Killedmond

School visits or programmes Park or garden open Open to pre-booked groups (minimum 6) Courses for adults Available as a film location

Killedmond, Borris, Carlow, Ireland

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The House

Killedmond is a large mid-19th century house in the Tudor-Gothic style, which looks out over the valley of the River Barrow to the Blackstairs Mountains beyond.

Designed by Frederick Darley for the Kavanagh family of nearby Mount Leinster Lodge, the house is an accomplished arrangement using gables, dormer windows, bargeboards and finials in a symmetrical five-bay façade. The three central bays on the ground floor are recessed behind a glazed porch or loggia, supported by cast-iron brackets on slender granite columns. The end bays, which terminate in wide gables, break forward to flank the loggia while the upper level of the central section is treated as an attic storey with tall, gabled dormer windows in its steeply sloping roof.

Two other fronts are virtually identical, with the exception of a half-octagonal bay window on the east side, while the vertically paired widows, culminating in a series of matching gables, create an illusion of symmetry that is greatly enhanced by a profusion of plants and creepers on the walls. Their openings all have simple chamfered granite dressings while the sash windows retain their heavy mullions and delicate marginal glazing bars.

The interior is largely original, with good joinery, chimneypieces and plasterwork, and stained glass panels of hunting scenes in the original front door. The kitchen and service area are more rudimentary, with stone-flagged floors and a game larder still in fine condition.

In Victorian times the house became the rectory for nearby Killedmond Church but was sold in the early 20th century. Subsequently it passed through a succession of different hands until purchased by the present owners some twenty years ago.

In front are lawns, mature trees and a small lake fed by mountains streams. The grounds also include a herbaceous border, a fruit garden and an old rose garden, where a series of interconnecting ponds form a miniature water ‘parterre’. 

Information

School visits or programmes

Park or garden open

Open to pre-booked groups (minimum 6)

Courses for adults

Available as a film location

Opening Hours

Open 9.00 am to 1.00 pm

Admission €10.00

OAPs and Students €6.00

Children Free

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