Winter is an ideal time to take care of the inside projects. This effort makes it pristine for guests but for all of us as well. There is always something to do so no moss grows under us just because the winter is here.
Job #1 on the inside of the house was the drawing room. My father and I had done some work on plumbing above it (in the Pink Room) and we somehow cracked a pipe and made quite a mess in the ceiling below in the Drawing Room. As you might imagine, water pouring through the ceiling didn’t impress the Lady of the house and it simply needed to be taken care of. By our standards, Glenlohane’s ceilings are not terribly high but by American standards one could almost play half court basketball here and thus fairly high ladder work was necessary. As a child, Dad remembers us hosting balls for the Duhallow Hunt for 70 or 80 people in the Drawing Room alone.
Attention to detail is a specialty and this did not go unnoticed by one of our tourism inspectors this year. She shared that she had been inspecting historic private houses all over Ireland and Northern Ireland for the past 15 years and never had she seen an historic house with so much history, that was so warm and inviting, and that had such exquisite attention to detail. I think my parents were rather chuffed and I suppose it’s no wonder that we were recently featured alongside Windsor Castle in a gorgeous equestrian coffee table book. Yes, it’s been a good year!
The photos that accompany this feature got great acclaim on both Instagram and Facebook which was rather refreshing. I always try to creatively feature the beauty of the farm, the estate, and all that the Scenic Southwest has to offer. Interestingly, showing the projects that we do with our own blood sweat and tears always does, in fact, get rave remarks. We hope that you will be able to take advantage of all that we do and all that this historic home has to offer.