The Irish Country House takes the reader on an intimate tour of a remarkable group of Irish houses and castles.
These wonderful homes 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.
'Packed with beautiful pictures, this page-turner allows us all to dream… superb'
'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-house porn of the sweetest, most insinuating kind'
The World of Interiors
'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