Category Archives: Country Houses

Lavender’s Blue + Castle ffrench Galway

Fortissimo Anglicisation from Gaelic is to blame in some instances (The Argory is a case in point) but quite a few Irish country houses have intriguing names. Jockey Hall and Shandy Hall (the latter in Dripsey) sound fun. Whiskey Hall … Continue reading

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The Hidden Ireland + Clonalis Roscommon

The Portrait of a Lady and Gentleman and Artists as Young Men Dia dhaoibh ar maidin. There really aren’t many left. A study of the 39 (what an odd number, why not 40?) country houses featured in the book Irish … Continue reading

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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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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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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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Colebrooke Park Triumphal Arch Lodge + William Farrell

The Miniaturist Over dinner at Ashbrooke House, the very neoclassical dower house of the very neoclassical Colebrooke Park, the notable Fermanagh architect Richard Pierce remarks that, “Of course, William Farrell designed Regency gothic buildings too. St Patrick’s Church of Ireland in Monaghan … Continue reading

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Ashbrooke House Fermanagh + William Farrell

The Spring of Content Dr Roderick O’Donnell, author and Country Life contributor, considers Ashbrooke House in County Fermanagh to be “a very successful Regency country house”. Kimmitt Dean notes that “this seems to have formed part of a lucrative commission … Continue reading

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The Ned + Little Thakeham House Sussex

Hudson Sway Ned is having a moment. The smart money for a hot spring London staycation is on The Ned, bang next door to Trinity House. Carved out of the former Midland Bank HQ and named after its jolly architect … Continue reading

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Abbeydene House Whiteabbey + Westminster Property Association Lunch + President Trump

Angels Unawares A phalanx of genteel residences, sphinx-like architectural sentinels, guards the east coast of Belfast Lough. Monuments to elaborately espaliered family trees, long forgotten aristocrats and plutocrats, sepia tinted sequins and foxtrots, Elysia lost to rampant suburbia. Sequestered by … Continue reading

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Mount Stewart Greyabbey + Lady Rose Lauritzen

Long Shadows Cross the Lawn Not many country houses are closely associated with their female lineage. Mount Stewart in Greyabbey, County Down, is an exception. The last two centuries have been dominated by the ladies of the manor. First there … Continue reading

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