Plunkett House

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Sleeps: 17 Bedrooms: 9 Bathrooms: 6

Overview

Wedding Venue Manor Country Estate
Heritage Collection
Ideal for Parties Stag/Hen Allowed

The wonderful Plunkett House lies northwest of Dublin and is set among the beautiful scenic hills of north Co Meath. This incredible estate has been in the same family since the 17th century and comes with a fascinating history. Plunkett House is beautifully presented with lavish furnishings, opulent decor and very stylish accessories. The house sleeps up to seventeen guests in nine gorgeous bedrooms and is the perfect abode to bring the generations together, to party with your favourite friends or for a special celebration such as a wedding.

Plunkett House enjoys sensational entertainment spaces including a living room and library, a very fine drawing room with sumptuous sofas, a piano, gorgeous fire and double doors that open to the front patio. There is a grand dining area and a fabulous kitchen with an Aga as well as an electric oven. The Sun Room comes with a fantastic flagged floor and very pretty garden views. There are many other rooms, all perfect for large groups. You can always find a quiet space here for a pot of tea and a quiet read of the Sunday newspapers. The rooms are all decorated with artistic flair and gorgeous colour tones. Each room is unique and many have wonderful quirky features.

There are four excellent double rooms, all with beautifully dressed beds and cloud-like mattresses, two wonderful twin rooms and one single. The five bathrooms come with gorgeous toiletries and very fluffy towels. The views from the bedrooms are phenomenal. It is such a lovely place to wake up.

The house sits in two hundred acres of parkland and gardens, a place of croquet hoops, afternoon teas and champagne on Irish lawns. There is a private tennis court and a lake, wonderful walking trails and within the grounds, a fabulous coffee shop with plenty of treats and healthy options, the ruins of St. Oliver Plunkett Church and even an enchanting Fairy Trail that the little ones in your group will adore. The 17th-century St. Oliver Plunkett Church remains intact, bearing witness to its rich history. Within the estate, you can also find the Tower House where Plunkett’s family resided before Oliver Cromwell claimed the estate in 1641, reportedly causing damage to the church roof. There is a wide range of different walks on offer which will take you over a range of different vistas including woodland, lakes and ponds, rolling hills and curated landscape gardens. There is a magnificent yew walk, foundations of a longhouse and a walled garden from which a canal and a parterre have been relocated in replica. The yew walk trees are exceptional. In the 19th century these earlier elements were enveloped in a comprehensive development of parkland, watergardens, specimen trees, follies, rockeries, woodwalks and magnificent vistas. The central area of approximately six acres now includes a lime avenue, extensive lawns and terraces, magnificent herbaceous border and physic border. The main gardens are open to the public from 10am-5pm but there are private outdoor areas exclusive to guests next to the house.

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What you should know…

  • The grounds are open to the public during the day though there are private areas for guests staying at Plunkett House
  • There are some wonderful fires to light for a crackling atmosphere
  • The house is an excellent venue for a wedding, christening or special birthday
  • There is further accommodation on the estate. Please enquire and we can provide details

Property Features

Wi-Fi/Internet BBQ AGA Tennis Court Working Fireplace/Woodburner Heating Conference Facilities Waterfront

The property sleeps up to 17 and is made up of the 4 double room, 4 twin rooms and 1 single room.

Main House
- Library/Living Room: solid fuel stove with a stock of firewood and a flat screen TV
- Drawing Room: fine formal room with comfortable couches, a piano, solid fuel stove with stock of firewood, double doors opening onto the front patio and a large dining table and chairs perfect for large group meals
- Kitchen: domestic sized kitchen complete with large AGA stove, electric cooker, crockery, utensils and fridge
- Sun Room: fine room with flagged floor and glazed roof. Large double doors to garden and carpark
- Hall with pantry and guest WC.
- Office.
- Living Room.
- Utility/Boot Room.
- Five bathrooms with bathtub/shower rooms
- Four double bedrooms
- Four twin rooms
- Single room

Exterior
- Tennis Court with rackets
- Sun Patio at front of house
- Café on estate with historical grounds & gardens

Outside the house sits within 200 acres of parkland and grounds. There is a lake and a tennis court for your use. Generations of the family have been creating the gardens since 1660. The result is a stunning garden comprising water, trees, vistas and archaeology rather than flowerbeds. A host of enchanting features are displayed in a setting steeped in atmosphere and history. Within the gardens stand a mediæval moote and St. Oliver Plunkett's family church and Tower House.

