Last weekend, hubby & I were lucky enough to stay in Carton House in Maynooth, Co. Kildare. I took so many photos that I am splitting the post into two. This post, part one, is about the house itself. My second post is on the wonderful Winter Suite which we stayed in and the grounds around Carton.
We were looked after tremendously well! It is a beautiful place and a great place for a get-away with a loved one.
According to Carton House’s own website, “Queen Victoria knew it well. Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier came for a holiday. Peter Sellers and Marianne Faithfull lived here for years”. So we were in good company!
Carton House- The Hotel
The house itself, is set on 1,100 acres of a beautiful Georgian parkland and landscaped estate, fourteen miles from Dublin. It was once the ancestral seat of the Earls of Kildare and Dukes of Leinster. Since the 2000s, it has mostly been redeveloped into two golf courses and a hotel.
The 1st Duke of Leinster’s wife, Lady Emily Lennox was the great–granddaughter of Charles II. She played a big part in developing the house and estate to what it is today.
“One of Emily’s 23 children was the famous Irish Patriot Lord Edward FitzGerald, leader of the 1798 rebellion. Allegedly, in 1923, a local unit of the IRA went to Carton with the intention of burning it down.
However, when a member of the FitzGerald family brought a large painting of Lord Edward FitzGerald, to the door and pointed out that they would be burning the house of a revered Irish patriot, they allowed the house to be saved and went on their way!”
We arrived at lunchtime & whilst we waited for our room to be ready, we had some lunch in the Coach house, which is over at the Golf Club, but first we did a tour of the old house. The rooms in the Old house are stunning!
This photo below shows the Mallaghan room which is a public area and used for drinks receptions or you can quietly sit in here to read.
Queen Victoria’s Bedroom – the Chinese room
Lady Emily created the Chinese room, which was the bedroom to Queen Victoria.
There’s a bust of the good lady herself, pride of place in the centre of the room.
It is in its original state, unfortunately her bed is no longer there, but as you can see from the photo it was a four poster bed. The wallpaper is hand-drawn papyrus wallpaper from China specially commissioned by Lady Emily and has been restored by historians.
The Morrison room
This room is used for board meetings and private dinners.
The Gold Salon
Now this room was very impressive. It was beautiful! The gold on the ceilings and the walls is stunning!
There is an organ that worked through a water pump. It is no longer in use, since Carton House got modern and installed electricity. However, it is a stunning feature in this room.
The Drawing room
– a beautiful drawing room, with art adorning its walls.
The Duke’s study
There is a hidden door inside the cupboard which drops down into an underground tunnel to be used as an escape route
The room below shows portraits of the people who lived in the house together with plans of the house.
After wandering around, we stopped for a coffee in the Kitchen bar, before we went up to our room.
to be continued…