The Raheen Woods made our wedding blessing and reception a dream come true. The quiet efficiency and responsiveness of the staff there ensured that we had a very stress free experience. Meetings with the Wedding Coordinartor's were structured and informative each time prior to the event. Meeting with Frances in particular made the pre-planning fun as well as less daunting.
On the day itself, we were informed and supported at all times during the day. One guest whose Passcard was left in a local store was faciliated to have it returned quickly by one of the staff team. This and other accounts of staff going above and beyond were common from guests which made the day all the more welcoming and special. We would like to sincely thank everyone for their help and all that was done to make our day extremely special.
Cora & Damien 16th March 2013 Thank you Lester, Maria, Frances, Philip and all the team at the Raheen Woods for making sure that we had a fantastic wedding weekend. When we first came to visit Raheen Woods soon after we got engaged we immediately knew that this was the place that we wanted to bring our family and friends. From that first visit and right up until we said goodbye to you all after the wedding we were struck by how the Raheen Woods and its team were so friendly, welcoming, warm and yet so professional. That is a difficult balance to strike. Nothing we asked for was a problem and at that you all went the extra mile. Our Wedding was over St Patrick's weekend. You took all the pressure off us with putting up all the decorations. What I noticed on a couple of occasions was that you all seemed to be enjoying yourselves as much as we were. The food was tip top, ontime, and the service was second to none. We had decided that we would continue the celebrations the following day in the Purple Lougne and the Buffet food went down a treat. And thank you so much for the way you accommodated a few late comers with some dinner. We could go on but really we just want to thank you sincerely for all you did for us, for making our Wedding weekend so perfect and for the welcome you gave our family and friends. We would recommend the beautiful Raheen Woods to any couple. You are guaranteed a personal and professional experience that is hard to find. Cora & Damien _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Shelly & Seamus Dec 31st 2012
We hope this note extends a sincere thank you to Lester, Frank, Frances, Majella and all the Staff at Raheen Woods Hotel for all the work and effort that was done for us in the run up and throughout our wedding day on New Year’s Eve 2012. We were so pleased to have chosen the Raheen Woods as our Venue. Organizing the wedding from Boston made our job a little harder and it definitely would not have happened without all of your help, loyalty and support! Both we and our guests were blown away by the function room set up and the attention to detail all around the hotel. The excellent quality of our meal and the overall atmosphere that was created for us will never be forgotten, our guests still rave about all of it! They were truly impressed and this really made our wedding reception/day everything we dreamed off and more. We would not hesitate in recommending the Raheen Woods Hotel as a perfect wedding venue. Our day really was magical and we will always be thankful we chose your hotel. Shelly & Seamus
Martin Lynskey & Samantha Davidson October 27th 2012
Planning a wedding in Ireland while living in England could add some extra pressure on a couple, but Frances was an absolute dream to work with. She responded to every email, phone call and visit with excitement enthusiasm and professionalism which honestly made us feel we were the only couple to ever wed at RWH. On the day itself I was overwhelmed by Frances, Frank, Lester & Paddy's attention to detail with every aspect of the reception, from Frances' amazing knack at remembering all my nearest and dearest names to Lester offering to drive my mum's dress to Galway to have it pressed...! Every single guest commented on how superb the venue & staff were and were especially complimentary of the food- This was truly outstanding and they were certainly well fed- Many of them having second and third helpings! With many of the guests staying for 3 nights- The hotel were certainly tested with our late night staying power....But even on the night after I cannot thank the staff enough for the continued attention and kindness to all our guests. We really couldn't have picked a better venue for our reception or got the warm welcome and service from anywhere else. The team really are a credit to the hotel. Thank you all again- Samantha & Martin Lynskey
When we sat down to write a few words on our experience at the Raheen Woods Hotel, our main concern was that our words would go far enough to acknowledge the effort that was put into making our wedding day as memorable as it was. Frank, Frances, Lester, Paddy and each and every member of the team were simply outstanding in the way they helped us prepare for the big day, not to mention their attention to detail on the day itself. All of our guests remarked on the truly exceptional quality of the hotel and indeed the food, which can only be described as first class. People in the Athenry and surrounding areas are truly lucky to have a hotel venue of this quality in their locality. We certainly look forward to enjoying many more occasions there in the future. Wishing all at the Raheen Woods a happy and peaceful christmas and the very best for the future! Helen and Colm Riordan