The surviving 17th century features include a magnificent yew walk, foundations of a longhouse and a walled garden from which a canal and a parterre have been relocated in replica. The yew walk trees are exceptional, of remarkable form and girth. Other trees are mound-planted, leaving the root system exposed as an extension of the impressive contorted trunks.

In the 19th century these earlier elements were enveloped in a comprehensive development of parkland, watergardens, specimen trees, follies, rockeries, woodwalks and magnificent vistas. The central area of approximately six acres now includes a lime avenue, extensive lawns and terraces, magnificent herbaceous border and physic border. Don't miss the grotesque rockery and grotto, the Rootery, Hellfire garden, watermill, fountain, and symbolic statues and sculptures.

The main gardens are open to the public from 10am-5pm but there are private outdoor areas exclusive to guests next to the house.

Location

About the surrounding area of Plunkett House
Rural Location Walking/Hiking Paths Golf Nearby Fishing Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages
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The house is situated in the middle of the beautiful rolling drumlins of north County Meath next to the prehistoric passage graves of international renown. The area around is one of the unknown delights on the doorstep of Dublin. The surrounding landscape is atmospheric and serene, with rolling parklands, forests and ring forts.

The property is 3 miles from the thriving market town of Oldcastle and is within easy reach of the Kells, Navan and Cavan towns. Dublin City and International Airport is approximately 50 miles away and the new M3 motorway, when completed, will offer even swifter journey times to the city.

In a landscape of inspiring beauty and intriguing history, the cairns form the largest complex of passage graves in Ireland. The Cairns are megalithic structures originally built about 4000 BC as burial chambers. The cairns are in two groups. Carnbane West is about 15 cairns, including Cairn L which is roofed and contains superb symbolic carvings in good condition. This group is some 2 km walk from the car park on gently sloping ground. Carnbane East includes Cairn T, also roofed and with excellent engravings, and is a shorter but steeper walk.

Also within the estate is an adventure course that can be hired. It includes:
- Adult and junior obstacle courses with zip wire and climbing wall
- Mind games and brain teasers
- Raft building on the lake
- Archery
- Camp craft and bush survival overnight

Guests can experience exhilaration and excitement. The estate can provide a tailor made package to suit individual and group needs. This service is ideal for corporate days, sports clubs, schools, youth groups, hen and stag parties and family fun.
- FULL DAY: €50 PER ADULT, HALF DAY: €30 PER ADULT
- FULL DAY: €40 PER CHILD (UNDER 12), HALF DAY: €25 PER CHILD
- OVERNIGHT FOR CAMP CRAFT & BUSH SURVIVAL: €50 A HEAD

Read more about County Meath

Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Dublin  

(100 km)

Nearest Ferry Port Dublin  

(100 km)

Nearest Village Oldcastle 

(5 km)

Nearest Town/City Oldcastle 

(5 km)

Nearest Restaurant Oldcastle 

(5 km)

Nearest Bar/Pub Oldcastle 

(5 km)

Nearest Golf Kells

(15 km)

Region

Welcome to the magical realm of County Meath, where our luxurious Oliver’s Travels property is strategically positioned to let you dive headfirst into the wonders of this amazing county. County Meath, nestled in the arms of the province of Leinster, is like a treasure chest bursting with history, sprinkled with charming towns and villages and bedazzled with a wonderful array of attractions and landmarks. It is the kind of place that makes you want to don a medieval cloak and embark on a quest!

Right at the beating heart of County Meath is the enchanting town of Trim. Trim Castle is a colossal Anglo-Norman castle, standing tall and proud, daring you to explore its secrets. Tales of knights and epic battles echo through its well-preserved walls, paying homage to the county's rich heritage. Just a stone's throw away is Trim Cathedral, a mystical place where intricate architecture whispers tales of the religious history that embraced the area.

