel!
My sister and her husband found the hotel so relaxing, they literally spent the whole of the next day in the Red Room beside the Turf Fire, and as always the staff stoking the fire where polite and friendly - not crossing the fine line between friendly / polite and pestering.
The night after our wedding we ate dinner in the Dining Room (approx 25 of us), Lough Eske had set our Wedding Bouquets in the centre of each table and printed bespoke menus just for us, with our names etc. My husband and I also got a surprise desert presented to us with 'Congratulations on your wedding' wrote on it.
It was all these lovely little touches which made not only our day, but our entire stay at Lough Eske unforgettable. Other guests and close family members were overwhelmed by the treatment my husband and I received - particularly as Lough Eske had no real reason to care anymore - the wedding was over and paid for.
I would never wish to have my wedding anywhere else and if I had to do it all over again I wouldn't change a thing - Lough Eske proved why they have won The World’s Best Luxury Country Hotel over and over again during our Wedding Weekend.
Thanks again Noreen for everything! and send our best to Mark and everyone else
Everything really was so perfect
....Thank you so much for all your help in making our big day so fabulous! Everything really was so perfect, the room was beautiful, everyone enjoyed their meal and we have heard nothing but great comments back about the friendly attitude of your staff. I have a feeling a lot of our guests will be treating themselves to a return visit! I know we will! We certainly will recommend your hotel to others for their wedding.Thanks again.
Our wedding day was wonderful
We are both really delighted with the service, relentless help and guidance that you have kindly provided over the last number of months. You’ve been an absolute pleasure to deal with and we can recommend you highly! Our wedding day was wonderful and we know we owe you our gratitude, Best of luck with your own wedding plans,go raibh maith agat
....We cannot describe in words how brilliant Lough Eske Castle is for a wedding, but will try........Our friends recommended the venue to us as we were keen to get married in Ireland but weren't that familiar with Donegal. From the moment we arrived to have a look round we were both completely overwhelmed by the castle, the setting and most of all the staff. The whole set up is simply outstanding! We have been lucky enough to stay in some of the top hotels in the world but Lough Eske Castle is a notch above. The professionalism of the actual wedding arrangements were faultless, the food was simply superb and the dining room was stunning. The castle itself is absolute luxury and we don't think there can be a more comfortable and relaxed atmosphere in any hotel in the world. Everything went according to plan on the day and we have had VERY positive feedback from all of our guests without exception. The bedrooms are stunning and we have not been in a better spa.
Most importantly of all, the staff are all brilliant. From bar staff to gardeners, we found everyone very friendly, professional and nothing was ever too much trouble. They made us feel at ease from the moment we arrived and seemed to do everything they could to contribute to the success of our wedding. They also tolerated a degree of roudy behaviour which was much appreciated and contributed to a great party!
Finally, special mention to Noreen who was our actual wedding organiser. We could not have asked for a more delightful, helpful, easy-going, friendly and professional person to ensure everything went smoothly from start to finish.
We cannot recommend Lough Eske Castle highly enough. It was completely flawless. Many thanks,
We had a fantastic day
...We hope you are keeping well. We had a fantastic day. Our guests thought that the staff were exceptional and the food was brilliant as did we. In particular we would like to thank yourself for all your help & professionalism. We are really glad we had our wedding at the castle.
My expectations were surpassed
....Although I thanked you in my speech I want to thank you in writing for the wonderful day we had for Shauna & Shaun’s wedding on 3rd December 2011. From start to finish my expectations were surpassed. Thank you and all your staff for the professional way you dealt with us. Your enthusiasm about the venue before the wedding kept us calm and assured of a great day. Lough Eske staff are excellent as are the facilities. I cannot recommend you highly enough
Everything was just so perfect.
....Thanks for everything we had a fantastic day and everything was just so perfect thanks to you and all the team. Our guests were just amazed with the place and we are getting thank you cards from them thanking us for the great day, venue, food and accommodation. Ye really did go the extra mile!
No doubt we will see you in lough Eske at some stage.
The food was excellent as always.
We are back from our honeymoon in Bali and just wanted to thank you so much for making our wedding day as smooth and successful as it was.
We had a blast as did all of our guests.
The food was excellent as always.
it couldn’t have been better.
...Thank you so much for all your help, support (and patience) in the run up to our wedding. We had an absolutely amazing day – it couldn’t have been better.
