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Durhamstown Castle

Durhamstown Castle, Bohermeen, Co. Meath
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Are you looking for somewhere really different? Durhamstown is certainly that! A seriously old Castle, a great big Barn for feasting & dancing, plus two houses for guest overflow, all opening onto a large restored courtyard. We now even have a ceremony Barn to get married in. Every wedding here is exclusive. Not a marquee or chiavari chair in sight! And it’s only 40 minutes from Dublin, Dublin airport & Ferry port.


You will be treated to laid back luxury allowing you & your guests to make the place your own for the week, the weekend or just one night. Softly upholstered Furniture, great piles of logs for the fires, old original curtains, family portraits, bedrooms with feather duvets and gorgeous views. You really can unwind.

Our staff are friendly & experienced - nothing is too much trouble.


Our food is renowned - prepare to drool on reading the menus! All is ‘fait maison’. Dave gets a depth of flavour that’s quite unique. Our daughter Ruby has trained with Lynda Booth of the Dublin Cookery School and goes from strength to strength! Our commis chef,Trish Duff,has experience in several Wedding venues - they make some team!


The Great Barn will encourage you to get in touch with your inner bohemian, so feel free to hang festival lights, have lovely rustic flower arrangements in the windows & ivy trailing along the wooden beams. We can provide jam jars with broderie anglaise & sparkly tea lights, all set out on hessian runners.

Venue fee; 2.500 


Our stretch tent marquee is beside the wedding barn. It's the perfect spot for outdoor ceremonies and we serve our evening food there too on a warm summers evening 


Our new website has menus, photos & reviews

Price: €110 pp

Viewings are on Thursdays . Ring 046 9028045 or email [email protected] 


