This is Beaulieu House, situated on the outskirts of the town of Drogheda, in County Louth.
This house has a long family history, tracing its way back to the building of the house between 1660 and 1666. Built by Sir Henry Tichbourne, the then Marshall of the Army in Ireland, the house has seen 350 years of the same family live within its walls. It is today owned and lived in by Mrs Gabriel De Freitas, a tenth generation descendant of Henry Tichbourne.
Beaulieu House is made from rough stone, which could be from the ruins of Plunkett Castle which stood beside where the house is now, and finished with fine Dutch bricks around the windows and doors. These bricks would have been shipped from Holland to the nearby River Boyne. This is one of the earliest examples in Ireland of an unfortified house.
Also within the grounds are large terraced lawns and a very fine walled garden, believed to have been designed by Dutch artist Van de Hagen. Van Hagen stayed for a time in the house and also painted the picture over the hall fireplace and the intricate drawing room ceiling.
The family church stil stands on the grounds too, and members of the homes descendants are buried here. A stone coffin lid carved in the detailed shape of the skeleton of a child is an unusual find in the cemetery.
The long history of this place is very apparrent when you step inside. The gigantic hallway is filled with portraits of previous owners and family members, all looking down from on high, and as far back as the original occupents. As you progress through the rooms, more portraits turn to black and white photos, then to modern high quality photos, all depicting the residents through time up to today.
As can be expected, all of the rooms are furnished to very high taste and class, and the building really retains a feeling of a specific place in time.
Thanks for looking!
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pajaran (44278) 2013-03-08 11:19
Vrlo interesantan i dobar tekst o staroj kuci sa datim podacima ...
Dobar snimka, kontrast, lepe boje.
Dobar rad, lepo pokazana arhitektura.
Lepa stara kuca.
Prijatno vece i sve najbolje za vikend.
Very interesting and good article on the old house with the given data ...
Good length, contrast, beautiful color.
Good work, beautiful architecture is shown.
Beautiful old house.
Good evening and all the best for the weekend.
carlo62 (22225) 2013-03-08 13:15
un edificio semplice ed elegante, ben fotografato, con una bella luce e dei bei colori.
Interessante nota che descrive l'eleganza anche degli interni.
rogerl (1164) 2013-03-08 13:27
Noel, another beautiful shot, very well-exposed with great detail even in the shadows at the front of the house. The colors are great, particularly the orange on the house. Too bad about the little bit of tree branch upper right, but I guess you wanted to include the pillar at left and keep the house centered. So it goes.
ourania (21336) 2013-03-08 23:54
this is a great view to the facade of this imposing and very interesting house. It's story and interior, as described in your note, are fascinating. I like how the symmetry is broken a little by the surroundings and the placement of the lane. I also like very much how you have managed the light and the contrast obtaining a very pleasant atmosphere and a clear view of details in both lit and shady areas. The colours around the grey house are very beautiful and set it off superbly. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great weekend,
tyro (16728) 2013-03-09 11:07
A very interesting note and a very fine photograph with which to illustrate it!
I like the fine symmetrical composition and the way you have used the edge of the roadway on the right as an perfect "lead in" to the picture. The lighting is excellent, the colours vibrant but true and the details and sharpness are exquisite.
maria-v1981 (10420) 2013-03-09 11:28
The tight framing works pretty well. Love the real textures on the architecture and the 3D effect thanks to the efficient sharpness. A well thought composition and perfectly executed.
Have a nice week start,
JFS (32457) 2013-03-09 11:41
Your shot is impecable Noel! The light, the colors, the sharpness, the symmetry....A remarquable work my friend. A lovely house to stay, isn't it?
Have a good WE
marabu61 (6301) 2013-03-09 15:26
Very nice house indeed again and perfectly put in scene by you. I love the strong, deep saturated colors in this one.
This would be an ideal property for a guest house (my professional eye coming trough again)
have a good sunday
(I just hope that my camera will be back from service in time before we leave for Ireland in a week)
krzychu30 (14332) 2013-03-10 0:37
the long and rich history of this house is impressive,but also its architectural beauty is undeniable.I´m glad you decided to chose simple,central POV,which definitely shows us this marvelous House in all its glory.So we´re not distracted by any other things in the frame and can fully devote ourselves to admire the architecture and beautiful surrounding.Just love these strong,vivid colors and contrast between them.Green vs. blue is always picturesque.Magnificent presentation Noel!
Have a nice sunday
EstelleJ (921) 2013-03-10 12:43
I just love historical mansions, or manor houses, esp. those that are furnished to a certain style and time in history. It's so nice and thrilling to be able to step into a different era, to "go back in time".
This one is a fine example of such a manor house, so symmetrically designed, very stately looking, surrounded by well-landscaped grounds. I like the beautiful doorway with elaborate arch and decoration piece on top.
Thanks for posting!
thebest (4202) 2013-03-16 18:28
What a beautiful country manor/house - I could live there quite comfortably with a few servants around me '' lady muck!!! ha!
I love this photo for the natural colours & clarity which is excellent.
What I enjoy are not just the image but your highly interesting notes - well done for your effort.
jcpix (8274) 2013-04-11 16:13
Wow, 350 years of the same family living here...now that's impressive. Sadly here, there are a lot of people that would jump ship if a light bulb goes out, always looking for the biggest and best new thing on the market, whether they can afford it or not!? This is quite a stately home, very well taken care of from the looks of things, as well as your description of the premises. I'm drawn to the many solid shapes of squares, rectangles and triangles...with a nice arch over the door for style contrast. This is one of those instances where a straight on viewpoint works to your best advantage, it really feels to solidify the composition. Great light management also, looks very smooth all around, no heavy shadows. I still have to insist, where's all the rain? :) Thanks for sharing this look and history of a beautiful house. Have a great day.
Miguel82 (16568) 2013-09-30 10:47
Dear Noel, yes I see where is it, in the north east in Louth area, your photo comment is very complete, gives the story of that house and architectural features
High definition and good light, good framing, have a nice evening