Our guests have not stopped raving about the castle, food and excellent staff.
See you again in November for Karen’s big day,
we will treasure in our memories for a long time to come
...A big THANK YOU to you for all your help and support with our wedding planning.
We were delighted with the wedding reception, thank you. All of our guests thoroughly enjoyed the weekend. The venue was quite simply stunning and the staffing was both relaxed yet attentive throughout the day. A special thanks to you Noreen for your efforts over the last six months or so in helping us to bring everything together. We really appreciate your support. It was a fantastic day which we will treasure in our memories for a long time to come.Once again, thanks again for your help in making the day so special. We are very grateful to you and to all the staff at Solis Lough Eske Castle.
We had an amazing day.
Thank you for all your hard work, we are delighted with how everything went. All staff were fantastic on the day but you made us feel so confident & reassured. We had an amazing day.
we look forward to many many more visits to the hotel over the years to come
...I hope you are keeping well, I back to work and back to reality again now but I would like to say a big thank you for all you have done for us on the months running up to and on our wedding day, We will forward you a proper thank you once we get sorted out but I just wanted to drop you a line beforehand. Your help and assistance was very much appreciated and we look forward to many many more visits to the hotel over the years to come! I hope we weren't too hard to deal with lol
So again, a huge Thank You to yourself and also anthony and all your staff for the day of our dreams! 11/8/11!
Your input helped our dreams for our wedding day to come true
...Just a quick note to thank you both so much for all your hard work, advice and professionalism during the planning of our wedding on Saturday 25th June. John and I had a fantastic day and we were really pleased with the service and facilities offered by the hotel.
As always the hotel looked beautiful and the staff were exceptional. I think this is very important and, as you probably know, I'm really hard to please on this front. For me, customer service is the single most important thing for the running of any business and in this respect the castle excels. Everyone, from the front desk to the housekeepers, made us feel so important and handled any issues with the utmost courtesy and professionalism.
The food was also fantastic! My guests loved their meals and everyone raved about the fish and chips at the end of the night!
The rooms were beautiful and our suite was fantastic. We were particularly delighted to have been able to stay in our room for the two nights! In fact the day after the wedding was equally wonderful for us. We thoroughly enjoyed our breakfast and spent the day in the tranquility of the spa before enjoying a meal in the restaurant.
All in all, we had an absolutely fantastic day and your input helped our dreams for our wedding day to come true!
Everything was perfect.
....Just back to reality today, thanks so much for everything, we both really appreciate everything you did for us. Everything was perfect, the staff, service, food etc etc.. We had a really fantastic day. Guests still taking about the great service and food. (the evening buffet went down a treat)
Again, really, thanks for everything. I can't recommend you enough to everyone.
Looking forward to coming back and spending a few nights there just the two of us
We couldn't of picked a better venue for our wedding it was just magical
...Niall and I have just returned from our honeymoon and received a lovely card from the hotel, we just wanted to send this message to thankyou all for a wonderful day. We had the most amazing time and everything about the hotel and staff was perfect, I have been hearing glorious reviews about the food, wine, rooms and service and Niall and I are both very grateful for this. We couldn't of picked a better venue for our wedding it was just magical!!!
Many Thanks again for everything
The meal at the wedding was amazing
..First of all, can I say we had a marvelous time at the wedding and it was a great success. All our visitors from far and near really enjoyed it! I must say the staff in every part of the hotel were so nice and helpful and couldn’t do enough for us - so all take a bow! The meal at the wedding was amazing and the lamb was out of this world! Some of our guests are still talking about it! You might pass our compliments on to the chef, please.
Thanks for all your help in organising the wedding - it was much appreciated.
It was truly the stuff of dreams
....I’ve just about come down from cloud nine. I would just like to thank yourself and all the staff at Lough Eske. Both Jamie and I had the most amazing day, everything went like clockwork. We could not fault the day; it was truly the stuff of dreams. Everyone who attended especially those who stayed were blown away by your hospitality and the attention to detail shown by all staff. Nothing was too much trouble. We’ve had loads of guests complementing the standard of the food and how delicious it was; please pass our complements onto the chef and his staff. Both Jamie and I and indeed many of the other guests look forward to staying at the castle hopefully sooner rather than later.
