Welcome to one of Ireland’s finest historic Georgian residences and gardens.
Loughton House was Built in 1777 on lands owned by the Pepper family and can be traced back to the Cromwellian period of Irish history. An additional antiquity – the ruins of the original Norman tower/castle can still be seen behind the main house. The Pepper family lived at Loughton House until one Thomas Pepper died as a result of a hunting accident. Thomas Pepper was married to Miss Bloomfield and requested in his will that his brother-in-law, the 1st Lord Bloomfield, acquire Loughton House. Mr Trench succeeded to the property from his brother-in-law, the 2nd Lord Bloomfield, in 1870. The Trenches remained in residence until 1973 when the property was passed to the Atkinson family. The current owners purchased the property in 2016.
Set in one hundred acres of park and woodland, there are several acres of stunning formal gardens. The exquisite Loughton House Estate & Gardens is one of the finest examples of Georgian architecture in Ireland.
Located just outside Moneygall, Co. Offaly, where former US President Barrack Obama traced his Irish ancestral roots, the property also boasts of its very own castle, Ballinlough Castle, dating back to the 12th Century.
Approached from a long tree-lined avenue, Loughton is a most impressive three-storey over-basement house, built in 1777, on the site of a seventeenth-century house. Impressive structural additions were completed in 1853 by the renowned architects James & George Pain – most notably the grand cantilever staircase in the oval reception hall. Originally, the house faced north and had a shallow full-height half-hexagon bow in the centre. It was turned around to face south and the main doorcase put to the east end. Amongst other modifications, the drawing and dining rooms face south, dating from the Pain brothers restoration program – described in relevant periodicals as one of their finest classical works. The house has very fine detailing – traces of the late eighteenth-century decoration can be seen in the house as well as early nineteenth-century changes in internal layout.
The ground floor is laid out with bright and generously proportioned formal reception rooms with magnificent decorative cornicing and ceilings, ornate plaster work and large original period fireplaces. The original wood floors remain throughout and the grand sash bay windows permit torrents of light into the house. most notable are the wood-carved shutters and door panels in the original Billiard room.
The cantilever staircase in the oval reception hall magnificently winds it way up to the first floor, where there are three suites and two impressive bedrooms. The top floor hosts an additional four en-suite bedrooms, and the classical main bathroom. The back staircase stretches from the basement to the second floor and dates from the 1700’s.
The main house can sleep up to 13 adults – cots for babies and additional fold-up beds can be provided on request.
- KINGS SUITE: Sleeps 4 x adults (suite comprises 2 bedrooms)
- OBAMA SUITE: Sleeps 3 x adults (suite comprises 2 bedrooms)
- BLOOMFIELD ROOM: Sleeps 2 x adults
- LEFROY ROOM: Sleeps 2 x adults
- TRENCH ROOM: Sleeps 2 x adults
- BUTLERS COTTAGE: Sleeps 6 x adults (3 bedrooms)
- GARDEN COTTAGE: Sleeps 5 x adults (3 bedrooms)
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