Hamwood

Open to pre-booked groups (minimum 6) Open to individuals Park or garden open Available for weddings Available for functions or corporate events Available as a film location

Hamwood, Dunboyne, Meath, Ireland

t: +353 1 8255210
e: hamwood@ihh.ie

The House

In county Meath, just to the north west of Dublin, Hamwood is a small Palladian house of the 1770s, with a central block joined to little octagonal ‘pepper-pot’ wings by elegantly curved sweeps.

Unusually, one wing contains the main entrance, since the house as originally built was reputedly so cold that the family decided to place the hall door as far away from the main rooms as possible. The removal of the front entrance from the main block creates an interesting internal arrangement with a double drawing room, unusual in a house of this size.

There is good late 18th century decoration and an interesting family collection, including the intriguing drawings and paintings of Caroline Hamilton. These provide an important record of life in late 18th century Irish country houses and show us how life was lived, and rooms were decorated and used.

Hamwood’s builder, Charles Hamilton, acted as land agent for the dukes of Leinster whose principal seat, Carton, is nearby, and the duke made him a present of the impressive fights of granite steps leading to the doors in the end pavilions. Successive generations of the family acted as the Leinsters' agents until the present owner's husband, Charles Hamilton, retired in the 1970s.

Information

Open to pre-booked groups (minimum 6)

Open to individuals

Park or garden open

Available for weddings

Available for functions or corporate events

Available as a film location

Opening Hours

Open 1st April to 31st July

Monday to Friday

And 1st and 3rd weekends each month

2.00 pm to 6.00 pm

At other times by arrangement