Our Guests Truly enjoyed the venue
....Thank you so much for all your help, both before and during our special day. We had a fantastic day and our guests truly enjoyed the venue. There were lots of compliments on the food too.
Every little Girls Dream Wedding
....We got married at the castle on the 25th March this year and are now settling down to married life after a wonderful wedding and honeymoon. To say our wedding went perfectly is an understatement. From the moment we booked to the place to now, hearing all our family and friends tell us how wonderful the day was, how beautiful the location and how fabulous the castle was as a place to stay. The 2 nights that most people stayed were more like a luxurious retreat wig the highlight of a wedding to go to! I must say the quality of staff, service, food and amenities were first class. The staff are so friendly and nothing is too much trouble from the moment you walk into the grand entrance. This place is so warm and inviting... It has the ambience of a small family hotel with all the grandeur and amenities of a 5 star castle. The wedding ran smoothly .... It was the best day of my life thanks to Marleen and Noreen and all the hotel staff who made it happen. We will definitely return in the future.
It was truly the stuff of dreams
....I’ve just about come down from cloud nine. I would just like to thank yourself and all the staff at Lough Eske. Both Jamie and I had the most amazing day, everything went like clockwork. We could not fault the day; it was truly the stuff of dreams. Everyone who attended especially those who stayed were blown away by your hospitality and the attention to detail shown by all staff. Nothing was too much trouble. We’ve had loads of guests complementing the standard of the food and how delicious it was; please pass our complements onto the chef and his staff.
Both Jamie and I and indeed many of the other guests look forward to staying at the castle hopefully sooner rather than later.
The staff made our day very very special and one we will never forget
....Hope you are keeping well. Just back into work today, finding it hard to get going !! We had a great time in Vegas and Mexico this past three weeks and Mrs Murphy is feeling much better.
Just want to say a big thank you for all your help this past 12 months in preparation for the wedding. We had a very very happy guest list, delighted with the setting and the staff. Everyone thought and had a fantastic weekend in Solis. We were very fortunate with the weather but it, the people, the place, the staff made our day very very special and one we will never forget. Solis will always be a special place for us so much so that we will be back in it come August.
On the day Karen and I wanted for nothing, it was a very humbling experience. Noreen you are a credit to Solis in the way you carry out your job. Karen and I cannot speak highly enough about you, as I said we are very grateful for your help. Please extend that gratitude to both Marlene and Catherine and not picking people out but the girls at reception as well.
We can’t wait to get back up in August and look forward to seeing everyone again. We will forever frequent guests in Solis Lough Eske.
The staff at solis really made us feel special .
Now that the hype of the wedding has settled and we're back from honeymoon we'd just like to say a big thank you for all your help and patience with helping make our wedding day run smoothly. Everything was absolutely perfect. The staff at solis really made us feel special and couldn't do enough to help. We will highly recommend you in the future and have already booked to stay again in June. All of our guests were very impressed and are still talking about it!
Everybody is talking about is how "AMAZING" you & the hotel staff were
Had a huge family gathering last night & today and all everybody is talking about is how "AMAZING" you & the hotel staff were & how "FANTASTIC" the food was! People were absolutely blown away by the quality of food & service!!! Please let Philip & Gary know! You have created some advertising & PR talk for the Hotel in the four corners of Donegal with the extravaganza ye put on for us.... all through your planning & hard work.....thank you so much!
Let ya know when we'll call in!
Everything was just perfect.
I hope you are well and has recovered from all the drama at the weekend. I cannot begin to tell you how grateful we are for the effort you and your staff put in on Friday. There are no words that could express our thanks. Everything was just perfect. Can you pass on our sincere thanks to Sharon on the reception desk and Angelin who were suburb. Nothing was any hassle. I could have asked them for anything and it was done. I also want to congratulate the venue. I still have people sending me messages to say how beautiful the hotel and surrounding grounds are. They were amazed on how tranquil and surreal it was.
I apologise for any bridezilla behaviour on the Thursday, but stress levels had reached breaking point, but once i got there I knew there wasnt much else I could do.
I really cant praise you all enough for the weekend, especially you. You made me feel at ease and relaxed. I have absolutely no idea where you get the patience to deal with all the demands from us brides and how you have just the right knack to make things alright. Please let me know your secret!!!!
