And a close-up of Laura in her pretty hat.
Then into the house led by our tour guide Linda. This shot is behind the original main entrance, which is now generally kept shut.
Get the cameras out:
It was fashionable in the 18th century for well-to-do ladies to set aside a small room and decorate it with meticulously collected cut-out prints. This Print Room in Castletown House, decorated by Thomas Conolly's wife Lady Louisa Lennox Connolly and her friends, is a fine example of the English 18th century style. I have since read a bit on the subject from the Regency Redingote blog, quite interesting!
The formidable bed.
For instance, I had to beg Miss Marja-Kristina to model for me. Isn't it quite "Country House"?
I also liked these portraits, which I think are likely to be of Thomas Conolly's relatives (he had no direct descendent and the house was therefore passed to his nephew in 1729).
Mainly because of this:
We took a stroll outside after lunch. There are our new friends Valerie and her niece at the near back here, who shared the tour with us.
And did I mention that the we were given our own changing room for our group tour at Castletown House? Nice.
Now changed back to day outfit.
I would definitely recommend Castletown House if you are planning a day out with something to see, whether coming from locally or outside of Ireland, and especially if you are in the least attracted to historical establishments or Georgian architecture. The entrance for adults is just 4.50 Euro, and it's only about 30/40 minutes by bus from Dublin city centre, which is so convenient much nearer than I had expected. There are plenty of space outside and extensive grounds for sitting or walking around (we were hoping to do a picnic, except the weather let us down slightly), and the local Celbridge Village looks like a great place with little shops and restaurants. The food at the cafe/restaurant leaves a little something to be desired, but it's still very decent (the pecan brownies were pretty good) and it's a lovely bright space.
I've been wanting to visit again but now have to wait until next March, as the House is closed for the winter months (you can find their schedule on the visitors website). However, I will be seeing the ladies from the Historical Costumer Group very soon - this Saturday actually! We are having tea at the Royal Marine Hotel in Dun Laoghaire - costumed, of course. Please have a look if you might be interested to join this one or any future events.
I have a bunch of new updates to post - a few photoshoots, outings and events, including the wedding. Can't wait!