Jean & I attended Niall and Stepha’s wedding on Thursday last. The day started with a fry-up in Anita & Jim’s in Stillorgan and then onto a beautiful ceremony in RathfreighChurch followed by a short drive to Tankardstown House, near Slane for the reception. www.tankardstown.ie Tankardstown House is absolutely fabulous, the gardens in great condition and perfectly maintained and the food and entertainment top marks but it is not a hotel that could merit the mantle “Disabled Friendly”. The staff did everything possible to facilitate me and make up for the shortcomings in the building.
The entrance forecourt is pebbled and we all know how pebbles make life difficult when trying to move about in a wheelchair. The wedding reception room was down stairs and the wheelchair access was an external driveway. Niall & Stepha had been blessed with good weather all day and it held up until after I got to the function room. My first job was to check the toilet facilities and whilst the room was more then adequate space wise there were no grab bars anywhere.
We stayed in the Courtyard Mews and the easiest access from the function room was down 2 steps with a further step a short distance away. Requires assistance. The courtyard setting is quite delightful. There was a small step at our doorway but the ground floor was all level and spacious except for the toilet and shower area which was on the small side. I had to leave my wheelchair at the door.
Breakfast the following morning was beautiful but getting to the breakfast dining room was quite an ordeal as there was no ramp and quite a large number of steps to navigate. This required a lot more assistance. The wheelchair toilet in the restaurant was a bit on the small side and I had to leave the wheelchair at the door.
I didn’t let the problems with accessibility/inaccessibility interfere with my enjoyment of the day in any way. It was a great day and night and well done to all concerned in the organisation.
All in all I would give Tankardstown House 5 out of 5 as a wedding venue, I would give the staff 5 out of 5 for being ready willing and able to assist people with disabilities but unfortunately I could only give 1½ out of 5 for being disabled friendly.