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.