Frances, Lester, Frank & all the staff at the Raheen Woods Hotel,
We would like to thank you all so so much for an absolutely amazing day at the Raheen Woods on our Wedding Day on the 15th September 2012. We had been to see many wedding venues between Cork and Galway and I never thought in a million years I would be getting married in Athenry but from the minute we stepped inside the hotel we were blown away by the warm and cosy atmosphere and how friendly all the staff were. It had everything we were looking for in a wedding venue, beautiful surroundings, modern decor and best yet it was practically on our doorstep! Having never been to another wedding in the Raheen Woods or knowing anyone else who had, made it a very tough decision, as you hear people say how important the food and service is for any wedding and we found it hard to find much feedback on the venue. But our hearts ruled in the end and from the day we booked we did not look back. Thank you all so much for all your help in the lead up to the big day. It was a great relief to know our questions would be answered promptly over the phone any time of the day. Your advice and help was invaluable to us, allowing us to put our own personal stamp on the day really helped us in enjoying our day even more than we’d ever imagined. Thank you so much for your suggestions for photo locations such as the train station in Athenry and the band Amazing Apples, we were delighted with them and would have certainly missed out had you not mentioned for us to check them out! We had a fantastic day and have had many compliments from our guests on the hotel, the wonderful food, the service and in particular how friendly all the staff are. You told us it would fly and to absorb as much as we could and that we did! We are only sorry now it’s all over but we have you to thank for helping us create those special memories. And congratulations Frances and to the Raheen Woods on your nominations for WOL Wedding Venue Co-ordinator of the Year and Connacht Wedding Venue of the Year, it is well deserved and a tremendous achievement for you and the hotel . You’ve definitely got our vote! Fiona and Tom Dwyer
We were organising our wedding from the UK & took one trip to Ireland to see some hotels & from the very first moment, the Raheen Woods Hotel stood out from all the rest. We turned up unannounced as we had some extra time before viewing another hotel & the welcome couldn’t have been better. Paddy took us around the hotel with such enthusiasm & made us feel so at home that we almost decided on it right there & then. The hotel is a perfect combination of modern & cozy and the wedding reception area is set off to the far end of the hotel, so it’s feels like you have the whole place to yourself. From start to finish Frank & Frances made sure that the whole process was stress free, it didn’t evenfeel like we were organising a wedding, they took care of everything for us. Maija on reception was so friendly & helpful, keeping us regularly updated on the status of the room capacity & even helping put together our table plan & names for the big day. We & many others stayed at the hotel for the week/few days leading up to the wedding and the staff ended up more like friends, with John & Paddy helping us wind up other members of the wedding party. It sounds like a cliché, but the hotel made us feel like their sole priority for the lead up & for the big day, despite the fact that they would have many other weddings to organise. The service on the day & the quality of the food was amazing. To this day, we gets so many comments from our guests complimenting how great the hotel & service was. Booking the Raheen Woods Hotel was definitely the best decision we made for our big day. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Michelle Powell & Padraig Flannery 17th August 2012
The Raheen Woods was never a Hotel I would have considered for my wedding. We attended a wedding fair and happened to pass the stand for the Raheen Woods. We stopped to be polite and decided to go to the hotel for a look. I have to say I was absolutely blown away. The attention to detail not only from the Wedding Co-ordinators but also from the staff involved was amazing. If I was stressed about something or I had a query I would ring Lester and it was sorted straight away. It was so comforting to know that it would be done immediately and most importantly done correctly. Thank you so much for all the help we received in the months leading up to our big day, nothing I asked was too much trouble. The service and attention we received on the day was second to none. The food was absolutely excellent and the feedback from all our guests has been so positive. The service during the meal, at the bar and in the residents bar was exceptional. Both the venue and room looked fabulous. Nothing was too much trouble for any staff member. Having you both present throughout the day was much appreciated and was a lovely touch. Francis, thank you so much for staying by my side it made my day so much easier. Lester, thank you for all your help, assistance and advice. You provide an excellent service, excellent food and the personal touch is what really makes a difference. We had a wonderful day and I want to say a big thank you to each and every one involved for making our day so special. We often go to the Raheen Woods now for lunch or dinner and I have to say the service and food is still excellent. All and all we would highly recommend The Raheen Woods to anyone we know.
