A day full of perfect moments
At Rockhill House each wedding is unique.
If you’re brimming with ideas to make your wedding brilliantly, unmistakably you, Rockhill is the ideal stage for your creativity! We’ll do absolutely everything we can to assist you in bringing your dream to life – whether that includes hosting an intimate party in our stunning Stewart Dining Room; or a great spread for 140 guests in the epic Orangerie following a lively Champagne reception in the glimmering Main Hall. There are 19 individually designed beautiful bedrooms just for you and your guests; and so many beautiful spaces to play with as Rockhill will be yours exclusively for the occasion.
THE WEDDING MORNING
If we can help at all with morning preparations, we’d be very glad to. Whether it’s a button that needs sewing or a booking for hair and make-up artists that needs made, you need only ask. You might like to have the bridal party or best men assemble at the foot of the main spiralling staircase to meet the bride or groom. Everyone watching upwards... a ceremonious descent – it’s quite the introduction!
If you would like guests to gather for canapés ahead of the ceremony, Rockhill’s resplendent Main Hall is an ideal location. It’s a beautiful space, where you can really feel the excitement gather in the air and ripple through the galleries!
The Main Hall is ideal for your drinks reception – a grand and festive setting that offers the perfect sense of occasion under the immense, shimmering chandelier and with a captivating party acoustic provided by mighty high ceilings and plush panelled walls. Or you might choose to meet your guests with champagne on the lawns, or by the fountain.
You might be considering an intimate, elegant dinner for 38 in the gold and silver Stewart Dining Room, a great formal feast for 140 in the epic Orangerie, a more informal buffet or a relaxed barbeque in The Church by the duck pond – the choice is yours. Whatever your preference, you’ll find the perfect venue and menu among the many options here at Rockhill.
And, oh, the food! Our tailored, seasonal menus put the finest local produce centre stage – Donegal’s Wild Atlantic cuisine is getting deserved world recognition and Rockhill is a proud and enthusiastic actor in that rise and resurgence. You will find yourself in great hands with our exceptional culinary team – they’ll work with you in advance to ensure that your wedding meal perfectly reflects your tastes and exceeds all expectations. The warmth and grace of our staff at Rockhill is well renowned – the Donegal welcome is unique and prized – so you will enjoy delicious food that is presented with style and cheer as well as hand-chosen drinks suggested by our skilled and knowledgable sommelier. Hearty savouries, sparkling toasts, delicate and delightful sweets followed by fresh, deep coffee or fragrant tea – and excitedly onwards to cutting the cake, enjoying your share… and dancing the night away!
The Orangerie is the ultimate party location (among many greats!) at Rockhill. With a warm wood floor that’s made for the click of dancing shoes and its light-filled glass facade providing, by night, a canopy of starlight – it doesn’t get any more atmospheric! The Orangerie opens out on to a rugged, shimmering grey, heather-clad rock face from which our natural mountain spring flows; and leads on round to the elegant formal gardens and rushing fountain. So, in good weather, the wonderful outdoors very naturally joins in the festivities.
The Vandeleur Suite will be your oasis for the duration of your residence at Rockhill. The suite is named after John Vandeleur Stewart (1804-1872), who was the most prominent private owner of Rockhill. Stewart extensively renovated and enhanced the house in the early 19th century and the glimmering Delft blues and crisp forest greens that accent the radiant, romantic design of this spacious and elegant suite are a nod to his aesthetic finesse and Dutch merchant family connections. The bright panelled windows that gazes over the riverside town gathers the magical midnight in to meet you: The Donegal night sky is beyond romantic – you’ve never seen stars like this.