Chef & Gardener Profile
Horetown House is situated among ten acres of beautiful, natural parkland that make us a great venue for a garden wedding. There are photo opportunities at every turn including the expansive agricultural land that surrounds the estate, the grand old majestic oak trees, romantic magnolias, cherry blossoms, and the remnants of an old walled garden that hints at Horetown’s historic past. Guests can browse our gardens at their leisure and check out the flowers, herbs and vegetables that grow here and inevitably end up on your table. While you are here, why not drop down to visit our pet pigs!
Shannean Gormley is head chef at Horetown House and has worked in amazing kitchens including Monart, Kellys of Rosslare and the Michelin Starred Campagne in Kilkenny before taking up her new role as head chef with us.
We are very proud to have such a talented chef with a love of seasonal ingredients and quality produce. Shannean has developed new dishes focusing on seasonality to give us 4 menus for couples to choose from, that evolve to reflect the gardens at Horetown. She is also gathering local producers to showcase the best of Wexfords incredible food heritage to all our guests.
David Bruce is the head gardener at Horetown House and is the man responsible for keeping our gardens impeccable. David trained at Kildalton College and as a professional gardener his focus is on sustainability and giving a heritage garden a contemporary twist.
He grows the flowers for our weddings at Horetown House, avoiding the need to import commercially grown foreign flowers. Over the last number of years David has created a pallette of colours specifically for our wedding couples. We add new varieties every year with Dahlias, Tulips, peonies and Ranunculus seeing a big surge in popularity.
In 2022 David began trialling vegetables and we installed our first polytunnel to allow us to grow our own produce. Our garden team has now grow to include Niamh’s dad, Ray and Andy who joined us in 2023.