Michelle & Padraig
________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Rachel & Murtagh 1st September 2012
When we got engaged we chose to look at three local hotels to see which one we would decide on. After our first meeting with Frances in RWH our minds were made up! She had been so friendly, helpful and forthcoming with ideas to make our day special before we had even signed on the dotted line! With the months upcoming to our wedding day we would meet to finalise different things. The hotel was so willing to help with whatever we needed even down to Lester showing our mothers the bedrooms and wedding suite. On our wedding day when we got to the hotel after the ceremony Frances became my fourth and most needed bridesmaid. Helping with my flowers, my veil for photos, she was amazing! Our day went off without a hitch, the reception was lovely. The meal was fantastic, the drink was kept flowing for our guests. All of our guests have nothing but positive comments for the hotel and staff. Its a tough decision having to pick a hotel but RWH is the right choice! We would thoroughly recommend RWH to anyone looking to book their wedding there. It was an amazing experience and day in a fantastic hotel that deserves much recognition and thanks. Thank you all so much. Mr and Mrs Murtagh McGrath.
From the moment we got engaged, I knew that I wanted something a little different when it came to the style/theme of my wedding-I wanted a vintage/rustic theme.We started to look at Wedding hotels around Galway but nothing was fitting the picture I had in my head of my dream day.Raheen Woods Hotel was recommended to me by someone I knew and as soon as we met Frances and had seen the beautiful hotel and surroundings I knew that this was the hotel for our wedding.Frances made it seem like nothing was impossible and for sure our expectations were met in everyway even though some of my requests were a little different and crazy. As I was having a rustic/vintage theme I wanted to use my own decoration and put my own stamp on the reception room to tie in with my theme. The hotel staff were wonderful, Frank and especially Frances who couldn’t have done enough to help assist us with everything in the run up to our big day.
On our wedding day, when I actually saw the room, I nearly cried, as I didn’t think it was possible to achieve exactly the dream picture I had in my head of how I wanted the room to look. Such great attention to detail was paid by the hotel staff to make sure everything was perfect and exactly how I wanted.
On a personal note, Frances was wonderful on my wedding day…not knowing where my overnight bag was and in desperate need to freshen up; she had a little bottle of deodorant within minutes and even perfume. It was such a personal touch.
The food at our wedding was exceptional, our friends and family are still talking about it. Our guests also commented on the staff, that they were so helpful in a very personal but professional way, little things from taking photos at tables to driving guests back to their B&B’s in the early hours of the morning.
We also stayed in the hotel the next night, along with some of our friends and family. Again the hotel staff and bar staff couldn’t have done enough for us especially Paddy, who was so helpful and efficient. Also a very special effort was made to bring my theme into the decoration of the tables in the bar the second night, which was not something I requested. Without me even thinking of it, they brought out all my wedding centerpieces, candles, flowers etc. again to our area in the bar where we had fabulous food and even our own speaker for our iPod and a microphone. They even had my guest book left out again for people to sign.
