County Meath Castle

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Sleeps: 15 Bedrooms: 6 Bathrooms: 5


Chateaux & Castles Quirky
Heritage Collection
Ideal for Kids Pets Welcome Ideal for Parties Stag/Hen Allowed Wheelchair Access

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County Meath Castle holds a wonderful location, set in a tranquil position just an hour from Dublin on the shores of Lough Sheelin. The 500 year old Norman Keep makes a truly unique setting for your holiday and a wonderful base from which to explore beautiful County Meath.

The Castle was commenced in 1533 by Richard Nugent, the 12th Baron of Delvin and was completed in 1537. It is said by many to be one of the most haunted places in Ireland, haunted by Nugent's daughter Sabina, who fell in love with a handsome young man named Orwin, son of an O'Reilly chieftain. The two families were foes and knowing their love would be forbidden, they eloped together and boarded a boat by the shore, sadly however, a storm took them by surprise. Orwin did not survive and the heartbroken Sabina retreated to her tower bedroom, never to leave again. Sabina is said to haunt the castle's walls to this very day, still searching for her true love.

The Castle can comfortably accommodate up to fifteen guests, across six well appointed bedrooms, three of which are situated on the ground floor making them ideal for guests who struggle with any mobility problems. The remaining three bedrooms are set in the tower and accessed via the traditional spiral staircase. On the first floor, a four poster double room, and the second floor, a twin room, each of which boasting their own en-suite bathrooms. On the third and final floor, is Sabina's room which features an antique half tester bed, en-suite bathroom and boasts wonderful views across Lough Sheelin and the surrounding countryside.

Yey! Wait… what is that?
It’s the perfect combo of the privacy of your own personal villa, with all the luxury and convenience of a hotel.

What’s included?
Breakfast, cleaning, welcome drinks and hamper, plus more! Check the Extras tab for all the details.

Oliver Approved

What you should know…

  • The tower room has 65 narrow steps
  • The castle is in a very rural location and so a car will be needed in order to reach nearby amenities

Property Features

Wi-Fi/Internet BBQ Ground Floor Bed & Bath Wheelchair Access Indoor Games DVD Working Fireplace Heating Waterfront

Ground Floor
- Living area
- Dining room
- Bedroom with four poster bed, additional single bed and en-suite bathroom (an ideal room for those in a wheelchair)
- Bedroom with four poster bed and additional single day bed
- Bedroom with small double bed
- Bathroom

First Floor
- Bedroom with four poster bed and en-suite shower room

Second Floor
- Bedroom with twin single beds and an ancient en-suite shower room

Third Floor
- Sabina's bedroom with antique half tester bed and en-suite shower room
- Fantasy bedroom with double bed and LED lighting (set just beneath Sabina's bedroom it makes a fun room for children!)

Exterior Grounds
- Gardens

Additional Facilities
- Wi-Fi
- TV
- Iron & board
- Hairdryers
- Parking


About the surrounding area of County Meath Castle
Rural Location Walking/Hiking Paths Golf Nearby Fishing Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages
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The castle is located truly in the heart of Ireland, with an hour and a half drive to Dublin. It is less than an hour's drive from Northern Ireland or the preeminent Irish heritage sites of Newgrange, Trim, the Hill of Tara or the River Shannon. There are plenty of things to keep the visitor for three or four engaging days touring in the area, enjoying many popular and preeminent sites in Ireland.

Wild Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Salmon, Pike, Perch, Bream, Roach and Eel are only some of the most prominent species of fish available to anglers in this area. The extensive waterways such as the River Shannon, River Inny, Gowna Lakes and Lough Sheelin provide many a fine opportunity for some coarse and game fishing. This is an angler's paradise blessed with a multitude of rivers and lakes. Guests to the Castle can pursue the native Brown Trout or go coarse fishing at their doorstep at Lough Sheelin. There are many other small inland lakes in the area, excellent for fishing. However, Lough Sheelin provides the most beautiful setting possible. Visitors can hire a boat.

