Enniscoe House

Open to pre-booked groups (minimum 6) Open for overnight accommodation with dinner Museum and/or art gallery Holiday cottages for rent Park or garden open Available for functions or corporate events Available as a film location

Enniscoe House, Castlehill, Ballina, Mayo, Ireland

t: +353 96 31112
f: +353 96 31773
e: mail@enniscoe.com
w: http://www.enniscoe.com

The House

Enniscoe appears to be a classical late Georgian house but it incorporates a much earlier building. Francis Jackson, an officer in Cromwell’s army, was granted land here in the 1650s. At first he lived in Crossmolina Castle but he later built a house beside Lough Conn.

His great-grandson George built a tall three-storey house over a basement in the 1740s but this was subsequently incorporated into a later building. The new house was built in the 1790s by George’s son, another George (the family refer to them as George One and George Two) and was literally wrapped around the earlier building, which is still easily identifiable today. Works were largely completed when it was occupied and damaged during the French invasion in 1798.

Today Enniscoe is a two-storey house of five bays. While externally plain it contains some elegant late-Georgian plasterwork and a very beautiful eliptical staircase leading to an oval landing. The large principal rooms have decorated cornices and the original silk wallpaper survives in the drawing room, though the pale blue has faded to mushroom pink.

George Two’s granddaughter Madeline married her cousin Mervyn Pratt. They inherited the estate in the 1830s, restored the neglected house and created an important garden. Their son, Joseph, and his wife, Ina continued the work but luckily there was insufficient money for further alterations so the house is substantially unchanged today.

Their unmarried son Mervyn lived here until 1950. After his mother’s death the house was maintained and the garden became his life’s work. On Mervyn’s death in 1950, his cousin Jack Nicholson inherited Enniscoe and today it is the home of his daughter Susan Kellett and her son Dj

Information

Open to pre-booked groups (minimum 6)

Open for overnight accommodation with dinner

Museum and/or art gallery

Holiday cottages for rent

Park or garden open

Available for functions or corporate events

Available as a film location

Opening Hours

Open to visitors by arrangement

Open to guests from 1st April to 30th September

Open at other times by arrangement