I had the pleasure of chatting with Sonja and excited to introduce The Black Castle for an adventurous elopement in Ireland.
Adventurous elopements becoming a popular alternative for couples to tie the knot in a meaningful way and escape the pressure of having a traditional wedding celebration. Ireland is known for its evergreen landscape, rich history, and welcoming culture and locals. Ireland offers stunning cliff locations, ancient ruins, and castles for an authentic wedding experience.
The Black Castle is a magical setting for an intimate elopement or vow renewal. The castle can be booked for a symbolic ceremony only or for the ceremony with an Overknighter for the couple.
We have purchased The Black Castle ( aka Tullaun Castle ) in 2007 and have more recently embarked on a daunting journey of its restoration. The Black Castle is a rustic, 16th Century castle (towerhouse) in a private, rural, scenic location. Our Great Hall is now restored and reached via stone spiral stairs. The castle has a beautiful, almost church-like, romantic ambiance. Our “rugged” 13 acres provide stunning photo opportunities and lovely Lough Derg is just on our doorsteps.
In beautiful North Tipperary, near Lough Derg.
I’m originally from Melbourne, Australia and Kevin is from North County Dublin. We absolutely love old buildings and are passionate about their preservation and in 1993 we fell in love with a thatched farmhouse that was for sale.
Our restoration of the farmhouse fuelled our interest in the vernacular buildings of Ireland. In 2003, Kevin saw a castle advertised for sale. We hadn’t realised that you could actually buy one of these amazing buildings and we were hooked. We tried to buy the castle and were outbid but our fascination with tower houses led us out on countless journeys in search of these ancient ruins with the dream of finding the ideal tower house ruin to restore.
Check out the restoration of Black Castle here….. Tilly is just adorable !
2 to 6 guests plus celebrant, photographer, videographer and musician/s
We can hold symbolic ceremonies only.
We don’t offer catering services ourselves but can recommend suppliers if catering is desired.
We had our very first intimate elopement ceremony in early March 2020 and unfortunately then the pandemic hit.
Our castle is the closest thing to travelling back to the 16th century so they need to have a sense of adventure. We pride ourselves to offer an authentic medieval experience.
Words or photos can’t quite capture the atmosphere of being there…you have to experience it for yourself.
It’s leaning towards a Game of Thrones or Lord of the Rings theme.
We offer an “overknighter” for “couple only” elopements (it can accommodate maximum 2 people)
It’s beautiful at the castle in all seasons but Summer and Autumn are probably the best.
Sonja will assist with all enquiries.
Our e-mail is : firstname.lastname@example.org
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