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Castletown House, County Kildare

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Castletown House, Celbridge, County Kildare, Ireland, is a Palladian country house built in 1722 for William Conolly, the Speaker of the Irish House of Commons. It formed the centrepiece of a 550acre estate. Sold to developers in 1965, the estate is now divided between State and private ownership.InteriorsOn the piano nobile there are a series of ever grander reception rooms typical of the 1720s. The house was entered by ascending a staircase outside before coming into a large entrance hall which was graced with stucco gilding and pictures of the family. To the left is the dining room which was made out of two smaller rooms. To the right of the hall was the huge staircase itself. This was made of Portland stone and is cantilevered.Straight on is the Green Drawing Room and was also known as the Saloon because of its position in the house. This was the room that the family used to receive their guests in before leaving and (staying on the left hand side of the house) entering the Red Drawing Room.The Print Room is decorated with cut-outs of favourite images, following the fashion of the 1760s. This room is on the right side and is thought to be the only surviving example of this in Ireland from this period.Further on is the State Bedroom, which was never used by royalty as such, but by the various viceroys based in Dublin. In it are chairs which were from Venice.
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  • Visited 23/3/17 as a group of 14 people. Had a guided tour of the estate (but not the house), led by a local volunteer guide, Breda. She and her fellow volunteers are rightly proud of their local heri...  more »
  • Well worth the Visit. Went on the 12:30 tour on Sunday 19/03/17. Tour guide was very informative and nice. Were very lucky that the State owns it.  more »
  • A fine house in it's heyday, undergoing restoration works at the moment and beautiful park lands to explore. Started with an exploration of the grounds then returned to the house for a light lunch in ...  more »
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  • Beautiful grounds, nice walks buggy friendly. Nice coffee place, however a lot of high sugar and high fat junk food attracting kids. Overall very good place for sunday afternoon walk. There is also.entrance and car parking from celbridge main street, google maps is very misleading
  • I went to the courtyard cafe and can say it was exquisite one of the best. My meal was amazing and service was so polite and happy. And my dessert was a rocky road and it tantalised my tastebuds and on the way out I had a milkshake, I got a Mars bar milkshake and they have the recipe to a tee. I would definitely consider this one of the best cafe's I ever went too.
  • Great spot, love it. try to get here as often as possible. Grand old house, beautiful house, fields to roam with the dog, café and courtyard. there always event going on throughout the year. If you like visitng historical buildings, open landscape, café's etc. It has it all within easy access just off the M4. Brilliant place to unwind.
  • Great park and old palatial style house. Lots of follies in the grounds, well kept and clean. Go.
  • Very nice OPW site. I'd highly recommend a guided tour to get the full enjoyment. On certain Sunday's in the month they've an excellent market in the grounds. Great spot for a walk to.