The Carriage Rooms at Montalto Estate

£6120 - £7500 for Venue Hire
Up to 180
9 Bedrooms
Exclusive Use
Wedding Licence
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Multi award winning venue, The Carriage Rooms at Montalto is the perfect romantic location that combines history, a rustic setting and unique facilities to ensure you have the day of your dreams.
Pricing & Costs

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At The Carriage Rooms there are no hidden costs or required additional extras Rates are structured according to the time of year and day of the week. The prices below include full and exclusive use of The Carriage Rooms venue and adjacent grounds as well as other essentials such as: Venue staff Tables and Chiavari chairs throughout Venue Manager or representative on hand at all times Fully stocked, staffed and licensed bar Full licensing for marriages and partnerships PA system and lectern for those all important speeches But it's not just about the essentials - as always with us it's the finer details that count...
Features & Capacity


Venue Type
Dining Capacity
Reception Capacity
No. of Bedrooms
Sleeps No. of People
Bridal Suite
Changing Only
Usual Access Time
09:00 AM
Usual Finish Time
01:00 AM

Food and Drink

External Catering Permitted
Corkage Charge for Own Alcohol
In-House Wine List
Alcohol Licence


Open Flame Permitted
Grade I/II Listed Building
Landscaped Gardens
Exclusive Use
Bridal Changing Facilities
Disabled Access
On-Site Parking
Outdoor Reception Space
In-House Wedding Coordinator

Ceremony & Reception

Fireworks Permitted
Wedding Licence
Sound System Available
Dancefloor Available
Outdoor Ceremony Available
Full Description
Magnificent, private and luxurious surroundings, the promise of exclusivity with the highest standards of service – The Carriage Rooms offer all this and so much more. Set in picture-perfect surroundings, The Carriage Rooms are simply the best and promise a fairytale wedding venue that only host one special occasion per day, so you can be sure of our undivided attention at all times. From reception through to dining room, bar and function area, we provide a different area for each part of your day. The experience begins with a drinks reception where guests can mingle freely throughout The Carriage Rooms and surrounding grounds. In The Walled Garden, think lawn games and Pimms in hand, while indoors enjoy the amazing vistas from every room. The Grade B listed building houses our beautiful banquet hall which has been fully restored to keep its original stone walls and wooden beams while impeccably including the latest technology creating a bright and spacious room. After the wedding breakfast, guests will move downstairs into The Sawmill function room which boasts sprung dance floor, bar facilities, generous seating, atmospheric lighting - everything you need to 'Wow' your guests as you party late into the night! A quieter inter-connecting lounge area adds to this graceful setting, while an outside terrace with awning and gas fire create a relaxed party atmosphere. The Carriage Rooms is fully licensed for religious or civil ceremonies, as well as civil partnerships, providing a unique and intimate wedding venue which radiates an ambiance of relaxed comfort. Your wedding ceremony can be conducted on site, with the option of an outdoor ceremony in the romantic surroundings of The Walled Garden, or an indoor ceremony in The Sawmill, with its distinctive stone walls and illuminated arches. Wedding catering at The Carriage Rooms is exclusive to Yellow Door, Northern Ireland’s premier outside catering company


