Ireland’s Top Stately Manor Homes
Russborough House & Demesne
This great 18th century stately mansion in Blessington, County Wicklow is beautifully maintained and lavishly furnished, containing fine furniture, tapestries, porcelain and much of the Beit collection of paintings. The house also contains delightful parkland with magnificent views of the Blessington Lakes and Wicklow Mountains,as well as a 20,00 square feet Maze for the more adventurous visitor.
Powercourt House and Gardens
Powerscourt House in county Wicklow is home to one of the world\’s great gardens. It is situated in the village of Enniskerry, 20km south of Dublin in the foothills of the Wicklow Mountains. The amazing garden was begun by Richard Wingfield in the 1740\’s and stretches out over 47 acres.
Dublin is the ideal base for exploring the stunning rural charms of county Wicklow and the fine stately homes of Powerscourt House and Russborough House. Thanks to the easy availability of cheap flights to Dublin, the city has emerged as the number one destination for holidays in Ireland and has the largest selection of hotels in Ireland. If looking for hotels in Dublin Ireland check out www.rediscoverireland.com its packed full of hotels in Ireland, adventure activities, tours, cultural events, holiday homes and holiday apartments.
Emo Court mansion and gardens
The village of Emo in county Laois is home to the stately Emo Court mansion and gardens, designed by James Gandon for the Earl of Portarlington in 1790. The house is surrounded by beautiful gardens and parkland that date from the 18th century and contains formal lawns, a lake and wonderful forest walks. County Laois is about one hour\’s drive south of Dublin and is home to the Slieve bloom mountain, popular with hill walkers and nature lovers. For those visitors who wish to stay in County Laois there are numerous holiday homes and holiday cottages dotted throughout county Laois.
Stradbally Hall is also located in County Laois and is one of Ireland\’s finest stately homes. The Cosbys\’ stately home was begun in 1772 and greatly enlarged and embellished in the 1860\’s in its present Italianate style. The Irish Steam Preservation Society holds its steam rally here every year during the August Bank Holiday. Also in the grounds is the Stradbally Hall Narrow Gauge Railway.
Bantry House in west Cork is not only one of the finest historic houses in Ireland, but it also commands one of the best views overlooking Bantry Bay. It has been open to the public since 1946, the first to do so in the country. The house is still owned and lived in by Egerton Shelswell-White, who is a direct descendant of Richard White (1, Earl of Bantry), and his family.
The Hutchinson family built a mansion on the shore of Bantry Bay c 1740. The house was enlarged in 1765 by the White family. Many treasures can be viewed including extensive art collection and tapestries. The West Cork regions is a popular destination for holidays in Ireland, the region\’s main towns: Bantry, Clonakilty, Skibberian and Kinsale have some of the best hotels in Cork and have an abundant supply of and holiday cottages, holiday homes, holiday rentals and holiday apartments to suit all budgets.
Fota House Arboretum & Gardens
Enjoy Regency period architecture and a wonderful neoclassic interior at Fota House Arboretum & Gardens near Cork City. Visitors can walk through the two floors of this extensive country house and see beautifully decorticated formal rooms, servants quarters, the restored original kitchen and game larder. The house contains one of the most important collections of Irish art and furniture in Ireland.
The world renowned arboretum and gardens, with its beautiful orangery, formal walled gardens, and 12 acres of parkland was begun in the 1850\’s , and today boosts one of the finest collections of rare and tender trees and shrubs grown outdoors in Ireland.
Cork city is also a very popular destination for holidays in ireland and is an ideal centre from which to explore both Fota House and Bantry House. Did you know hotels in Cork are among the very best hotels in Ireland and there are numerous hotels in Cork to suit all budgets and tastes, there are also numerous holiday cottages, holiday homes, holiday rentals and holiday apartments dotted all over the city.
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Ireland is blessed to have so many fine 18th and 19th century stately manor homes set in stunning locations, but this short guide only highlights six stately homes. If you are a big history fan why not take a short trip to Ireland. Did you know it\’s never been easier to take holidays in Ireland thanks to numerous European and transatlantic airlines offering flights to Ireland as well as numerous budget airlines offering cheap flights to Dublin and cheap flights to Belfast. To learn about more about Ireland\’s stately homes visit our cities and sights section on www.rediscoverireland.com
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Sport on the grass, like ripples o’er a lake
Alive with freshness! when the full round Sun,
With the Creator’s smile upon his face,
Walks like a prince of glory through the path
Of Heaven!—Thou vast, and ever-glorious sky,
Mantling the earth with thy majestic robe…
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