When I first came across Temple House, I felt drawn to go and see it in person. I decided to get in touch with owner, Roderick and see if I could come and visit. I've always loved history and period homes, so I was delighted when he said I could come down. He insisted that I need to make the visit soon as I would need to get the colours of the autumn leaves before they disappeared, as he said the trees are very much a part of the house too. As I arrive I can see what he means. A long driveway brings you down to reveal the house and it is stunning. The trees surround and frame it and to the left there is a lake. Roderick came out to great me, and was warm and welcoming. Located in Sligo, this is home for the Perceval family who have opened it up to the public as a bed and breakfast and a venue for weddings.
Roderick showed me around the rooms and talked with enthusiasm about the different views and what is possible when the house is rented out for a wedding. There are a number of places where the exchange of vows can take place, from the hall area when you first come in the main doors to a big spacious room with a fantastic rooflight, or there is outside down the steps into the garden, or even sometimes on the majestic vestibule. He says 'We say its a house party-and bring the rings!'. I get the feeling if the walls could talk they would have many a story to tell of great parties that went on into the early hours of the morning.
The house has to be rented out the night before the wedding as that works best in the planning. There are a number of possibilities for where the vows can take place, from the hall area when you first come in the main doors to a big spacious room with a fantastic rooflight, or there is outside down the steps into the garden, or even sometimes on the majestic vestibule. Everywhere you look you can see antiques and artefacts. The colours used in the house are striking too and add to its unique charm.
The morning room is somewhere where you can definitely relax and soak in the atmosphere. There's even an honesty bar in there!
There's plenty of room for guests here, and the main bridal suite is so spacious with lots of natural light for those beautiful getting ready shots, and there is a spectacular view of the lake from the windows. I can imagine arriving the night before and waking up to get ready here and feeling totally tranquil! As I'm taking photographs, guests arrive. Roderick greets them warmly and makes them feel at ease.
There is a stunning banqueting hall with large glass windows that also give an incredible view of the surrounding lands. There are so many rooms that guests can relax in, you can just imagine the party going all night long.
Not only does the house provide so many possibilities for amazing photographs, but there is also a lake and ruins of a castle beside it. Its a little bit of a walk so a pair of boots is essential, but its definitely worth exploring and would make for some amazing shots
Temple house really is a very special place that has to be experienced. Roderick and Helena are fantastic hosts, and even though the place is majestic, it has a very homely feel to it. I'd definitely recommend it as a place for a really unique wedding, or even for taking a break away as a B+B. You can find more details here: