This charming and friendly B&B transforms into a foodie’s paradise on weekends, when divine suppers are whisked up—although they’re open to non-residents and are extremely popular, so you’ll have to book (€35 and worth every cent). A real love of the finer things in life is obvious here, and a sense of artistry pervades the beautifully renovated 14th century building (which is really more of a country house than a castle). Playful design flourishes provide a wry sense of fun: an antique rocking horse in the corridor, a cast-iron clawfoot tub painted Cadbury purple, and an old-fashioned easel set up in one of the bedrooms, as if the painter had just nipped out and will be back any minute to finish the job. Full dinners are only provided on Fridays, although they can often cook for you during the week with a bit of notice. Durhamstown Castle is about 7km (4 miles) west of Navan.
- Frommer's Staff