Vows at an Irish Estate
With its 550 acres of sweeping lawns and formal gardens, the K Club makes a fine setting for the blessed event. The hotel is located in a 19th Century Georgian estate about a half hour outside of Dublin on a private stretch of the River Liffey. This is the wedding destination for Downton Abbey fans seeking a magical day to live like the upper crust of another time with everything from clay pigeon shooting and horseback riding to falconry and fly fishing.
The K Club is also home to a 20,000-square-foot K Spa, where the bridal party can indulge in relaxing treatments, with a full service salon for pre-wedding hair and beauty appointments. Two Arnold Palmer-designed championship courses are available to guests including the Palmer Course, venue for the 2006 Ryder Cup, and The Palmer Smurfit Course, has hosted the European Open from 1995 to 2007. The K Club’s in-house Wedding Specialist, Susie Hopkins-Burke customizes all of those resources from start to finish.
The destination can be invoked with a bagpipe procession or literally with a traditional Irish “tying the knot” ceremony. The hotel’s kitchen is famous for the fresh ingredients used in its cooking and the historic manor house offers two rooms, rich in period detail, for intimate receptions. For larger celebrations, there are multiple options across the estate. The K Club also features the Straffan House, a French Chateau-inspired home adjacent to the hotel with seating for 16 in the homes main dining room, 10 ensuite rooms that come complete with full staff.
Retiring to the Cave
For something completely different, couples could begin the matrimonial journey at the Argos, a luxury cave hotel in Cappadocia a region famous for its bizarre formations, its numerous caves and the subterranean ruins of ancient cities. The four-night Argos Luxury Honeymoon Escape is priced from $4,390 (for two) and includes wine tastings (from the hotel’s vineyards) in the private underground cellar, Turkish and international cuisine at Seki Restaurant to suite accommodations with a private, in-suite swimming pool. A romance concierge sees to the couple’s requests and arranges horseback riding for two (during season), a pottery-making session, and a one-hour hot air balloon ride in Cappadocia’s Goreme Valley
Kim Quimby is the owner, with her husband Keith, of Double K Travel Services, a home-based agency in Quinlan, Texas, specializing in tours and cruises. She is a recognized expert in email marketing for agents. She is a graduate of the Disney College of Knowledge and the Home-Based Travel Agent Success Course. In addition, Kim holds the Expert Plus designation from RCL, their highest level of training.
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