Durhamstown Castle is - well a Castle! It dates back to 1420 and the vaulted rooms on the ground floor of the original Castle are still there and in daily use. The Castle is quirky and artistic with a mixture of family heirlooms and auction finds, making for a thoroughly pleasing and eclectic whole. Downstairs, the Hall, Dining Room, Drawing Room and Music Room are all interconnected.
We cater for weddings large and small. The Castle Dining room can hold up to thirty for a Wedding Banquet. Larger Weddings are held in the Great Barn which can hold 40-150 guests. We've had both and they work equally well For smaller groups we divide the Great Barn into dining, dancing and the bar relaxing areas. It works a treat.
The Great Barn is a 19th century repurposed building in the courtyard. It is constructed from cut stone with exposed sandblasted beams. Pretty festival lights are suspended across the rafters to add to the Festive feeling.
Fully equipped kitchens look onto the courtyard and double doors at the South end lead out to the Gardens and fields.
A well stocked bar is situated at the far side of the Dance floor.
It also has its own bathrooms.
The Great Barn can be arranged in such a way that parties of 45 guests will be just as comfortable as groups of 150. We have done both and they work really well.
A large Dance floor will hold a Band as well as lots of revellers!
Durhamstown Castle also has a small reception room which can be used for civil spiritual and humanist ceremonies.
Our food we serve for weddings and other celebrations is frankly delicious. The influences are Italian, River Cafe; Jamie Oliver; David Tannis; Yotam Ottolenghi; Madhur Jaffrey....et al. Wonderful chefs all and still inspiring people every day. We source all our meat and fish locally and our cheeses are all supplied by Sheridans cheesemongers.
Ante pastas and Middle Eastern Mezze spread out for all to share, break the ice and have everyone chatting. Followed by large Platters andBoards with roasts or casseroles, add further to the harvest festival/village fete atmosphere. Pretty vintage jugs of wine and cloudy wet bottles of spring water from our own well keeps it all flowing.
Please do peruse our Menus at your leisure-you will be here hungry!
Wine, Prosecco and Champagne all to be found on our small but excellent wine list.
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There are 7 bedrooms; 6 double beds and 5 single beds in the Castle. Plus cot and travel cot. There is a sofa bed which can be set up in the Music Room, downstairs. There are four bathrooms and two separate loos.
We have two other houses in the Courtyard that can be rented for your guests. The Coach House and the Garden flat. Both sleep 5 people. They have kitchens, bathrooms etc.
In all we can accommodate up to 30 guests for your big occasion.
We will be restoring the Orchard/walled garden this year and will have space for on-site glamping. Bell tents can be rented from LPMBohemia for the weekend.
Further accommodation can be booked with two local guest houses, Telltown House 00353 (0)46 923239 and Killyon House, Navan, 00353 (0)46 9071224; both lovely family run places. You also have the gorgeous Collon House in Collon. Well worth the extra mile. Phone 00353 (0) 872355645. You also have the Newgrange Hotel and the Athboy Hotel in Navan.
You will have access to 8 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 2 lavatories.
Towels and linen are included.
The Prince’s Room
Large Room with 2 double Beds & bathroom off it.
Double Bed with en suite bathroom.
A large single bed with another single bed.
Slightly Asian Room
Large Room with Double bed & room for a Single.
Half Tester Double Brass Bed with single bed.
The Chatelaine’s Room
Main Bedroom with Double Bed & en suite.
The Steward’s Office
The Music Room
Large bright room off the Drawing Room with double bed.
Three have en suites and the other rooms share a bathroom with bubble Bath and Shower and there is also a separate loo.
N.B. Extra beds can be added for large parties
Also included in your booking:
You can book Ollie with his coach to ferry you around. Excellent value for day trips and nightclub collecting in the wee hours.