Recently taken over by luxury group Red Carnation Hotels, Ashford Castle is currently in its final phase of a multi-million-pound restoration. Simply casting your eye over the gargantuan grounds leaves you feeling exhausted on behalf of the gardening team (there are 350 acres).

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But don't worry: when it comes to your big day, your dedicated wedding planner will make all arrangements as easy as pie. Pierce Brosnan decided to do the deed here, and it's not hard to see why.

Package cost per head: £190; www.ashfordcastle.com