An Irish country Castle near Dublin

Castle - Entire home/apt · Unnamed Rd, Durhamstown, County Meath, Ireland
Your host, Sue
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The Space

Durhamstown is a Norman Castle dating from 1420.The original vaulted rooms, of which there are 4, are intact with 600 year old plaster still there!. As it is the oldest continuously inhabited house in the County of Meath, it is now a Recorded Monument. Over the centuries various additions have been added on & you can go from the Middle Ages to the Victorian Era in one bound! Downstairs you have the Kitchen, the Hall, the Dining room, the Drawing Room & the Music room all interconnected which is ideal for large gatherings & parties. It is decorated in a sympathetic but eclectic style- antiques mingling with junk shop treasures.

It is very rural, yet Dublin is a mere 30 minutes away (there's a bus service from the town centre to Dublin every 30 minutes) if some Razzmatazz and Culture is required! Meath is full of Historic and Prehistoric remains:New Grange, Lough Crew, Tara etc. as well as Riding, Fishing and Hunting. There are some lovely walks either on the Beaches or in the Woods. Our local town has some great Pubs. An Art Centre, The Solstice. For some local colour The Causey Farm is a must-you learn to dance a jig and bake bread-proper Irish Craic! We have the Posh Nosh on Fridays.There are several Restaurants in Navan.

We have 8 double rooms in total. You can either book the whole castle (this listing) or a room of your choice (please check our other listing). We also rent the Castle for private events like Weddings, Wedding Buffets, Christmas parties Anniversaries, Big Family Get together, Group Bonding sessions. etc.

Durhamstown is unique in being a Castle so close to Dublin & People say the most fabulous things about their time here!

The Castle can be rented for a whole week or a weekend & you can always book a fabulous Dinner cooked & served by the Castle staff. Very Downton Abbey!

Guest Access

Our Guests have access to all areas-they can even share their breakfast toast with the donkeys-Elf & Safety. The House & grounds are theirs for the duration of their stay.

Interaction with Guests

We can give people total Privacy - we are totally led by our guests. Some people like hanging out in the Kitchen as we cook their gourmet meals others like an exclusive hire of the Castle & the place to themselves. We either retire to the Coach House or use the time to visit friends & family.

The Neighborhood

Our neighbourhood is very rural. The whole Celtic Tiger madness passed it by. Very lush rich farming land that changes very little. Ireland is famous for its grass & our Cattle & horses are famous the world over.Every farmer dreams of breeding a "Shergar"! What is lovely about Meath is the richness of our ancient monuments-some pre-dating the Pyramids for God's sake.....a lot of them untouched & original which guests find really exciting. It's like you're discovering them.

Getting around

There is good Public transport from Navan which runs frequently. We also have a bus service to the Airport from Navan. We have a private bus for the House as well- to get groups to & from non-public transport spots.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Accommodates: 16+
Bedrooms: 8
Bathrooms: 4
Beds: 12
Extra people: No Charge
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Weekly Price: $8169 /week
Security Deposit: $912
Check In: 4:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM (noon)
Cancellation: Strict
Pet Owner: Dog(s) and Other pet(s)
  • Sue and Dave are brilliant hosts! The warm reception and convivial environment made for a great stay. The castle is full of character and style, with a wonderful kitchen that truly is the heart of the home. The bedrooms are are all individual and spacious, and although a large property, everywhere had a cosy, homely feel. We had a roaring fire in the lounge, tasty home made food and plenty of well manicured outdoor space to go for a walk between our activities. A real home from home and highly recommended :)

    April 2014
  • Sue & her wonderful staff were amazing. I can't thank her enough for opening up her house to us for our very special family occasion. The ambience of the castle was such that you felt instantly at ease. Sue and her husband (who we hope to meet one day) had left beautiful breads, sausages & bacon for our breakfasts which went down very well. On the Saturday evening we hosted a special dinner for my parents. The dinning room looked amazing and was only topped by the delicious meal that was served by Sue's staff. It was just perfect.
    Thank you (website hidden) Wishes. Lesley, a definite Fan!!!

    October 2013
    Response from Sue:

    Hi Lesley, Durhamstown Castle works it magic - even when we're away! Soooo glad it all went so well, but they are exceptional staff & we all have a high regard for each other. Thank you again for the lovely review you posted. Sue & Dave.

    October 2013
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