Castletown House : Michelin's recommendations
The first great Palladian mansion to be built in Ireland (1722), Castletown House faces south over the Liffey Valley towards the Wicklow Mountains. The central building (13 bays), was designed by the Florentine Alessandro Galilei (1691-1737). It is connected to the wings by two curved colonnades by Edward Lovett Pearce, who supervised the construction of the whole building. The house was commissioned by William Conolly, and inherited by his grand nephew, Tom Conolly, who in 1758 married 15-year-old Lady Louisa Lennox. She completed the internal decoration and replaced the formal gardens with winding paths and grottoes. A portrait of architect Galilei hangs in the vestibule. The corbelled Portland stone staircase, installed in 1750, was novel due to its brass bannisters which subsequently became fashionable. The Lafranchini brothers used Baroque plasterwork (1759) although the original intention (1722) had been to use only wood and stone for the interior, as can still be seen in the Brown Study, where visitors can admire the original chairs and wallpaper as well as a Japanese lacquered cabinet (1740) with panels decorated with Italian style paintings by Conolly's wife, Katherine. The most outstanding room is the Long Gallery. Its Pompeiian style decoration, predominantly bright blue combined with red and green, was designed around 1775 by two English artists, Charles Reuben Riley and Thomas Ryder.
- Address : M 4 IRL - CelbridgeCelbridge
- Phone : 016288252
- E-mail : email@example.com
- Website : http://www.castletown.ie
- Prices : 4.50 €