Once again many, many thanks for everything and hopefully we will see you real soon. Perhaps for Norm's birthday in June!!!!
We had a ball
Thanks very much for everything. We thought the hotel team on the day were really fantastic. Very efficient and friendly and we had a ball. Our guests loved the hotel and had a great time too. Can you pass on our thanks to the team please
many said it was the best wedding they had ever attended.
We just wanted to thank you so very much for all your assistance prior to and during the wedding preparations, it was a pleasure to deal with you and Solis are very lucky to have you in such a position.
Everyone seems to have had a great time during the wedding, as many said it was the best wedding they had ever attended. Kirsty and Daniel had lots of things going on all day and evening to entertain the guests.
The staff in the reception room and the bar were also excellent.
Everything was perfect
Only getting around to thanking you now!
We had an amazing wedding day in the Solis. Everything was perfect and the food was outstanding. Every part of it exceeded our expectations.
You made it so special for us by helping us along the way.
You really are an asset to the hotel.
Our photographers and dvd have captured fantastic snaps around the hotel, I can email them over if you would like to use them for your website we would be more than happy
Hope your keeping well.
we will treasure the memories always
Thank you so much for all your help with our big day! You were wonderful & we would have been lost without you. you gave us a day to remember and we will treasure the memories always.
We’re hoping to be up again really soon so will be in touch asap
extremely impressed by the quality of food and service given
I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone at the castle for their outstanding help and service at out wedding on the 4th of December. I have thought long and hard how I could put my gratitude in words but there are just none to explain how thankful and happy Adam and I were on our very special day.
All our guests were extremely impressed by the quality of food and service given to them. Everyone commented on the beauty of the Castle and what a special location it resided on. It really felt so exclusive!
So again, I would like if you could pass on my heart filled thanks to all the management, service staff and reception staff on how amazing they were on our day. As I said, this still does not seem enough!
And to you Noreen, on your extremely professional and dedicated attention towards all the details involved in our wedding reception, it could not have been better. The Solis group are very lucky to have you in position.
All our photographs turned out amazing, with the snow and castle backdrop, just beautiful.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
Best wished and very kind regards,
Mr and Mrs Adam and Yvonne Nelson.
we could not have chosen a better setting.
I just wanted to drop you a quick email to say thank you so very much for all your help during our wedding last month.
Myself and Matthew had a wonderful day, everything went perfect and I need to credit Solis Lough Eske (and especially yourself!) for the excellent support and attention to detail in all aspects of the entire weekend. It really was the best day of our lives, and we could not have chosen a better setting.
All of our guests were hugely impressed with the accommodation, catering and friendly staff during their stay.
So many of them have told us it was the “best wedding ever” and they have all said they would stay there again!
Please pass on my thanks to all the staff who were involved in helping to make our day so special and perfect.
Lesley & Matthew
(PS - any award that Solis Lough Eske may win in the upcoming Weddings Online Awards 2010 will be hugely deserved. I have already voted for each category) November 2010
You all helped make our day such a success!
To Noreen & all the staff at Lough Eske Castle,
We would like to say a big thank you for all your hard work on our wedding day.
Noreen - from the moment we planned our big day, you offered reassurances, met with our requested and took on all of the burden to ensure out day went without a hitch. A timely fabulous co-ordinator.
Chef – Until this day the food is still being talked about. It exceeded our expectations. It was true fine dining.
Waiters and Waitresses – thank you for providing quick service with grace and a friendly face
Bar staff – Guests did not wait long for a drink – big bonus
To everyone who works at the castle – congratulations for creating a relaxed atmosphere un such a grand setting. You all helped make our day such a success!
Noelleen & Liam Heekin. October 2010
Everyone was delighted with their day at Solis
Hello from a very warm Barbados!!
Noreen, I Just want to say a very big thank you to both yourself and all other staff that made our wedding such a wonderful experience. Everyone was delighted with their day at Solis and both Andrew and I had a fantastic experience. I can't believe we are married!!
Hope to see you sometime in the future and once again thank you for everything you did to ensure our day went so smoothly.
Regards Geraldine and Andrew. August 2010
words are difficult to find that truly convey our appreciation
I just wanted to thank you for your fantastic and considerate approach to our wedding day.
I am confident you have much larger events but in our case you and the team especially Mark, and Samantha on reception were so supportive and considerate not only to Jean and I but also our family.
