In the 1840s, Captain Bunbury was given money to build a new house which result in Lisnavagh, a sprawling mansion by the architect Daniel Robertson near Rathvilly in County Carlow in his favourite Tudor-Revival style. A hundred years later times were bleak in Ireland after World War II so his descendant Lord Rathdonnell decided to reduce the house in size. This was swiftly accomplished and, by 1952, the family was living in the former servants quarters and children’s wing. Pamela Rathdonnell masterminded the reconstruction in person, re-using a number items from the demolished section.

Address & Contact

Lisnavagh, Rathvilly, Carlow

t: +353 59 91 61473

f: +353 59 91 81475



Available as a Film Location

Accommodation and Short Breaks

Holiday Cottages


Special family celebrations

Meetings or receptions


A Midsummer Night's Dream

Lisnavagh Christmas Craft Fair