As much as I have tried, it is really hard to put into words how wonderful our weekend was in the Raheen Woods Hotel. All the hotel staff work together so well and are such a team. They really made us feel so special and have given us the most wonderful memories of our dream day.My friends described it as the nicest hotel they ever stayed in and one of the best weekends of their lives. I highly recommend this hotel for anyone’s wedding as they go above and beyond to make your day the very best! Thank you so much to Frances, Frank, Paddy and Lester and all the staff at the Raheen Woods Hotel.Bernie & Brian Kavanagh
To Lester,Frances, Frank, Paddy & all the team at the Raheen Woods Hotel, What can we say only a huge THANK YOU to each and everyone of ye who made the 28th of July so special and without a doubt a day we will never,ever forget! From the beginning we knew we were in safe hands and from the initial booking to the actual day we felt very welcome and truly special! Nothing was ever impossible and ye were always there with big smiles and more than helpful to fullfill our dreams. The food, service and attention we received on the day was second to none. Our guests are still talking about the beautiful food, the stunning DeBurgo suite and the friendliness of your staff!! The attention to detail was outstanding and the feeling we got when we walked into the function room on the day took our breath away! We appreciate all the time, hard work and effort that went into making this day so special for us. Without a doubt ye are a super team and do a magnificent job. We reccommend The Raheen Woods to every couple planning their big day as ye go above and beyond making sure you have the best day possible. As much as I have tried to put it into words how amazing our day was, it would not be possible without Lester, Paddy, Frank and the amazing Frances. Ye are the nicest, kindest people and we cannot thank ye enough for this and for making our day so so magical:) Sandra & Eoin xxx ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Sarah & Frank 16th June 2012
Dear Frances, Sorry for the delay in getting back to you. Wedded life has been treating us well. I can't believe it's been almost four months since we got married! Hopefully you are keeping well. We want to thank you and everyone at Raheen Woods for making our special day even specialer! The reason we chose the Raheen Woods in the first place is that you gave the impression that the happiness of the couple on the big day was your priority and that you would do anything to make it a wonderful occasion. And over the following months and on our wedding day, you lived up to that first impression in the best way possible. Throughout the planning stages we were impressed with how accommodating you and Frank were with any requests we made, and you were fantastic in helping with the details to personalise our wedding. It was the little extras that meant so much to us. From the moment the piper led us into the reception, we loved every second of our day in the hotel. The food was fantastic, the room looked amazing and everything went so smoothly. Also, so many of our guests commented that the service they got was superb. Everyone had a great time. We couldn't imagine a better place to celebrate our wedding!
We have attached a few photos from the day. Once again, thanks a million for everything. Yours gratefully, Sarah & Frank
Mark & Diane O’Dea – Blackrod –England 9th June 2012
Dear Frances, Lester, Frank, Paddy and all the wonderful staff at the Raheen Woods. Sorry it’s been so long but life has been non-stop since our wonderful wedding day. Mark and I visited the Raheen Woods hotel whilst on holiday in Ireland it seemed the perfect venue for our wedding. Planning our wedding from England was made so easy by the team at the Raheen Woods. We travelled from England and arrived at the hotel on Wednesday 6 June and from that day onwards the whole experience was absolutely fabulous. Our friends and family arrived from England over the coming days and everyone without exception remarked on how wonderful the hotel and facilities were, but most of all were impressed by how friendly and helpful the staff were. They went out of their way to make everyone feel welcome and could not do enough for myself, Mark and our guests. As the wedding day approached Frances and the team remained completely calm and focused which helped Mark and I relax and enjoy our stay knowing that our wedding day was on track. As the wedding day dawned they even arranged for a beautiful sunny day, that’s what I call service! The hotel and De Burgo suite looked absolutely stunning as we were joined by our friends and family from Ireland. The day that unfolded I can only describe as magical! The venue, the food, the service could not be faulted and the craic was mighty! At the end of our epic day we retired to our fantastic honeymoon suite and enjoyed a blissful wedding night together. We were all sad to leave the Raheen Woods, and I am sure that many of our friends and family will be back there before long to experience your wonderful hospitality once again. None of this would have been possible without Frances and the team and we would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for making our special day unforgettable, not only for us but for all our wedding guests. We hope to see you all again soon. Lots of Love Mark and Diane xx _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Fergal & Tracey 5th May 2012.
I don't know where to start thanking all the staff at Raheen Woods Hotel for helping us have the best day of our lives, a day we will both never forget. From the first moment we met Lester, we knew the Raheen Woods was the place for us to celebrate our special day with our family and friends.
Fergal and I were happy in the fact that we knew the hotel would cater for all our needs from having a variety of vegetarian and ceolaic meals through to having our speeches before the meal. It took our stress away and let us enjoy the celebrarations with our family and friends.
