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[title size=”2″]Description[/title]

The magnificence of the Farmleigh House and Estate needs to be seen to be fully appreciated. Originally a small Georgian house purchased in 1873 by Edward Cecil Guinness, first Earl of Iveagh and great grandson of brewer Arthur Guinness, Farmleigh House was gradually extended, refurbished and transformed over the subsequent twenty years into the stately manor it is now.

The 78 acres of grounds, northwest of Phoenix Park feature the famous Clock Tower, a fantastic Fountain Lawn, a Dutch-style Sunken Garden, a Walled Garden with Gazebo, and a quaint Dairy all surrounded by lush broadleaf trees and exotic shrubbery. By the ornamental lake sits the Boathouse, now converted into a café serving food, drinks and coffee throughout the day.

A guided tour through the interior of the House takes in the Entrance Hall with its six pillars of Connemara marble, the sumptuous Louis XIV dining room, and then heads down the Main Corridor, containing 17th century tapestries, into the oval Boudoir.

Withdrawing to the Regency inspired Nobel Room, with its domed ceiling, and the Blue Room, with its three arched doorways that were originally windows before the Ballroom was added. The Louis XVI Ballroom is a wonderful example of late 19th century entertainment architecture, with its enormously high ceilings and polished floors, that leads through to the tranquil delight of the Conservatory.

Aside from the standard tour are the Library and the Gallery. The Library was compiled be the third Earl of Iveagh, Benjamin Guinness, during his lifetime and contains over 5000 rare, collectable, and ancient books and manuscripts. Viewing of some of the works is possible by prior arrangement. The Gallery is an addition to the extensive art collection in the main house, and is on housed in a stunning building converted from the House’s cow sheds, and contains exhibitions drawn from collections around the world.

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Entry to the House is only possible on a guided tour.

Tours run Tuesday to Sunday from 10.15am to 4.15pm between April and December

The Boathouse Café closes at 5.30pm

Tours are free of charge.

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Photo courtesy of Harold Strong

Photo courtesy of Harold Strong