I will make it my business to come and thank you personally when we are next at home so until then thank you so much even for me words are difficult to find that truly convey our appreciation Edward xxxxxxxxxxxxxx August 2010.
The room looked beautiful
I just returned from Ireland last night and just wanted to let you know how pleased I was with everything the day of the wedding. Everyone had such a great time and your two managers overlooking the banquet were great as were the bartenders. The food was excellent and the room looked beautiful. The tables were just so beautiful with all the lovely glasses and the beautiful flowers in the middle, and the chairs with the navy bows. You did a great job and you were an absolute pleasure to work with. Annette Naldi.(mother of the bride) August 2010
It definitely deserves its 5* status.
Dear Catherine & Noreen
Words cannot describe how amazing our Wedding was at Solis Lough Eske Castle. It definitely deserves its 5* status. Our day was perfect in every way, the most amazing venue, unbelievable food and the best service we and our guests have ever come across. We applaud you and your staff for making our day so special. We and our guests will be talking about this day for the rest of our lives. Thanks again to both of you for all your help, we cant believe we were able to achieve the most wonderful wedding day in only 12 weeks! I’m so proud of us all.
Erin & Christopher. June 2010
Our wedding was perfect beyond words
How r you keeping, back to work today after 3 1/2 weeks off, not so good lol!
Our wedding was perfect beyond words, and even though I was choking back the tears trying to say to you, but you did help me with so much and couldn’t have done it without you
The honeymoon was fab
Nichola & Chris. April 2010.
Our guests are still talking about the venue
Thanks for the email. We had a great day on the 6th March and really enjoyed our time at Lough Eske Castle. Our guests are still talking about the venue, the great food and the friendly and polite attitude of the staff!
Not glad to be back at work today, but I suppose it had to be done at some point!
Speak to you soon,
Patrick. March 2010.
The food was superb
Just back from honeymoon, and we wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for all your help in making our wedding such a special day. Everything on the day was perfect. The service we received from all members of staff was excellent, and the food was superb. We wish to extend a special thank you to you Noreen, your help and input during the preparations and on the day was invaluable.
Many thanks again, we will be highly recommending the hotel,
Hopefully see you soon, Ciara & Roy McIntyre. August 2009.
Everything was perfect!
Just a quick message to say thank you again for a fantastic day. I couldn't compliment you or any of the other hotel staff enough, everything was perfect! Thank you for helping to make it such a relaxing day. I will have absolutely no hesitation in highly recommending the hotel as is the same with all our guests. Keep up the great work,
Karen Farrel. April 2009.
Absolutely everything exceeded expectation
We have just held our wedding reception at Solis Lough Eske and cannot possibly give this hotel a better review. Absolutely everything exceeded expectation... and expectations were high to begin with.
We booked this wedding venue without actually visiting the castle (I am from Donegal but live in London). The wedding team are out of this world - Noreen and Catherine are 2 of the loveliest and most helpful individuals we have ever met and with their abundant help our wedding went off without a single hitch.
Words really can't express how perfect a dream wedding we had.... the rooms are amazing, the staff are wonderful, the ballroom actually had me in tears it was set up so beautifully, the food was sumptuous, the grounds are spectacular, the spa and spa staff were second to none.... we really had the most amazing wedding experience.
Reading through our guest book comments it seems like we were not alone in thinking the venue was perfect in every way... our guests cannot express enough how impressed they were with everything from the second they stepped through the front doors... if there's one thing that the Solis Lough Eske team do well it's attention to detail.... every element of the day was planned to perfection.
The 'standard' rooms are enormous, impressive and extremely comfortable. With just 2 adjoining rooms there was ample room for myself, the bridesmaids, 3 make-up girls, 1 hairdresser, 2 video guys, 1 photographer, my Mum and my cousin to do what we needed to do without feeling in any way cramped... now that's spacious!
The honeymoon (presidential) suite is breathtaking... the beautiful 4 poster bed and roll top bath being the real stand out features for my husband and I.
The staff have made us feel incredibly welcome and we will definitely be making some return visits, as wil a lot of our guests Lianna & Gavin.September 2009.
