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The Díez de Ulzurrun Goñi family which had been in the Navarrese restaurant business for a hundred years ever since they opened the charming old Venta de Ulzama, now a fourth-generation business, decided in 1998 to restore and renovate this old Palace. The process included designing meticulously-planned infrastructures as concerns space and technology and, of course, just the right team to personally handle either an intimate dinner or a wedding or congress with no difficulties all while engaging visitors with an art collection comprised of works by various painters from Navarre as well as other parts of Spain, serving them with gastronomy, hospitality and friendship.

Today, in honour and in memory of the gallant knight Don Lanzarot de Gorraiz, rising high above the palace are the colours of his standard.

 

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Banquet Rooms

We have nine banquet rooms, some of which may be combined and others with different areas and decoration, so that we can meet the needs of the different circumstances of each event as well as provide the appropriate identity mark for each one.

 

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Lanzarot

If you’re looking for a place which prioritizes comfort and have 150-190 guests, this is a great choice. We offer you everything in one room: a pre-dinner aperitif at the bar and in the castle hall with the banquet room just a few steps away for the banquet and dance to finish off a perfect wedding.

Dimensions: 160 m2.

Height: 3 m.


USES AND SET-UP TYPES

A dining room for all kinds of needs.

 

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Val de Egües

It’s the banquet room with the largest capacity in a single room. Surrounded by windows with views of the golf course from where you can also see the city of Pamplona.

Dimensions: Dimensions 400 m2

Average height: 4 m


USES AND SET-UP TYPES

All types of banquets (weddings, gala dinners, etc.). Major events in general.

Company meetings:

Theatre-style: Up to 400 people.

Classroom-style: Up to 200 people..

 

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Carlos V

The light and decor make it one of the most elegant banquet rooms in the castle. Ideal for small weddings.

Dimensions: 160 m2

Average height: 2,5 m


USES AND SET-UP TYPES

Usually the dining room for family or company events. Very exclusive.

Company meetings:

Theatre-style: Up to 25 people.

Classroom-style: Up to 20 people.

 

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Environment

We’re located right in the middle of the Egües Valley just 4 kilometres from Pamplona and next to the PA-30 motorway which connects directly to the Noain-Pamplona airport seven kilometres away. Thus, we’re immersed in nature which offers wonderful views as well as the peace and exclusiveness that’s ideal for any event.

 

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The Chapel

The San Esteban de Gorraiz chapel is 100 metres from the castle right on the same estate. It dates back to the 16th century and was restored in 2002, respecting the original structure.

Near the chapel is the town’s parish church which offers more seating capacity.

Events such as weddings, communions and baptisms may be organised at either one.

 

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Parking

We offer private parking for up to 180 vehicles.

 

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History

The history of the Gorraiz Castle is completely connected to the Battle of Noain (in 1521). This was the final great open field battle that occurred during the conquest of Navarre by Castile and Aragon. Years before, in 1515, Navarre had been included in the Crown of Castile as a Kingdom of its own after having its regional code of laws formally acknowledged. Even still, several attempts were made by the Kings of Navarre to fully recover their kingdom.

The great battle began in 1521 between the Imperial army made up of Castilian, Basque and Navarrese soldiers under the command of the constable Francés de Beaumont and the Navarrese elite who were loyal to the dethroned dynasty and led by the French general Asparros.

As night fell, the retreat of the battered French/Navarrese army signalled victory for the Castilians and Beamont’s followers. One of the victorious soldiers standing out was a gallant Navarrese knight, Don Lanzarot de Gorraix.

Out of gratitude for his bravery and fighting, Carlos I of Castile, IV of Navarre and V of Germany awarded Don Lanzarot with nine thousand farthings. He used them to build this magnificent Palace where he married one of the constable’s nieces.