15 reviews
Quality of service5.0/5
Hil & Wil(l)
Added 18th Oct 2021
Wedding 3rd Jul 2021
We feel like we had the best wedding ever. No higher praise can I give than that I reckon! Like so many couples, the pandemic wreaked havoc on our original plans of having around 120 guests for our wedding, which was originally slated for July 2020 and then moved to July 2021. Dave and Sue were so chilled out about moving our original date, there was no fuss at all – in fact, they were so human and just full of good humour throughout the entire wedding planning process. I think that was a large part of why we enjoyed our time collaborating with Durhamstown Castle so much. We never felt like just like another number or a customer to be squeezed for cash – you will truly feel at home there. The castle offers many spaces inside and out for the wedding ceremony and reception, including an intimate dining room, a big barn, a sheep shed and amazing gardens with the option of a stretch tent and picnic tables. If you want to let your imagination run wild with decorations and entertainment – you absolutely can! Equally, you can let the rustic beauty of the venue and its surroundings speak for themselves. There’s no big need to spend oodles on big flowers and centrepieces to gussy up the place when it looks this good au natural, so if your decoration budget is a bit tight, this is well worth bearing in mind. For us, the menu was a big draw. I’m sure much has been written on this front in previous reviews, but suffice to say, if you’re a fan of Ottolenghi or the like, you will not be disappointed. Durhamstown offers beautiful, natural dishes that stand out from the usual wedding fare – though there are classics to be had as well. We opted for a fabulous Courgette & Parmesan soup, Shakshuka, Yemeni salad, Hake and Beef. The melanzane, asparagus and tarte tatin were also big hits! All the wines we had were fab as well. Prices for wine and the all-important pints on the night were reasonable (certainly compared to some other venue’s price lists). Sue and Dave offered plenty of scope to customise every aspect of the food and drinks which we really did appreciate. We stayed two nights and had a small rehearsal dinner the night before, which we would highly recommend, in order to take full advantage of the amazing castle and its many rooms. We also booked a late checkout for the Sunday, which was very much worth the extra few bob. Aside from the delightful owners, the castle staff were all extremely friendly, helpful and attentive and they absolutely deserve a shout out. The atmosphere they created was super relaxed and upbeat – very helpful to soothe any wedding nerves! The entire day from start to finish ran extremely smoothly. On that note, I have to say a MASSIVE thanks to Sue for accommodating my Dad’s highly unorthodox and last-minute request to bring along the family dog and tortoise – Sue, you’re a star! Dad felt like the lord of the manor sitting out in his little enclosed garden in the courtyard; it made me so happy to see how relaxed he was. It’s a perfect example of the care taken by Sue and Dave and their crew. They love hosting, and it shows. Thank you so much to everybody at Durhamstown for giving us our wonderful wedding. TL;DR: If you’re looking for a naturally stunning venue that is off the beaten track and serves up DELICIOUS food, you can’t go wrong with Durhamstown.
Response from Durhamstown Castle
Hi Hilary & Will, that was a stupendous piece of work! I'm blushing - but it really DOES encapsulate all we're striving to achieve here. When we got married in Kilkenny (44 years ago!) we had a civil wedding & held the Reception at home. A brilliant budding chef/friend did the catering & Dave - my husband - played in the band! So we try & recreate that vibe for anyone who fancies getting married in Durhamstown - laid back but intimate, families front & centre & great food. You've said it all guys & your wedding was an absolute pleasure to host! Thanks for choosing us! Dave & Sue
Noel & Eleonora
Added 14th Oct 2021
Wedding 12th Dec 2020
We fell in love with the Durhamstown Castle at first sight, it had an ideal venue for us: small, elegant but cosy, perfect for 20-30 people. Sue and David, the owners, were extremely helpful all the way through. We had a delightful wedding dinner, everything was just perfect.
Response from Durhamstown Castle
Hi Noel & Eleonora, it was sooo great your wedding was able to go ahead & if anything it just heightened the excitement that naturally surrounds a wedding. it was great working on the decor with you Eleonora! I really enjoyed it! And thank you both for the lovely compliments! Dave & Sue
Emma and Jonathan Gerring
Added 9th Jan 2020
Wedding 7th Dec 2019
We had our wedding here in December 2019. Sue and Dave were so accommodation throughout the process and we fell in love with them as much as the venue. Its very etheral and suited everything we hoped for. If you want an old word dreamy place with great food and great wine I recommend it here. We hope to come back to celebrate an anniversary sometime. NOt to mention us being allow have our dogs at the wedding which was so important to us and many couplpes nowaday.
Miriam Young
Added 21st Dec 2019
Wedding 14th Sep 2019
