Curraghmore House in Portlaw Co. Waterford is the historic home of the ninth Marquis of Waterford. His ancestors (the de la Poers) came to Ireland from Normandy after a 100-year stopover in Wales around 1170. Some 1,000 hectares of formal gardens, woodland and grazing fields make it the country’s largest private demesne and one of the finest places to visit in Ireland. A Sikta Spruce overlooking King John’s Bridge is one of the tallest trees in Ireland .The Bridge built in 1205 is one of the oldest bridges in Ireland. Twenty kilometres of famine relief boundary wall and four sturdy wrought iron gates surround the estate.
Group tours of the main reception rooms of Curraghmore House can be arranged by prior appointment. This tour takes in some of the finest neo-classical rooms in Ireland which feature the magnificent plaster work of James Wyatt and grisaille panels by Peter de Gree.
The present day de la Poer Beresfords are country people by tradition. Farming, hunting, breeding horses and an active social calendar continues as it did centuries ago. Weekly game-shooting parties are held every season (Nov. through Feb.) and in spring, calves, foals and lambs can be seen in abundance on Curraghmore’s verdant fields. Polo is still played on the estate in summer. Throughout Ireland’s turbulent history, this family have never been ‘absentee landlords’ and they still provide diverse employment for a number of local people. Change comes slowly to Curraghmore – table linen, cutlery and dishes from the early nineteenth century are still in use.
- Tours are available during the Tour Season & the Tea Rooms are open at weekends during touring season , please check Tour Times here.
- More information on Curraghmore House can be found here : http://curraghmorehouse.ie/
- Ireland’s newest Music Festival AlltogetherNow is also hosted on the estate – more information can be found here : https://www.alltogethernow.ie/