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Darver Castle

Readypenny, Dundalk A91 RDX2 Ireland
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Updated 20/04/20


#1 of 9 hotels in Dundalk
Travellers' Choice
Darver Castle is an exclusive wedding only venue. It has been awarded Castle Venue of the Year 2020. Darver Castle offers an intimate private setting for your special day. Darver Castle Estate dates back to the 15th Century and is situated on 50 acres of fine parkland in the rolling countryside of County Louth. It has been lovingly restored by the Carville family, who continue to care for it. We are fully committed to making your wedding the most memorable day of your life, therefore we only cater one wedding per day, this ensures total privacy. Our castle provides a unique homely setting for you and your guests to celebrate at ease. Beyond the gates of Darver Castle, you sense the peace and serenity. Along the sweeping driveway to the castle, the towers and turrets of the castle come into view. With our mature trees and manicured lawns, you are sure to have many perfect photographic opportunities during your Castle Wedding. Darver Castle is delighted to cater for Ceremonies, which take place in our beautiful newly refurbished Ceremony Room. There is a bridal parlour suite on site. We have 54 bedrooms that can cater for 120 guests.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Car park
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Bar / lounge
Banquet room
Non-smoking hotel
Breakfast available
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
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Flatscreen TV
Electric blanket
Walk-in shower
Hair dryer
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Family rooms
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siobhan p wrote a review 13 Sep
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Attended a Wedding on September 9th, all I can say it was truly fantastic. Aidan, Mary and each member of their staff went above and beyond to make everyone feel special. The food, accommodation and atmosphere was amazing, thanks again to Aidan and Mary for a wonderful, wonderful time at Deyna and Pauline's Wedding 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Travelled with friends
Response from Darver Castle, General Manager at Darver Castle
Responded 6 days ago
Thanks so much, Siobhan for your wonderful feedback. We really appreciate it. We are delighted that you had such a wonderful time at Darver Castle and look forward to welcoming you back in the future.
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JESSCavan wrote a review Aug 2021
CAVAN52 contributions33 helpful votes
Attended a wedding there yesterday. Beautiful function room old stone walls enhanced with greenery and fairy lights Lovely reception drinks in the bar or tea and coffee with both savoury and sweet treats, this was served in an actual kithchen 'home from home' . The meal was excellent service superb, and staff all so pleasant and friendly. The courtyard rooms were quiet and comfortable. There are beautiful gardens very suitable for wedding photography.
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Courtyard rooms are all upstairs, ask for cottage rooms if u have mobility issue, there is no lift.
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Response from Darver Castle, General Manager at Darver Castle
Responded 3 weeks ago
Thank you for this lovely review, Jess. We pride ourselves on making every guest feel at home here at Darver Castle, so we are delighted you enjoyed your time with us.
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Trail444448 wrote a review Aug 2021
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I’ve just been told off and made feel like a school child by setting outside a wedding reception to get some fresh air and drinking a non-alcoholic caffeine drink outside the venue. I was stopped going back in and asked bluntly “is that one of mine?”. I understand the need to crack down on people drinking their own alcohol not purchased at the bar, but I’ve purchased drinks at the bar, and the attitude towards me is akin to being treated like a school child. Calling It out. Be warned future guests. You are being watched.
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Travelled with friends
Response from Darver Castle, General Manager at Darver Castle
Responded 3 weeks ago
We are so sorry to hear about this. We aim to make every guest feel welcome at Darver Castle so we do apologise if you were made feel otherwise. We will definitely look into this. Thank you for your feedback, it is much appreciated.
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Sharon Q wrote a review Jul 2021
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Wow what can I say. This place is amazing and the staff are sooo helpful. My husband and I stayed here for our neices wedding. I'm ceolic and I was worried about keeping to a gluten free diet but everyone was so helpful. The food was fantastic. I would definitely recommend this place. 😍
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
Response from Darver Castle, General Manager at Darver Castle
Responded 3 weeks ago
Thank you for your lovely review, Sharon. We're delighted you enjoyed your stay here at Darver Castle. It was a pleasure to host you and hopefully we will see you again in the future.
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M M wrote a review Jan 2021
2 contributions
Ruairí and I got engaged in March 2019 and upon visiting Darver Castle in April we were delighted to secure the date of Easter Tuesday 2020! Anne was so helpful through each stage of the planning process, keeping me on the ball with emails and suggested suppliers etc. We had a fabulous evening at our food tasting in February 2020 which undoubtedly helped us a lot when choosing our menu. Unfortunately, due to Covid we were unable to go ahead with our original date but Anne helped us work out a new date. As the months approached we had a phone call from Anne when a more suitable date had become available and we were so grateful that she had thought of us. Despite months of uncertainty, worry and changed plans, the day of our wedding in October 2020 was absolutely perfect. Our numbers were dramatically reduced, but other than the smaller crowd and the restrictions in place with music etc, we felt that the joy of our day was never compromised. Whilst a smaller wedding was not something we had ever planned for, the team at Darver created an atmosphere which was intimate yet still maintained the sense of grandeur. Being the only Wedding hosted on that day (something so special that Darver offer) made us and our guests feel totally "at home" in such a majestic venue and we had the most wonderful time. The events of the pandemic forced Ruairí and I to change our original plans, but we would say with total certainty that our Wedding Day held more meaning to us than we could have hoped for and we thank the team at Darver Castle for that.
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Date of stay: October 2020
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Response from Darver Castle, General Manager at Darver Castle
Responded 7 Feb 2021
Thank you Monica & Ruairi for your lovely kind words about your wedding day at Darver Castle. We are delighted that you have such a wonderful time, especially during this unusual time. It was our pleasure to be part of your special day and want to thank you for choosing Darver Castle. Wishing you both every happiness for your new life as Mr & Mrs.
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IrelandProvince of LeinsterCounty LouthDundalk
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Frequently Asked Questions about Darver Castle
Which popular attractions are close to Darver Castle?
Nearby attractions include Stephenstown Pond Nature Park (4.2 km), Cuchulainn's Stone (5.4 km), and Dromiskin Round Tower (4.7 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Darver Castle?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Darver Castle?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Darver Castle?
Yes, free parking, a parking garage, and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Darver Castle?
Conveniently located restaurants include Cluskeys, The Clermont, and Belle's Tea Rooms.
Are there any historical sites close to Darver Castle?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Cuchulainn's Stone (5.4 km), St Mochta's House (5.6 km), and Ladywell Shrine (7.1 km).
Is Darver Castle accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.