Their house is your house

Their house is your house
Anthony Brabazon (Lord Ardee), his son Aldus and his father Jack Brabazon (the Earl of Meath) pictured in the grounds of Kilruddery House in Co Wicklow

Killruddery, the Earl of Meath’s seat at the foot of the Wicklow Mountains, is 400 years old this year. As well as having one of the best baroque gardens in the country, it’s now a thriving tourist destination, farm and business. It has also been home to 17 generations of the Brabazon family. Jessie Collins talks to father Jack and son Anthony about mixed blessings, futureproofing, and sharing your home with 75,000 strangers

When I first arrive at Killruddery House, the electricity is out. “There was a loud bang on the other side of the estate,” explains Anthony Brabazon, six foot-plus of lithe, bespeckled energy, “and after that, the power quit. It comes off the mains but there are various elements that run into it, something of a highway of cables to make it work, so it can be a bit temperamental.”

It’s a glorious sunny morning. The...

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