Beaulieu

School visits or programmes Open to pre-booked groups (minimum 6) Open to individuals Museum and/or art gallery Park or garden open Cultural activities or events Available for weddings Available for functions or corporate events Available as a film location

Beaulieu , Drogheda, Louth, Ireland

t: +353 41 983 8557
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The House

The Beaulieu estate, just north of Drogheda, has existed for more than 800 years. Owned by the Plunkett family until 1650, the house and estate were granted to Sir Henry Tichbourne by King Charles II in 1666.

Beaulieu has long been considered Ireland’s finest and most important surviving 17th century house, and one of the earliest Irish houses to be built without any form of defensive fortification. Recent research shows that the house may have been built in two stages in the 17th century and further remodelled shortly after 1700.

The result is a fascinating house in the artisan-mannerist style, similar to the designs of Sir Roger Pratt and John Webb in Carolean England. The façades are rendered, with architraves and other decoration of exposed brick. The three central bays of the entrance front are deeply recessed and this is reflected by the deep, hipped roof with strategically placed dormer windows, massive chimney-stacks and a rich cornice.

The interior is equally fine and the double height central hall, with its carved trophies and armorial cartouches, is one of Ireland’s finest early rooms and the house retains an important family collection, built up over many centuries.

A fine, straight lime avenue leads to the front door while the garden front looks out over lawns to the estuary of the river Boyne. There is a superb garden, with walls of faded pink brick. Beaulieu has never been sold and has passed from mother to daughter on several occasions.

The current owner is Gabriel De Freitas, the tenth generation in descent from Sir Henry Tichborne.

Information

School visits or programmes

Open to pre-booked groups (minimum 6)

Open to individuals

Museum and/or art gallery

Park or garden open

Cultural activities or events

Available for weddings

Available for functions or corporate events

Available as a film location

Opening Hours

Open 1st May to mid September Monday to Friday

11.00 am to 5.00 pm

Open at weekends in July and August only

1.00 pm to 5.00 pm

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