The ancient wonder that is Newgrange is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a prehistoric marvel that predates the pyramids of Egypt. Ireland's original architects flexed their knowledge of astronomy and engineering, putting on a show that attracts visitors from all corners of the globe, especially during the winter solstice when the inner chamber lights up like a cosmic disco. Nature and history dance hand in hand at the Hill of Tara, the ancient seat of the High Kings of Ireland. The panoramic views are like a grand feast for the eyes and the Lia Fáil, or Stone of Destiny, is the VIP guest that roars when touched by the true king. County Meath's natural beauty is a playground waiting to be explored. The Boyne Valley offers scenic walks and cycling routes and the Loughcrew Cairns, those ancient passage tombs, are a mystical backdrop for your hiking adventures. The Boyne Greenway is like a secret garden inviting cyclists to pedal through the lush countryside along the riverbanks.

Navan, with its lively atmosphere, invites you to a party of contemporary shops, traditional pubs and historical landmarks. Kells, famous for the Book of Kells, is like a time capsule to medieval times while the charming village of Slane is where the River Boyne adds a touch of romance to the fame of Slane Castle and its storybook surroundings.

County Meath is a destination that caters to every fancy. Whether you are on a quest for ancient sites, fancy a leisurely stroll through charming towns or just want to bask in the natural beauty of the countryside, you will be captivated by the richness and variety that this Irish gem has in store for you!

Kids

Best Suited For: All Ages
Ideal for Teens

Little ones adore the grandeur of Plunkett House and its magical grounds. The Fairy Trail is an exciting interactive sensory trail which gets children exploring the gardens. To complete the treasure hunt-style trail, they will get an activity booklet and map and will have to solve clues and answer questions in order to get to the next part of it. Fairy houses, giant ants and a fairy forest await!There are lots of special places to discover including a play area next to the coffee shop and a private tennis court. This house is just perfect to bring families together and let cousins play.

The surrounding countryside is dotted with charming villages and traditional Irish pubs, where families can experience the warm hospitality and savour local cuisine. County Meath offers a long list of engaging activities for children, making it a fantastic destination for family-friendly adventures.

Located in Ashbourne, Tayto Park is a thrilling amusement park that combines rides and attractions with a zoo featuring various animal species. Families can enjoy roller coasters, playgrounds and live shows, making it a perfect day out for children of all ages.

In Drogheda, Funtasia Waterpark is a vibrant indoor water park that promises hours of aquatic fun. With water slides, wave pools and an array of water-based activities, it is an ideal destination for families seeking a mix of excitement and relaxation.

For a hands-on rural experience, Causey Farm in Fordstown offers interactive farm tours where children can participate in traditional Irish activities, such as milking cows, baking bread and navigating a straw maze. Seasonal events like pumpkin picking and Christmas festivities add to the charm.

Just a short drive from County Meath is Dublin Zoo, a captivating destination for families, providing an opportunity to encounter a wide array of animals and participate in educational programs. The Zoo's emphasis on conservation and immersive exhibits makes it an enriching experience for children.

Children love exploring the impressive Trim Castle, the largest Anglo-Norman castle in Ireland. Children can channel their inner knights and princesses as they wander through the historic halls, climb the towers and envision life in medieval times.

The fabulous Navan Adventure Centre is located in Navan, offering outdoor activities such as zip-lining, archery and high ropes courses. It's an ideal spot for families seeking a day filled with adventure and team-building activities.

You can combine fun and learning at Newgrange Farm near Donore. This working farm provides a hands-on experience for children, allowing them to interact with farm animals, take tractor rides, and explore the farm's scenic surroundings.

County Meath, with its blend of historical sites, outdoor adventures and interactive experiences, ensures that families have a diverse range of options for an enjoyable and memorable stay.

