Food for thought from mansions of the past

We in Ireland have a funny relationship with our large country houses. Within four generations, we’ve gone from wanting to burn them down to coveting weekend breaks in them.

8th November, 2008

We in Ireland have a funny relationship with our large country houses. Within four generations, we’ve gone from wanting to burn them down to coveting weekend breaks in them.

Perhaps we feel a perverse sense of satisfaction at being able to order room service and back massages in places that our predecessors despised as symbols of landlordism and which they could not generally enter unless they were domestic servants.

A good example of...

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