The day before I went to the hotel to check everything was going well and I was met by Lester and his wife Maria. The day of the wedding itself went beyod all our expectations. The champagne reception was the perfect start to our celebrations and the candles lighting the walkway to the De Burgo Suite was breathtaking. When Fergal and I were brought into the reception our wildest dreams came true. The flowers on the tables the fairylight backdrop were out of this world. It made it all the more special as we were the only ones allowed in the room. It was the such a lovey touch as it gave Fergal and I a few minutes on our own on what is such a memorable day. The food was exceptional and we cannot recommend the hotel enough. Well we could go on and on but I would like the thank all the staff at the hotel for giving us the best day of our lives. I know if you book your wedding at this hotel you will truly not be disappointed. Fergal and Tracey Naughton.
It is really hard to put into words the magical day we had in the Raheen Woods Hotel on the 27th of April 2012...so here it goes! We can honestly say as soon as we stepped inside the door we knew instantly this was the venue for us! The managment team are truely one of a kind and we don't think any other hotel could match their expertise and professionalism. Knowing that we were in the safe hands of Frances and Frank took away the stress factor that comes with planning the big day. The day finally arrived and what an epic day was had by all...being greeted by the piper upon arrival, the champagne reception, the amazing De Burgo Suite that drew gasps from our guests as they entered, the devine food (they are all still talking about "the pudding"), Paddy and the waiting staff who were so friendly, helpful and efficient. We would like to thank all the staff at the Raheen Woods for giving us a day that we will never forget, we are still in awe with all you did for us - truely above and beyond!!!! We really appreciate all the time, hard work and effort that went into making this day so special. We can't thank you enough and we are more than happy to recommend the hotel to any couple who are thinking of holding their wedding reception at this breath taking location!!! Paul and Lisa Holland "Mr and Mrs H"
From the moment we got engaged, the one hotel that sprang to our minds was Raheen Woods. We had been to the hotel before and loved the location, the private setting and the beautiful gardens. We met with Lester and Frances soon after and we knew this was going to be the hotel for us. They think of everything, which eased our minds from stress and organisation. Frances is just fantastic and nothing was too much bother for her or for the hotel. On the day itself, we were treated like royalty, as were our family and friends. Frances and Frank were wonderful on the day and were at hand if we needed anything at any stage throughout the day – which we didn’t as they would have thought of it before us! The reception room itself was decorated beautifully – just as we had asked for and more than we could ever have imagined. It was just magical. The food on the day was delicious and all our guests were so impressed as it was said to us on several occasions. We’re afraid no words could ever describe how well looked after we were from start to finish. It really was a day that we will never forget and was made all the more special by the care and attention of the staff at The Raheen Woods in particular, Frances, Frank and Lester. _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Paula & Fergal - 7th October 2011
After viewing hotels all over Galway and beyond we came upon the Raheen Woods after taking a short detour from our usual M6 travel. On our first visit we meet Lester and were shown the private entrance, private lounge and immaculate reception rooms. There was no big sales push and we were left to our own decision, which was a very easy one. After booking we meet with our wedding co-ordinator Frances who ensured the entire planning process ran extremely smoothly. If you are like us and know nothing about the entire wedding process then the Raheen Woods and the ever helpful Frances is the place for you, she goes above and beyond the call of duty in ensuring your day goes without a glitch. The staff, Frances, Frank, Lester et al, are the most down to earth, courteous and genuine people you can meet. They will ensure that you do not lose sight of the fact that it’s ‘your day’. The food was exceptional and when they tell you that they are not stingy with the portions they mean it, one guest had the beef and when offered more veg he actually opted for the fish dinner as seconds - it was provided! I suppose the biggest compliment that we can give is that guests, from both sides and spanning different generations commented that this was the best, most relaxed wedding they had ever attended. The Raheen Woods owners and staff can be thanked for their part it making this happen. We can honestly say that there was not even one minor glitch in the entire day – leave all your worries behind and book the Raheen Woods, we personally guarantee you will not be disappointed. Sincere thanks to all at that Raheen Woods for a day that we will always remember. Paula and Fergal Meagher
