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Doneraile Court

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Michael Flynn wrote a review Sep 2020
Dublin, Ireland47 contributions22 helpful votes
Very interesting tour of Doneraile Court, the restored portion is amazing. Wonderful walk and landscape in the surrounds.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Nyallg wrote a review Mar 2020
Warragul, Australia331 contributions178 helpful votes
Rescued from dereliction, this former St. Ledger property on 400 acres has been substantially restored on an ongoing basis. The ground floor is now complete and available for tours, whilst the upper level is a work in progress and not yet ready for viewing. What is on offer is well worth seeing and whilst the house was empty apart from paperwork and some furniture, it now has a lovely mix of furnishings, curios, artwork to educate and delight . Our very knowlegeable tour guide brought the whole place to life for our group with a clear historical perspective delivered with confidence, candour and wit. This is very much worth a visit, and the house and outbuildings are set amongst rolling parkland, water features, magnificent trees and a very pretty outlook; with well defined pathways for an easy walk.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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2017ed wrote a review Oct 2019
Cork, Ireland117 contributions15 helpful votes
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Perfect day out for all the family. The house itself has received a wonderful makeover having fallen into a state of disrepair. Much credit to the Georgian society, the Irish State and benefactors for great restoration on a very worthwhile project. Great tour for history, art and architecture. For only €8 it is very worthwhile with a wonderful guide. A tea shop on the grounds with lovely food and staff. I can understand why families love the place. The grounds are simply beautiful. The whole family can walk and/or use their bikes. Tame deer and nature to entertain.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Kinsale35 wrote a review Sep 2019
Cork154 contributions69 helpful votes
Recently visited Doneraile court & it was a fantastic house & tour. The guide Aideen was excellent & really had great knowledge of the house itself and the area around it. The parking can fill up quite quickly, but if you are you only going to the house itself I would suggest in parking in the town of Doneraile and walking in a lane way by Eilys Bar much more convenient. The tea rooms can close early which was a little disappointing as we had finished the tour and would have like to go for a cup of coffee. Overall, the house and tour is very interesting and while there is only one floor of the house opened at the moment I can't wait to go back and see the rest of the house when it is completed.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Peaceful wrote a review Sep 2019
23 contributions2 helpful votes
The house is only recently open to the public and at this point partially accessible to the public. It's a house that has been 'hung on to' by the efforts of the Georgian society and caretaker before being taken over by the OPW. It could so easily have been lost and affords a glimpse into the past where rates were prohibitive and income low. There is a lot yet to be discovered in the paperwork attached to the house which is archived elsewhere. Unfortunately many of the items on display are not belonging to the house but are of the time. I really appreciated how carefully many of the items on view had been in other great country homes in Ireland - a real eclectic mix. The restoration and conservation work is on going and Mary our guide was really interesting and well versed, so I know it will be a place we will revisit to see it's progress.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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