Wednesday February 19, 2020

At home with history

More than 60 years after his family settled in Carlow after the Second World War, Christopher Bielenberg has opened his country house to guests

Gillian Nelis

Managing Editor

25th June, 2011

On a table in the hall of Sandbrook House, just outside the village of Ballon in Co Carlow, three books offer a glimpse into the fascinating history of its owner’s family.

It’s a story that begins in Hamburg in the 1930s and takes in war-torn Berlin and a mountain hideout in the Black Forest, before concluding in the peace of the Irish countryside.

Christopher Bielenberg bought Sandbrook in 1997, but his...

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