Accommodation was amazing, service was amazing, food was amazing
Dearest Catherine / Noreen,
We are just back from Honeymoon and I just wanted to say the biggest thank you to you
both personally for everything you both did for us on our wedding day, all your efforts in
the run up to the day and for all your team's help / support on the wedding day itself. I
will be back over in a few weeks time to drop in a card etc, but words cannot express
what a wonderful day we had and how the reception was the perfect end to a perfect
Our accommodation was amazing, service was amazing, food was amazing, everything
I think about the day was amazing. Catherine, you made me feel so welcome and
relaxed when we arrived. I didn't stop smiling and many months ago at the tasting you
said to me that I was not to worry about anything - you kept to your word and it was
honestly the best day of my life. Thank you again to you both for everything - and we will
be deffo back to Solis in the near future (obviously not staying in the most amazing suite
in the world :)) but we can't wait to come back to revisit our wedding day.
Speak soon and thanks to you both again.
I am soooooo glad we went with Lough Eske Castle
I’m literally now just coming down of the high after my wedding day and getting around
to writing to those suppliers who deserve a special thanks.
Catherine, yourself and the staff at Lough Eske really made our day so special.
Immediately after the wedding and over the last 5 weeks we’ve had so many of our
guests ringing or writing to say what a great day they had and from feedback this was
largely down to the beautiful venue and the service they received from the staff there –
the friendliness of every member of staff, the service during the meal and into the
evening and even at breakfast, as well as the luxury of the bedrooms and the size and
comfort of the beds!! I’d say many of our guests will be returning for a weekend break at
I am soooooo glad we went with Lough Eske Castle, it really is a fairytale location and I
was very proud to have such a great venue in Donegal as many of our guests came
from other parts of Ireland and the UK. Yourself and Noreen were a pleasure to deal
with on the run up to the day and on the day itself. Please also thank Arthur who looked
after us so well at the top table and throughout the evening, what a gentleman!!
I wish I still had it all ahead of me.
Many thanks for everything,
I didn't stop smiling all day - we had the perfect wedding!
Hi Catherine / Noreen!
I've been meaning to send this email so many times but something always cropped up!
Catherine I want to say a heart - felt thanks for all your brilliant help with our wedding
day! We had such an amazing day and I know that it was down to your expertise and the
professionalism of the staff at Lough Eske! You made the planning process so personal
for us we really did appreciate it!
Where do I start?! Our guests loved the summer punch on arrival, I am so glad we
ordered them. Our photographs have turned out amazing, thank you for all your
suggestions - the one at the window is just stunning! Would you thank Seamus for us
also, he was simply brilliant on the day and nothing was too much of an ask for him, I
was especially pleased that my family (on return from the hospital) were able to sit down
and relax with a freshly made dinner that they had previously missed.
Our guests are still talking about how amazing the food was and again the service was
first class. The honeymoon suite was amazing, I was so glad I didn't see it before the
day! I didn't stop smiling all day - we had the perfect wedding!
Looking forward to getting back down to the castle again for a nice weekend trip now
that things have settled down again. many thanks again to you both and hope to see you
Solis Lough Eske have made my dreams come true
Dear Catherine and Noreen
It is probably every girls dream to be a Princess and all I can say is that you at Solis
Lough Eske have made my dreams come true.
When we booked Solis to have our wedding we could never have been prepared for
the fabulous treat that was in store for us. From the moment we booked with the
Wedding Team to working with the Kitchen and Restaurant Team, to the actual day with
the Housekeeping, Bar, and Front Desk Team, to the Wedding and Reception with the
Kitchen and the Best Banquettng Team in the world, we had the greatest experience
ever. We would not change a single thing, the hotel made everything look effortless, the
staff in all departments was superb, and we had the most wonderful day.
Thanks to each and every one of the staff for making it such a wonderful, romantic, and
fun, day that we and all our guests will never forget.
We had the best time ever
Hi Noreen and Catherine,
Well we are back in Dubai again and after a mad few weeks are only getting around to
Both myself and Andi wanted to thank you both for all your help in organising the
wedding. We had the best time ever and it has been a pleasure from start to finish. You
both made everything so easy and we both really appreciated that, especially as we
were not around much!
The hotel was an amazing venue and we are delighted that everyone else thought so
too. Everyone thought that the venue, service, location, facilities, food, etc were
You did such a great job. We also appreciate the kind gestures and attention to detail
everywhere. The ceremony room was amazing and beyond our expectations.