Baby and Toddler Equipment

  • Cot(s)
  • High Chair(s)

Kids Activities Close-by

  • Animal farm
  • Water park
  • Amusement park
  • Zoo
  • Kid-friendly excursions
  • Fishing
  • Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
  • Tourist Towns & Villages

Onsite Facilities

  • Tennis Court
  • Waterfront

Services Available

  • Chef/Cook Available

Extras

Oliver's Extras

  • Chef/Cook Available

At Oliver’s Travels, we pride ourselves on going that little bit further for our guests. From private chefs to travel services, we can help you arrange those little extras that make it a truly memorable holiday. Simply fill in the concierge request form or contact the Oliver’s Concierge Team, who will be happy to help. We can typically help you arrange any of the following:

- Maid service/extra cleaning
- Private chef/cook/catering
- Welcome hamper/pre-stocked fridge
- Local day-trips or tours
- Airport pick-up/drop-off

Simply fill in the concierge request form or contact the Oliver’s Concierge Team.

Please note that all extras are subject to availability and must be requested in advance of the holiday (prices on request). Due to some rural/remote locations, not all services will be available at all properties. However, we will always do our best to fulfil your requests!

Oliver's Travels Chef Service: A Gourmet Dining Experience
Make hosting a memorable dinner party at your villa an absolute breeze with our superb Chef Service. Our chefs will take care of everything for you from start to finish so you can just sit back and enjoy the gastronomic experience. They will bring all the necessary ingredients, cook and serve the food and even clean up afterwards. To find out more visit www.oliverstravels.com/chefs

Event information

Plunkett House is a perfect Bohemian Wedding Venue. It is a mesmerising, exclusive location for weddings and other special events where you will experience the celebration of your dreams. Plunkett House and Gardens sit within a vast estate that dates back to the 17th century. The medieval motte and St. Oliver Plunkett’s family church add to the wonder and magic of this fabulous setting. You will discover extensive lawns and terraces, lime and yew avenues, a water garden, a magnificent herbaceous border, a tennis court and a fairy trail for little ones, all promising dreamy wedding photographs! The interior of the house, decorated with artistic flair, is incredible with many more excellent photograph opportunities. Only a small number of weddings are held each year to ensure that the venue remains special and unique. You can marry within the church ruins, under the lime tree avenue, in a plush marquee or in one of the banqueting rooms. Your options are endless, and the team will ensure that everything works like magic.
 
Indoor Capacity - 120
 
Outdoor Capacity - 250
 
Wedding Ceremony
A ceremony can take place for up to 100 people in Plunkett House’s on-site Church ruins, St Oliver Plunkett’s Church. Larger groups could have a ceremony in the grounds or under a hired marquee on-site. The site is fully-licenced to hold legal marriages.
 
Wedding Reception
A reception with up to 120 people can be hosted in the banquet hall and larger groups could be seated under a hired marquee in the grounds.  Standing drinks and canapes can be taken in the bar area or the courtyard. Dancing can continue inside the banquet hall, with music playing until 2am.
 
Additional Fees for Events
Pricing is created on request, please enquire for details.
 
Restrictions on Decorations and Themes
There are no restrictions. You are welcome to bring your creative ideas!
 
Wedding Planning
The venue has an in-house wedding coordinator who works with the clients for all event planning needs.
 
Catering
The venue has a range of recommended external caterers, or clients may provide their own caterer. The venue has wine and bar packages, or the client can provide their own drinks with no corkage fee.
 
Wedding Packages
Day before and after events are permitted at an extra cost. Packages can be put together on request based on your requirements.
 
Where To Stay
Up to 17 people can sleep at the property, with the possibility of a few extra beds on-site. There are two other properties on the estate that may be available for rent alongside the main house and within 5km many more guests would be able to find accommodation in a range of hotels and B&Bs. The owners can supply details of local transportation firms.
 
Venue Accessibility 
There is limited accessibility via public transportation; guests may need to share rides or taxis. There is complimentary parking on-site. There is limited wheelchair accessibility; please enquire for details.
 
Venue Back-Up
Indoor space available for backup.
 
Wedding Suppliers
The venue has a range of recommended suppliers, or clients can use their own suppliers.
 
Flexibility on Duration
Yes, please enquire for details.
 
Children
Children are welcome, but no childcare services are available. Little ones love the fairy trail in the grounds!
 
Security Measures
There are limited security measures in place. Guests are responsible for their belongings.
 
