Category Archives: Architecture

The Earls of Rosse + Birr Castle Parsonstown

Offaly Grand | King’s County It’s funny how many Irish terraced houses are painted jolly colours (their quoins often highlighted in even brighter hues) while country houses are usually grey. Even though Birr Castle is cheek by jowl with William … Continue reading

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Birr + The Doors

Making an Entrance Fans of fanlights take note. It’s not always cold in Birr.

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Lavender’s Blue + Ashford Castle Mayo

King Cong | More Mayo Please | Glory Days Aunt Margaret’s maxim was, “Never stay anywhere not as grand as your own home.” And she’d an Asprey account and Trüggelmann dressing room. Lavender’s Blue’s take is, “Life’s too short to … Continue reading

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Danson House + Danson Stables + Danson Park

Danson Abbey This Palladian style villa may have originated as a bolthole from London but there’s nothing provincial about it. While suburbia has crept round Danson Park over the last two and a half centuries, miraculously the house, stables and … Continue reading

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Lavender’s Blue + Spring

King Solomon’s Minds | Belonging to the Way The beams of our house are cedars; our rafters are firs.

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Sonneveld House Rotterdam + Dutch Functionalism

Holland Lark Image | Dutch Functionalism is in one sense a continuation of the positivistic traits of 19th century thought. That is, architecture holding meaning as a reflection or symptom of a particular stage of historical development. This interpretation of history … Continue reading

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Hotel New York Oyster Bar + Wilhelmina Pier Rotterdam

The Big Pip If oysters are your world and squid rings rock your boat, Hotel New York is for you. It’s not in New York but it is in the former Holland America Line offices on the banks of Rotterdam’s … Continue reading

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Rotterdam + The Doors

Route Canal Rotters, the new Amsters. What lies behind?  Worlds unknown.

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Mainport Hotel Rotterdam + Delfshaven

Haven is a Place on Earth Middag. To the beautiful south of Churchillplein lie the four inlets of Wijnhaven, Bierhaven, Rederijhaven and Scheepmakershaven. Due west of the latter haven along Leuvehaven is our destination. Seemingly giving up on multisyllabic Dutch … Continue reading

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William Laffan + Abbey Leix Book Launch

Holland Days Source Neither a Monday evening nor (apropos to an Irish shindig) drizzly weather could possibly dampen spirits. Not when it’s a party hosted by the dashing Sir David Davies and the lovely Lindy Hamilton-Temple-Blackwood last Marchioness of Dufferin … Continue reading

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