Why not relax and listen to the rare corncrake on the water meadows of the Shannon near the monastic settlement of Clonmacnoise, or take a walk through the forests at adjacent Mullaghmeen. Visit one of the many local bogs and shore areas teeming with an abundance of bird life, or travel the country roads looking for Irelands avi-fauna.

The Shannon-Erne Waterway is the leading waterway in Ireland. Cruising on the River Shannon and the Grand Canal is an ideal way to experience the Irish countryside. The Castle is ideally located to serve as base for cruising-day trips on the area's waterways.

The scenery around the Shannon and the Loughs in the area is a beautiful accompaniment. The roads are not busy and amenity areas are a regular occurrence for all travelers. The Lough Sheelin Region has a particular attraction for the cyclist in light of the fact that the dedicated cycling route from Killala in Co. Mayo to Ballinamuck in Longford is now open.

Learning to fly or enjoying a fly-over of the area can be arranged through Oliver's VIP Concierge Team. The nearest airport is in Abbeyshrule.

Ireland is the home of Golf! Numerous excellent 18 hole parkland and link courses are situated in this region, providing a challenge to golfers of all levels with a multitude of championship courses to choose from. The nearest course is across the lake at Crover House.

Racing "the dogs" is an Irish tradition, a popular spectator sport where the thrill of the race ensures a thoroughly enjoyable night out. Greyhound Race tracks with frequent races are found in nearby Mullingar and Longord.

Co. Meath contains four horse racing tracks which hold numerous events during the year. Point to Point local meetings are very popular among local horse racing followers in the area. Horse racing at Kilbeggan is an action packed spectator sport and on racing nights the quiet midland town is transformed into a festival.

There are a couple of equestrian centres found in the vicinity offering riding and trekking over farmland, mountain and forest trails. This region offers a horse riding experience to suit both beginners and more experienced riders. The beautiful terrain of this region makes it a very suitable horse riding area. For pony trekking, cross country and showjumping, arrangements can be made at nearby Ross House. The Equestrian Centre will meet all your needs on the horse front. They offer pony trekking, riding lessons, cross country outings or showjumping. It is possible to stable horses there if required.

Lough Sheelin offers opportunities for sailing enthusiasts. Dromineer and Garrykennedy on the River Shannon are ideally suited for those who sail for fun or in competition. Sailing courses are available in some areas.

The Irish Midlands offer an abundance of hiking opportunities: Why not try the Boyne Way, Navan to Slane, or the walking trails around Loughcrew Hills. The Cavan Way offers excellent opportunities for the walker, as do the many unmarked trails and side roads. Mullaghmeen, an extensive forest park only a short distance from the Castle, is the most well known in this area. With its splendid beauty, it is a delight for all walkers and nature enthusiasts.

Some water sports can be carried out on Lough Sheelin in the summer. Opportunities also exist at other lakes in the area, some of which are specialized for certain activities such as sailing or canoeing.

Some more urban activities and entertainment such as bowling, carting, cinemas or pools can be found in the larger towns of Cavan, Longford, Navan or Mullingar, which are all within a 30 – 45 minute drive.

Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Dublin

(91-100 km)

Nearest Ferry Port Dublin

(91-100 km)

Nearest Village Mountnugent

(5 km)

Nearest Town/City Oldcastle

(12 km)

Nearest Restaurant Oldcastle

(12 km)

Nearest Bar/Pub Mountnugent

(5 km)

Nearest Beach Dublin

(91-100 km)

Nearest Golf Crover House Hotel

(10 km)


Best Suited For: All Ages
Ideal for Kids Ideal for Teens

County Meath Castle makes a fantastic place to stay for families travelling with children, who are bound to love the novelty of staying in a Castle! The new fantasy bedroom complete with LED lights makes a fun room for children.

