Lisnavagh

Holiday cottages for rent Available for weddings Available for functions or corporate events Available as a film location

Lisnavagh , Rathvilly, Carlow, Ireland

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The House

The Bunbury family have lived at Lisnavagh for over 300 years, or eleven generations. They descend from a Norman baron granted land in the borough of St Boniface, in Cheshire. Reputedly he became Lord of Boniface’s Borough, which became shortened to ‘Boni’s Borough’ and thence to ‘Bun Bury’. Oscar Wilde liked the name so much he used it for Algernon’s fictional friend in ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’.

The first Bunbury in Ireland was Benjamin, a Royalist on the run from Cromwellian England. The family flourished and in the 1840s, Captain Bunbury was given money to build himself a new house. The result was Lisnavagh, a sprawling Gothic-Revival mansion by Daniel Robertson, in a fifteen-acre garden.

The late 1940s were bleak days in Ireland so Lord Rathdonnell decided to reduce the size of his house. This was quickly accomplished and, by the end of 1952, the family were living in the former servants quarters and children’s wing. Pamela Rathdonnell personally directed the reconstruction and did a remarkable job, skilfully re-using a gable and an oriel window from the demolished section, so that the house does not appear to have been reduced in size at all.

In fact the result, with its richly cut granite facades, looks both elegant and complete, and the charming porte côchere now occurs in the centre of the entrance front. The finest room is the library with elaborate oak shelves by Strahan of Dublin, leather bound books, family portraits and panels of Cordova leather while the staircase, which rises from the ante-hall in 22 cut-granite steps, gives access to the bedroom floor. 

The house is surrounded by sweeping parkland, with views of Mount Leinster in the distance. Today, William Bunbury, eldest son of the 5th Lord Rathdonnell, lives here with his wife and family.

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