Maria & Tom - 17th December 2011
To Lester,Frances, Frank, Paddy & all the team at the Raheen Woods Hotel We visited many hotels on our quest for the perfect venue for our wedding...however as soon as we walked into the Raheen Woods Hotel we knew we had found our dream hotel. From the moment we booked the hotel with Lester we were treated like a royalty!! We held our wedding on 17th December 2011 and as with all couples getting married the bride & groom worry that everything will be perfect on the big day....all I can say is that if you book your wedding at the Raheen Woods the only thing that may not be perfect is the weather!! The piper lead us into the champagne reception which truly was unforgettable. Both the reception area & the De Burgo Suite were beautifully decorated as was all other areas of the hotel...the different colour lighting really was amazing. The food, service and attention to detail was exceptional...many of our guests had not attended a wedding here before and they loved every minute of it...especially the black pudding salad. Each and every staff member went above & beyond the call of duty, this was especially evident when one of the guests looked for more beef after the dessert was served...they were presented with a plate full of beef. We let off chinese lanterns after the meal, Lester & Paddy were brilliant helping all the guests light the lanterns. Frances & Frank were at our side from the moment we entered the hotel and anything we requested was greeted with a smile and seen to immediately. We had a "Sweets & Treats" table for our guests and the staff had no problem setting this up & keeping it topped up!! Also the finger food we got at the Resdients bar went down a treat at 3am. As we got married before Christmas we didn't go on honeymoon until after Christmas so we had a mini-moon at the Raheen where we stayed for 3 nights. Although the wedding day itself was over the treatment we received from the hotel staff during our stay was top class and they couldn't do enough for us...even when we were getting the train into Galway Lester offered to drop us to the station!!! Now that the big day is over we look back on it & we are delighted to say that we would not change one thing. We really had the best day of our lives and that is all down to the amazing team at the Raheen Woods.
Thanks for all the happy memories, Maria & Tom Regan
Sharleen & Simon - 15th October 2011
We spent months viewing hotels in and around Galway city and county, we weren't sure about what we were looking for in a venue until we arrived in the Raheen Woods Hotel.It is a truely classy hotel and it has a real warmness to it. From our first meeting with Lester we were put totally at ease. Subsequent meetings with Frank and Frances onlyconfirmed that we had made the right decision. We got married abroad so we werehaving an evening welcome home reception, therefore our needs were a little different. Although we didn't have a full sit down meal, our guests were delighted with the selection of delicious food served. Attention to detail was second to none. The tables were dressed beautifully and the lightstwinkled and changed to match my colours. We had chinese lanterns as a special surprise for our guests. It was great that the hotel looked after getting clearance and had them ready to go when we got outside. My guests commented on how great Daniel and Eimear were behind the bar. Not only were they efficient but they took the time to do some dancing behind the bar as well as sharing jokes and banter with our guests. Josephine on Reception could not do enough for us and our guests. Frances was just excellent on the night, she knew what I was thinking before I even knew it myself. She had everything set up so perfectly. It was such a comfort to have her and Liam there as they put us so much at ease that we were able to relax and enjoy every second without having to worry about anything. The facilities and rooms are fantastic and the staff are courteous, kind and efficient. We would have no hesitation in recommending Raheen Woods to anyone as an ideal venue for their wedding.
Rod & Cathy - 21st May 2010
A huge heartfelt thanks to Frank, Frances and all at Raheen Woods for their help in making our Wedding Day the best day of our lives. We fell in love with the place when we first went to check it out last August- the waterfall in the garden was the decider! Throughout the months leading up to the 'big day' both Frank & Frances were nothing but 100% helpful and professional to us and were always there to answer our questions or offer suggestions. On the day of the wedding everyone (including Lester) were there to make our guests feel really welcome, the food and service were exceptional as was the accomodation. Lots of our guests commented on how comfortable they felt and how relaxing the whole day was. We had our wedding ceremony there also and the room was absolutely beautiful, as was the reception room - it took our breath away! We would recommend the Raheen Woods without hesitation for any happy couples planning their wedding day. Thanks for everything guys. Rod & Cathy