We got married back in September and we honestly couldn't recommend Durhamstown Castle any higher. We didn't want a typical hotel ballroom wedding, and the barn was the absolute perfect place for our reception, and filled beautifully with our 80 guests. We had the castle for the full weekend, so that our nearest and dearest could stay with us (which is just what we wanted - it has capacity for 27 people to stay the night, but if you're looking for on-site accommodation for a bigger party then Durhamstown isn't for you - but none of our guests had any difficulty sourcing accommodation close by!) Sue and Dave were honestly so so friendly, helpful and relaxed, we felt like they were completely on the same page as us when it came to hosting a low key and relaxed wedding full of laughter and empty of stress. The food is AMAZING - we had a lamb tagine and salmon as our main courses, antipasti and a Yemeni salad for starters and lemon tart or brownie for dessert - all were stunning and everyone is still telling us how good the food was and how different to usual wedding fare. We were a little late arriving from the church, so they pushed back the start time of dinner by 15 minutes without any trouble. And even when Conor and I had to go to take our portraits during the drinks reception, one of the catering staff spotted us and brought us over a plate of canapés (including plenty of veggie options for our photographer!) Even settling the bill at breakfast time the following day, Sue and Dave arrived with a bottle of bubbly and some gorgeous cakes that Ruby made (that we enjoyed on our balcony in the Europe on our honeymoon, by the way, and I'm still dreaming about them!) Honestly, organising our wedding could not have been more low stress, and the day could not have been more beautiful. Durhamstown is visually stunning - the barn as is barely needs any more dressing, but they let us do whatever we wanted the day before, and arranged the tables to fit our numbers without even a mention of it. If you're looking for a more laid back option, and hate chair covers, and want your food to be different and home made, and to have stunning and different surroundings, (and all at really unbelievable pricing, considering everything they did for us), don't hesitate to go and take a look, and I guarantee you won't regret it. Sue & Dave, thank you for everything <3
Sinead & John
Added 23rd Aug 2019
Wedding 6th Jul 2019
The most used words our guests used to describe our day was “relaxed” and “different” (one guest even described it as “magical”!). I wish I could take the praise but this atmosphere was a true reflection of the owners Sue & Dave. They were a pleasure to deal with from start to finish. If you are looking for a rustic reception barn, this one is the genuine article! Aisling looks after the decorating and does an amazing job for adding all those small extra touches that truly transform the space. One word to describe the food "Delicious"! Our wedding day couldn’t have gone any better and I really loved this venue. Overall comments about this venue; country setting with a fantastic rustic reception barn, fantastic food and fantastic owners. Thank you again to everyone at Durhamstown Castle
Response from Durhamstown Castle
Thanks sooo much to Sinead & John, it was a pleasure to be the hosts of your weddIng! Everyone - including the guests! - cooperated on your big day, even the notoriously fickle Irish weather & Sinead got her dream of marrying under a blue sky! Thank you for the lovely review. Hugs from Durhamstown, Sue & Dave
John & Deirdre Flanagan
Added 22nd Jul 2019
Wedding 18th May 2019
We had a fantastic weekend at Durhamstown Castle from start to finish. We were married in the barn as the weather was a wee bit unsettled but managed to do part of the ceremony on the front lawn as well. We had the entire run of the house without any intrusion apart from helpful advice. The food was absolutely perfect as were the hosts Sue and Dave and their staff, no airs or graces, their laid back nature put you right at ease and it was a pleasure to be able to have had our wedding in their beautiful home. We had 120 guests who all sang their praises also, Thanks Sue, Dave, and all your staff GRMMA !
Grace Gordon
Added 12th Oct 2018
Wedding 14th Sep 2018
Durhamstown castle is an amazing venue. The house is eclectic & welcoming and the great barn is a beautiful space to throw a party with old stone walls & wooden roof beams. The grounds of the castle are gorgeous, wonderful old trees, ivy & rustic outbuildings. Dave & Sue are a pleasure to deal with, very welcoming & genuine and Roly the dog would steal your heart! The food on the day was top class. It's not your standard meat & 2 veg fare and was a big part of the reason we had our wedding there. The day went smoothly & we got so many compliments on how fin & relaxed it was. I highly recommend Durhamstown castle as a great venue
Response from Durhamstown Castle
Hi Grace, we’re blushing! And even Roly is blushing! It was such fun hosting your wedding and we’re so glad to have made it memorable for you. Sue, Dave, Ruby & Roly. Woof woof.
Sarah Dinneen
Added 18th Oct 2018
Wedding 14th Jul 2018
If you are looking for a country chic, relaxed venue this is for you. Sue and her team provide excellent service and welcome you into their home. It was a dream wedding and everyone loved it. My goal for my wedding was to have a very relaxed vibe and more of a weekend family and friends get away marked with a short ceremony! Our expectations were met and then some. Thank you to Sue and Dave for the lifetime of memories
Roisin & Tim
Added 4th Jan 2018
Wedding 20th Oct 2017
We had the most perfect wedding, thanks to Sue & Dave and the staff at Durhamstown Castle. Sue & Dave were fantastic throughout the whole process allowing us to have our own unique day. The food was truly amazing, we really had no complaints. We stayed there for the whole weekend with family & friends, enjoying all the castle has to offer. We were really made to feel at home. We can't thank Sue & Dave enough for all they did. Durhamstown Castle is the perfect wedding venue, you really will not be disappointed.
Juliet Fleming
Added 12th Jun 2017
Wedding 6th May 2017
