If every wedding you attend seems to be a rerun of the one before, why not drop some subtle hints to engaged friends to try something a little different? Or perhaps you are the one getting ready to tie the knot, and you want to make sure none of your guests try to make an early exit from your nuptial celebrations? Either way, you should have a look at Mount Druid, a “glamp” site with a difference in Castletown Geoghegan, Co. Westmeath. Set among 100 acres of lush forest, with its own lake and boathouse, Mount Druid is not your standard camp site.
You won’t find any chemical toilets or grimly flapping tents here. Instead, you and up to 200 guests can enjoy a day with a difference at a beautiful lakeside location before retiring to luxury accommodation in yurts. The happy couple can either get married in the Catholic church across the road or attend a wedding ceremony in an unconsecrated chapel nestled among the trees on-site. Then it’s on to the summer house for a drinks reception. The new, enclosed boathouse means that even inclement weather cannot dampen the festive spirit, with a massive wood-burning stove to maintain a cosy atmosphere. Your reception will take place in a stunning converted barn decorated in an eclectic style with antiques and restored furniture. A walled garden brings the party outside, with an inviting barbecue area and fireplace.
For something unique and nontraditional, Mount Druid will certainly give you a day to remember for all the right reasons. And guests who are not staying on-site can relax in holiday home in Westmeath booked through PlacesToStay.com.