Kids Activities Close-by

  • Fishing
  • Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
  • Tourist Towns & Villages

Onsite Facilities

  • Indoor Games
  • DVD
  • Toys
  • Waterfront

Services Available

  • Chef/Cook Available


Oliver's Extras

  • Chef/Cook Available
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:

- Daily breakfast
- Daily maid service
- Deluxe welcome hamper with local delicacies
- Welcome drinks for your group
- Fridge-stocking service
- Private chef service

If you’d like to book the Vill’otel serviced option, contact us on for a tailor-made quote! Typical costs range between £100-£250 per person per week dependent on requirements.

Please note that all services are subject to availability and must be requested at the time of booking.

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.

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Terms & Conditions

These terms and conditions may be amended from time to time.

Security deposit €500, paid either by bank transfer prior to arrival to the owner or cash on arrival. It will be refunded in full after departure subject to damage inspection.
Arrival time By appointment only.
Departure time 12.00
Energy costs included? Included in the rental price.
Linen & towels included? All linen and bath towels are included in the rental price.
Pets welcome? Pets allowed.
Changeover day Any day of the week.
End of stay cleaning included? Included. Please leave the property in the state that you found it.
Smoking Allowed? No smoking in the property.
Insurance It is recommended that all guests take out insurance to cover against potential cancellation and any accidental damage caused during your stay at the property.

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 15 people:

Rental period 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Oct 16th 2021 - Dec 20th 2021 £3,479 £4,772 £6,065 £8,116
Dec 20th 2021 - Jan 7th 2022 - £4,638 £5,928 £8,116
Jan 7th 2022 - Dec 19th 2022 £3,479 £4,772 £6,065 £8,116
Dec 19th 2022 - Apr 19th 2023 - £4,638 £5,928 £8,116

Prices based on an occupancy of 15 people:

Rental period 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Oct 16th 2021 - Dec 20th 2021 €3,870 €5,164 €6,457 €9,030
Dec 20th 2021 - Jan 7th 2022 - €5,160 €6,450 €9,030
Jan 7th 2022 - Dec 19th 2022 €3,870 €5,164 €6,457 €9,030
Dec 19th 2022 - Apr 19th 2023 - €5,160 €6,450 €9,030

Prices based on an occupancy of 15 people:

Rental period 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Oct 16th 2021 - Dec 20th 2021 $4,490 $5,783 $7,076 $10,475
Dec 20th 2021 - Jan 7th 2022 - $5,986 $7,276 $10,475
Jan 7th 2022 - Dec 19th 2022 $4,490 $5,783 $7,076 $10,475
Dec 19th 2022 - Apr 19th 2023 - $5,986 $7,276 $10,475

Please note that these prices/rates are a guide only and may not be correct at the current date. For an accurate quote, please enquire.


  • Lovely!

    Posted by Kirsty on 29/08/2019

    Lovely genuine Castle tastefully decorated with appropriate accessories. We traveled there with two other families and had 6 parents, 6 teens and a child and everyone enjoyed the two night stay. The teens brought lots of board games to play and there was more than enough room for all of us and for the teens not to be under our feet. Jackie was a fantastic hostess and prepared some fabulous food for us. The castle is a bit remote so you do need transport but it is right in the middle of a very historic area of Ireland so we went to visit a few archaeological sites on the day we were there. Much to my 16 year old's disappointment we were not visited by any ghosts - but I was happy enough myself we had no "additional" visitors! I could certainly imagine its the sort of place ghosts would like to hang out! :-)

  • A Castle all to ourselves...

    Posted by Linda on 19/06/2019

    How great to have a castle all to ourselves! The castle was well decorated, stocked with lots of things to make our visit comfortable (e.g. books, travel brochures, coffee, tea, adequate lights for reading, comfy beds and baths, a terrific fireplace). Enjoyed the nearby attractions at Loughcrew (tomb and gardens) and a couple of fine meals at the nearby country club.

  • Amazing

    Posted by Grainne on 07/03/2019

    What an amazing unforgettable stay we had at county Meath Castle. A unique and very special venue for our company’s conference.

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