Hilton Park

School visits or programmes Open to pre-booked groups (minimum 6) Open for overnight accommodation with dinner Courses for adults Available for weddings

Hilton Park, Clones, Monaghan, Ireland

t: +353 47 56007
f: +353 47 56033
e: mail@hiltonpark.ie
w: http://www.hiltonpark.ie

The House

In 1734 the Rev. Samuel Madden, a cleric and philanthropist who helped to found the Royal Dublin Society, purchased the Hilton estate outside Clones for his younger son. He built a house, possibly incorporating parts of an earlier building on the site, and the family has lived here ever since. In 1803 Hilton House was accidentally destroyed by fire and slowly rebuilt over the next fifteen years to form a pleasant, late-Georgian residence, with a piano nobile over a high basement and a wide flight of steps leading to the front door.

There was a good deal of agrarian unrest in 19th century Ireland so the present owner’s great grandfather looked to his defences.He excavated the area surrounding the house, installed steel shutters and a new steel door in the basement. This became the main front door as the front steps were removed and replaced with a grand internal staircase. This gave the main rooms an uninterrupted field of fire and the house could probably have withstood a small siege.

To soften these martial features Hilton was refaced with Dungannon stone and given a vast classical porte cochêre with a giant order of columns in the manner of a grand Italian palazzo. Internally, many of the main rooms were lavishly redecorated at this time and Hilton still retains a very fine family collection.

The Hilton estate is comprised a series of drumlins (little rounded hills, often with lakes in the intervening spaces) and is extremely beautiful. The pleasure grounds, park, gardens and parterre were laid out by the noted landscape architect Ninian Niven in the late 19th century and are extremely fine. Lucy Madden is well known food writer and an accomplished gardener while her husband Johnny is a knowledgeable forester. They have recently handed over to their son Freddie and his wife Joanna.

Information

School visits or programmes

Open to pre-booked groups (minimum 6)

Open for overnight accommodation with dinner

Courses for adults

Available for weddings

Opening Hours

Open for groups by arrangement

Open for guests 1st April to 30th September

Open weekends March & October

Open to groups at other times