Perfect venue for a perfect wedding day
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2013
My husband and I had our wedding here on May 25th 2013 and it could not have been more perfect. From the first time we saw the castle we knew this would be where we got married. The theater was a wonderful place for the ceremony, and the music room was the perfect backdrop for our vintage glam theme. The conservatory provided a wonderful view of the mountains for our evening reception and the fading sunlight in there created a gorgeous light for us to party in. The history of the castle alone makes it an exciting place to be but it also has the added bonus of amazingly helping staff, beautiful rooms, lovely food and a lovely relaxing atmosphere. The grounds that surround the castle are also stunning, and great for photo opportunities. Melissa was our wedding co-ordinator and we really couldn't have wished for better, she was so helpful and really went out of her way to make our day amazing. All the staff at the castle were friendly and helpful and gave all our guest a warm welcome and helped in any way they could. If you are reading this and are looking to find the most romantic place to get married - book Craig y nos now! Will definitely return and will treasure the memories that we have there.
Perfect wedding location
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013 via mobile
My friend had his wedding here at the start of June 2013. It was a perfect setting and the staff worked incredibly hard to keep us all happy. My room and bathroom was huge as well. Anne-Marie, Michelle and the blonde receptionist were especially helpful and welcoming. The food served for dinner was also very nice and the portions were massive. Cheap for a pint as well considering it is a hotel.
My daughters wedding
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2013
the staff at craig y nos worked extremely hard to ensure the wedding was a perfect day.even the sun shone for the photographs..Many of the guests stayed overnight all thoroughly enjoying the whole weekend. Compliments to the chef for a superb wedding breakfast and freshly cooked full english breakfast the following morning. A speicial thanks to the reception staff who gave their help & support to a friend who was unfortunately taken ill during the wedding. I Highly reccomend this historical castle and beautiful location. My dauhter had her hen night at the castle booking the fright night which was also briliant.
craig y nos castle wedding
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2013
We held our daughters wedding at the castle on 9th November 2013 and it could not have been more perfect. Donna Melissa and all the staff were excellent and organised the day without a hitch. Nothing was too much trouble for them and they helped in making the day special. Many guests stayed for two nights and the food was exceptional. The rooms were both warm and comfortable and the overall atmosphere was magical. The wedding was definately one to be remembered for many years to come and we would be happy to recommend it to friends. The only regret is that we didn't have chance to explore the beautiful surroundings so that is one for the future.
They made my day...
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2013
I very recently had my wedding reception at Craig y Nos castle and it was absolutely amazing. I had big expectations for my day and lots of ideas in mind, my wedding planner Melissa accommodated everything that i wanted so easily, she even helped me to put up (a lot) of photos the night before as part of my display. The venue looked incredible on the day, the staff were extremely efficient and friendly and many of my guests commented on how helpful they were. We had an injury half way thought the day and the staff at the castle were amazing, they dealt with everything very sensitively and ensured that my husband and I remained relaxed. I would recommend this wedding venue to anyone, we had terrible weather wise but the venue was absolutely perfect and we had the perfect wedding reception - thank you to everyone who contributed to our day.
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2013
We held our wedding at the Castle on 19th October 2013 and it truly was the best day of our lives. My bridesmaids and I stayed at the Castle the night before the wedding and my husband and his best man and ushers stayed at the nearby farmhouse. Other members of our families, including our parents, also stayed at the Castle the night before, so we all met on the Friday evening for a meal. The evening meal was fantastic - really tasty and plentiful - and the staff were extremely welcoming and helpful even though we did not all finally leave until after midnight!
On the day of the wedding, everything was so organised and run like clockwork. Everything was taken care of and I didn't have to think about a thing - Melissa and the staff had already dealt with it all! Throughout the day, the staff were extremely helpful, approachable and friendly which added to the relaxed atmosphere of the day. Food was again a delight and there was so much of it! Serving staff were extremely professional but yet maintained a friendly and approachable attitude to all the guests. The staff at the bar were also very professional and no-one was waiting an age for a drink as I have experienced in some wedding venues.
The following morning when we entered the function room for our breakfast, all our guests who had stayed were there and all enjoying a hearty breakfast. Staff again could not do enough to assist, even though they must have had a late night before as we didn't all leave until gone 1am. There have been some criticism of the rooms in other reviews I have read on Tripadvisor. It's true that this is not a modern hotel - the Castle doesn't profess to be and is the reason why we chose the venue for our wedding. It is quirky and unique. All our guests found the rooms to be comfortable, clean and more than ample for their needs. The bridal suite is lovely and the chilled champagne in the mini fridge was a lovely gesture. The farmhouse is also lovely, with log burner in the lounge and large bedrooms. It is surrounded by large grounds and truly is a get away from it all.
We met with Melissa (wedding planner) the day before the wedding and I discussed with her how I wanted to set up the tables; what flower decorations there would be and when the florist would be arriving; when the cake was being delivered and where I wanted to place it etc. I fully expected to have to set up the conservatory with the help of the staff, but Melissa advised she would do all of it for me and deal with the suppliers too. On the day, everything was done exactly as I wanted it - it was perfect and it was a great help to not have to deal with the suppliers so I could focus on getting ready. Melissa even pinned all the buttonholes on for the groom, bestman, ushers etc as they didn't have a clue (thanks Melissa)!! Not only did we have the best time ever, but every one of our guests commented on how relaxed and truly special the day was due to not only the amazing location but also the friendliness and most importantly the professionalism of all staff at the Castle. My husband and I really cannot begin to thank everyone at the Castle enough for all the effort they put in to make our wedding day truly memorable for each and every person that attended.
