Friday Fun: Country Homes in Ireland

I’ve discovered there are some beautiful country homes in Ireland as well that I might consider for my future reading/writing retreats… although they are somewhat more expensive than my beloved French chateau (and possibly slightly more rained upon?)

How about this little beauty, nestled among the hills in County Dublin? From
This one in County Kildare has an indoor swimming pool – well, it would have to be indoors, wouldn’t it? From
Needless to say, I much prefer a library, such as this mansion in Tipperary, from
They all seem to have really endless grounds too, such as this one in County Wexford, also from
Not all of them are for sale, you might have to be content to just visit some of them, converted into hotels, such as this one from the Irish Tourism Board.
This one reminds me of Sanssouci Palace in Potsdam, Powerscourt House in Enniskerry, from Home Stratosphere.

17 thoughts on “Friday Fun: Country Homes in Ireland”

  1. Stunning! And I think writers/artists don’t have to pay income tax in Ireland, so although they are more expensive than a chateau, you’d save money on whatever you produced on your lovely retreats 🙂

    1. Don’t think I haven’t thought of that already, Madame Bibi! Up to 30000 euros of writerly income is tax-free, although I am not sure if retreats would count towards that (it might just be book sales or conference fees).

    1. I have this ambivalent attitude towards rain: hate it when it goes on and on and on… but cannot bear the dry, arid, desert-like landscapes of summer in the Mediterranean.

  2. What lovely places, Marina Sofia! So peaceful-looking, and such beautiful grounds, too. My choice is the one in Tipperary (that library!), but I love them all.

  3. I could go for any of these though they are a long way away from the kind of dwelling my Irish great great grandparents lived in. Not much more than a hut from what I can tell

  4. Delightful places all but I’m with you, the library is where I’d want to be (with a superb view through the window, obvs!).

    By the way, have you featured cloisters or cloister garths in your series? Not just kind you see attached to religious buildings but secular retreats, where shelter is possible as one meditatively perambulates, with a central garden or fountain to delight the senses? Even enclosed coutyards? And if you already have, could we be treated to more, pretty please? 🙂

    1. I’m open to taking orders… I’ve had requests for cool basements and swimming pools in the past. This is a very interesting suggestion – I love cloisters!

      1. Yay, that would be splendiferous! Thanks in advance. 😊

        It’s interesting that, apart from religious cloisters, enclosed courtyards in the UK tended to be open on one side, unlike many Mediterranean examples where the intention is generally to keep the sun out as much as possible.

        Maybe, as the UK hots up due to the global crisis (we’ve had our first ever ‘amber’ warning of extreme heat for this week, with impacts on public health likely) architects will wise up to the advantages of cloistered areas for British buildings. But I don’t hold up much hope…

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