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Our Castle offers elegance,
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The Castle, dating from the 15th century is situated in a fine parkland setting and surrounded by mature trees. The courtyard, approached through a medieval arched gateway has lofted stone faced buildings while the outer yard has very impressive stone faced buildings with stabling for 20 horses. Also included is an outdoor manège, partly walled garden and orchard. The lands, all in old pasture, have excellent road frontage and are renowned for their fattening qualities.In the early 12th Century a man named Patrick Babe was given 500 acres of land in the parish of Derver by King James II. He built a castle for himself and his family to live in on the grounds formerly owned by the church. The castle was built on the north side of the hill north of the cave and on the edge of the deep slope that led to the banks of two rivers, which provided fish and eels for the family food.The rivers acted as security from the enemy advancing from the north. With a large yard wall to the east 12 feet high and 20 acres of woodland to the west helped keep the enemy out. But a problem arose on the southside of the hill as it sloped to a deep valley and joined the high hill of newtown Darver. As the top of this hill is just 4 feet higher than the level of the top of the castle. So the soldiers were unable to see the enemy approaching from the south. Patrick Babe had a round tower built on the very top of the hill and placed soldiers into this garrison which gave them a clear view for 40 miles away so no enemy ever got near Darver castle during all the wars.

The church was never reached by Cromwell because of the protection from the hilltower. When the wars were over, Patrick Babe had wings put on the front of the tower and converted it into a windmill, and used it to ground corn for himself and his tenants. This continued for 150 years until large mills were built on the edge of the rivers, powered by the water, so that the use of the towermill ended and it was later demolished and the land around made arable. The hill is still known as windmill hill. 12thC Patrick Babe built the castle. Later he built 14 tenant houses. 1385 John Babe was given the advocasy of the church 1655 The Babes rented the castle to Abraham Ball. He died in 1742. 1740 James Babe sold the castle and 500 acres of land to Richard Fiscall Dublin for $4,000 1777 According to a survey done by Taylor and Skinner. The castle was idle. 1789 John Booth bought the castle. He died in 1840. 1840 Joseph Booth appears. He added the new wing and porch. 1857 John Filgate Booth died there. 1890 Frances Rutherford died there. 1894 Elizabeth Booth died there. 1906 Charles Rutherford died there. 1921 Zane Booth died there. 1980 John Booth died there. 1993 McCormack family took over and shortly afterwards Aidan and his wife Mary took ownership. Through a lot of hard-work and love for the castle, they have transformed it into the castle wedding venue it is today. The Carville family still continue to care for the castle, with improvements happening endlessly.

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Castle Wedding of the Year

Dating back to the 15th Century, Darver Castle is a spectacular setting for your romantic and magical wedding. The Castle is surrounded by beautiful mature trees, gardens, and lawns. The Castle and surrounding outbuildings have been transformed over the years into a haven of tranquillity and luxury offering incredible service and facilities on wedding days.

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A haven of luxury & tranquility,
in your dream wedding venue…

May we take this opportunity to congratulate you on your engagement and thank you for your interest in Darver Castle. Darver Castle 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 ideally located on the N52 close to the M1 motorway and is approximately 45 minutes from Dublin and Belfast.

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