My husband and I want to say a huge thank you to Sue, Dave and Ruby for the absolute amazing time we had in Durhamstown Castle for our wedding. On first arriving in Durhamstown, we knew that this was the venue for us. We wanted an exclusive venue where both our families could stay the night before the wedding as well as the night of the wedding. From the beautiful grounds, the homely and laid back feel, the unique and quirky bedrooms in the house and the impressive kitchen in the main house, Durhamstown ticked all the boxes. The rustic barn with it's stone walls, beautiful wooden tables and chairs and banqueting style dining created a wonderful and relaxed atmosphere. All our guests had an absolute ball. Also thanks to Emma for helping the day to run seamlessly and to the friendly and helpful staff. We would thoroughly recommend Durhamstown for great food, relaxed atmosphere and a great party.
Robert McCann
Added 11th Mar 2017
Wedding 9th Dec 2016
We couldn't have picked a better venue to have our very own bespoke wedding. I feel in love with Durhamstown from the moment I drove up the drive way. Our initial plan was to have an intimate wedding ceremony and evening with our immediate family, and a big party later on in the week with our friends but after seeing the barn first hand we just had to make full use of the venue. Dave, Sue & Ruby were very accommodating in letting us decorate the barn and were extremely helpful whenever we need anything. It was a very bespoke wedding and it turned out to be a magical day and night. Literally nothing could have gone better. All the food was incredible, from our dinner in the castle, the evening food for our friends and family, to the gorgeous breakfast in the morning. If you're looking for that bit of magic in your venue I couldn't recommended this place anymore. A special thanks to Dave for preparing 2 bedrooms late into the next morning for our guests that needed a last minute place to stay. He waited hand and foot on us.
Mike & Mariah
Added 29th Apr 2017
Wedding 1st Oct 2016
Mahalo to Sue, Dave & Ruby for making our wedding the most memorable and perfect day! Durhamstown Castle was the ideal venue, as it was near Dublin, making it relatively easy for all of our international visitors to locate. A much more authentic experience is provided by the venue than most others we could find. We booked the venue without even seeing it because Sue and Dave were so responsive, flexible and easy going. We wanted a laid back event, that felt more like home when our visitors arrived. They were also able to suggest Annie Byrne from Aislinn Events to help us plan (as we were planning the entire thing out of the country). Fortunately, Annie, Sue & Dave coordinated seamlessly and made the magic happen. The castle itself was perfect for our needs, as it was large enough to house our wedding party for a few days. Sue, Dave, and Ruby made some of the tastiest food in Ireland, plus the presentation and execution were effortless. The great barn held our increased number on the day, and we were able to get 140 people comfortably for dinner and dancing. There is nothing we would change about our wedding, everything was spot on. Communication and service were excellent and the experience was incredibly personalized. We recommend Durhamstown Castle - 10 stars!!
Allison & Tom
Added 2nd Feb 2017
Wedding 10th Jul 2016
We are so incredibly happy that we booked Durhamstown Castle for our destination wedding this past July. The venue is even more beautiful in person, just like a fairy-tale. I thought the pictures looked stunning when I started booking everything so far away in Florida, but we were blown away when we came over and saw it for the first time to do a taste testing. Speaking of the food...I still dream about that food. Sue, Dave, and their entire team treated us with great kindness, respect, and patience during the entire process. We felt like family and right at home the instant we walked through that striking doorway. Our guests still bring up what an amazing time they had and how perfectly everything turned out. We would recommend Durhamstown Castle without hesitation and would go back in a heartbeat.
Jem and Dave
Added 3rd Apr 2017
Wedding 22nd Aug 2015
On first meeting Sue and Dave we were welcomed into the heart of their stunning home with aromas from the castle kitchen that instantly won our hearts. We knew there and then that Durhamstown was for us. We wanted a personal unique stylish wedding where we treated our guests to exceptional food in a beautiful venue steeped in history and culture and truely bespoke along with a stamp of our creative personalities shining through. Sue and Dave are very artistic and creative both in and out of the kitchen so they totally made us feel at home and provided us with that extra inch of flexibility as opposed to most wedding venues who are more restricted and conveyor belt in style - if you are after a truely unique personal wedding then look no further. Durhamstown is a gem of a venue with the old house on site next to the great barn, which was spectacular on our wedding day, set amongst glorious grounds tucked away in Bohermeen. It really is irelands best kept secret for weddings.
Added 2nd Feb 2017
Wedding 8th May 2014
"Thanks Sue and Dave for this wonderful wedding in your stunning castle. For us definitely the best alternative wedding venue in the whole of Ireland and so easy to get to from Dublin ! Less than an hours drive and we were transported to this idyllic setting . The grounds are full of mature trees and the castle itself is full or wonders. Dave , Sue , Ruby and their team are so welcoming and genuine (not to mention the delicious food!) the house has plenty of space to accommodate everyone and we felt so at home and relaxed. If we could we would get married there every year !! Layla and Torsten
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