The Irish Country House
- ISBN 9780500290224
- 28.00 x 21.00 cm
- 222 Illustrations, 222 in colour
- First published 2011
NOW IN PAPERBACK – This is a book for lovers of Ireland, history and decoration
‘Packed with beautiful pictures, this page-turner allows us all to dream… superb’ – The Irish Times
‘A vivid picture of a unique culture … With so many excellent photographs … this is an unrivalled opportunity to tour some of Ireland’s most atmospheric houses – all well-lived in, well-loved and still family owned’ – Country Life
‘Brilliantly photographed … The houses and their contents illustrate family histories: they thrill, shock and enliven us through love letters, mud rooms, a basement shrine, unusual wallpaper, antique furniture, hand-me-downs and much else besides’ – The Irish Sunday Independent
'This is country-house porn of the sweetest, most insinuating kind’ – The World of Interiors
It chronicles a remarkable group of houses and castles that have survived the vicissitudes of Ireland’s history and are still in the hands of their original families, taking the reader on an intimate tour of these wonderful homes.
The houses are not the instant creation of trendy decorators – they have evolved over generations, furnished with heirlooms and cherished hand-me-downs, and exuding the unmistakeable scent of peat fires.
Evocative, specially commissioned photographs show inviting living rooms and tousled bedrooms, print-lined hallways and well-trampled mudrooms. Details capture the distinctive personalities of the owners: a red silk bell-pull against green floral wallpaper, a drawer full of two-hundred-year-old love letters, the curve of a wonderfully carved antique chair.
In their delightful text, the Knight of Glin and James Peill tell the tales of some of the more colourful inhabitants of these homes, past and present.
Desmond FitzGerald, Knight of Glin (1937–2011), was President of the Irish Georgian Society and a Governor of the National Gallery of Ireland. James Peill is the curator of Goodwood House in West Sussex. James Fennell is a photographer based in the Kildare countryside just outside Dublin. Among his other books are The Irish Pub also published by Thames & Hudson.