â€œOne of the extraordinary things about Luggala is that it almost looks like a different place every single day.â€ Hon. Garech Browne. Grandson of Hon. Arthur Ernest Guinness
â€œThe most decorative honey pot in Irelandâ€. Oonagh Guinness
â€œâ€¦â€¦[Luggala] has turned out to be our inspiration.â€ Bono, U2
â€œThe most beautiful place in the world. It has everything you need but without any external stimulant.â€ Marianne Faithfull, English singer, songwriter and actress
Hidden inside a secluded Irish valley lies Luggala, an exquisite 18th-century house at the centre of an estate comprising some 5,000 acres.
Luggala nestles into a cleft at the northern end of the valley, its principal rooms looking south across a verdant sward towards Lough Tay. The white-washed exterior of the building serves as a counterpoint to the dense woodland that rises immediately behind and helps to make architectural details like the roof-line crenelations all the more striking.
Luggala is that special brand of eighteenth-century gothick that rejoices in little battlements, crochets, trefoil and quatrefoil windows and ogee mantelpieces, Indeed, quite like the gothick of pastry cooks and Rockingham china. In England such a style came to be called Strawberry Hill Gothic.
As the eighteenth century drew to a close the notion of picturesque in architecture became more popular and an alternative style of sporting lodge was sought. Luggala encapsulates the expression of that desire. The house â€˜boasts all the appurtenances of a grand castleâ€™ but on a miniature scale. There are battlements and crockets as well as a variety of pointed and quatrefoil windows together with other ornamentation such as the limestone obelisks embellishing the top of the main door and corners of the central, south-facing breakfront.
Inside a composite sequence of elements work together to produce a coherent whole. Within a modest footprint Luggala Lodge manages to contain 3 substantial reception rooms as well as a wealth of smaller chambers on both the ground and first floors, with the latterâ€™s size not being externally ...