Year Business Was Established
No. of Weddings Hosted
More than 50
Public Liability Insurance
No. of People In Team
Wedding: December 2018
December 2018
Worst customer experience
My fiancée, my mum and I arrived for our appointment for a viewing of the venue. After walking inside, we waited in the entrance hall for a few moments expecting someone to come over to us. Several minutes passed - nothing. So we made our way into the larger room on the left, towards the downstairs function room, we could hear a staff member having a personal(not business related phone call). Again we took a seat here for a few minutes, expecting the staff member to end their phone call and come out to us. Again- nothing. We went into the function room and had a good look around. Then went back and sat down again near to where the staf member was. She then called out to let us know she would come out ina minute. Bear in mind there was 3 of us, chatting, walking around, saying’hello??’ Etc there was no way that she was unaware of our presence Anyway when she did come out of her store she did not come over to us sitting at the table, she walked past us to stand in the foyer at the bottom of the stairs, and then said hello from there. When we got over to meet her. We were expecting a warm, personal greeting,”You must be the bride, so happy to meet you, congratulations on the engagement etc etc” that we recieved at the other appointments we had attended. Or an apology for making us wait at least 15 minutes. This lady knew all our names yet didn’t use them and didn’t even introduce herself.instead, we got,” this is where the tour starts. Your guests walk in here and are directed upstairs by staff, please follow me” My partner and I were very interested in having an outdoor ceremony if the weather is good, and had seen the beautiful pictures of the outdoor space here, so we enquired about this when we got upstairs. We were told that the outdoor area was just straight up that path and then shown a large picture on an easel of it set up for wedding . This picture looked like it had been in teenage boys rucksack for weeks, all the corners were completely torn and worn away, far from the quality we expected at this venue, it would have only cost about £15 to get a new one! At this point we actually had to ask if we could go out and have a look at the ceremony space, she unlocks the doors and opened them , but stood back to let us go first, BUT THEN CLOSED THE DOOR ONCE WE HAD WALKED OUT AND WAITED INSIDE. At this point I asked my partner if we should just leave because I was not impressed. But we stayed to see the rest of the venue. When we came back inside we continued the tour. On our way back downstairs the lady stepped over a piece of a srumpled up rubbish, which my partner picked up and put in the bin next to us. Once downstairs in the function room again our guide showed us the bar etc, but all the lights were off in the room. We asked if they could be turned she disappeared for another 10 minutes and returned to let us know that her iPad died and she couldn’t turn the lights on without it. At the end we asked for their wedding brochure/catalogue, so that we could have something to take home and look through for price etc as this lady couldn’t tell us any specific details whatsoever despite being some sort of assistant manager. So when she returned from‘turning the lights on’ she brought a little folded leaflet with her. That was absolutely 0 help as it was about as specific as she was. If a staff member can’t be bothered and is this unprepared and unprofessional for a viewing that was arranged in advance how on earth can I trust her to be prepared and professional for my wedding??? Customer service either makes or breaks a business and by the looks of things that lady won’t be getting any new clients anytime soon. Extremely disappointed in my visit as we travelled over an hour each way to see what we thought would be our perfect venue.....
Claire & Dave
Married in August 2018
November 2018
The Perfect Day
We had our wedding ceremony and reception at The Carriage Rooms in August 2018 and it was just fantastic! From the first time we visited the venue, to the months leading up to and including the big day, we were so happy with how smoothly everything ran. We had the most contact with Laura. She gave us lots of information, advice and no request or question was too small. Both the grounds and inside the venue are beautiful - perfect for wedding photos! Our guests were also very impressed and the venue and catering have been a talking point for a good while after. We are so happy that we picked The Carriage Rooms for our wedding and it will remain a very special place for us!
Nicola & Andrew
Married in July 2018
November 2018
The best day of our lives
The Carriage Rooms at Montalto made all our wedding dreams come true. From the very first time we drove into the impressive and immaculate grounds we knew it was going to be a special venue. The Carriage Rooms suggest luxury and exclusivity as a selling point but it is that and so much more!! Each and every member of staff we met, from the moment we walked through the door 18 months prior to our wedding to the moment we left on our wedding evening, couldn’t have been more helpful. We were given advice, and suggests and there was someone always on hand throughout the planning experience. Our guests were treated exactly how we would have hoped for. We loved the layout and how our guests were moved through each part of the estate throughout the day. The food is truly incredible and the beautiful grounds have provided the backdrop for many photos we can cherish forever. The Carriage Rooms is a truly special wedding venue and allowed us to have a perfect wedding day.
Location & Contact Details


Montalto Estate, Spa Road , Ballynahinch, County Down, BT24 8PT, Northern Ireland

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Press & Awards


Inspire Wedding Magazine
Wedding Journal
Social & Personal Weddings
Coco Weddings

Accreditations / Associations (1)

World Host

Industry Awards (4)

Hudson Heritage Award for Best Wedding Venue in the UK 2014
One Fab Day Top 100 Venues in Ireland 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018
Condé Nast Brides Top 100 Best Wedding Venues Worldwide 2015
Mrs2Be Brides Choice Winner - Best Wedding Venue: Exclusive

Describe the best wedding that happened at your venue?

There couldn't be just one stand out wedding as all our weddings have been spectacular in their own way. We love to see weddings that are individual, all about the couple and relaxed.

What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?

Stay relaxed!

What’s your favourite personal touch you’ve seen at a wedding?

Individual Lego people as place names - each one specifically and thoughfully designed by the couple to represent the individual guest in question

Describe your venue in 5 adjectives.

Exclusive, luxurious, opulent, unique and personal

Where’s the best photo spot at your venue?

The listed Stable Yard and Court Yard are always a favourite with photographers with their stone arches and stable doors

Have you had any celebrity guest or wedding at your venue?

We couldn't possibly comment........

What’s your favourite canapé?

Oyster in it's shell washed down with a shot of Guiness

What’s your favourite midnight treat?

Ulster Fry on a Stick

What is your venue's most unique feature?

Our Service

What part of your business are you most proud of?

Our ability to make a couples dream wedding a reality