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Curraghmore House and Gardens

Portlaw, Ireland
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About Curraghmore House and Gardens
Curraghmore House is the home to the 9th Marquis of Waterford and his family. This estate is Irelands largest private demense with over 2500 acres. Tours are now available through this historic home where visitors "step back in time " and enjoy the wonderful stories about the colourful characters that have lived on the estate. Hidden in the shrubbery near the main house,is the most enchanting Shell House,created by Catherine Countess of Tyrone in 1754. The grounds of Curraghmore House,were laid out by the first de la poer-Beresford Earl of Tyrone around 1750 and provide a splendid example of an eighteenth century romantic landscape ,with the house as its centrepiece. In front of the house is the garden in the French manner designed by Louisa,third Lady Waterford. It's formal terraces,with balustrades and statuary,overlook a man made lake. The present day Lord and Lady Waterford are country people by tradition. Farming ,hunting and breeding horses continues as it did centuries ago.
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Kelley M wrote a review 14 May
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Third visit to beautiful Curraghmore House, but first tour of the house and absolutely felt welcomed by our very knowledgeable guide, Evelyn. The history of the house is so interesting, the house obviously well taken care of and loved. Enjoyed the walk around the garden and a warm lunch. Wonderful day out, will 100% love to return.
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Date of experience: May 2022
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Jacqueline H wrote a review 12 May
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We are absolutely stunned by the beauty and atmosphere of Curraghmore. No doubt it is testament to the 'Waterford' ancestry but to the many staff who have worked tirelessly and respectfully towards its upkeep and preservation. Evelyn, our guide was a wonderful woman, whose love for Curraghmore, is so apparent, we initially thought she was a member of the family!! Her voice is so hypnotising, we believe, it is to her Hollywood should look when they need an Irish accent coach. Even in the coffee shop, the girls in there made it feel like we were having coffee at a friend's house. To Lord Waterford, we thank him for allowing us to experience his ancestral home and all the familial, national and international history that goes with it.
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Date of experience: May 2022
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VicPal wrote a review Sep 2021
Sierra Vista, Arizona38 contributions59 helpful votes
Curraghmore House is a VERY unique step back into Irelands’ history. This 800 + year old house is steeped in the history of the political and religious events from 1190 to the current day. Curraghmore House is not a ruin, not a stop, see, then get back into the car and drive away event. It’s royalty-owners have live here continuously for 800 years - and still do to this day! I highly recommend the tour which takes you back in time with all the original furnishings and trappings of generations of the family that still live there. The tour is extremely detailed, takes about two hours and is unique in that the pace of the House tour is leisurely. Plus, if booked ahead of time, I highly recommend to partake in the lunch in the House Tea Room. The House staff are very informative, knowledgeable, and are from the local area. In my opinion this tour is the BEST in Southeast Ireland. Truly, a FIVE STAR ++ experience.
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Date of experience: September 2021
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Spailpin123 wrote a review Sep 2021
Dublin, Ireland39 contributions28 helpful votes
Lovely food, good selection. Lovely helpful staff. Lovely setting. What more could one want? We'll definitely visit again
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Date of experience: September 2021
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Philomena B wrote a review Aug 2021
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We visited Curraghmore House today and took the guided tour. We had a truly lovely experience , Evelyn our tour guide was excellent , her warm welcome and knowledge of the family and the house made the tour memorable. We would have no hesitation in recommending a visit to this beautiful house.
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Date of experience: August 2021
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