Noise Restrictions 
Events can continue with late-night drinks inside the house after the amplified music is switched off at 1am. 
 
Other Information
The property can also host other events such as Stag and Hen parties and retreats, please enquire for more information.
 
Please note that any event rental may be subject to additional charges, venue hire fees and to a higher security deposit, which will be in addition to any published rental rates and fees.
 
All events are on request only and subject to prior agreement from the owner, who reserves the right to refuse all events without their prior authorisation.

Terms & Conditions

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

Security deposit €300. This is paid on arrival and will be refunded in full after departure subject to damage inspection.
Arrival time 2pm
Departure time 10am
Energy costs included? Yes, included in rental price
Linen & towels included? Yes, included in rental price
End of stay cleaning included? Included. Please leave the property in the state that you found it.
Pets welcome? Sorry no pets
Smoking Allowed? No smoking
Internet access? Yes, however please note that the connection might not reach each room of the property.

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 17 people:

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Mar 1st 2024 - Mar 22nd 2024 £3,861 £5,792 £7,723 £9,654 £13,512
- Easter £4,247 £6,371 £8,495 £10,619 £14,864
Apr 6th 2024 - Dec 20th 2024 £3,861 £5,792 £7,723 £9,654 £13,512
- Christmas + New Year £4,247 £6,371 £8,495 £10,619 £14,864
Jan 3rd 2025 - Apr 13th 2025 £3,861 £5,792 £7,723 £9,654 £13,512
- Easter £4,247 £6,371 £8,495 £10,619 £14,864
May 2nd 2025 - Sep 2nd 2025 £3,861 £5,792 £7,723 £9,654 £13,512

Prices based on an occupancy of 17 people:

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Mar 1st 2024 - Mar 22nd 2024 €4,200 €6,301 €8,402 €10,502 €14,700
- Easter €4,620 €6,931 €9,242 €11,552 €16,170
Apr 6th 2024 - Dec 20th 2024 €4,200 €6,301 €8,402 €10,502 €14,700
- Christmas + New Year €4,620 €6,931 €9,242 €11,552 €16,170
Jan 3rd 2025 - Apr 13th 2025 €4,200 €6,301 €8,402 €10,502 €14,700
- Easter €4,620 €6,931 €9,242 €11,552 €16,170
May 2nd 2025 - Sep 2nd 2025 €4,200 €6,301 €8,402 €10,502 €14,700

Prices based on an occupancy of 17 people:

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Mar 1st 2024 - Mar 22nd 2024 $4,541 $6,812 $9,083 $11,354 $15,893
- Easter $4,995 $7,493 $9,991 $12,490 $17,483
Apr 6th 2024 - Dec 20th 2024 $4,541 $6,812 $9,083 $11,354 $15,893
- Christmas + New Year $4,995 $7,493 $9,991 $12,490 $17,483
Jan 3rd 2025 - Apr 13th 2025 $4,541 $6,812 $9,083 $11,354 $15,893
- Easter $4,995 $7,493 $9,991 $12,490 $17,483
May 2nd 2025 - Sep 2nd 2025 $4,541 $6,812 $9,083 $11,354 $15,893

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.

Reviews

  • Gorgeous location

    on 16/05/2022

    The house is situated on beautiful grounds. The location is stunning for scenery.

  • Couldn't of asked for more!

    on 25/05/2017

    To Veronica & Agnes + Debra & Shaun, thank you for the best day and night of my whole life - everyone is raving about laughcrew!! Can't wait to come back! xxxx

  • Had the best wedding

    on 03/03/2017

    Lovely laughcrew. Unforgettable wedding.

  • Amazing Weekend!

    on 23/02/2017

    Amazing weekend - fab location + activities - Thank you!

  • Brilliant Day

    on 28/10/2016

    Unforgettable 'Not-a-wedding'. Thanks for everything.

  • Unforgettable!

    on 24/10/2016

    Thank you so much for an amazing night! The house is fabulous. We can't wait to come back.

  • Thank You!

    on 19/10/2016

    Thanks to Sarah and AC for the nice party.

  • Great Stay!

    on 30/08/2016

    Best place even staff are unreal - Thanks for everything

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