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05-11-2019 06:49 PM
"....Luggala sits in the landscape like a lost piece of wedding-cake sculpture, glowing white against the black Wicklow hills." So says a book I have on Celtic design.
This incredible little Gothic structure, originally built in the 1790's, burned to the ground in 1956. What you see is a painstaking exact replica they resurrected of the original building.
The Guinnesses, the most famous family in Ireland, were the owners of this and the 5000 beautiful acres surrounding it.
It's so like a fairy tale, it's become a cliche to refer to Luggala as magical, but I can think of no better word! It was a mecca for artists, film people, the "intelligentsia". The mistress of Luggala was Oonagh Guinness, who married Lord Oranmore and Browne:
Her son, Garech Browne, assumed ownership of the estate, and was painted as a young boy by no less a painter than Lucian Freud, in this famously arresting small portrait:
Could go on and on about this storied place and its owners and history! If interested, just google Luggala and so much pops up. Here's a last look at the estate:
05-11-2019 07:07 PM
Absolutely stunning, elegant, classy, beautiful in every way. This is for me and having all that land is such an added appeal. I am so glad it was rebuilt after the fire. I have always loved the formal look since I was young.
The history of Luggala is so interesting, thanks for some insight into this spectacular estate. I would be happy to move in any time!!!!!!
05-11-2019 07:22 PM
@oznell @This is so interesting thank you for posting. Will check this out - so beautiful. My mother was Irish and when we visited her home - which we did every summer - there was a large beautiful house and estate in her village where most of the villagers - including my Aunt and Uncle - were employed. I attended their annual fair which they put on for all the villagers/employees and the grounds and home were exquisite. We had great times there.
So many beautiful estates in Ireland.
05-12-2019 01:24 AM
Wow, I had to read this twice. Interesting it burnt to the ground. I honestly thought it looked really really white, but like almost brand new.
I will have to read more. Thank you.
05-12-2019 08:00 PM
@oznell I think there are a few castles in Ireland that have been burned for one reason or another. Some of the burnings have had to do with the the Irish struggle for independence. I have been to Glin Castle a few times. Desmond Fitzgerald was connected with the Guiness family somehow, Ireland's history is complicated.
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