The Front Hall to Leixlip Castle exemplifies Mariga Guinness’s style that “combined fantasy with history and the grand with the laid-back, all in a natural and seemingly uncontrived manner that belied the careful thought and planning behind it. Desmond’s views on restoration – that ‘a certain amount of shabbiness is an appropriate characteristic of an old house in any country, particularly Ireland'”
This door is from the front of Leixlip Castle. The chair by the door is 18th-century Irish Chippendale, one of the set purchased from the Malahide Castle sale in 1976.
Both front doors enter into the Front Hall at Leixlip Castle. This door opens from the side of the castle.
To the right in this photo is the entry to the Tower.
The stairs lead up into the tower.
Antlers, from Germany, were in Powerscourt House, County Wicklow. The photo is taken from the tower doorway. The doorway to the front of the castle is to the left. Straight ahead is the dining room.
This photo is taken from the front doorway. The doorway to the side of the castle is to the right. Straight ahead is the fireplace.
The entry to the tower is to the right. The door to the side of the castle is on the left.
The doll’s house in the front hall, believed to have originated in Cork, is used to sort mail. (I know, the photos are blurry… my camera batteries were going and I missed SO many photos I wanted!)