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County Meath Castle
The ancient village in which the castle is situated is on the south side of the River Inny as it enters Lough Sheelin. Its origins go back to the early iron age, with many remains of dolmen stones, ring forts and Norman castles found in the area.
In 1533 Richard Nugent, the 12th Baron of Delvin, commenced the construction of the stronghold. The tower was completed by him in 1537. The great hall and further extensions were finished by his grandson, the 13th Baron of Delvin in 1539. The Castle served as a guard at the western reaches of the pale against the Celtic Irish across the lake in what today is County Cavan.
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|Good news! For a little extra, This property is available as a Vill’otel|
With a vill’otel holiday, you can enjoy all these services throughout your stay:
Additional catering is available on request as follows:
Cooked breakfast €12 p/p
A la carte breakfast €10 p/p
3 Course Dinner
- includes Starter, Main Course, Desert and Tea or Coffee for €35p/p. Children under 8 years of age for €20p/p.
To arrange catering, contact Oliver's VIP Concierge Team.
Book by 30th June 2017 and quote ‘VIP Package’ to receive:
• Champagne reception
• Gourmet Hamper
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Only six bedrooms, all spacious and en-suite, are made available to guests. This ensures a degree of privacy and space befitting the castle accommodation experience. All rooms are furnished in period antiques to complement the stately ambience. The castle premises are entered through the original archway dating back to 1536 to an inner courtyard and lawn, surrounded by a stone wall and ancient trees.
On the ground floor guests will enter the large entrance hall connecting the tower and sitting room. The latter large room, with a lovely open fireplace, has wide French Windows, giving a view across the lake. This was the original castle bawn. To the right of the entrance hall is where the Great Hall used to be. It contains a spacious sitting-room come dining-room with fireplace. Our own turf is used to light this every evening for guests to enjoy. This room is used for breakfast, dinner and sitting together in a cosy and chatty atmosphere by an Irish turf and wood fire.
Room descriptions for County Meath Castle
1. The Master bedroom; offers a large spacious ground floor bedroom with a 5ft Four Poster and a single bed. The Master bedroom opens onto a patio area and boasts a well portioned ensuite, it is a bright room with tall windows and full length heavy curtains. This room is ideal for three people or as a spacious double with easy access on the ground floor for guests who want comfort and accessibility. This room is large enough to accommodate an additional single bed and is decorated with antique furniture. Approx. 22ftX14ft.
2. The Green room; a spectacular 5ft Four Poster bed dressed with fabric along with a day bed gives this room plenty of flexibility on the ground floor. Bright and airy, the Green room looks out on the west lawn, this room is not ensuite, the bathroom which is shared with the Yellow room is on the hall opposite the bedroom. This room can be combined with the Yellow room for the family package. Approx. 16ftX17ft.
3. The Yellow room; is a bright room with a 4’6” bed overlooking the Castle lawn. It is decorated with period furniture and can be combined with the Green room for the family package. This room is not ensuite, the bathroom which is shared with the Green room is on the hall beside the bedroom. Approx. 13.5ftX8ft.
4. The O’Reilly bedroom; situated on the 1st floor of the original castle tower. This bedroom offers a very comfortable and spacious setting, newly renovated to a high standard with a 5ft double Four Poster bed in keeping with the historical feel of the building. The O’Reilly bedroom contains a cut stone fireplace and would have probably been used as a medieval upper hall, it now boasts a comfortable ensuite bathroom along with the 16th century arrow slits this room is ideal for anyone who wants the feel of an original castle stay. Named after the famous Myles “The Slasher” O’Reilly who died defending the bridge of Finea against General Munroe and Cromwell’s army, Myles stayed in the castle the night before the battle. Approx. 14ftX15ft.
5. Middle Tower, The Baron’s room; this bedroom is totally unique with a high stone vaulted ceiling over a 5ft Four Poster bed and antique furniture. The windows are original cut stone arrow slits with a raised platform for an archer to launch arrows during an attack. The Baron’s room has an ancient ensuite which was designed as a holding cell, this room offers comfort along with a medieval feel for anyone looking to experience an Irish Castle stay. The castle was built by Baron Richard Nugent during the reign of King Henry VIII and passed on to his grandson who become known as “The Black Baron”. Approx. 19.5ftX11ft
6. The Upper Tower, Sabina’s room; located on the 3rd floor is our most popular room, open and spacious this beautiful bedroom has a feeling of history and legend with an antique 5ft half Testa and day bed. Sabina’s room is ideal for families or couples looking to experience an historical stay in a medieval Irish Norman Castle or Keep. This room offers a bright ensuite with stunning views across Lough Sheelin and the surrounding country side of Cavan and Meath. If you love castles and want an authentic room to stay in this is it! In the mid 1500’s, Sabina Nugent was the daughter of Richard “The Black Baron” Nugent who grew up spending many summers in the castle, falling in love with a chieftain’s son Orwin O’Reilly in what can only be described as a tragic romance, known now as the story of Orwin and Sabina. Approx. 17.5ftX16ft.
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