Beaulieu Demesne was formed in 1169 by the Blessed Oliver branch of the Plunkett family.
Following the 1641/42 siege of Drogheda, ownership changed to Sir Henry Tichbourne, Marshal of all Ireland and defender of Drogheda during the siege. Tichbourne, his son and grandson constructed the present house. The current owner is tenth descendant of Sir Henry Tichbourne.
The Dutch style is unique to Ireland and thought to be one of the very first unfortified houses constructed in Ireland. For a house of this age to survive in a virtually unchanged state is unique and therefore represents a true national treasure of Irish heritage. Enjoy guided tours of the house and the fascinating family history. Stroll at leisure through the four acres of historic walled garden. The car museum containing a collection of classic race and road cars with memorabilia of Ireland’s top lady driver Gabriel Konig whose race experiences have taken her worldwide. The house and gardens are also available for wedding receptions, conferences and many corporate functions.
To make available the full very special ambiance, which is Beaulieu, we hire only the house and gardens in which you arrange your own programme. Our experience is available for advice and alternate uses of the rooms, but most important, it is your day. The number of guests does not present a problem at Beaulieu, but there is a limit to the numbers able to dine in the house. The hall seats fifty, the dining room thirty, the ante room ten - say one hundred people. Thereafter, a marquee is recommended, which would be situated on the lawn and connected to the house via the drawing room. The house is dominated by the large two storey hall, off which are situated the dining room, the drawing room and grand staircase, with the ballroom situated beyond the ante room. On the first floor we provide two bedrooms and a bathroom for changing, we are unable to offer accommodation. Functions in autumn and winter include log fires in the hall, dining and drawing room. From the drawing room a door leads to the large terraced lawn where a glorious setting awaits with views over the River Boyne. The marquee would be situated on the lawn with a link to the drawing room, enabling the party to dine with views over the river Boyne.