About the House
Martinstown House is our beautiful home, hidden on a 140 acre estate in the Kildare countryside. Originally a farmhouse in the 1730s, Martinstown House as we know it was built by the 3rd Duke of Leinster beginning in the early 1800s. Martinstown House was designed by the star Victorian architect Decimus Burton to be a truly romantic home.
In our family since the 1960s, Martinstown House has been one of Ireland’s best kept secrets, and now is also one of Ireland’s best wedding venues with excellent food, service and a feeling of luxury and familiar elegance.
The entire estate is a bird sanctury, leading to a huge variety of bird life. There is nothing as wonderful as watching the sunrise with your partner around midsummer, the sounds of birdsong and utter peace. As well as the wild birds, we have our own flock of fowl with around 30 laying hens, ducks, and turkeys wandering freely around the property.
Our Walled Garden is a haven of colour and scents. A formal Italian garden is just at the end of our wildflower border with box hedge beds planted to flower through out the summer. Hidden behind tall beech hedges is the real heart of the garden where we grow our vegetables, fruit, salad and herbs. The Walled Garden also provides the setting for our Vintage Tent. Just beyond the gardens and into the trees is our stunning new ceremony area, The Woodlands, built from recycled materials on the remains of the property’s original glasshouse.
As well as weddings, we also offer dinner parties, lunches, guesthouse accommodation, cooking classes and a venue for corporate and family gatherings.
From Kilcullen take the R418 towards Athy, go over the motorway & after approx 1.1km( 2 mins) TURN RIGHT towards Cutbush L6078. Continue for approx 2 km & take 1st TURN LEFT (just past the small church on right) Continue on for 1.7 km. The entrance to Martinstown House is on the LEFT side of a sharp right hand bend, there is a long low wall & lots of trees on the left hand side just before the entrance. Find us on Google Maps
N 53°10757 or N 53°06.460
W 68°2204 or W 6°49.327
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