A Wedding Review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013
It was a bleak, early autumn day in 2012 when my fiancée and I first went to look around Craig-y-Nos Castle, still undecided as to where to hold our wedding. Despite the low cloud and drizzle we immediately fell in love with the beautiful building and rugged scenery. Walking through the venue we saw guests sitting in the bar with their faithful friend dozing at their feet, and then sitting in the lounge my lap was visited by a friendly cat. No sales pitch was needed, the venue had been sold to us! We left with smiles on our faces only to be called back by a lovely old couple who offered us their congratulations and assured us that our wedding would be a day to remember at the castle.
The day itself dawned warm and sunny on 1st September 2013 and it went off without a single hitch. Despite the bridal party’s preparations starting very early there was always someone on hand who could assist with any questions or requests in a professional and friendly manner. There had been a wedding the day before, yet the cleaning staff did a fantastic job getting some rooms ready for guests hours before the stated check in time. This really helped the flow of the day as guests had somewhere to change as friends and family banded together. The food and service was top notch. We had the lamb and the meat was a high quality and very well cooked. Both the breakfast and evening buffet were tasty and went down well, plenty of choice available for both.
I would personally recommend going for the wedding package where you get 50 guests to stay at the Castle. This gives you complete run of all the function rooms with the benefits that the wedding moves seamlessly from ceremony in the opera theatre, to wedding breakfast in the conservatory to evening reception in the hall. There is no waiting for a room to be cleared as I have experienced at other events. With full use of the bar, lounge and ample outdoor space you won’t have to worry about your guests standing around with nothing to do. All of your friends and family get to stay up late, have a drink and enjoy themselves. No designated drivers needed! The rooms are sufficiently far away from the noise of the reception that anyone retiring early will be able to sleep. You also get a discounted rate per guest, which makes the wedding fantastic value.
You should be aware that there are two levels of accommodation at Craig-y-Nos, the Castle itself and the Nurse’s block. I stayed in the Nurse’s block the night prior to the wedding and the accommodation here, whilst clean and comfortable, is of a lower standard but this is reflected in the price. You have a wash basin in your room but toilets and showers are communal yet private (cubicles in a shared room). I saw 7 or 8 rooms in the Castle itself whilst greeting or saying goodbye to guests and I have to say I thought every single one was extremely well decorated and equipped for £75 per person for B&B. Our guests were very complimentary and a number, including my wife and I, will be visiting again. I should point out that the majority of rooms in the Castle are en-suite to my knowledge. I travel for work occasionally and often spend £60 for a bland room in a soulless national chain and get no breakfast and significantly worse decoration and equipment. Overall the accommodation of both grades is very good value for money.
I am somewhat baffled by the negative reviews based on the presence of Fluffy the hotel cat and guests dogs’. The animals are kept away from food preparation areas and the formal dining room and in my experience were very well behaved. They add to the ambiance of the venue and whilst it may be unusual, I believe it to be charming. All-in-all we loved our wedding day and would like to say a big thank you again to all of the staff who worked so hard on our behalf.
5 of 5 starsReviewed February 22, 2013
We had our wedding at Craig y Nos on 15th December and we had the most amazing day. The staff were so helpfully and our wedding planner Melissa worked above and beyond. Nothing we asked was too much trouble. The Venue is such a beautiful setting and was cosy warm despite it being a freezing day. The food was wonderful and the rooms, particularly the bridal suite were all charming. We would highly recommend this venue for a wedding, function, weekend stay or just a meal. Well worth a visit and we will definitely be coming back.
Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
The best day of my life!!
5 of 5 starsReviewed January 27, 2013
We got married at Craig Y Nos Castle on 9th November 2012 and it was truly the most amazing day!! Melissa, Beth and the rest of the team are absolutely wonderful and went out of their way to make everything perfect! We booked out the whole castle and for two nights, the rooms were great and the food was brilliant the night before and on the day. All of my guests commented on how stunning a venue it was, especially the Theatre and the Conservatory which really have the wow factor. On the day it rained non-stop but because the venue is so wonderful and so big it really didn't make any difference. I honestly can't praise Craig Y Nos enough, anyone would be extremely lucky to have their wedding here!!
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013
We were very lucky to be able to hold our wedding at Criag y Nos back in October 2012. We cannot speak highly enough of the staff and facilities. From the first visit the Wedding Planner (Melissa) was so helpful and knowledgeable, there wasn't a question she couldnt answer for us. We had our ceremony in the magnificent Adelina Pattie Theatre (what a backdrop!). The photos were amazing. We then had our wedding breakfast in the Conservatory which had magnificent views over the country park and out towards the Black Mountains. Our evening reception was also held here and we had full and exclusive use. The majority of our guests stayed over and from what we heard the rooms were very comfortable. The food options were varied and not one of our guests had anything negative to say about the food (except that there was A LOT! But thats not neccessarily a bad thing!). The waiting staff were very professional and everything went according to my well laid out plans. Melissa was there to help on the day and ensured that everything went smoothly (she deserves a medal!). They offer very good deals for weddings and so we found that we didn't have to fork out nearly as much as we thought we would, to be able to get married in such a magnificent setting. There is a stunning country park right next door which allowed for some stunning photographs by the lake with the mountains in the background. If it's dramatic and different you want then this is the place for you. We would definitely recommend Craig y Nos for a wedding, as I say I do not have one negative to say about the place!!