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21 November 2013

1874 – Chateau St. Michael, Cannes, France

Architect: T.T. Smith “Built two miles on the east side of Cannes, on the road towards Golfe Yuan, is situated on an eminence overlooking the Mediterranean, and commanding extensive views over the Estrelle...

18 November 2013

1840 – Magheramena Castle, Belleek, Co. Fermanagh

Architect: John B. Keane Constructed between 1835 and 1840, with the design exhibited at the RHA in 1840. In the Tudor-Gothic style, it was of two storeys, with irregular facades, polygonal turrets and...

15 November 2013

1812 – Knockdrin Castle, Co. Westmeath

Architect: James Shiel Originally Sir Richard Morrison was requested to design the castle, but neither of his two designs were accepted. The client then contacted the Dublin architect and builder James Shiel probably...

02 October 2013

1820s – Shankill Castle, Paulstown, Co. Kilkenny

Shankill Castle started as a Butler tower-house near the ruins of an old church. Rebuilt in the early 18th century, it received its current character in the 19th century when it was enlarged...

02 October 2013

1744 – Bessborough House, Fiddown, Co. Kilkenny

Architect: Francis Bindon Large Palladian house with wings, designed by Francis Bindon around 1744 on the site of an earlier house. Later addition of a porch by Sir Thomas Manly Deane, who also...

03 July 2013

1811 – Castle Howard, Avoca, Co. Wicklow

Architect: Sir Richard Morrison Built 1811 around the fabric of an earlier house. The house is designed part in Romantic Castle style and part in Abbey style. Described by Mark Bench-Jones as “a...

01 July 2013

1914 – Lower Scene, Hythe, Kent

Architect: Oswald P. Milne Published in The Building News, November 7 1919: “This house was built just before the war. It. is situated on the golf links at Hythe, in Kent, and towardss...

18 June 2013

1830 – Duckett’s Grove, Carlow, Co. Carlow

Architect: Thomas A. Cobden / John Macduff Derick In his book A Guide to Irish Country Houses Mark Bence-Jones describes Duckett’s Grove as a “square house of two and three storeys, transformed into...

18 June 2013

1625 – Huntingdon Castle, Clonegal, Co Carlow

Huntington Castle was built in 1625 as a garrison on the strategically important Wexford to Dublin route. After 50 years the soldiers moved out and the Esmonde family began to convert it into...