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“A treasure worth visiting” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Emo Court

Emo Court
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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142 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
“A treasure worth visiting”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2011

Emo Court was designed by the architect James Gandon in 1790 for the Earls of Portarlington and is a magnificent example of this neo-classical style. During the middle of this century it was owned by the Jesuits, it was then acquired and extensively restored by Mr. Cholmeley-Harrison in the 1960s. The house is surrounded by beautiful gardens.
Location: 2.5km from Emo. (Accessed from Kildare-Portlaoise Road - N7).
See webpage: http://www.heritageireland.ie/en/midlandseastcoast/EmoCourt/
Cannot add anything to the above but the recommendation to visit. Also worthwhile are the tearooms, which serve lovely cakes and very good coffee.

Visited July 2011
6 Thank martin_ww
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Dublin, Ireland
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33 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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“Turn off the motorway - well worth it”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2011

Well worth the short detour off the motorway. I've been travelling annual to West Cork for 20 years and noticed the signs for Emo Court but didn't stop. I finally took the time to see it this year. It's well preserved and beautifully situated. The staff are interested and friendly and our tour guide (Ruairi I think) was excellent and . Well informed - spanning history, fine arts, genealogy - and presented in a lively fashion over 40 minutes. The tour time flew as we went from room to room, each with its story to tell. There were only 3 in our tour so the place seems sadly underpublicised. At €3 pp it's hardly overpriced! It is well signposted (on the brown official toursism signs) but most don't know what it's about perhaps. The coffee shop is fine for tea and scones and also has good wheelchair access.

Visited May 2011
7 Thank WorkLife55
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3 reviews
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“Let down by Tea Room”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2010

Another little Gem. An architectural gem, bequested by family to the county of Laois and for use by the public. Lovely victorian gardens leading all the way to a man made lake. Not over crowded and as an attraction not over priced.
Now to the food, most attractions in Ireland have a recreation facility. They range between people who know tourism and people who know how to rip off. Emo falls into the latter. 2 pannini's with salad and a coffee cost me 27 euro. You can fly from Dublin to Glasgow for that with some carriers. The food is mediocre and when I went to make a complaint I was met with a completely unconcerned staff member. Pack a sandwich and enjoy its splendour,
One other negative does not allow dogs.

4 Thank oscarlaois
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Yellowknife, Canada
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“Beautiful house with good guided tour”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 March 2010

We've visited Emo Court last year and found the whole house simply glorious with amazing interior decor. Entrance to the building is by a guided tour only, these start every hour (on the hour) and last approx. 45 minutes up to an hour. The premises are not too big and so the tour is not tiring at all; our guide was actually very informative and knew loads about the house, its previous owner who renoved the house to its present glory and about all the interior design, every little piece (lamp, desk) in it. It seems like not a major attraction in the area as we and another couple were the only visitors at the time (had the guide to ourselves - could ask loads of questions) and it's actually a real shame! It's a beautiful house, a little gem and definitely worth a visit!
Didn't get to walk in the forests which look vast but the little gardens outside are nicely kept and great for a short pleasant walk.

3 Thank Justine28
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