Boyne Valley Test



Stameen House is the original name of the period house that now houses the Boyne Valley Hotel Drogheda. It was built in 1845 in a field called “40 Acres” which gives you a sense of how undeveloped the surrounding areas were. The first owner, John McGrane was a master weaver in the local linen industry in Drogheda.

Following the death of John McGrane, there followed a period of nearly 100 years when Stameen House was owned by the Cairnes family. The House was purchased by renowned business man William Cairnes. Originally from County Tyrone, Cairnes had purchased Tandy’s Brewery which was located about 2 miles from Stameen House. The house passed from William Cairnes to his son Thomas Plunkett Cairnes in the late 1860’s. He continued in the tradition of trade and manufacturing with interests in Brewing and Railways and his philanthropic pursuits saw him build a wing onto the Rotunda Hospital in Dublin and found the Cairnes Housing Trust in Drogheda. He passed away in 1893.

His son William Plunkett Cairnes took ownership of Stameen House and was a director of the Great North Railway. In turn, his son William Algan Cairnes took his turn to own Stameen House and resided there when not in service with the Indian Army. Stameen House was in private family ownership throughout this period and above the main staircase you can still see the motto of the Cairnes family “Effloresco” (Burst out into flower).

Stameen House passed out of the ownership of the Cairnes family when William Algan Cairnes died in 1961. The subsequent owners, the Larkin Family opened this elegant period house as a hotel and named it Stameen House Hotel. It was later bought by Swiss hotelier Willi Widmer who changed the name of the hotel to its’ present name The Boyne Valley Hotel. Over the course of his time as owner Widmer added additional 18 rooms, a modern reception and an executive Boardroom.

The Boyne Valley hotel in Louth is now a name long established with the Irish Hospitality industry. Over the years many wonderful additions have been added including the award-winning Boyne Valley Country club with swimming pool, gym and tennis courts. The extension in 2003 of 34 additional bedrooms, a bridal suite and meeting rooms.

This historic house has welcomed many visitors over the years and seen many happy occasions. This Drogheda hotel is managed by a team of hospitality professionals who pride themselves in delivering a warm friendly welcome in this heritage property. Our team hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you to the Boyne Valley Hotel Drogheda.