We hope to see you again and we can't thank the Solis enough. Will be recommending
it to everyone we know!
Many thanks again.
Our day was perfect in every way
Dear Catherine & Noreen
Words cannot describe how amazing our Wedding was at Solis Lough Eske Castle. It
definitely deserves its 5* status. Our day was perfect in every way, the most amazing
venue, unbelievable food and the best service we and our guests have ever come
across. We applaud you and your staff for making our day so special. We and our
guests will be talking about this day for the rest of our lives.
Thanks again to the both of you for all your help, we cant believe we were able to
achieve the most wonderful wedding day in only 12 weeks! I'm so proud of us all.
We can only say 10 out of 10
We just wanted to write and extend our appreciation to all of the staff at Solis Lough
Eske. It was a dream day and something we will both remember for the rest of our lives.
Our guests have had an amazing time and repeatedly complimented the staff for their
attention to detail. The quality of the food was superb and the venue is second to none.
Lough Eske provided us with the backdrop for a fairytale wedding. Again many thanks
we can only say 10 out of 10.
Special thanks to yourself and Noreen.
The service and hospitality were truly exceptional
We are home now for a week and still recovering from the jet lag and the exhausting, but
fabulous wedding festivities. We are still glowing with the memories and photographs of
our wonderful Irish wedding. As I talk to family members and friends who were there
with us, everyone (and I mean everyone) is marvelling at the beauty and elegance of
Castle Lough Eske. But most notably, everyone comments that they have never know
such kind and thoughtful people as we encountered at the Castle. The service and
hospitality were truly exceptional. Thank you so much for all you did to make our stay
and our wedding so perfect. With all the weddings that you do and all the groups that
you deal with every day, you always made us feel that we were the most important.
Your attention to detail and our every request was a joy to work with. You, your staff,
and the entire hotel made our Irish wedding an event that exceeded all expectations.
Our week at Lough Eske will be a memory that we will treasure forever.
Again, thank you so very much for all you did for our stay and our wedding. I hope very
much that we can return to the Castle some day. And we will for sure recommend it to
anyone from Buffalo planning a stay in the Donegal area!
I am attaching a couple of pictures for you! What a beautiful day we had on June 26!
The food was amazing
Hi Catherine and all the staff:
Hope all is well with everyone. Nigel and I just wanted to thank you all again so much for
the lovely day you gave us on Monday. We honestly couldn't have asked for a better and
warmer welcome from you all. in the last day we have spoke to or seen most of our
guests and they have all said what a brilliant day they had and couldn't believe the staff
how pleasant and helpful you all were and they all hope to come themselves to stay at
the castle in the future. Each and every one of you touched us in your own ways and we
will most certainly never forget our day, the castle itself is a outstanding building words
can't describe the feeling we get when we arrive but it wouldn't be the place it is without
the staff who make it what it is. We would like to thank the chef and all the waiting staff
the food was amazing!!! We felt so proud, as we looked round to see everyone nodding
to each other agreeing how nice it was. We know there is too many people to thank for
their own part they played on our day but we hope that you all know that we haven't
forgot who you are!! you have made Nigel, myself and our 3 children very very happy,
each and every one of you have created memories in our hearts and minds that will last
forever thank you all so much!
You were an absolute pleasure to work with
I just returned from Ireland last night and just wanted to let you know how pleased I was
with everything the day of the wedding. Everyone had such a great time and your two
managers overlooking the banquet were great as were the bartenders. The food was
excellent and the room looked beautiful. The tables were just so beautiful with all the
lovely glasses and the beautiful flowers in the middle, and the chairs with the navy bows.
You did a great job and you were an absolute pleasure to work with.
We could not thank you enough
Just wanted to send you an update and thanks for our wedding day. We could not thank
you enough for all your support and assistance over the past few months. We could not
fault the hotel on anything as the staff & service was outstanding.
It was fantastic & faultless
Hi Noreen & Marlene
I just wanted to email you to let you know that the wedding was the best day on my life
and it was in no small way down to you and the hotel. It was fantastic, faultless so
thanks so much for looking after us so well.
Thanks you for our amazing wedding day in Solis
Not long back from our honeymoon, had an amazing time.
