Balrath House & Courtyard, County Meath is a superb Georgian family home built in c. 1760 – the traditional architecture of which echoes a sense of the past. Yet nothing can prepare you for the beautiful and inviting warmth of the interior design.
You will find an oasis of rural luxury set in the Boyne valley- the most historically rich area of Ireland’s Ancient East – offering the seclusion of a Georgian courtyard – yet only 20 minutes from Dublin Airport and 10 minutes from Newgrange.
The house is set in 1.5 acres of stunning & elegant gardens in a mature setting surrounded by 20.5 acres on the River Nanny which will assure you both privacy and tranquility.
The self-catering accommodation in the courtyard is of 4 Star Fáilte Ireland approved standard.
The current owners Ray and Frances O’Brien have renovated the old out houses which were used at one time for milking cows, shoeing horses, housing animals and coaches to cosy, bright self catering cottages.
There are four cottages to choose from each offering something unique, decorated to modern living while still maintaining features of its past.
The cottages are located beside the classical style Georgian house that was built for the Walsh family. The Walsh’s wealth was created from their milling business, and historical records show that in 1654 there were over 100 corn mills in County Meath. The substantial remains of one such corn mill are situated in the lower garden where it is still possible to see the site of the former mill wheel and mill race.
There is a strong history associated with the house and many of the original features still remain, for example the original Lock and key and the Adam plasterwork.
The house is open to the public from January 9th – February 3rd and from May 1st – June 9th, daily from 9.00am – 1.00pm.
Fee: Adult €8
OAPs / Students / Children €4
The estate is an ideal location for walking and offers splendid views of the “forty shades of green” which Ireland is famous for.