Just wanted to drop you a quick line to say a big thanks you for our amazing wedding
day in Solis. You and all of the staff were excellent in accommodating us, even though
we were running very late! The catering and waiting staff were excellent in looking after
us (especially the Australian guy and guy with possibly an eastern European accent,
both of whose names I can't remember!!!). The service was fantastic all round and we
were delighted with the way we were treated throughout the day and evening. (Many of
our guests emphasised this point as well)
Thanks for all your help, not just on the day but in the organisation of everything in the
lead- up to the day. Will send you some photos when we get them organised!
The staff at Lough Eske could'nt have done anymore for us
Mr & Mrs McAtamney here, we are just back from honeymoon.
We never got to thank you for the day we had.
We were so impressed by the staff at Lough Eske, they could'nt have done anymore for
us or our guests.
Everyone is still talking about it, One of our guests actually said " I thought they were
going to tuck me into my bed aswell".
No one had to wait for anything, there was always someone there just when you needed
I forget the ladies name that stayed most of the evening with us, I think she was training
and wanted to see what happens in the evening.
She was fantasic, she played with the children, always asking if anything was needed,
nobody had anything to worry about. The staff made us feel so special, I never wanted it
to end. It really truly was the best day of our lives.
We cant thank you enough, honestly, words could'nt descripe how much we enjoyed it,
and our guests, everyone was so relaxed we could'nt have asked for anything more.
We didnt want to leave on monday, but we'l be down again shortly.
From the very bottom of our hearts we thank you for everything.
See you soon
It was absolutely amazing and I couldn't fault anything at all!
Thank you once again for everything both you and all the staff at Solis Lough Eske done
to make our wedding day to make it so special, it was absolutely amazing and I couldn't
fault anything at all!
Our wedding was magical at Lough Eske Castle
Married life is treating us very well and the honeymoon was fantastic.
Our wedding was magical at Lough Eske Castle and more than we could have ever
Thank you to you, Pedro and the entire Lough Eske Castle team for making it perfect.
We can't thank you enough.
Surpassing all our expectations
Good Morning All,
I just wanted to write on behalf of myself and Scott to say a huge thank you for all your
efforts on the wedding day. It was everything we had hoped it would be and more….
Surpassing all our expectations.
The staff were absolutely amazing and everyone we spoke to commented on how
wonderful each employee was, that they were the most friendly and caring people our
friends had ever experienced.
The food and service was perfect, so were the rooms and the Spa …… everything was
literally to perfect to pick any one thing…. Nothing could have been done better.
Thank you very much for everything. We were so proud on the wedding day and
enjoyed every single minute thanks to your efforts.
You made our day very magical
I would just like to say a very big thank you, to you and everyone at the Solis for such a
perfect day on Saturday 25th September. You made both myself, Michael and all the
guests feel so welcome and you made our day very magical.
There will be many repeat visits to the hotel!
We have finally arrived back from honeymoon and I would like to extend a sincere
thanks from both myself and Brian to you and the Lough Eske team for such a wonderful
day. Everyone had a brilliant time and raved about the quality of food and service and
indeed the hotel and its surroundings. You can be assured that there will be many
repeat visits to the hotel from our guests including ourselves.
Again, thanks for everything, and all your help in the run up,
Best of luck,
The hotel is beautiful and the service was exceptional
We are writing to thank you and all at Solis Lough Eske for an absolutely fantastic
wedding day on the 9th October 2010. Myself, Godfrey and all our family and friends
had a great day and loved the hotel. The hotel is beautiful and the service was
exceptional. All the staff were so nice and attentive to us. Nothing was too much trouble
and they could not do enough for us. Our guests are still talking about the hotel and how
wonderful it was- I am sure some will make a return visit.
We could not have picked a better hotel for our wedding reception and would
recommend Solis Lough Eske without hesitation. We will definitely see you again soon.
Everyone had a most enjoyable time
A very sincere thank you for all your assistance and support over the period of Gillian and Vinod's wedding on 16 October. Everyone had a most enjoyable time and spoke highly of their stay and experience. The catering, event and general staff at the hotel were superb please extend our thanks to them. We were also very lucky with the weather it added to the atmosphere and the superb photographs taken by the wedding photographer....the hotel and surroundings looked magnificent.. they were on display at an event in Chicago. I will show them to you when I go home in the next weeks. I look forward to hearing from you and will visit the hotel for an enjoyable and relaxed drink in the next weeks.
Again our sincere thanks.